PHT Morning Skate: Where Islanders have big decisions to make


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.

The argument for the Pittsburgh Penguins sticking with Tomas Vokoun for the start of the second round. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Portland Winterhawks are the 2013 WHL Champions. St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie had a hat trick in the deciding game. (

The New York Islanders have some tough decisions to make this summer. They have a number of notable players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, including Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, and Evgeni Nabokov. (Newsday)

After years of failing to make the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs are being looked at in a different light. (ESPN)

Donna Lebano was eight months pregnant when she attended Game 5 of Chicago’s first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. She began to experience contractions during the second period, but as she put it, “No way was I leaving.” She went to the hospital after seeing the Blackhawks eliminate the Wild and gave birth to her “very patient” son. (ABC)

Previewing the upcoming Pittsburgh-Ottawa series. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Team Canada and Team USA have both guaranteed their spots in the World Championship’s quarterfinals. (TSN)

Highlights from Toronto’s 2-1 victory over Boston:

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