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PHT Morning Skate: Roussel the ‘madman’

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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.

Good stuff from the Dallas Morning News on the effective “madman” style of Dallas Stars pest Antoine Roussel. (DMN)

It’s not another day of the week without more Chris Stewart trade rumors. (Sportsnet)

David Perron on the difference it makes to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins and how he still feels for his former Edmonton Oilers teammates, who are going through the “draining” experience of losing a lot of games. (Puck Daddy)

The Philadelphia Inquirer describes Rob Zepp as one of the few (maybe only?) feel-good stories of the Philadelphia Flyers’ season. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Patrick Roy praises Ben Bishop as “one of the premier goalies in the league right now.” (Tampa Bay Tribune)

In case you turn to this daily collection of links to get out a tear or two, this ought to have you covered:

Video: Zetterberg’s hat trick sinks struggling Sabres

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Henrik Zetterberg’s sixth career hat trick helped the Detroit Red Wings battle back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-4 Sunday night.

The loss is the 11th consecutive for the Sabres while the Red Wings have now won five straight.

Buffalo had the start they wanted.

Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart scored on the Sabres’ first six shots of the night giving Buffalo an early 3-0 lead and chasing Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek.

“We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year,” Ennis said per NHL.com. “But it sounds like a broken record, we took some penalties and they came out strong in the second.”

Thomas McCollum came on in relief.

“Obviously we were embarrassed. That was as bad as we’ve been,” said Red Wings coach, Mike Babcock. “It wasn’t totally a surprise to me. This was a trap game. We’ve played two real good teams (St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators) in a row and found ways to win. It’s a back-to-back, so you don’t have time to get in here and get organized and feeling good about yourself. You don’t prepare like you should.”

Detroit roared back with three straight second period goals.

Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Tomas Tatar all found the back of the net by the midway mark of the second period. Nyquist and Tatar also added assists in the win.

Ennis’ added his second of the night near the midway mark of the third pulling the Sabres to within one, but Zetterberg’s third of the night at 11:59 put the game out of reach.

McCollum, originally the first-round pick of the Red Wings (30th overall) in 2008, made seven saves for his first career NHL win.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Sabres’ McCormick likely done for the season

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Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick is likely done for the season.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg last weekend.

McCormick appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.

In 405 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres McCormick has 21 goals and 65 points to go along with 550 penalty minutes.

Video: Red Wings respond with three in the second

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The Detroit Red Wings responded to Mike Babcock’s goaltending change with three second period goals.

Buffalo scored three times on the game’s first six shots to open a 3-0 lead in the first period and end Wings’ starter Petr Mrazek’s night early.

Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Tomas Tatar scored second period goals tying the game 3-3 after 40 minutes.

Video: Sabres chase Mrazek with three first period goals

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Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart scored first period goals ending Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek’s night early.

Mrazek came into Sunday’s action having won his previous three starts while posting a 1.63 goals-against average.

McCollum was 10-8-3 in while posting a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage in 21 American Hockey League games with Grand Rapids this season.