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PHT Morning Skate: Dirty hits and Giroux love

Dec 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux 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.

Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray is so upset about a hit on Anze Kopitar that he pulled an “In my day …” OK, he said my “generation,” but same difference. (LA Kings Insider.)

Jeremy Roenick believes that Jonathan Toews could be a prime candidate for the Hart Trophy. (

Speaking of MVP candidates, John Boruk provides 10 keys for Claude Giroux to win it instead. My favorite: “Keep up the Giroux lovefest.” (

Sad, must-see video: Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson catches up with Kristina Korolev, daughter of Igor, who died in that terrible Lokomotiv plane crash. (H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

Most people are surprised that Matt Hackett has had such a successful first two games in the NHL, but his well-known uncle (and former NHL goalie) Jeff isn’t. (

Close call of Friday night: Ottawa Senators prospect Patrick Wiercioch took a puck to the throat. Despite being admitted to a hospital, the word is that he’s in stable condition and should be OK. (TSN.)

Fantasy hockey nuts might want to pay attention to Sam Gagner now that he’s skating with wunderkind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He has six of his 12 points in the last four games, including three from last night. His numbers could skyrocket if he keeps getting slam dunk opportunities like these:

Dennis Wideman scored his first career hat trick tonight. It was such an unbelievable achievement that Wideman doesn’t believe he had three goals. He believes his third one deflected off of someone else. (

You’re excused if you didn’t notice, but the Winnipeg Jets are now on a four-game winning streak. They’ve come a long way since getting embarrassed by the Montreal Canadiens during their first game back in the ‘Peg. (Winnipeg Sun.)

  1. philsosexy - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Giroux is the best player in the league right now, hands down. Anyone who has seen him play will agree

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      G is the man. One of the best TWFs in the league. Def the best playing one right now.

  2. whistler1217 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    I haven’t seen anyone except Terry Murray claim Brodziak’s hit on Kopitar was dirty. Terry needs to give it up. Clearly, they were side by side and the puck was directly in front of both of them. Weak call.

    • whistler1217 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Nevermind, apparently many Kings fans agree…

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