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.
After a 42-save performance in relief of Corey Crawford in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators, goaltender Scott Darling received the team’s player of the game belt from captain Jonathan Toews.
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The Hockey News looks at who on each of the 16-playoff teams deserves the Stanley Cup first after commissioner Gary Bettman hands it to their respective captain. (THN)
During Wednesday night’s Binghamton Senators’ 6-5 overtime victory against the Utica Comets, Jacob Markstrom and Peter Mannino squared off in a good old goalie fight. The two combined for 36 minutes in penalties.
Patrick Kane delivers pizzas to a local Chicago fire hall as part of the Blackhawks’ “What’s your goal” contest.
Before the season started, Mason was penciled in to be the Thrashers starting goalie but the play of youngster Pavelec in training camp and throughout this season has cemented him in as the top goalie. Mason was getting a rare start against the Stars on Saturday when he was bumped into by a teammate and went down.
Taking Mason’s spot as Pavelec’s caddy will be former standout at Denver University Peter Mannino. Mannino has been holding things down in the AHL for a couple years now in the Atlanta organization. He’s played in four career NHL games, three with the Isles and one with Atlanta.
Last we heard, doctors were unable to target the exact reason he fainted, as they apparently didn’t detect any defects (such as the heart problems that ended former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer’s career) after extensive testing.
The Thrashers have big hopes for the 23-year-old Pavelec. He showed flashes of brilliance during the 2009-10 season, although his 42 game stats were pretty pedestrian: he posted a 14-18-7 record, 3.29 GAA and 90.6 save percentage.
Aside from one brief relief appearance after Chris Mason was shelled in an October 22 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mannino was more or less on the roster so the Thrashers could dress the minimum two goalies. He did stop 15 out of 16 shots in a little more than 38 minutes in net, though.
It’s unclear exactly when Pavelec will start again, but it might even happen this week.