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PHT’s Morning Skate: Ducks hold meetings, Recchi takes nap

Nov 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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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.

What do the Vancouver Canucks have to say about Mark Recchi’s claims that they’re the most arrogant team he played against? Kevin Bieksa brings the zinger: “Mark Recchi can go take a nap.” Solid. (Vancouver Province.)

What did you do on the night of April 3, 2006? It’s OK, I don’t remember what I was doing either. The Columbus Blue Jackets won in Nashville that night and finally accomplished that feat again on Saturday. That’s a pretty stunning drought considering that they’re in the same division, eh? (Inside Smashville.)

Jack Capuano has no answers for why the Boston Bruins buzzed through the New York Islanders by a count of 6-0. Can I offer one? The Bruins are a lot better. (ESPN New York.)

Jose Theodore stars in: “The Stick that Saved a Goal Against Pittsburgh.”

Theo’s equipment might have been blessed at Nov. 19, but Dwayne Roloson didn’t have the same luck with his. Place this goal firmly in the “Oof” category.

Chuck Gormley indulges in our collective urge to read into Capitals GM George McPhee’s decision not to answer questions about a “vote of confidence” for Bruce Boudreau. (

The Anaheim Ducks are trying just about every meeting imaginable to get out of their funk. The greater Anaheim area might run out of coffee cake if they keep slumping away. (OC Register.)

How do you describe a 9-2 loss on the heels of a 5-2 defeat? Joel Quenneville described it as such: “That was thoroughly embarrassing, humiliating across the board.” Yeah, that sounds about right. Some might raise a few questions about the Chicago Blackhawks’ little trip to Las Vegas after those two losses, too, though. (

Good news: the Dallas Stars have their new owner. Bad news: the San Jose Sharks owned them on Saturday, extending the Stars’ losing streak to five games. Potentially great news: the Stars are engaging in contract talks with Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski. (Dallas Morning News.)

With 12 games and 24 NHL teams in action, there’s a chance you missed something great or at least memorable. Here’s a collection of the highlights from Nov. 19.


  1. pastabelly - Nov 20, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Recchi’s comments have caused quite a stir in Vancouver. But it’s not as if any of this hasn’t been said before about the Canucks and there were so many players in the league just rooting for the Canucks to lose to the Bruins. The fact is that even in that article, the writer points out the juvenile antics of a few of the Canucks. They do dive, flop, and whine. Recchi never called out the Sedins. The columnist believes that because the Sedins are the leaders of that team and are classy that Recchi is off base. It doesn’t work that way and maybe the difference between Boston and Vancouver was the leadership on the ice.

  2. 8man - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    My biggest issue with Vancouver was that they appeared to believe they had the series won after game two. Teams that reach the Stanley Cup finals typically have something that teams in other sports don’t; grit.

    Most of them don’t just roll over after two games.

  3. bcisleman - Nov 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    As to the Islander comment, with all due respect to the Bruins, they are NOT (6-0) that much better than the Islanders. More to the point, the Islanders are a much better team than they showed last night and better than they have showed for much of this season and that is why Cappy was so incensed.

  4. bikey1277 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Bieksa is right. Its been months since the finals. He should just keep his mouth shut. The worst Stanley Cup final series I’ve ever seen. I was only neutral observer and I stopped watching and caring about who wins after game 4. Anyways this is just a ploy to divert attention away from his buddy Lucic. Nothing else.

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