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PHT Morning Skate: Where Pens, Bruins AHL teams erupt in playoff game

May 20, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

AHL fight

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.

Joe Thornton thinks 24-year-old forward Logan Couture has become “probably the most complete hockey player there is in the NHL today.” (ESPN.com)

An AHL playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins got very heated with the teams combining for 117 penalty minutes. (AHL.com (with video) and Youtube)

Once again the New York Rangers find themselves down 2-0. Can they overcome another major deficit? (Newsday)

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is definitely enjoying himself. (Detroit Free Press)

Would Ales Hemsky fetch the Edmonton Oilers much on the trade market? (Edmonton Journal)

San Jose’s Brent Burns talks about the switch from defense to forward. (ESPN.com)

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask deserves a lot of the credit for Sunday’s 5-2 victory. (Boston Herald)

Highlights from Ottawa’s double overtime win against Pittsburgh:

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  1. hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Looks like the Bruins are classy at all levels of play :)

    That goalie should be forced to play the next game without a helmet – I doubt it will hurt anything. What a puss. Starts sh*t and then hides.

    • supercoop8 - May 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Shameful, that goalie really pulled a Malkin

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Haha well played…well played –

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      I’m reminded of this video at the end of game 4 with the islanders. Is that Malkin punching a guy while Kunitz holds him down? Yeah, real classy.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        I don’t know…Internet Explorer cannot display it

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        However, if it helps your cause, I’m all for Malkin playing the next game without a helmet also –

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        In that case, i’m in. Malkin and Svedberg helmetless next game

  2. alicesrightfootesq - May 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I’m just going to say it – fighting makes me embarrassed to be a hockey fan. That video is a joke.

  3. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Providence should be embarrassed, from their player jumping the other teams goalie and then punching him while he was down, to their goalie acting like a lil punk after getting scored on legit.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    That was gutless to jump the goalie but that Ref made an unreal tackle on the player on top of the goalie.

  5. malkamania71 - May 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I was at that game. I have never seen a team beat themselves so much in my life. Providence was up 3-0 in the series and played like an AHL team, but at the end of game 5 it looked like they were the team down 3-0.. The guy who pounced on WBS goalie taunted the crowd after getting ripped off by the refs too.. Real classy Graham Mink..

    p.s. best part of video comes around 7 minute mark when ref tackles mink off of the goalie. absolutely hilarious!

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