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PHT Morning Skate: Capitals and Game 6’s; AHL goalie goal

capitals game 6's

SUNRISE, FL - MAY 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates off the ice after celebrating a goal by teammate T.J. Oshie #77 in the first period against the Florida Panthers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the FLA Live Arena on May 11, 2022 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHLI via Getty Images

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

• How have the Capitals fared in Game 6’s over the years? They face elimination Friday night against the Panthers. [Japers’ Rink]

• Jacob Trouba will not face discipline for his Game 5 hit on Sidney Crosby. [PHT]

• “Knowing what we know now about head trauma and the life-altering effects it can cause, the question needs to be asked: Is the risk worth the reward? Placing the burden on players to calculate the odds of an injury in a fraction of a second is unfair and unreasonable. The truth is, the only way to ensure fewer head injuries would be to eliminate open-ice hits altogether. Of course, that would completely change the way the sport is played. And as someone who loves the game — including the physicality of it — that’s a difficult sell.” [LoHud]

• Late leads and the power play have hampered the Stars all season long. [Dallas Morning News]

• Auston Matthews firing up the troops for Saturday’s Game 7 vs. the Lightning: “What’s in the past is in the past man, we can’t change that now. It’s about this next game and going out there with a purpose, and with details, and just competing for 60 minutes or whatever it takes. We just gotta put our balls on the line and go for it.” [The Leafs Nation]

• What happens with the Wild from here on out? It’s not pretty. [Zone Coverage]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 First Round schedule, TV info]

• Why the Predators need to make a change at general manager. [A to Z Sports Nashville]

• The case for Rick Tocchet as next head coach of the Flyers. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• If Patrik Allvin can trade Oliver Ekman-Larsson, what kind of return could the Canucks get? [Canucks Army]

• PHF’s Metropolitan Riveters offseason moves clouded by Digit Murphy hire. [The Ice Garden]

• Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin are your 2021-22 Hart Trophy finalists. [PHT]

• Top NHL prospect Shane Wright on the July NHL draft: “I think that based on all the work this past year and in my past as well, I think that I deserve to be the first overall pick. I deserve to have that honor and I believe that I am the best player in this draft and believe that I should be taken first overall.” []


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.