PHT Morning Skate: Where Don Cherry sticks up for Sidney Crosby

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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.

Don Cherry spent last night sticking up for what Sidney Crosby did in Game 3 against Philly as well as all the violence that’s gone on in the playoffs. If you’re surprised by this, where have you been the last 30 years? (Sportsnet)

Brian Boyle has carved out a nice niche as the guy to be hated in Ottawa. Scoring the lone goal in last night’s Game 3 helped a lot. (Ottawa Sun)

Chris Kreider couldn’t be more relieved after making his NHL debut against Ottawa in Game 3. (NHL.com)

Karl Alzner thinks Milan Lucic is a crybaby and Lucic says “that’s a lot coming from a guy with three roughing penalties in two years.” What? (CSNWashington.com)

Meanwhile the Bruins are steaming mad about how the Capitals are handling their sticks. A Jason Chimera spear to the groin and a Nicklas Backstrom cross check to the head will do that. (CSNNE.com)

Meanwhile, Chuck Gormley at CSNWashington.com doesn’t think Backstrom will be suspended for his stick work. (CSNWashington.com)

Jason Arnott is showing what being a veteran leader is all about with the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Darren Helm reached out to Mike Modano after suffering his skate laceration in Game 1 vs. Nashville. (Detroit Free Press)

Ryan Suter couldn’t be happier with how he’s playing right now. (Tennessean)

If you can explain why Brent Sutter’s stock as an available coach is on the rise after miserable years in Calgary, I’d like you to go ahead and give a sound explanation for it. (Calgary Sun)