PHT Morning Skate: All the top prospects at the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four tournament

–CSKA defenseman Grigori Panin wanted to dish out a huge hit against Lokomotiv. Not only did he miss, but he also smashed the glass to bits in the process. (Bardown)

–Yesterday was the 26th anniversary of Ron Tugnutt’s 70-save performance in a 3-3 tie against the Boston Bruins. The Nordiques goalie turned aside 33 of 35 shots in the third period and overtime. There’s a good chance we won’t see that anytime soon. (

–Blue Jackets rookie Lukas Sedlak is having a nice first season in the NHL and he hasn’t been shy about picking former NHLer Vaclav Prospal’s brain from time to time. They share a few things in common, which also helps their relationship. For example, both of them are from the same town in the Czech Republic and both were/are property of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  (Columbus Dispatch)

–The Minnesota Wild were finally able to put their five-game losing streak to bed, as they took down the San Jose Sharks last night. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–As we found after Brendan Dillon and Austin Watson dropped the gloves last week, just because two guys fight, doesn’t mean they hate each other. The Tennessean’s Adam Vingan took a deeper look at the relationship between two guys who fight. “When you see two guys go at it on the ice, you’re reading into it the very worst,” said former NHL enforcer Stu Grimson. “‘They’ve got to hate each other. There’s got to be a lot of animosity in that.’ It couldn’t be any further from the truth.” (The Tennessean)

–A few months ago, Pittsburgh radio host Colin Dunlap announced that his five-year old daughter had been diagnosed with cancer. On Tuesday, Dunlap tweeted a picture of a note sent to his daughter by Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Here’s part of Lemieux’s note: “When I was sick and in the hospital, my family and friends always gave me comfort. Their support was very helpful to me and I encourage you to keep your friends and family close.” That’s class. (The Score)

–The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four tournament will get underway on Friday, and The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy breaks down the top prospects in the tournament. It’s no surprise that Arizona first-rounder Clayton Keller, Boston draft picks Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Wild second-rounder Jordan Greenway are all on the list. (The Hockey News)

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