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PHT Morning Skate: Dominant Avs; Johnson’s road to Stanley Cup

Steve Levy joins Dan Patrick to discuss the "chaos" at the Stanley Cup Final, including the controversy surrounding the too many men on the ice debate in OT during Game 4.

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.

• A good look at just how dominant the 2021-22 Avalanche have been. [TSN]

• Nazem Kadri has faced every obstacle put in his way this postseason and breezed past them. [Mile High Hockey]

• Jon Cooper is over his complaints about a potential missed “too many men” call in Game 4. Now his focus is on the Lightning making a comeback in the series. [Sportsnet]

• On Erik Johnson’s long road to being on the cusp of a Stanley Cup: “In more than a decade with Colorado, he’s ridden out bad teams and a career-threatening injury. Now, the former No. 1 overall pick is on the verge of a championship.” [Daily Faceoff]

• While down 3-1 in the series, the Lightning still have Andrei Vasilevskiy, and that means they have a chance. [Raw Charge]

[Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• Is Paul Maurice the guy to lead the Panthers to a Stanley Cup? [PHT]

• Pending unrestricted free agent Filip Forsberg has been offered a max eight-year deal by the Predators. Will he stay or go? []

• “After decades of inaction — and an embarrassing mulligan on its last attempt to bring the Ottawa Senators downtown — the National Capital Commission appears to have finally found the winning formula for LeBreton Flats.” [Ottawa Citizen]

• If the Rangers are to re-sign Andrew Copp, can they afford to lock him up beyond 2023? [Blueseat Blogs]

• What kind of contracts can Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto expect this summer -- from the Oilers or someone else? [Oilers Nation]


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