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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Caps get the Ricky Bobby treatment

Dec 27, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

Ricky Bobby

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.

CSNWashington’s Joe Beninati comes up with the only appropriate character to describe the Caps’ funk right now. If you ain’t first, you’re last, Alex Ovechkin. Shake and bake! (

Kings forward Simon Gagne may have had his inevitable season-interrupting injury last night against Phoenix. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Make it seven losses in a row for the Minnesota Wild. Uh oh… (Russo’s Rants)

Eric Lindros continues to say all the right things about putting his rocky past with the Flyers behind him. (

Tyler Bozak‘s turnaround season has the Leafs pleasantly surprised. (TSN)

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on IR. Welcome back to the show Curtis McElhinney. (Sportsnet)

It’s looking like Philly native Patti LaBelle will sing the National Anthem at the Winter Classic. (Delaware County Daily Times)

New Jersey’s Ryan Carter might be getting a short vacation thanks to his hit on Jaroslav Spacek. (Fire & Ice)

Finally, check out this fight four seconds into last night’s Rangers-Isles game between Stu Bickel and Micheal Haley. Haley got kicked out for instigating and left Bickel really feeling it. (YouTube)

  1. pastabelly - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Yikes, the writer of that article on Lindros made light of Lindros’ concussion symptoms. Only in Philly.

  2. theolgoaler - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Bickel needs a “cut man”… must have gotten hit right on the orbital bone above his eye in that fight… pasta’s right on with his comment re: Lindros!

  3. elvispocomo - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    I’ve seen much worse not called for instigating, particularly in the last 5 minutes when it should be cracked down on. Really surprised – or should I not be considering some of the inconsistent reffing and that was right at the start of a game – they’d call that but not call others.

  4. bcisleman - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Don’t mess with Micheal Haley. By one account, he hurt his hand on Bickel’s face!

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