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PHT Morning Skate: Where Dale Hunter channels Knute Rockne

Mar 9, 2012, 8:00 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.

Dale Hunter apparently breathed a little fire in the Washington Capitals locker room during the second intermission of an eventual come-from-behind OT win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Makes sense; he might want to channel the fear he often generated during his playing days – that tends to work for a good chunk of coaches. (The Associated Press)

Tanner Glass is loving the wild atmosphere in Winnipeg, which makes sense since the hockey-starved little burgh is going nuts about the NHL and the Jets are 21-10-4 at home. (The Province)

Mike Heika argues that last night’s win over the Sharks shows that the Dallas Stars are ready to rule the Pacific. (The Dallas Morning News)

Chase Hughes wonders if the Washington Capitals might actually build some momentum. Considering the rugged stretch up ahead – they better. (CSNWashington.com)

Chicago Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita received an honor they almost certainly never dreamed of: being immortalized in a 42-minute IMAX film, which premiered on Tuesday. (NHL.com)

Whenever you gape at the fact that the likes of Martin St. Louis went undrafted, Katie Baker’s look at some NHL GM’s dismissive attitudes toward “Money Puck” makes it less shocking. Sure, it’s an inexact science, but I’d say it gets a lot tougher when you reject any science that exists outside of your gut. /ends nerdy tiff (Grantland)

Joe Haggerty believes that the Boston Bruins are headed back on the right track after stumbling in the dog days of the season. (CSNNE.com)

Brandon Manning debuted for the Philadelphia Flyers last night, which surely prompted at least a few bad Philadelphia Eagles-Peyton Manning jokes. (Philly.com)

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s practice facility selections carry the scent of Spygate-esque paranoia. (NHL.com)

Want some video whimsy? Enjoy Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli trying his hand at “ice fishing.”

Shorter off-seasons probably explain his difficulties; I bet Steve Tambellini has a perfect fishing flow.

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