PHT Morning Skate: Rutherford on Canucks; Rust’s importance to Penguins

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• Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford on his team’s future: “This group of players worked hard to get back in the race. They deserve a lot of credit for showing a lot of character with what we’re dealing with, a lot of key players having dealt with [COVID-19] and things like that. And so we want to see where this team goes.” [NHL.com]

Bryan Rust has developed into an integral part of the Penguins’ offense. [The Hockey News]

• If you missed it, Alex Ovechkin tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be attending this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game. Tom Wilson will replace him on the Metropolitan Division roster. [PHT]

• Sarah Fillier had a big night for the Canadian women as they topped Switzerland 12-1 in the opening game of the Olympic tournament. [NBC Olympics]

• It was an embarrassing night for Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz. [PHT]

• Get familiar with the “power kill,” an offensive strategy while shorthanded. [NBC Sports Edge]

Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kähkönen are making it quite a goalie competition in Minnesota. [Zone Coverage]

• Problems solved, says Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. [TSN]

• Navigating the salary cap has been one reason why Joe Sakic has built a Stanley Cup contender in Colorado. [Daily Faceoff]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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