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PHT Morning Skate: ‘Out of sync’ Lightning; Avs’ penalty kill success

Rich Eisen and the guys try to solve an age-old sports mystery: Why is it called the “Stanley Cup Final” instead of the “Stanley Cup Finals"?

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.

• That Lightning team we saw in Game 1 didn’t look like the one that closed out the Rangers last week. They looked a bit ‘out of sync.’ [Sportsnet]

• Penalty kill was a focus during practice leading into the Cup Final and it paid off for the Avalanche. [Denver Post]

• Andrei Vasilevskiy’s ability to rebound after a shaky Game 1 start showed why he can turn the series for the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]

• “The pandemic prevented broadcaster Ismo Lehkonen from watching his son Artturi compete for the Cup live last year. As fate would have it, they get to share the experience a year later.” [Daily Faceoff]

• Don’t expect the Stanley Cup to travel to Russia this summer, and the 2022-23 NHL season will begin Oct. 11. All that and more from Commissioner Gary Bettman’s state of the league address. [PHT]

[Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• Should Bill Guerin explore the possibility of bringing John Gibson to Minnesota? [Zone Coverage]

• A friend of Bill Belichick and a baseball fan. Some things you may not have known about new Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Would Josh Anderson be a fit with the Islanders? [NY Hockey Now]

• The Canucks will extend Brock Boeser a qualifying offer as they intend to the re-sign the forward. []

• Center depth is an issue that needs addressing this summer by Rangers GM Chris Drury. [Blueseat Blogs]

• Cho Min-Ho, South Korea’s first Olympic hockey goal scorer in 2018, dies at 35. [Olympic Talk]


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