Bettman under fire after saying ‘Katy Perry’ chant wasn’t sexist

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From the Associated Press:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe Winnipeg Jets fans were being “sexist in the slightest” by comparing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry to pop singer Katy Perry.

Bettman likens the chants to goalies being called “sieves.” The commissioner was in Winnipeg on Monday for the chants during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

Predictably, Bettman’s remarks have ignited a media firestorm, with Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski going so far as to call them “rage-inducing.”

The Wall Street Journal has a more detailed breakdown of the exchange between Bettman and reporters.

Frankly, we wish the commissioner had just acknowledged how the chant could be seen as sexist and how some people might have been put off by it, even if it wasn’t the worst thing to have ever been chanted at a hockey game.

Shattenkirk lighting it up as Blues play ‘our game’

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Following Wednesday’s 6-1 whipping of Minnesota in Game 4 of their opening round series, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had a telling quote:

“This is our game. It’s not our best game. We can play a lot better than we played today. We’ve still got things we’ve got to work on, but this is our game.

“We’re going to play this game and if it’s good enough, we’re going to put it out there, and if we win with it, great. If we don’t win with it, so be it. But this is our game.”

If Wednesday was truly indicative of the way the Blues want to play, might want to keep an eye on what Kevin Shattenkirk does moving forward.

Why? Well, Shattenkirk assisted on three of St. Louis’ six goals last night, continuing a theme that’s been present throughout this series; all told, he’s recorded helpers on seven of the Blues’ 12 goals and is currently tied with Anaheim’s Corey Perry for the playoff scoring lead.

Shattenkirk is also the first St. Louis blueliner to have six assists in a series since Hall of Famer Al MacInnis did it in 16 years ago.

Part of Shattenkirk’s Game 4 outburst came from a subtle move by Hitchcock. Hitch moved the 26-year-old back onto a defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson and the two fared pretty well, emerging with solid possession metrics (while allowing Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo to reunite as a pairing, which was also a boon for the Blues.)

While Shattenkirk was quick to deflect praise onto his teammates following the win, his comments said plenty about the Blues’ top talent coming through in a crucial moment.

“Our best players played well. Our whole lineup played well I think,” Shattenkirk said. “We got something from everyone tonight.”

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)

Byfuglien channels Marshawn Lynch, repeats same phrase with reporters (Updated with video)

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From this morning’s media availability in Winnipeg:

No word if Byfuglien was just there so he wouldn’t get fined, but there’s no question his play has been put under the microscope after the Jets fell 3-0 down in their series with the Ducks.

From the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

Dustin Byfuglien – one of their best players and one of the biggest reasons they even made the postseason – foolishly punching the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry after a key goal against, taking a bad penalty at a bad time to force his team shorthanded while they were already reeling.

Down 2-0 in the series, Winnipeg had to have this game against the top team in the West.

In part due to plays like that, they didn’t get it.

We’re not quite ready to write off the Jets. A Winnipeg win tomorrow and all of a sudden the Ducks will be feeling some pressure to take care of business at home in Game 5.

But considering the Jets went into the playoffs with people questioning 1) team discipline and 2) Byfuglien’s leadership, it’s interesting how things have played out.

In the first two games, Anaheim scored three power-play goals.

Then, last night, in the most important game in franchise history, Byfuglien took “a penalty he can’t take.”

But as long as they stick together as a team, perhaps they’ll be all right.

Related: No further discipline for Byfuglien after Perry hit

Updated: Here’s the video…

No further discipline for Byfuglien after Perry hit

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Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien won’t face any supplemental discipline for his antics in Monday’s OT loss to Anaheim, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Byfuglien was given a two-minute roughing minor after running Ducks forward Corey Perry from behind just after Perry had scored to give his team a 2-1 lead:

“Obviously, we don’t like it,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game, per the OC Register. “It was a tough play.”

The incident comes just weeks after Byfuglien was slapped with a four-game suspension for a “dangerous” crosscheck on Rangers forward J.T. Miller.