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PHT Morning Skate: Clowe might be back tonight

May 6, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

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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.

New York Rangers forward Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) took part in Sunday’s practice and might return for Game 3 on Monday. (The Bergen Record)

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding praised his teammates after earning his first career postseason victory yesterday. (CSN Chicago)

Despite winning in overtime yesterday, at least one Pittsburgh columnist is unhappy with the Penguins’ play as of late. His article starts with the line, “Are these guys stupid?” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

In some respectives, Capitals coach Adam Oates and Rangers coach John Tortorella’s attitudes are polar opposites. (CSN Washington)

Kings coach Darryl Sutter doesn’t think his squad or the St. Louis Blues have had any much momentum in their first-round series yet. “The players are confident on both teams, so you just kind of go shift-to-shift.” (LA Kings Insider)

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser will have surgery on his thumb tomorrow, GM Ken Holland confirmed. He’s expected to need about eight weeks to recover from the injury he sustained in Game 2. (Detroit News)

It looks like Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray will play tonight. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t want to rule out blueliner Toni Lydman, but conceded that “bright lights are bugging him.” (Eric Stephens)

Patrick Wiercioch exited the Ottawa Senators’ game against the Montreal Canadiens due to a lower-body injury. The 22-year-old lasted just two shifts and 1:47 minutes in his postseason debut. (

  1. thickbroth - May 6, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    The franchise keeps rolling on. sid>gretsky

    • JoeAvg - May 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      The broth isn’t all that’s thick buddy. Sid’s the best in the game but he’s not quite at that level. He would need to get his name etched in silver several more times for that talk to even begin.

      • jpelle82 - May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        only 3 in nhl history have a better ppg average – gretzky, lemiuex, bossy…crosby. he is very close to bossy too, i could see him finishing third all time.

      • JoeAvg - May 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        I was never one to judge by statistics. Even there however, I’d be willing to bet Gretzky’s ppg in his first 8 eight years were probably a whole point above Sid’s. Those were different times. But the way Gretzky led that team was remarkable. It’s kind of a shame that the cap and free agency assure that we will never see a true dynasty again. I feel fortunate I got to see both the Islanders and Oilers go through their heydays.

        That being said. Go Sid! Go Pens!

  2. 87drawspenalties - May 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    We all know the crylanders have their mascara stained pillows in the laundry this morning trying to wipe away the nightmare of Chris Kunitz killing their hopes and dreams.

  3. jdrew506 - May 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    First of all wait till Sid gets many cups as Gretzky and breaks his records before you try to claim he is better. Second most of us Islander fans are realistic and just dreamed of making it to the playoffs this year, win or loose. We understand that we are a young team with little experience and are a year or 2 away from really doing some damage. However what the Islanders do have is grit and heart and that is starting to scare most logical fans because it has helped the Islanders out Hit and out play the penguins for most of the last 2 games.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      No doubt – the Islanders have played great – the Pens have made a TON of mistakes (though I don’t care for the article above you can’t argue the point it is making) and the Islanders have been sharp and aggressive enough to absolutely pounce on every single one. No matter who wins the series, I’d be all kinds of excited as a NYI fan right now.

      And the series is not over – this one is much tighter than I thought it would be. I’m hoping the Pens wake up and start playing like they did in game one (and at the end of the first and in the second period yesterday)…if not this could go deep.

  4. pens87 - May 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Well I don’t understand what my fellow pens fans above are talking about. “The franchise” is not “rolling in” over anyone. They are currently playing some terrible defense and leaving Fleury out to dry (he has actually played much much better than last year, but there is only so much he can do with the defense playing so loose. Offense needs to take better care of the puck like they did in Game 1. That 5-0 victory was the worst thing that could have happened to us because it made us overconfident. This is the NHL playoffs, if you get overconfident on the ice then you are headed for an early exit.

    The islanders are hardly “crylanders”. They have played these last two games with double the passion and desire that I have seen from the pens since game 1. They are going to be an extremely dangerous team in the future if they can tighten up their defense. Sid and Geno are amazing…but the other guys can not be relying on them to get the offense done all the time. Everyone needs to play their part if we expect to go deep in the playoffs. Cut back on the turnovers, tighten up the D, and above all play with some heart and passion out there!

  5. thickbroth - May 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    kunitz blew out nabokovs hole yesterday

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      The only thing worse than a troll is a troll who pretends to be a fan.

      • barkar942 - May 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        I thought the moderators took out their Acme decoder and got rid of this bozo? Perhaps it is time to do that again!

  6. colossal87 - May 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Everyone knos that The Franchise will continue to dominate & destroy. Colossal Sid toys with timid tavares

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