Tag: Ken Dryden

Jonathan Quick

PHT Morning Skate: Everyone is loving Jonathan Quick

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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.

Bob McKenzie pumps Jonathan Quick’s tires after his stellar Game 1 performance. (TSN)

The Blues, meanwhile, aren’t exactly glowing about the NHL’s official explanation as to why Dwight King wasn’t given a major penalty for boarding Alex Pietrangelo. (Post-Dispatch)

Not-so stunning headline: The Capitals’ four best players need to play better if they’re going to beat the Rangers. (CSNWashington.com)

Braden Holtby says he had a hard time getting into the game thanks to a lack of shots faced. Goalies: Can’t live with ’em… (Capitals Insider)

Patrik Elias and Zach Parise are marveling at what Jaromir Jagr is doing at nearly 40-years-old. (Star-Ledger)

Legendary goalie Ken Dryden opines on how body checking has changed over the years, and not for the better. (Globe And Mail)

The Florida Panthers vow they’ll return to the playoffs next year and go deeper, too. (Sun-Sentinel)

Erik Erlendsson talks about how the Lightning need a long-term answer in goal. (Tampa Tribune)

Passing Dryden: Vokoun steals spotlight on Ovechkin’s return with shutout

Tomas Vokoun, Karl Alzner, Dennis Wideman
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It was Alex Ovechkin’s first game back after his three-game suspension, but it turned into the Tomas Vokoun show instead.

Vokoun had 30 saves in earning his third shutout of the season and 47th in his career while Alex Semin had a penalty shot goal and an assist to lead the way to a sleepy 3-0 win over a spiraling downward Montreal team. The shutout pushes Vokoun past Ken Dryden for 26th on the all-time shutout list.

Vokoun headed into this weekend’s action wondering when exactly he’d be playing even though he was open to playing more. Coach Dale Hunter has been working both Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth in and out of goal lately. After seeing Vokoun turn aside all Canadiens shots today, however, Hunter will have a curious decision on who to start tomorrow afternoon against Boston.

It would normally take a solid performance by a goalie to outshine Alex Ovechkin in a game, but Ovechkin’s lackluster return to action today left the door open to get the spotlight stolen easily. Earning a shutout that helps him pass a Canadiens legend in Dryden helps pour a bit more salt in the wounds for Habs fans dealing with a miserable season.

PHT Morning Skate: Teemu homecoming day edition

Teemu Selanne

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.

Not only is it Teemu Selanne’s return to Winnipeg, but the current iteration of the Jets are fans of his too. Everyone loves Teemu. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Anaheim Ducks are even eager to share the wonder that is Teemu returning to where it all began for a day. (Ducks)

Down Goes Brown’s take on Teemu’s history is a damn fine hysterical tribute to the Finnish Flash. (Down Goes Brown)

Travis Zajac was really happy about his play in his first game back from a torn Achilles tendon. (Star-Ledger)

Tyler Seguin has finally been jinxed by the sophomore slump. (CSNNE.com)

Ken Dryden penned a fantastic piece on concussions and what Gary Bettman’s role in the league’s epidemic is. (Grantland)

Meanwhile in Chicago, Ray Emery is stealing the starting goaltending job. (CSNChicago.com)

Antero Niittymaki was a winner in his first AHL rehab start. (CSNBayArea.com)

Olli Jokinen may have his ups and downs, but he does well in his former hometowns. (Calgary Sun)

Francois Beauchemin is becoming one of the leaders of a Ducks team in desperate need of guidance. (OC Register)

Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz renew their friendly rivalry. They should surprise us all by playing firewagon hockey against each other to celebrate. (Tennessean)

What’s the Red Wings’ key to success on the power play? Moving the puck, stupid! (Detroit Free Press)