PHT Morning Skate: CWHL, NHWL champions crowned; Frozen Four set

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Metropolitan Riveters sweat out 1-0 win to take their first National Women’s Hockey League title in dramatic fashion. (The Hockey News)

• In the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, meanwhile, the Markham Thunder lifted their first Clarkson Cup championship. (The Ice Garden)

• Could the unification of women’s hockey’s top two leagues be on the horizon? (Sportsnet)

• An early look at the 2018 men’s Frozen Four, which includes Notre Dame, Minnesota Duluth, Michigan and Ohio State. (USCHO)

• Sharks slowly sneaking onto the list of off-brand teams that could make a deep run. (NBC Bay Area)

• The Detroit Red Wings have a choice to make: Should long-time GM Ken Holland lead their rebuild? (Michigan Live)

• Despite another loss to Penguins, Flyers confident if they face Pittsburgh in playoffs (Philly.com)

• How Hockey Night in Canada comes together, controlled chaos and all. (Toronto Star)

• Shorter goalies find niche in what has become big man’s position – Bernier, Raanta, Dell among those bucking trend toward taller peers. (NHL.com)

• Once again, the Avalanche has options in net with Varlamov and Bernier. (Denver Post)

• With no room for error to reach the playoffs, here’s why Stars would rather ignore the big picture right now. (SportsDay)

• Hornqvist and Rust form Penguins effective one-two punch as top two right wings. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• College star Dylan Sikura signs with the Blackhawks after knockout in the NCAA tournament. (Second City Hockey)

• What constitutes a head shot? (Bruins Daily)

• Five NHL teams that will benefit from a big salary-cap hike. (Spector’s Hockey)

• Coyotes’ Chayka is confident in future of the team’s core. (Arizona Sports)

• Last but not least, this is pretty incredible:

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Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck