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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins hungry for challenges

Mar 27, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 18: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 18, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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.

Without much left to play for before the postseason starts, the Boston Bruins are looking for challenges to keep them sharp. They should get just that from the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. (CSN New England)

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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked 20-year-old forward Phil Di Giuseppe to an entry-level contract. (

Here’s a look back at the Jarome Iginla trade. (Calgary Sun)

How long will Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith be out? Details on the severity of his leg injury are still scarce, but one report suggests that he will miss two weeks. (Fox Sports)

This certainly hasn’t been a good year for Canadian-based teams. (Vancouver Sun)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and forward Brian Boyle think Ryan McDonagh should be regarded as a serious contender for the Norris Trophy. (The Bergen Record)

While we’re on the subject of the Norris Trophy, here’s the case for Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. (

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is among those who have reservations about the NHL’s realignment after it left the league with two conferences of different sizes. (New Jersey Online)

Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers:

  1. cofran2004 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    McDonough has been a stud. His plus/minus is at +11, good for 2nd on the rangers (tied with the hobbit, right behind the now-ailing Chris Kreider). He can score, he can pass, he’s creative in the offensive zone, and he’s been pretty air-tight on defense. If he didn’t get some consideration, it’d be a huge disappointment. I’m not saying he should win, but he should be in the conversation.

    • hockey412 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      It’d be nicer than seeing the top scorer, Karlsson, get it again, especially since he’s a -17. Hopefully he will get consideration. Keith is having such a good year though. And Pietrangelo.

      • cofran2004 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        Yeah, I don’t think he’ll win. Duncan Keith definitely deserves it. But the future captain of the rangers definitely has shown people what he’s capable for.

        Also, somewhere…. bob gainey is crying in a corner thinking about how badly he got fleeced by glen sather in the deal that sent mcdonagh to NY.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        i’m glad you mentioned it. i bet every montreal fan has cried at some point about it.

  2. pastabelly - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    If the Bruins are looking for challenges, they can start with a strong bounce back game against Chicago. It’s probably the most meaningful game left on the schedule.

    • lordstanley65 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM


  3. packerswin96 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    The Bruin’s had a challenge on Monday and failed it. A preview of how their playoffs will go.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Their challenge on Monday was how to stay disciplined when a team full of gutless, heartless, cheap-shotting pukes comes to town. They did fail that challenge. They’ll have to channel their anger into production instead of retaliation, otherwise yes, they’ll be done.

    • slaugin - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      If by failing you mean coming from behind to tie the game and go to OT only to lose in a gimmicky skills competition that will not be used in the playoffs after winning 12 in a row than yes they failed miserably. I’d hate to see how you criticize your own team, by these measures you must be tough on them.

    • gallyhatch - Mar 27, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      What, was Buckner86 already taken?

      • drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        I once gave a buddy a Mets jersey with “Buckner 86” on the back for his birthday. We’re both Sox fans, yet he loved it.

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