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PHT Morning Skate: Roussel the ‘madman’

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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.

Good stuff from the Dallas Morning News on the effective “madman” style of Dallas Stars pest Antoine Roussel. (DMN)

It’s not another day of the week without more Chris Stewart trade rumors. (Sportsnet)

David Perron on the difference it makes to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins and how he still feels for his former Edmonton Oilers teammates, who are going through the “draining” experience of losing a lot of games. (Puck Daddy)

The Philadelphia Inquirer describes Rob Zepp as one of the few (maybe only?) feel-good stories of the Philadelphia Flyers’ season. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Patrick Roy praises Ben Bishop as “one of the premier goalies in the league right now.” (Tampa Bay Tribune)

In case you turn to this daily collection of links to get out a tear or two, this ought to have you covered:

Video: Stars’ Seguin ties Nash for league lead in goals

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin tied Rick Nash for the league-lead with his 28th goal tonight in Chicago.

Seguin opened the scoring at 6:33 of the first period beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot off a face-off.

Nash scored his 28th Sunday afternoon part of a two-goal effort in the Rangers 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Metro sensational: Rangers continue dominance of division, Pens

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With three games in three-and-a-half days (give or take), it seemed like the New York Rangers were set up to stumble against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Instead, they basically ended the game early in the second period and eventually cruised to a convincing 5-2 win.

The Penguins made it 4-2 thanks to a sensational goal by David Perron – who remains hot as he gets acquainted in Pittsburgh – but they never really made the Rangers sweat since Marc-Andre Fleury was scuttled from his net.

(Especially mopey Penguins fans may even argue that it was all over when Rick Nash made it 1-0 just 26 seconds in.)

Any way you slice it, things are trending in the Rangers’ direction.

They’ve won 15 of their last 18 games. New York has throttled the Penguins and other Metropolitan Division opponents; they’re now 3-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season and 13-3-1 in the Metro in 2014-15.

Nash finished the afternoon with two goals, giving him sole possession of the NHL goalscoring lead with 28 tallies. Derek Stepan had two goals of his own while Martin St. Louis and Chris Kreider collected two assists.

About the only troubling moment for the Rangers came when Henrik Lundqvist seemed to be in pain at one point in the third period, although he stayed in and appears to be OK.

(Naturally, if he isn’t, it will be noted.)

Things aren’t so rosy for Pittsburgh, however. Between Friday’s loss to the New York Islanders and today’s defeat, they’ve lost by a combined score of 11-5. They’ve lost four of six and only have four wins since Dec. 22.

At least Perron’s looking great, though:

It’s a long season prone to peaks and valleys, something the slow-starting Rangers can relate to on this torrid run. It’s tough to deny that the Penguins are a little tepid right now, then.

Check out the full highlights below.

Rangers chase Fleury early in second period

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A compacted schedule indicated that the Pittsburgh Penguins might carry the advantage against the New York Rangers on Sunday, but that hasn’t happened. At least not yet.

The Rangers have instead had the early jump. Rick Nash scored the 1-0 goal 26 seconds into the game and New York took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Things really fell apart for the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury specifically in the second period, as Nash’s odd second goal made it 3-1 and then Derek Stepan chased him with a 4-1 goal minutes later.

Overall, Fleury allowed four goals on 17 shots in 25:19 of game time. This isn’t all on “MAF,” yet it’s been a rough outing nonetheless.

Video: Rick Nash scores less than 30 seconds in

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A bad bounce was all it took for Rick Nash to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins:

That’s Nash’s 27th goal of the 2014-15 season, tying Tyler Seguin for the NHL lead. If it wasn’t obvious enough that this season has gone much better for Nash than 2013-14, consider this: he now has more goals (27) than he did last season (26).

Nash was also on the ice for Derick Brassard’s 2-0 tally, although he didn’t draw an assist.

Just moments ago, the Penguins drew within one goal as Sidney Crosby collected a power-play tally.

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