PHT Morning Skate: Nemeth gets puck lodged in visor

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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.

Dallas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth ended up with the puck lodged between his face and visor during Monday’s contest against Calgary. Fortunately he wasn’t hurt as a result of the fluky play:

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The argument against Alex Ovechkin as a Hart Trophy candidate. (News & Observer)

Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello felt Stefan Matteau “had an outstanding game” on Sunday. (The Bergen Record)

Chicago goaltender Scott Darling allowed a pretty ugly goal during last night’s contest against Los Angeles, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was pleased with how he responded. (CSN Chicago)

Speaking of which, here are the highlights from Chicago’s 4-1 win over Los Angeles:

Connor McDavid is already getting some unusual fan requests. (Sarnia Observer)

The Columbus Blue Jackets won’t make the playoffs, but they have still managed to break some franchise records. (Columbus Dispatch)

Video: Stars’ Ritchie with high hit on Flames’ Monahan

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The Calgary Flames’ breakout line of Johnny Gaudreau, Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan keep scoring and scoring this season. You never know when an ill-fated hit could mess that up, though.

Monday produced a scare in the form of this highly questionable hit by rugged Dallas Stars forward Brett Ritchie, which only produced a two-minute minor:

Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski labels the hit as “predatory.” Is that accurate?

On the bright side, it seems like Monahan is OK.

Goalie nods: Hiller goes back-to-back after big win over Preds

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Hiller back in for Calgary

The Flames will start Jonas Hiller for the second time in as many nights on Monday when they take on the Stars in Dallas.

Hiller went nearly two weeks without a start before Flames head coach Bob Hartley gave him the nod yesterday in Nashville, and Hartley’s decision proved a wise one; Hiller stopped 27 of 29 shots in a crucial 5-2 victory, pushing Calgary past L.A. for third place in the Pacific Division.

Prior to Hiller taking the net, Karri Ramo was the Flames’ goalie of record in five straight games, going 2-1-2 over that stretch.

For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen is likely to be back in goal after stopping 33 of 36 shots in an OT win over Vancouver on Saturday.

Elsewhere…

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Canucks at Blues: Eddie Lack vs. Brian Elliott

Kings at ‘Hawks: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. (No Chicago starter yet)

Oilers at Avs: Richard Bachman vs. Semyon Varlamov

Sabres at Coyotes: (No Buffalo starter yet) vs. Mike Smith

PHT Morning Skate: Former NHLer Andre Deveaux delivers big pregame slash in Swedish league

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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.

Andre Deveaux, who played in 31 career NHL games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, slashed an unsuspecting Per Helmersson prior to a Swedish league game between Deveaux’s Rogle BK and Vasteras IK. (Sportsnet)

You can see that incident below:

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The USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints had a Game of Thrones Night complete with a, uh, Porcelain Throne. (Puck Daddy)

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White typically doesn’t get power-play ice time, but he’s on the Flyers’ top unit right now and has impressed in that role. (CSN Philly)

Here are the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 3-2 shootout win over San Jose:

Andrew Copp certainly had an eventful first day as a pro. He was signed by the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Boston Bruins will reportedly match any offer sheet signed by Dougie Hamilton once he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. However, an opposing team could put the Bruins in a rough cap position by inking Hamilton to a contract that comes with an annual average salary of around $6 million. (Boston Globe)

Valeri Nichushkin’s AHL conditioning stint is going well. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Canucks earn single point in loss to the Stars

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The Vancouver Canucks had an opportunity to gain ground on the L.A. Kings in the Pacific Division Saturday night.

With the Kings losing 4-1 to the Wild earlier in the night, the Canucks could’ve created a four-point cushion on the second seed in the division with a win over the Dallas Stars.

However, the Dallas Stars took advantage of the opportunity to play spoiler and edged the Canucks 4-3 in overtime.

John Klingberg scored the winner with 46.2 seconds remaining in the extra frame.

Dallas is six points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card seed in the Western Conference.

With the single point, the Canucks now hold a three-point lead on the L.A. Kings.

Vancouver led 2-1 heading into the third, but Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored to erase the deficit.

Radim Vrbata netted his 30th of the season with less than two minutes remaining in the third to tie it 3-3 and force overtime.

Jamie Benn opened the scoring.

Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Eddie Lack made 36 saves in the loss while Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots for the win.