PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
During Winnipeg’s 5-2 victory over San Jose last night, Jets fans started a “Who’s your Captain” chant in light of the recent drama involving Joe Thornton and GM Doug Wilson:
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The Detroit Red Wings have some interest in re-signing trade deadline acquisition Marek Zidlicky. (NHL.com)
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez took another step towards return by participating in battle drills. (LA Kings Insider)
Nail Yakupov recently treated a homeless man that approached him while Yakupov was in his car to a $100 meal and then gave him the rest of the money he had on him in the hopes that the man could find a place to stay for the night. (Edmonton Journal)
Capitals coach Barry Trotz felt rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov was “our best player by a wide margin” on Monday. He’s been very effective in general lately. (CSN Washington)
Here are the highlights from the Sabres 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins:
Speaking of Boston, Jeremy Roenick interviewed Patrice Bergeron to talk about superstitions, playing in Boston, and more:
“I thought we had a lot of chances today to score more goals and win the game,” said Boston’s lone goal scorer Loui Eriksson per NHL.com. “But, yeah, we need to find ways to score those goals too. We create a lot of chances, but when we get that chance we have to really focus to put it in too. That cost us the game. I thought we were the much better team today, and we just need to get better on that.”
Rasmus Ristolainen had the Sabres’ lone goal in regulation.
Boston leads Ottawa by four points for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and trails the Detroit Red Wings by four points for third spot in the Atlantic Division.
Tuukka Rask was a scratch due to “general soreness”. Claude Julien did not have an update on the goaltender post-game.
Niklas Svedberg made 23 saves in the loss.
The single point the Bruins picked up in the loss officially eliminated the Maple Leafs from playoff contention.
Brimsek reached the milestone with the Boston Bruins during the 1938-39 season.
Sens’ forward Kyle Turris set up Mark Stone for the game-winner in highlight-reel fashion with less than a minute remaining in overtime.
Patrick Wiercioch had the other Sens’ goal while captain Erik Karlsson had two assists.
Ottawa has now won four straight and improved to 14-2-2 in its last 18 games. The Sens’ win coupled with the Bruins’ loss to the Sabres moves Ottawa four points back of Boston for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Senators and Bruins meet in Ottawa on Thursday.