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Carcillo talks Montador’s ‘trying times,’ questions NHLPA’s exit program


In a new Players’ Tribune piece, Chicago forward Daniel Carcillo touches on the passing of friend and ex-teammate Steve Montador, questioning how the NHLPA deals with players once their careers are finished.

“Over the years, I saw that deterioration of [Montador’s] mind, and he must have felt that as well,” Carcillo explained. “Just recently going home to Mississauga and to his home and seeing the number of sets of keys he had for the same lock kind of tells you the story of what was going on in his head and his memory loss and his mental state.”

Montador passed away in mid-February at the age of 35, following a series of concussions during his playing days. Police suspected no foul play and believed he passed due to “natural causes.” Autopsy results have yet to be released publicly.

The former Flame, Panther, Sabre, Duck, Bruin and Blackhawk appeared 571 career NHL games, the last of which came in Chicago during the 2011-12 campaign. Montador spent the 2013-14 season playing in Russia and, that March, spoke with CSNChicago.com about struggling with the end of his playing days.

“I can see why people have a hard time with a number of different things and being taken away from something they love to do and not sure if you’d ever get back the chance.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety and depression that comes with that.”

In that light, here’s what Carcillo had to say about now the NHLPA deals with players after their careers are over.

“So after Monty died, I really did some research, kind of asking guys that had already moved on and that I had played with if they knew what our exit program was for the NHLPA and I was kind of astonished to find out that not one guy can tell me what it was.

“Right now, as far as the PA goes, we would receive a phone call to see how we’re doing and that’s pretty much our exit program.

“From the guys that I’ve talked to who have moved on, they’ve all said the same thing — all fell into a deep depression and went away quietly. It was almost as if the less noise you make when you go away, the better.

“I don’t think it’s right. It doesn’t feel right for how much we give to this league and this sport. Sacrificing our bodies, sacrificing our minds with the concussions and the hits that we take.”

Here’s full video, courtesy the Players’ Tribune.

PHT Morning Skate: Sens’ rookie Curtis Lazar makes a get-well card for Chris Phillips

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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.

Ottawa Senators rookie Curtis Lazar has been living with veteran defenseman Chris Phillips this season. With Phillips undergoing season-ending back surgery on Tuesday, Lazar sketched a get well soon message for his landlord.

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Here’s another look at the highlights from Tuesday night’s triple overtime game between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, which went into the early hours of Wednesday before Brent Seabrook scored the winner.

With the Edmonton winning the NHL Draft Lottery and likely selecting Connor McDavid in June, hockey insider Darren Dreger says Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will be busy this summer doing some “big game hunting” in an effort to address some of his team’s needs. (TSN)

Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice for three of the Anaheim goals in Game 3 and took an undisciplined penalty for his blow to Corey Perry following the Ducks 2-1 goal in the second period. The 30-year-old has been held off the score sheet while registering a minus-3 rating and four penalty minutes through the first three games of the series. All this is has led Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News to write that Byfuglien is hurting his team. (THN)

TSN Radio1200’s Matt Kaunisviita produced a Bob Dylan parody song to “Like A Rolling Stone” titled, “And The Rookie Stone…” referencing Sens’ rookie Mark Stone. (TSN 1200)

Seabrook does it again: Blackhawks win in triple OT, take 3-1 series edge vs. Preds


In the wee hours of the night, the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-1 series lead by beating the Nashville Predators 3-2 in triple OT.

If that outcome feels familiar for a Blackhawks team that has won many of these battles, it will only seem that much more like deja vu when you consider the fact that Brent Seabrook scored the overtime-clincher.


It was a great showcase between $7 million goalie Pekka Rinne and out-of-nowhere backup Scott Darling. Those performances really make a great argument for the wild unpredictability of the postseason: goalies matter, yet you don’t always know who will make the difference.

Seabrook ended up making the ultimate difference with the winning goal, joining the likes of Petr Nedved and Keith Primeau as players who have scored huge tallies when everyone has dead legs.

At this point, it’s all about waiting for different folk tale-like stories about weight loss and intermission pizza to trickle in.

Rinne really stood on his head at times, with this save maybe being the best highlight of the game beyond the clincher:

Ultimately, that last shot beat him, which is what most people will remember as the specifics fade.

