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PHT Morning Skate: Mike Smith pays tribute to Alice Cooper on retro night in Arizona


The Arizona Coyotes wore throw back jerseys in Thursday night’s shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. Additionally, goaltender Mike Smith wore a mask designed specifically for the night. Smith had rock icon Alice Cooper painted on its back plate. (NHL.com)

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith helped toddler Cammy, who was born unable to walk or speak, reach her dream. Her goal was to score a goal with the help of her favorite player, Keith. The 31-year-old recently made Cammy’s dream come true. Have a look:

One of the highlights of Monday’s trade deadline was the Minnesota Wild’s acquisition of defenseman Jordan Leopold. Leopold’s daughter, Jordyn Leopold, wrote a letter to the Wild asking them bring her dad home to Minnesota. Jordyn discussed her letter with the Wild’s website recently:

The Hockey News ranks the Top 10 falling prospects. These players were ranked among the top 75 prospects in the game last season, but have since dropped off. (THN)

Peterborough Petes’ rookie Jonathan Ang scored a highlight-reel goal Thursday night during an Ontario Hockey League game against Max Domi and the London Knights. Have a look:

Lack sensational but Canucks lose to lowly Coyotes in the shootout


The Vancouver Canucks looked doomed from the start. On the road, up against the Arizona Coyotes, who have only lost 10 in a row. And the Canucks fell right into the trap.

Despite a late third-period comeback and some sensational saves from goalie Eddie Lack — which only came after his teammates, including Daniel Sedin, were guilty of some atrocious turnovers — the Canucks fell by a final score of 3-2 in the shootout.

Maybe it was Arizona’s jerseys. The Coyotes were wearing their original throwback uniforms. Just like old times.

Sam Gagner scored the lone goal in the skills competition. Other than that, Lack was solid later in the game. He was forced to rob Shane Doan on a breakaway early in overtime after a horrendous pass from Sedin, and made another glove save in OT. Giving his team a chance, at least.

The win snaps Arizona’s losing streak at 10 games.

This skid has gotten the Coyotes right into the thick of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. Odd, because the Canucks, fighting for a playoff spot, have now lost to the Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres, another team in the running to land the top pick in the 2015 draft, in the span of seven days.

In this case, the Canucks still get the single point. They maintain the second spot in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Calgary Flames, who, thanks to a beauty and unlikely shootout goal from David Schlemko, topped the Boston Bruins earlier in the evening.

Goalie nods: Blues go with Elliott after odd incident in Vancouver

St. Louis Blues v Vancouver Canucks

All the latest from the blue paint…

Elliott, not Allen, starts in Philly

Worth keeping an eye on the Blues tonight as they take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo — Brian Elliott will get the nod in goal, just four days after a wild Sunday night in Vancouver.

Jake Allen started the eventual 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks, but was hooked after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Elliott replaced Allen to start the third, but was then yanked after allowing one goal early in the frame, giving way for Allen to re-enter the game.

Following the contest, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock explained his reason for the move and noted the decision didn’t sit well with Elliott.

From the Post-Dispatch:

“When (Elliott) came out, it was 5-2,” Hitchcock said. “I was thinking, ‘Now all I need to do is get him hurt.’ I put him in because I thought we had great spirit going into the third and had a chance to win the hockey game. That was me. That’s my call.”

Elliott had a brief exchange with Hitchcock, then disappeared.

“He was mad he was coming out,” Hitchcock said. “I told him just relax. He’s fine.”

Elliott was not available for comment after the game.

Not much has been said about the incident since, but it was clear both Elliott and Allen were rattled by the series of events. Afteward, Allen said he was “mentally drained” by the situation.

As for the Flyers, Steve Mason will get the start in goal this evening.


Flames at Bruins: Karri Ramo vs. (no Boston starter yet)

Wild at Caps: Devan Dubnyk vs. Braden Holtby

Leafs at Bolts: Jonathan Bernier vs. Ben Bishop (probable)

Stars at Panthers: Kari Lehtonen (probable) vs. Dan Ellis

Isles at Preds: Jaroslav Halak vs. Pekka Rinne

Canucks at Coyotes: Eddie Lack vs. Mike Smith (probable)

Habs at Kings: (no Montreal starter yet) vs. Jonathan Quick (probable)

Coyotes co-owner thinks ‘a real championship team’ could emerge in 2-3 years

Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

Despite the 10 straight regulation losses and 20-37-7 record, not to mention the recent trades of key veterans Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle, Arizona Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc doesn’t believe his team is too far from a return to respectability, and is “pretty excited about where this franchise is going.”

“Are we going to win a Cup next year? Well, I mean we certainly hope to,” LeBlanc told Sportsnet’s Hockey Central today, per Nichols on Hockey.

“But we do think that this is a 2-3 year reset where we will have a real possibility and a real championship team.”

That’s an aggressive timeline, for sure. While the Coyotes have some good prospects in Max Domi, Anthony Duclair and others, they’re not the only team that can say that.

The wildcard is, of course, the upcoming draft lottery. Win it and get Connor McDavid, that changes things significantly. The Coyotes, just one point ahead of 29th-place Edmonton, also have a shot at Jack Eichel.

“I think the point is we don’t think it’s going to take 3-4 years,” LeBlanc said. “We do think – and I was with coach [Dave] Tippett last night and we talked about it – he thinks that this team next year will be significantly better than it is this year.”

Related: Doan says Coyotes rebuild was ‘not my idea, not my ideal situation’

Rangers take the positives out of OT loss to Red Wings

Cam Talbot

The New York Rangers were busy in the hours leading to the NHL trade deadline, selling future assets to land players — specifically Keith Yandle — who can make an impact right away, as they look to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

And you can certainly debate this “all-in” mentality, weighing the cost of trying to go for it all now and selling prospects and draft picks — including a first-round selection — to do so.

But as of Wednesday, the Rangers, even without Henrik Lundqvist in goal, are challenging for the Metropolitan Division and could once again go on a long run in the post-season.

On Wednesday, they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings. Marek Zidlicky, making his debut for the Red Wings after being a trade deadline acquisition, scored on the power play for the win, with Derek Stepan in the penalty box for a hold.

The single point puts the Rangers in a tie with the rival New York Islanders for tops in the Metropolitan. They’re fighting, too, for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers outshot the Red Wings 40-31, forcing Jimmy Howard to make 39 saves. In terms of puck possession, New York dominated for the most part, with 61 shot attempts compared to 50 for Detroit, according to hockeystats.ca.

The Rangers decided to take the positives out of this one.

“I liked the way we played, especially in the second period,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told NHL.com. “Unfortunately, we got a penalty late, and they were able to score in overtime.”

“…Play like this every night, we have a good chance of winning,” Mats Zuccarello told Andrew Gross of The Record.

There could be promising news on the horizon for New York’s goaltending situation, too. Cam Talbot, who has been solid since taking over the starting duties for an injured Lundqvist, could be back in the back-up role when the Swedish netminder comes back.

Lundqvist has been skating on his own and could return in 10 to 14 days, according to Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.