PHT Morning Skate: Stealing the Stanley Cup (and a few hearts)

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.

This story about former NHL player Mathias Tjärnqvist taking a teenage girl with Downs Syndrome to her prom in Sweden will “win a Nobel Prize for kindness” and maybe melt your heart a bit. (The Local by way of Puck Daddy)

Five goalies who won Stanley Cups even if their performance may have just rated as “OK.” Cam Ward might have a reasonable beef with being on this list … (The Hockey News)

BarDown shares two different videos of young hockey players performing impressive feats. (Example 1 and 2)

Three instances in which people literally tried to steal the Stanley Cup. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Can analytics show how much of a difference Mike Babcock might make in Toronto? David Johnson is brave/bold enough to give it a shot. (Maple Leafs Hot Stove)

This one’s a week old, but it’s still an interesting look at the ripple effects of the Martin St. Louis – Ryan Callahan trade. (Raw Charge)

Need a little dash of silly? Let’s assume the answer is “yes” since it is Wednesday, after all:

Is Gleason questionable? Caps summon Schmidt

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The Washington Capitals announced that defenseman Nate Schmidt has been summoned from AHL Hershey in a move that might be a hint about Tim Gleason’s status for Game 7 on Wednesday.

Gleason didn’t see any ice time in the final 10:57 minutes of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers. After the contest coach Barry Trotz described the 32-year-old defenseman as “banged up,” per the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.

Washington acquired Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 28 in exchange for Jack Hillen and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. He had two assists and a plus-five rating in 17 games with the Capitals to finish the season, but his ice time has dipped to just 13:28 minutes per game in the playoffs as Washington has leaned on its top-five blueliners in John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, and Mike Green.

Schmidt, 23, had a goal and three assists in 39 contests with Washington during the 2014-15 regular season.

If Gleason can’t play on Wednesday, then that would mark the first change in Washington’s defense since the playoffs began.

Video: Nelson scores twice giving the Americans an early lead over Slovenia

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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the tournament to give the Americans a 2-0 lead over Slovenia after 20 minutes at the World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Nelson opened the scoring at 4:17 of the first period putting home a Mike Reilly feed short side on Robert Kristan.

The 23-year-old gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead, on a power play, at 16:32 of the opening period burying the rebound off of Justin Faulk’s point shot.

Ales Music has Slovenia on the board early in the second.

PHT Morning Skate: Jimmy Fallon tabs Alex Ovechkin as a Bond villain

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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.

Jacob Markstrom was one of the most notable players involved in the sixth-longest game in AHL history. (Puck Daddy)

Ten amazing rookie playoff performances from the past 10 years, or “Cam Ward gets to be on a flattering list.” (The Hockey News)

Get to know high-end 2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews. (Sportsnet)

P.K. Subban isn’t ready to golf just yet.

“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” took a lengthy look at the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with a superlatives segment, which amounts to a lot of NHL player mugshot jokes. We shall now refer to Brian Boyle as “The Disney Prince.”

The Alex Ovechkin – Bond villain comparison seems oddly familiar, though, doesn’t it?

Finally, it’s Friday. Get excited.

Video: U.S. stays unbeaten at Worlds with win over defending champs Russia

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The U.S. continued to surprise at the 2015 World Hockey Championships on Monday, scoring a 4-2 win over defending champion Russia to remain undefeated in the group phase.

Arizona Coyotes center Mark Arcobello scored the game-winner for the Americans (3-0-0-0) midway though the third period, while Dallas prospect Jack Campbell stopped 15 of 17 shots for his first win of the tournament.

Anton Belov and Sergei Plotnikov replied for the Russians, who suffered their first loss.

It’s been a banner tourney for the Americans thus far, especially given their roster makeup. USA Hockey opted to rely heavily on youth; collegians Jack Eichel (Boston University), Jimmy Vesey (Harvard), Dylan Larkin (Michigan) and Mike Reilly (Minnesota) have all played significant minutes while in goal, Campbell and fellow AHLer Connor Hellebuyck have carried the load and done remarkably well, allowing just four goals over the first three games.

Of course, the U.S. is boasting a strong, NHL-heavy defensive unit led by Justin Faulk, Torey Krug and Seth Jones. The trio combined to play over 70 minutes in the win over Russia, with Krug scoring a goal and Jones finishing with two assists.

The U.S. will next play on Thursday against Belarus (10 a.m. ET), then face Denmark on Friday (2. p.m. ET), Slovenia on Sunday (3p.m. ET) and Slovakia on Tuesday (10 a.m. ET) to close out the group stage.

All Team USA games will be televised on NBCSN.