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  1. PHT Morning Skate: Where we wonder who steps up in place of Claude Giroux

    May 8, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Jaromir Jagr, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell

    This would be a good spot for a few guys to make it big. That and more in the Morning Skate.

  2. Ryan Suter on future with Predators: “I haven’t really thought about it”

    May 8, 2012, 1:53 AM EST

    Ryan Suter

    Will a second semifinals run be enough to keep the pending UFA in Nashville?

  3. Watch goalie Mike Smith try to score on an empty net

    May 8, 2012, 1:46 AM EST

    GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators by Boyd Gordon #15 of the Phoenix Coyotes as he skates in on goaltender Mike Smith #41 in the second period of Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    He made 32 saves to lead the Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals.

  4. Tippett: “We were fortunate that Nashville had a major distraction”

    May 8, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    radulovgetty

    More from Coyotes coach: “We just concentrated on winning.”

  5. NHL reveals start time for Game 6 of Capitals-Rangers series

    May 8, 2012, 1:32 AM EST

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 7: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals stretches during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

    New York has a 3-2 series lead.

  6. And then there were six: So much for Nashville’s mid-season reload

    May 8, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: (L-R) Ryan Suter #20 and Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators skate up a face off circle in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Their acquisitions did not produce the desired results.

  7. Discuss: Coyotes close out Predators in five games

    May 8, 2012, 12:39 AM EST

    suterdoangetty

    Phoenix advances to the Western Conference finals for the first time ever.

  8. Washington’s Alzner blames media for PK struggles

    May 8, 2012, 12:04 AM EST

    Karl Alzner

    Evidently the Capitals’ loss was our bad.

  9. Did Caps’ shot blocking style result in Rangers’ winning goal?

    May 7, 2012, 11:38 PM EST

    Screen

    “That’s what happens when we play a style where we block a lot shots. Sometimes those go in.”

  10. Hunter on bouncing back: “It’s just hockey; don’t over-analyze it”

    May 7, 2012, 11:34 PM EST

    Dale Hunter

    Keeping it simple might just be the way to go.

  11. Marc Staal on finish: “That last minute was incredible”

    May 7, 2012, 11:18 PM EST

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    rangershuggetty

    Capitals fans might add “incredibly painful.”

  12. Brouwer: “No one feels lower than [Ward] right now, but it’s not his fault.”

    May 7, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

    Troy Brouwer

    All the same, the Washington Capitals are one game away from elimination.

  13. Joel Ward: “It’s tough when you let the team down on a play like that”

    May 7, 2012, 10:58 PM EST

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Two

    His double-minor resulted in two heart-breaking Rangers goals.

  14. Discuss: Rangers exploit double-minor for amazing comeback win

    May 7, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi #5 after scoring a goal to tie up the game late in the third period against Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    The New York Rangers have taken a 3-2 series lead.

  15. Video: Can Nashville’s Kostitsyn and Radulov redeem themselves?

    May 7, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

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    NBCLive

    The Predators are facing elimination on Monday.

  16. Brian Elliott was dealing with ear infection during playoffs

    May 7, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

    ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues warms up before Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Jaroslav Halak wasn’t the only Blues goalie below 100 percent.

  17. Trotz’s playoff law: Perform or you’ll be moved down in the lineup

    May 7, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 4: Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators pokes the puck away from Gilbert Brule #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Colin Wilson has moved to the top line while Sergei Kostitsyn has fallen in the depth charts.

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