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.
Upper Deck has made a hockey card out of Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond picking up a hamburger:
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Minnesota Wild prospect Kaapo Kahkonen scored two goals in the span of four games while playing in Finland. Why is that noteworthy? Because Kahkonen is a goaltender. (Puck Daddy)
A look at Noah Hanifin, who is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Toronto Sun)
Here are the highlights from Minnesota’s 2-1 victory over Chicago:
Greg Wyshynski asks the question: Given what was at stake, why did Kings coach Darryl Sutter start goaltender Martin Jones against Edmonton Tuesday night? (Puck Daddy)
Keith Olbermann thinks New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is “overrated,” although this isn’t the first time he’s voiced a negative opinion about Lamoriello. (New Jersey Online)
Here’s a fun statistic: With two goals, including the overtime winner, against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Mark Stone has now recorded 61 points. That has symbolic significance because it matches what Daniel Alfredsson did in his rookie campaign. (Ken Warren)
The Ottawa Senators refuse to go quietly into an early off-season. They are still alive in the Stanley Cup playoff race.
Of course, it didn’t look like that would be the case earlier in the evening on Tuesday, as they fell behind the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins by three goals after the first period. Sidney Crosby scored just 10 seconds into the game. An ominous sign of things to come, perhaps, for the Senators, who were fighting for their season on home ice.
All the Penguins — struggling mightily of late — needed to clinch a playoff berth was a regulation win over Ottawa and that looked to be a sure thing after 20 minutes.
Cue the Senators’ comeback.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau got it started with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mark Stone, who is enjoying a remarkable second half of his rookie season, finished it in overtime with his 24th goal of the season to give the Senators a 4-3 victory and two points to keep their playoff hopes alive.
It won’t get any easier for the Senators, who moved to 95 points, which puts them level with the Boston Bruins, who hold the final Wild Card spot in the East.
Ottawa is now one point back of the Penguins and two back of the Detroit Red Wings, who were victorious over Carolina.
The Senators play the New York Rangers, the newly crowned Presidents’ Trophy winners, on Thursday and the Philadelphia Flyers to conclude the season on Saturday.
The Detroit Red Wings, despite a win over Carolina, did not clinch a playoff spot due to the result in Ottawa.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau gave the Ottawa Senators a glimmer of hope as they look to get back into their game and keep their slim playoff hopes alive against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.
Pageau scored on a short-handed rush, making a nice move to the outside then having his pass out front go off the skate of defenseman Derrick Pouliot and in with 5:19 remaining in second period. That cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1.
Just 30 seconds later, while on the same penalty kill, the Senators had another chance to score, but Marc-Andre Fleury made a solid save on David Legwand, who found himself in all alone.
And here is the save from Fleury on Legwand to keep it a two-goal game.