PHT Morning Skate: Vegas continues to roll, Hischier’s hand injury, Jets coming of age

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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.

• Up top, check out the onslaught put on by the Vegas Golden Knights in their blowout win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round matchup.

• Five reasons the Vegas Golden Knights continue to thrive as NHL’s most-successful expansion team (USA Today)

• What If The Golden Knights Just Never Lose? (Deadspin)

• NHL Referees and Linesmen for Round 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Scouting the Refs)

• There’s no shortage of opinions on whether NHL draft lottery is working (Ottawa Sun)

• A bevy of blueliners may await Canucks in NHL draft lottery (The Province)

• An analytical preview of the second round of the NHL playoffs (TSN.ca)

• Subban trying ‘to have a little bit of fun’ with Predators in playoffs (NHL.com)

• Hischier played through hand injury during rookie season with Devils (NHL.com)

• Few players have had more Stanley Cup near-misses than Sharks veteran Paul Martin (ESPN)

• Where did it all go wrong? A postmortem for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Yardbarker)

• Five storylines to look for in the second round of the NHL playoffs (The Canadian Press)

• Predators vs Jets: Did Winnipeg take early lead on social media? (Tennessean)

• The Winnipeg Jets Are An Insufferable (But Talented) Hockey Team (On the Forecheck)

• Growing up: Jets come of age (Winnipeg Sun)

• Predators’ silent second line needs to step up to beat Winnipeg Jets (Tennessean)

• Much-maligned Adam McQuaid may have saved the Bruins’ season (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

• The Lightning is fun, but does its playoff run translate into dollars for Tampa? (Tampa Bay Times)

• A party 31 years in the making, we look back on life in 1987 (Winnipeg Sun)

• Leksand’s Leon Reuterström publicly comes out as transgender, retires from women’s hockey (The Ice Garden)

• Bruce Cassidy proves his Jack Adams worth in Game 7 (Bruins Daily)

• Humboldt survivor has breakthrough as support continues to pour in (Sportsnet)


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PHT Morning Skate: Ducks wake-up call; Crosby passes Lemieux

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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.
• For Ducks, getting swept should be a wake-up call (Los Angeles Times)

• Takeaways: an unlikely hero emerges as Sharks sweep Ducks (San Jose Mercury News)

Sidney Crosby passes Mario Lemieux for Penguins’ playoff points lead (USA Today)

• The Penguins are still too much for the Flyers (SB Nation)

• Hey, Saint Patrick. It’s a sin you missed how Avs refused to quit in 3-2 loss against Nashville. (Denver Post)

• In defying odds, Golden Knights’ success is not so good for sports books (USA Today)

Marc-Andre Fleury‘s ex-teammates with Penguins happy for his success in playoffs (NHL.com)

• Bodog: Golden Knights are Cup favourites (TSN.ca)

• Foligno brothers savouring first simultaneous NHL post-season (Toronto Star)

Blake Wheeler‘s path to being an elite player in the NHL took a winding road (Winnipeg Sun)

• How a financial advisor became the NHL’s only active black official (Sportsnet)

• Bill Peters has the inside track in Calgary, but there’s a lot of local blood to consider (The Hockey News)

• Von Miller just discovered hockey and he is WAY into it (The Loop)

• Humboldt Broncos tribute concert aims to bring in NHL players, alumni (Sportsnet)

• Town puts ‘giant hockey stick on our porch’ in Humboldt tribute (CBC)

• The case for each Vezina Trophy finalist — and a few snubs (The Hockey News)

• Why the Stanley Cup gets names removed every 13 years (Sportsnet)

• Up top, watch how the Penguins are coming alive in the postseason and the energy being displayed by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be worrying their opponents.


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

PHT Morning Skate: Sedins remembered, praised after retirement announcement

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• Sedins have secured their place among greatest NHL siblings (TSN.ca)

• Sedins through the years: NHL career of Canucks forwards, twin brothers marked by significant achievements, milestones (NHL.com)

• Brian Burke inextricably linked to Sedin fairytale (Calgary Sun)

• Fellow NHLers offer praise for Sedins after retirement announcement (Sportsnet)

Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin rank highest for individual achievement in NHL this year (Edmonton Journal)

• Uncommon path should ease NHL learning curve for Tolvanen (The Canadian Press)

• Claude Giroux’s 2016-17 campaign had some questioning whether he was headed for further decline. The Flyers captain has proven he’s got a lot more to give with his performance this season, though. (The Hockey News)

• Meet the Traveling Crosby’s (Penguins.com)

• NHL report finds climate change hurts the sport (The Hill)

• A police officer, a bank manager and an accountant: NHL emergency goalie stories are the best (Washington Post)

• Kelly Sowatsky is a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan. She’s also in need of a kidney. On Saturday night she took her fight to PPG Paints Arena where, with the help of a homemade sign, she told her story. (Pensburgh)

• Debate: Who is NHL’s Stanley Cup favorite? (USA Today)

• NHL’s stretch run offers plenty of intrigue (CBC)

• Hickey on Hockey: It’s all or nothing in coming draft for sinking Canadiens (Montreal Gazette)

• Saskatchewan hockey player told he can’t wear patch in honour of friend (CTV)


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

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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PHT Morning Skate: NHL wants players, coaches to stop complaining

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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.

• Still steaming about the goaltender interference issue? Don’t expect any changes before the playoffs (National Post)

• Quit your bellyaching: The NHL wants players and coaches to stop whining about goaltender interference and other non-calls (Sportsnet)

• NHL attacks link between hockey, CTE in bid to exclude concussion expert from trial (TSN)

• Not one coach has lost his job this season so far. Here’s a look at those who are primed to become the first (USA Today)

• Why the Hockey Hall of Fame blew it by adding Pierre McGuire to its selection committee (Toronto Star)

• Washington Capitals Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan signed to multi-year extension (Washington Post)

• Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway in discussions with potential investors (Arizona Sports)

• The bottom has fallen out for the Calgary Flames (FanRag)

• Senators’ thin front office a contrast to others in NHL (Ottawa Citizen)

• Can the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup? (The Hockey News)

• Red Wings’ Frans Nielsen relieved to be back on the ice (Detroit News)

• After cardiac arrest, former NHL winger Craig Cunningham finds a calling as an advocate, scout (ESPN)

• DeBoer should still tweak while Sharks seek best forward lines (NBC Bay Area)

• The Sedins are not the problem in Vancouver (Faceoff Circle)

• U.S. defeats Czechs, 10-0, in second game at 2018 Paralympics (USA Hockey)

• Theo Fleury talks about how depression ended his NHL career (Grandstand Central)


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