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PHT Morning Skate: Best players that can’t win the big one; Caps fan skips prom to attend Game 3


Patrick Smith

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• A Capitals fan threw a crab on the ice during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. He needed two pairs of underwear to pull it off, too. That’s commitment. (Washington Post)

• Devante Smith-Pelly was a depth acquisition by the Caps, but he’s scored some pretty important goals for his team. (NBC Sports Washington)

• Caps fans are committed to their team. This high school senior skipped her senior prom to attend Game 3 on Saturday night. (Nova Caps)

• The Golden Knights are facing adversity for the first time in a while. Will they be able to play themselves back into this series? (

• It sounds like the Golden Knights aren’t going to by shy about spending up to the cap this summer. (Knights on Ice)

• Sean McIndoe ranks the best “can’t-win-the-big-one” all stars. Jumbo Joe, Roberto Luongo, Steven Stamkos and Patrick Marleau are all on the list. (Sportsnet)

• Former NHL defenseman James Wisniewski was one of four people injured in a single-car accident on Friday night. Hopefully everyone involved makes a speedy recovery. (Columbus Dispatch)

• looks at six things we learned at this year’s NHL combine, including the changes made to the fitness testing. (

• New York Post writer Larry Brooks has been named Elmer Ferguson Award winner, while Joe Bowen has won the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. Both men will be honored in November. (

• Many have speculated about the possibility of Max Pacioretty being traded this summer, but his camp and GM Marc Bergevin have reportedly talked about an extension. (Montreal Gazette)

• Former NHL forward Joe Vitale talked about the struggles he faced while dealing with a brain injury. “You can’t remember conversations with your wife the next day, and you see the frustration in her face. You just don’t know if you’re going to be OK again. Priorities start to come in, like, am I ever going to be a good father again for my kids? Depression. Depression sets in hard. It’s a real thing. I was extremely, extremely depressed, lonely, isolated.” (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.