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PHT Morning Skate: Ontario reduces arena capacity; Canada tops U.S. in My Why tour

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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 15: Fans gets set for action between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 15, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/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.

• Beginning Saturday, Maple Leafs and Senators home games will see a reduced capacity of 50% as part of new COVID-19 mandates in Ontario. [TSN]

• Marie-Philip Poulin second goal of the game gave Canada a 2-1 overtime win over the U.S. during the fifth game of the My Why Tour. [Post-Dispatch]

• An interesting look at why the NHL is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases despite the high number of vaccinated players. [Seattle Times]

• As cases rise the Canucks are being extra cautious after last season’s numerous postponements. [Sportsnet]

• Blackhawks play-by-play announcer Troy Murray returned to the booth on Wednesday for his first full game since being diagnosed with cancer in August. []

• Co-owner of the Penguins checking in last night:

• Shoulder surgery will keep Kevin Labanc out of the Sharks’ lineup for three months. [NBC Sports Bay Area]

• If Jakob Chychrun is available how hard should the Oilers pursue the Coyotes defenseman? [Oilers Nation]

• Looks like the Wild will have to wait again for another prospect -- this time, Marat Khusnutdinov -- to come over from the KHL. [Zone Coverage]

• Why the Bruins should stay away from any and all Evander Kane trade rumors. [Black ‘N Gold]


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