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Lightning’s Crombeen cross-checks Canes’ Gleason from behind

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Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension. If his recent behavior is any indication, he could make a lot of enemies in that time period.

The 27-year-old might hear from the NHL after this cross-check from behind on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason from Sunday’s 3-2 Canes win (GIF via SBNation.com):

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Gleason was helped off the ice after that hit, which happened late in the game. Pierre-Cedric Labrie received a cross-checking penalty, but Crombeen went unpunished.

Earlier in the night, Crombeen fought Nicolas Blanchard, so it’s pretty safe to say that he’s not a particularly popular guy in Carolina:

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings look to get back on the horse

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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.

The Kings are focusing in on what they need to do to finish off the Coyotes. Actually doing it may prove to be a bit more difficult. (L.A. Times)

The Coyotes could use a boost from Radim Vrbata in Game 5. He’s been a little too quiet in this series. (NHL.com)

Bob McKenzie says the Rangers defense let them down in Game 4. Their offense was rather putrid too. (TSN)

It’s been a long time coming for Adrian Aucoin to make an appearance in the conference finals. (NHL.com)

You can add Shawn Thornton’s name to the list of players who said they’d happily accept a gay teammate. (CSNNE.com)

Sheldon Souray would love to remain a Dallas Stars defenseman next season. (Stars)

Meanwhile, the Stars are really good about playing things smart and that’s thanks to owner Tom Gaglardi. (Angus Certified)

Dennis Wideman says he wants to stay in Washington but that might not happen with free agency looming this summer. (CSNWashington.com)

The Oilers’ coaching search is moving slowly and assistant coach Kelly Buchberger is sweating out whether he’ll be back or not. (Edmonton Journal)

The Hurricanes signed a pair of younger players in Bobby Sanguinetti and Nicolas Blanchard. (News & Observer)

The Flyers signed a pair of players for depth in the organization. (Broad Street Hockey)

St. Louis signed 2010 draft pick defenseman Jani Hakanpaa. (Post-Dispatch)

The Memorial Cup is roaring along in the CHL with lots of possibilities yet to be decided. (Buzzing The Net)