PHT Morning Skate: Day of reflection, looking to playoffs

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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.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison will represent Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. (Hurricanes.nhl.com)

Alex Tanguay admitted that he got distracted when the trade rumors started to pick up steam in Calgary. “And that’s on me,” the 33-year-old Flames forward said. “You have to be professional. You have to play your best every night.” (Calgary Sun)

What will the Colorado Avalanche do next after firing Joe Sacco and Eric Lacroix? (Denver Post)

The New York Islanders are perhaps the biggest underdogs out of any team that’s made the playoffs, but they’re used to that role. (Newsday)

Of course, historically the Islanders have been very effective against the Penguins, even when Pittsburgh was heavily favored to win. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Ales Hemsky reflects on his decision to try to play with a fractured foot and talks about the possibility of him being traded over the summer. (Edmonton Journal)

The Chicago Blackhawks struggled quite a bit over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns, but captain Jonathan Toews thinks the team has learned and matured as a result. (CSN Chicago)

A look at the Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens series. (ESPN.com)

Highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Boston:

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