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PHT Morning Skate: Matthews’ goal scoring; Pulock out 4-6 weeks

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 27: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up before facing the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Arena on May 27, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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.

• The Auston Matthews goal scoring surge is coming. [TSN]

• Toronto’s power play is just fine, but there are some improvements that can be made. [Leafs Nation]

• Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock will be out 4-6 weeks after blocking a shot during Monday’s loss to the Lightning. [NY Hockey Now]

• A look at the Capitals’ goaltending situation and if it’s been as good enough to win in the postseason. [Japers’ Rink]

• Jason Robertson is following up a strong rookie season with a great start to his sophomore campaign with the Stars. [Dallas Morning News]

• The young and fun Red Wings will experience plenty of bumps in the road as they continue their growth. [Winging it in Motown]

• Will Rangers fans see Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafrenière reach their full potentials on Broadway? [Blue Seat Blogs]

• The University of Alaska Anchorage is hoping to sustain its hockey program for a long time. [College Hockey News]

• How Daniella Ponticelli, voice of the University Saskatchewan women’s ice hockey team, is getting people excited for women’s hockey. [The Hockey News]

• Kevin Fiala is becoming an impact player again with the Wild. [Zone Coverage]


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