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PHT Morning Skate: Blown leads and hurt feelings

Feb 1, 2012, 7:17 AM EDT

Max Pacioretty 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.

It’s probably for the best that you don’t ask Max Pacioretty where Zdeno Chara is. Paul Gaustad found that out last night. (Buffalo News)

The Blackhawks aren’t happy about a blown call that helped lead to their overtime loss to Vancouver. (CSNChicago.com)

The Leafs’ loss to the Penguins had both a blown three goal lead and a bad call that ultimately cost the Leafs the game. Paging Brian Burke! (TSN)

Adrian Dater wasn’t very impressed with Semyon Varlamov‘s performance last night against Edmonton. (All Things Avs)

Ray Ferraro got busted calling out Paul Martin when he thought he wasn’t on the air. Whoops. (Pensblog)

Martin Brodeur is going to get ridden line a mule down the stretch. Good thing he’s used to that sort of thing. (The Star-Ledger)

Are Bryan Allen and Hal Gill on the Flyers’ trade radar? (Philly Inquirer)

Andrew Cogliano‘s hat trick may have been natural, but he says it was ugly. (OC Register)

Condolences to Phil Esposito’s family on the passing of his daughter Carrie. Carrie was also married to former Lightning forward Alexander Selivanov. (Lightning)

Finally, we think Detroit’s Jan Mursak may have been hooked at some point here against Calgary. (NHL)

  1. bethgoesglobal - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    You failed to mention the Wild’s defeat in the last 5 minutes of play. Nashville got 2 quick goals and with 20 secs left Fisher tossed in and stabbed the hearts of the Wild and their fans. They went from a comfortable 4-1 lead to misery. It was horrible. Is there anything worse than hearing your fans “boo-ing” at you at the end of the game. I was there- it was painful. Boys, my heart goes out to you. Let’s pretend it was all just a horrible dream…

  2. vshehane - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    So freaking Proud.of the Preds incredible win last night. Legs started out a little rusty but what an amazing effort and finish.

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      I do actually like the Preds but the home team always wins the “rooting” battle :) I’m gonna have to say though, from where I stood their win wasn’t so much a result of incredible play-making as a complete breakdown of the Wilds defensive system. The Wild had been dominating the play in neutral ice for the first 2 periods, but it disintegrated during the 3rd. This is not to say that the Preds didn’t show great perseverance on the puck and really charged the net to get those much needed goals to pull out the win.Props to them! (they also got me some much need fantasy points! :)

  3. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    penguins can overcome anything. they are hands down the best team in the league right now and malkin will win the mvp. mark my words

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Grrrrr…. a curse on your Penguins! (actually “curse” is probably a really bad thing to say to ya’ll) but grrrr none the less. ;)
      I’m a born and raised Caps fan so what can I say. (even if you May be right)

      • letangshair - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

        yeah. he is right. you don’t need to tell us. his username might as well be truth sayer, cause that’s all he does.

  4. vshehane - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Bethgoesglobal, you are probably correct but the third period has been magic for the Preds this year. The have a never say die attitude. Besides its always sweet to get a win against the owner who didn’t want us. Thank you Mr Leopold, may we have another?

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      vshehane -it’s only just 9 and I’ve already learned something new. I didn’t know he had turned down an opportunity to be with the Preds- he must be kicking himself now! I’m sure the win tasted awfully bitter to him, huh. (I’ve only been in MN for a few years so I’m still learning when it comes to the Wild; the whole Western conference for that matter)

      • vshehane - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        Actually he was the original owner of the Preds and sold the team a few years back. I have to give him props for bringing a team to Nashville but he really never jived with marketing a team in the south. As it turned out his selling the team to local investors is the best thing that ever happened. I really appreciate the fact that he didn’t sell to that POS Ballsilli or we wouldn’t even have a team. There is a lot of Pred love for Wild players Greg Zanon and Jed Ortmeyer, so they are really not one of our “hate teams”.

      • bethgoesglobal - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        vshehane- well maybe good people just like other good people :) Down with the Haters!! After all if I, a lifelong Caps fan, can Grrr a Pens fan w/a :) my respect for one’s team pride MUST be real (right?) Thanks again for the info.

  5. barkar942 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Speaking of blown leads- did anyone else see the NBC executive who wanted to get the Rangers-Devils game to overtime throw that puck right onto the stick of Clarkson? NBC and the NHL must have been having secret meetings on that one now for a while as retaliation for Torts’ comments from the Winter Classic! LOL!
    The game was a great game, but I hate to see games decided by a fluky bad bounce!

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