PHT Morning Skate: Andrew Shaw had a penalty box meltdown


-The Montreal Canadiens lost their game to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, while forward Andrew Shaw briefly lost his mind. The video above took place just after Shaw was penalized for hooking Sami Vatanen in the offensive zone with less than 30 seconds to play as the Canadiens pushed to try and tie the game. Once he reached the penalty box and saw a replay … well … the video above kind of tells the story. You do not need to be an expert lip reader to get the idea of what is being said there. That resulted in a 10-minute misconduct on top of that hooking penalty. The Canadiens were never able to tie the game on their way to a 2-1 loss. Shaw scored the only goal for the Canadiens. Between his penalties at the end, and his fight with Corey Perry, Shaw finished the night with 17 penalty minutes.

-Dave Strader, now the play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars, has been unable to call any games this season due to his ongoing battle with cancer. On Tuesday night he was able to meet with the team in Detroit before their game against the Red Wings and received the regional Emmy the broadcast team was awarded last season. Coach Lindy Ruff had him announce the starting lineup to the team before the game. (Dallas Morning News)

-A lot of big-time hockey is coming to Las Vegas this year. The American Collegiate Hockey Association approved UNLV’s elevation to men’s Division I status on Tuesday. (UNLV)

-The Nashville Predators continued their recent strong play on Tuesday with another five-goal effort in a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. After a disappointing start to the season in October the Predators were 9-3-2 in November and scored 46 goals (3.2 per game). They scored at least five goals five different times. Their most recent win came without their leading goal scorer, James Neal, and one of their top defenseman, Ryan Ellis. The team does not expect them to miss much more time. (Adam Vingan)

Josh Anderson had a goal and two assists for the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, but coach John Tortorella still wants to see more from his young forward. The Blue Jackets are one of the NHL’s biggest surprises this season with a 12-5-4 record. (Columbus Dispatch)

-The Philadelphia Flyers were able to come away with a shootout win over the Boston Bruins on NBCSN on Tuesday night (highlights here), while Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs followed it up with a big win over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.