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PHT Morning Skate: Where Backstrom’s a big part of Ovechkin’s success

Apr 16, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom #19 and Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals talk during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center on January 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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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.

Derick Brassard wasn’t happy with his performance on Saturday against the New York Islanders, but the Rangers forward has been working hard to bounce back tonight. (New York Newsday)

Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc is hoping to play with the Chicago Blackhawks before the season ends. Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t making any promises. (CSN Chicago)

Nicklas Backstrom has played a big role in Alex Ovechkin‘s recent success. (Washington Times)

It might be a painful experience, but Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is trying to learn from his team’s struggles this season. (The News & Observer)

The Florida Panthers won’t make the playoffs, but they still have goals for their final seven games. (

The New York Islanders certainly aren’t dismissing the Panthers as they get ready for tonight’s match. They know just how tough teams with little left to play for but their jobs can be. (New York Newsday)

Yesterday, the question in Edmonton was if Oilers GM Steve Tambellini should be fired. Today it’s if Craig MacTavish is the right man to replace him. (Edmonton Sun)

20-year-old forward Tobias Rieder has agreed to terms with the Phoenix Coyotes. (

Highlights from Chicago’s 5-2 victory against Dallas:

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  1. ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Correction: “Nicklas Backstrom has played a big role in Alex Ovechkin‘s all-time success.”

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      About 80% of this comment is correct. Ovechkin did score 100 Goals before Nicky ever came to town

      • ibieiniid - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        i feel before his physical arrival, Backs arrived mentally to propel Ovechkin’s wristers into corners, to rattle the brains of early toe drag victims, and to help him do whatever it is he’s doing in this shot: (he’s on the right)

  2. wethog66 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    In other news, water is wet.

    The two should have never been split up. BB started that, and its a reason he is not with the Caps anymore.

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