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PHT Morning Skate: Mini milestones mark the night

Dec 9, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Al Montoya AP

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.

Make it 400 goals for Marian Hossa. Oddly enough, Jonathan Toews earned his 300th assist on the goal in an overtime win against the Islanders. (

Ray Whitney earned his 600th assist in a loss to Detroit. (Coyotes)

Florida’s Jose Theodore pretended it was 2002 in shutting out the Bruins. Coincidentally it was Theodore’s 600th career game. (Sun-Sentinel)

Scary: Cam Janssen was worried a broken bone pierced his heart. Yikes. (Star-Ledger)

Mirtle tells us about Ron Wilson’s pleasant memories of coaching Dale Hunter in Washington. (Globe And Mail)

Jacques Martin says the Canadiens are experiencing growing pains while losing. He might be experiencing life as an unemployed coach  if he doesn’t figure out how to get his team over it. (Montreal Gazette)

Good on the Dallas Stars for dropping ticket prices to entice fans to come to games. Here’s to hoping it pays off. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Evander Kane has his eyes on a sweet new contract. No wonder he’s scoring goals in bunches. (Winnipeg Sun)

Welcome Mark Messier to the Winter Classic Alumni Game. He’s so manly he’s putting off shoulder surgery to play. (

Daniel Paille must’ve broken a mirror recently as he got his bell rung against Florida. (

Finally, Jack Skille may have bit off more than he could chew in fighting Johnny Boychuk. Kudos to him for even hanging in there against him. (NHL)

  1. govtminion - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    When the rosters for the Alumni Game were announced, I noted that it just didn’t feel like a Rangers roster without Messier and Richter. Glad to see one of them is in, anyway- not that I’m a Rangers fan by any means, but if we’re going to do this, let’s get the all-time greats out there!

  2. rgledz - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Hey Joe, it’s apparently not a big deal to you, but the Wild won their 6th straight road game, a franchise first, without several key players including their number 1 and number 2 goaltenders. Also, the number 3 goalie made over 40 saves in his first career start. No big deal though…….

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