PHT Morning Skate: Where Sharks coach stands up for Canucks bench boss

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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.

Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has been under fire lately with his team on the brink of being eliminated in the first round by San Jose, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan thinks his rival is a “tremendous coach.” (San Jose Mercury News)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has a 3.69 GAA and .879 save percentage in three playoff starts, but he’ll be back between the pipes tonight. (Montreal Gazette)

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal’s return from an eye injury on Monday was a “huge” boost. The Rangers earned a 4-3 victory over Washington last night. (Winnipeg Sun)

Islanders coach Jack Capuano acknowledged that his team needs to play a more disciplined game. Their first-round opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have a 46.2 power-play percentage in the playoffs. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

James Neal and Brooks Orpik, who are both dealing with lower body injuries, were able to take part in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice on Monday. (Penguins.nhl.com)

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville (upper body) was also able to practice yesterday. (Star Tribune)

Jaromir Jagr’s assist on Monday puts him in a tie with Brett Hull for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list with 190. He’s six points shy of the fifth place Paul Coffey. (NHL.com)

Highlights from Detroit’s 3-2 overtime win against Anaheim:

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