Classic game or not, the two teams must face the reality of the aftermath. Despite pushing Chicago to double-OT in Game 1 and triple-OT in Game 4, Nashville now heads home down 3-1 in this series. As courageous as this Predators team has been with Mike Fisher and especially Shea Weber out of the lineup, most are counting them out after this loss.

The Predators have pushed the Blackhawks a lot more than the 3-1 series deficit may indicate, but it will take a lot of heart to push through this crushing loss.

Chicago, meanwhile, can get a much-needed breather if they wrap this one up in five games. If the previous four contests are any indication, it won’t be easy, though.

On the brink: Flames silence Canucks, take 3-1 series lead

Jiri Hudler, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Dennis Wideman

The Calgary Flames haven’t won a playoff round since 2004 — the year they last went to the Stanley Cup final.

Now, they’re just one victory away from moving on.

Calgary pushed Vancouver to the edge of elimination on Wednesday night, scoring a 3-1 win at the Saddledome to take a commanding three games to one lead in the opening-round series. Jiri Hudler’s first-period tally proved to be the decisive goal as the Flames did all their damage in the opening frame — three goals on seven shots, chasing Canucks goalie Eddie Lack in the process — before shutting down the Canucks over the final 40 minutes of action.

For Vancouver, it was a forgettable evening.

After losing veteran winger Alex Burrows (broken rib) in the morning skate, the club also dropped banged-up forward Brad Richardson from the lineup, giving Linden Vey and Brandon McMillan their series debuts. Both were largely ineffective, though hardly to blame for what was an erratic effort — and a second period in which the Canucks put just three shots on goal.

Vancouver’s vaunted penalty kill, which finished second in the NHL (85.7 percent) during the regular season, failed to silence Calgary’s big guns as Johnny Gaudreau and Hudler both scored with the man advantage in the first period. All told, the Flames now have four power play goals through four games.

And while Calgary wasn’t as aggressive as it was in Game 3 — the Flames out-hit Vancouver 33-18 — there was still a noticeable physical edge on Tuesday night as the Flames had 29 hits to Vancouver’s 18. Michael Ferland continued to wreak havoc on the forecheck while 18-year-old Sam Bennett, playing in just his fifth NHL game, continued to provide a valuable net-front presence and scored his second goal of the series with under a minute left in the first period.

“It’s his grit. Eighteen years old and playing in the NHL playoffs with so much character,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said of Bennett. “It’s pretty amazing. He went to the net and the hockey gods rewarded him.

“What he brings, his determination, his grist, his passion, that’s what you need in the playoffs. This kid is full of character.”

Henrik Sedin scored his first goal — and Vancouver’s lone goal — on the power play midway through the opening frame. It was just the Canucks’ second goal on the man advantage this series.

The Canucks actually dominated possession at even strength. It was translating that possession into scoring chances where they struggled, as the Flames blocked 29 shots on the night.

“They’re collapsing quite a bit,” said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. “I think we’ve got to use our points. They collapse and they’re just making it hard to get to the net.”

With Game 4 now in the books, the two teams will meet again on Thursday at Rogers Arena and, by then, will be pretty well versed in 3-1 series leads. According to WhoWins.com, teams that go up 3-1 win the series 91 percent of the time… with 56 percent of those decided in Game 5.


Miller made his Canucks playoff debut and performed well, stopping all 15 shots faced in his first game action since a 6-5 OT win over Edmonton in the season finale… Jonas Hiller stopped 27 of 28 shots and has now allowed just seven goals in this series… Hudler and Dennis Wideman led the Flames with two points each.

Night of firsts: Johnny Hockey nets first-ever playoff marker (Video)

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Couple of significant goals scored this evening.

After Antoine Vermette snapped a 20-game goalless drought to get his first as a Blackhawk, Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau netted his first-ever playoff goal to give Calgary a 1-0 lead over Vancouver in Game 4 of its first-round series:

Gaudreau, a likely Calder finalist after scoring 24 goals and 64 points in 80 games this season, has performed well in his playoff debut. He’s now up to four points through four games and is averaging close to 19 minutes a night — key contributions for a guy that doesn’t turn 22 until August.

As for tonight’s game, the goals are coming fast and furious. After Henrik Sedin scored to even things at 1-1, Gaudreau assisted on Dennis Wideman’s power-play marker to give Calgary a 2-1 lead.