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PHT Morning Skate: Day of reflection, looking to playoffs

Apr 29, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 30: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves the puck up ice in front of Keith Aucoin #10 of the New York Islanders on March 30, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison will represent Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. (

Alex Tanguay admitted that he got distracted when the trade rumors started to pick up steam in Calgary. “And that’s on me,” the 33-year-old Flames forward said. “You have to be professional. You have to play your best every night.” (Calgary Sun)

What will the Colorado Avalanche do next after firing Joe Sacco and Eric Lacroix? (Denver Post)

The New York Islanders are perhaps the biggest underdogs out of any team that’s made the playoffs, but they’re used to that role. (Newsday)

Of course, historically the Islanders have been very effective against the Penguins, even when Pittsburgh was heavily favored to win. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Ales Hemsky reflects on his decision to try to play with a fractured foot and talks about the possibility of him being traded over the summer. (Edmonton Journal)

The Chicago Blackhawks struggled quite a bit over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns, but captain Jonathan Toews thinks the team has learned and matured as a result. (CSN Chicago)

A look at the Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens series. (

Highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Boston:

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  1. barkar942 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Can’t wait to see you send the Penguins waddling home for golf tee times!

    • jpelle82 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      lol, ok. penguins should have plenty of rest going into the 2nd round as this will no doubt be a short series for them. bad matchup for the islanders after a good run. nothing about the islanders should scare the pens. they’re not very physical, not overly fast, goaltending has been ok not great, not enough depth through the lines…plus the pens speed have left the blueliners flat footed in their matchups so far this year (especially macdonald and hamonic). pens have basically 3 number one lines they can roll and the pp is just too overwhelming with letang back in the lineup. islanders only hope is that crosby doesnt play or major injury to the pens blue line to have a shot.

  2. modellforprez - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    The upset of the two time champ penguins in 93 by islanders was 20 years ago for 1. not 1 single player or coach remain on either side. how come they dont mention that penguin team just ran outta gas after playing more hockey than anyone the previous 3 years and they ran outta gas. we will see what happens this year.

    • jl9830 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Wah wah wah. They mention it because it’s a great story and part of the history of the NHL. Stop crying about it. Let’s see what happens; the Penguins folded pretty easily last year. The pressure is squarely on the Penguins here. It’s not easy playing a talented opponent playing with house money.

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