PHT Morning Skate: Kessel takes blame for Leafs collapse

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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.

Phil Kessel isn’t much of a talker, but after the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning that officially eliminated them from playoff contention, he was front and center taking the heat for the Leafs’ late-season collapse. (TSN)

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Speaking of late-season collapses… The St. Louis Blues figured to be the runaway top team in the Western Conference and now they have the Colorado Avalanche two points behind them and the Avs own the tiebreaker. (The Post-Dispatch)

While other teams are booking their spots in the postseason, Winnipeg’s Bryan Little is wondering when his shot at the playoffs will come. (Winnipeg Sun)

Oilers forward Ryan Jones is pretty sure he won’t be in Edmonton again next season. (Edmonton Sun)

Sabres coach Ted Nolan was quite frustrated about Zac Rinaldo only getting four games for his elbow to the head of Chad Ruhwedel. (Buffalo News)

Remember Mario Lemieux? If you don’t, this look back on what he did in Pittsburgh should help you out. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)