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PHT Morning Skate: Where Coyotes trump public safety

Mar 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

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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.

Your latest disturbing bit about the Phoenix Coyotes and City of Glendale: the team might cost more than public safety concerns. Yikes. (AZ Central)

Dave Stubbs goes in-depth on Josh Gorges‘ shot-blocking ways after he hit the 200 mark on the season. (Montreal Gazette)

Ten years later, Greg Wyshysnki looks back at the death Brittanie Cecil, whose tragic death from a wayward puck ushered in safety nets. (Puck Daddy)

Want an even more in-depth look at Sidney Crosby‘s first game back. NHL.com broke down every single shift he had. At least he only played 16 minutes. (NHL.com)

Joe Haggerty shares 15 thoughts from the Boston Bruins’ 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Not all of them are “Ugh” and “Ouch” and “Seriously, that was bad,” either. (CSNNE.com)

After shutting out the warming-up Colorado Avalanche last night, the New Jersey Devils must prepare for Crosby and the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins. (Fire & Ice Blog)

Kellie Cowan is the latest to advance the “Washington Capitals might benefit from the underdog role” argument. (CSNWashington.com)

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is the youngest defenseman in franchise history to put together consecutive 40+ point seasons. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Exhibit Z that the hip check isn’t totally dead: Brian Campbell clobbers Brad Marchand:

From fun to watch (unless you’re Marchand) to tough to watch (unless you really hate officials): Stephane Auger took a wayward stick to the face in the Islanders-Flyers game last night:

Even NHL referees are tough, though, so naturally Auger returned with three minutes left. (NHL.com)

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