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PHT Morning Skate: In which Sweden tanked a game in the 2006 Olympics

Dec 19, 2011, 7:00 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.

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post shares a story which Peter Forsberg says Sweden tanked a game in the 2006 Olympics to get an easier road to gold. Wouldn’t you rather play Switzerland than Russia or Canada? Of course you would. (All Things Avs, Expressen)

Jason Spezza says teammate Jared Cowen should be in the talk for the Calder Trophy. Sadly, his name isn’t Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. (Ottawa Sun)

Joel Quenneville won his 600th game as a coach last night. Congrats to the coach and his awesome ‘stache. (CSNChicago.com)

Drew Doughty says Terry Murray’s firing was the change they needed. Enjoy having fun with Darryl Sutter though, Drew. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson continues to say that Scott Arniel is not the problem in Columbus. Is he trying to fall on his own sword or what? (Puck Rakers)

The Senators are believing that Kyle Turris is a great fit for them. They’d better hope so. (Ottawa Sun)

Daniel Briere will be centering his 12th different line for Philly this season. And you wonder why he’s been a bit off this year. (CSNPhilly.com)

It’s not always rainbows and unicorns for the Predators when they win. Things get a bit emo in the honky tonk. (Tennessean)

Tim Connolly is back on the top line for Toronto now. I wonder how Ville Leino is working in Buff… Oh, right. (TSN)

Ken Hitchcock gives up to the fans for the Blues’ big win. Look out for St. Louis, kids. (Post-Dispatch)

Finally, Niklas Hjalmarsson might be Swedish, but his goal had a lot of English on it. (NHL)

  1. theolgoaler - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Despite last night’s win, the Blues are still having trouble scoring (although Pekka Rinne did “stand on his head” Saturday night at the Hockey Tonk)… if/when Andy McDonald comes back from his concussion, that will help. The line of Alex Steen, “Captain America” David Backes, and T.J. Oshie has been flying under the radar of most national coverage, but they’re playing great hockey for the Blues.

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