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PHT Morning Skate: Where Leafs coach is alarmed after bad loss

Apr 17, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle described his team’s performance in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Washington as “alarming.” (Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile the Ottawa Senators are a step closer to securing their postseason spot. (Ottawa Citizen)

Florida Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan suffered an upper body injury on Tuesday. (Miami Herald)

22-year-old forward Teemu Hartikainen has a physical side to his game that appeals to the Edmonton Oilers, but he needs to be more consistent if he wants to secure a regular spot on the Oilers’ roster. (Edmonton Sun)

If the Chicago Blackhawks have had a weakness this season, it’s been their mediocre to bad showing with the man advantage. (CSN Chicago)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have battled their way back into the playoff race, but they won’t have time to catch their breath before they continue that struggle. (Columbus Dispatch)

After two rough starts, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won’t start on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (

Here’s a visual year-by-year history of how the Edmonton Oilers have done as a franchise. (Edmonton Journal)

Highlights from the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings:

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  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Of course… Terrible loss by Toronto. Not a great win for DC. Typical

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Keep doubting us. That’ll only make this scorching team even more deadly. LETS GO CAPS

      • sens101 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        no one is doubting the caps…however, its not like the leafs played their best game of the season. I am looking forward to thursday night’s game because it looks to be a likely preview of a first round matchup.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      what are you talking about dude? did you read the article? where does it say “not a great win for DC”? the players didnt say it, the coach didnt say it, the author of the toronto article didnt say it, and no one here in the comments did either. article stated the obvious…red hot caps win again and toronto didnt show up to play after playing the night before. stop acting like a beat dog and flinching everytime someone mentions the capitals…

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        I don’t read the article. The article reads me

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      @ravenscaps48… The article headline is a credit to how the Caps dominated a good Leafs team. When a coach says it was “Alarming” how his team played and was a departure from how they have played all season, its actually giving the Caps the tip of the hat.

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