PHT Morning Skate: You’ve got to follow your balloon

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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.

A pair of red balloons invaded the Caps 4-3 win over Phoenix. If you think this went unnoticed by Caps faithful, you don’t know them very well do you? (Hockey News, Japers Rink, Washington Times)

Just because it was a red balloon taking the focus off the Caps, here’s a clip from skit comedy show Mr. Show to celebrate the red balloon. This might not be safe for work, be warned. (YouTube)

The Islanders’ loss to Pittsburgh sent their all-time record to .500 and that’s perfectly average. (NYI Skinny)

Patrice Bergeron can relate to Sidney Crosby pretty well when it comes to coming back from concussions. (Globe & Mail)

Chris Pronger is feeling ill while Braydon Coburn has a kidney bruise. Um, ouch. (

Leafs forward Matt Lombardi has a dislocated shoulder. As a shoulder injury sympathizer, let me say, “Ouch, babe.” (TSN)

Curious why Bruce Boudreau benched Alex Semin? Check out his thoughts here. (

Anton Volchenkov suffered a pretty serious cut against Florida. (Fire & Ice)

T.J. Oshie might be back tonight for St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

Finally, if you haven’t seen the hypnotic magic of the red balloon that hypnotized fans durin the Caps-Coyotes game, you can enjoy it now. (NHL)