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PHT Morning Skate: Where longest active goalless streak ended Wednesday

Apr 18, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Douglas Murray #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2013 in New York City.
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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.

The Minnesota Wild want to move their AHL team to Iowa next season. They currently play in Houston. (Star Tribune)

Will the Edmonton Oilers have a role for 37-year-old forward Ryan Smyth next season? (Edmonton Journal)

Kenny Agostino, who the Calgary Flames acquired in the Jarome Iginla trade, has decided to stay in Yale for one more season. He’s finishing his degree in political science. (Calgary Sun)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray ended the longest active goalless slump in the league on Wednesday. He went 146 games without a goal. (NHL.com via Twitter)

Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff spoke out after it was revealed that he will be the bench boss for Team Canada in the upcoming World Championships. (Calgary Sun)

Alex Ovechkin is doing so well right now that even his soccer skills seem top notch. (CSN Washington)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has had consistency troubles this season and the condensed schedule might be part of the cause. (The Tennessean)

Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff stood up for team president Kevin Lowe after his comments about there being two types of Oilers’ fans. Lowe apologized for his statement. “I didn’t see his apology, but I can assure you, having known Kevin for 15 years now, that nothing means more to him than this organization and the fans that are involved,” Horcoff said. (Edmonton Sun)

Highlights from BUffalo’s 3-2 shootout victory over Boston:

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  1. cheesesteak75 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Crankshaft! Not a real pretty goal but it counts.

  2. steelhammer92 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Murray’s come real close several times during the short time he has been with the Pens. No way he’d have that long of a drought if he had played with the Pens during that time. Did he just never shoot in San Jose? He has a heavy shot. You’d think once in a while the puck would find the net from a deflection or screen.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Ryan Smyth will be like every other Alberta snowbird, land in Phoenix before the snow flies, rejuvenate, then make everyone wonder where he was during his last stay in Edmonton, this while he bags 40 or more goals from a collective twenty eight inches,

    Agostino’s degree in political science will help him find work at Burger King with all the other poli-sci grads should hockey not work out –unlikely given his credentials,

    and Horcoff’s a boot licking toad kissing-up to the man who handed him an outrageous contract. Brian Burke was right about Kevin Lowe!

    I always wondered what Edmonton did to Sather that would make him leave Lowe as heir apparent?

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