PHT Morning Skate: Top playoff moments from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s
-- The Toronto Maple Leafs are probably the biggest underdog in the first round, but that doesn’t worry them in their upcoming battle against the Capitals. “Scare us? Nah, I don’t think they should. They’re a good team, but they’re not unbeatable,” said Auston Matthews. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
--Kings broadcaster Bob Miller called his final two games of his career last weekend. NHL.com put together a list of the top five moments from Miller’s final weekend on the job. (NHL.com)
--TSN hockey scout Craig Button completed his first edition of the mock draft. Button took Nolan Patrick for Colorado, Nico Hischier for Vancouver and Cody Glass for Vegas. (TSN.ca)
--Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau has been coaching for a while and he’s developed a connection with every team in the playoffs either because he’s coached players on those teams or because he’s gone head-to-head against some of the opposition’s bench bosses. Here’s one example: “TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: The team Boudreau broke into the NHL with as a player is back in the playoffs with one of his former Ducks goalies, Frederik Andersen.” (Associated Press)
--Swiss players aren’t usually physical, but Nino Niederreiter is the exception to the rule. The Wild forward admitted that his country could stand to play a more physical brand of hockey, but he also mentioned that they’ve come a long way. “I think sometimes it would be nice to be aggressive as a country and get to the net more. But it’s definitely grown big-time since I was young. Now they actually study and practice. Back then all I did was skate circles to make sure I’m a good skater.” (Sports Illustrated)
--Sportsnet put together some footage of the top playoff moments from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. From Patrick Roy winning the Stanley Cup as a rookie to Mario Lemieux’s famous goal against the North Stars to Ray Bourque finally hoisting the cup, these were all special moments.