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PHT Morning Skate: Vezina for Rinne; Hobey Baker Award top 10

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Kings fan Thomas McNeill of Valencia, Calif., holds the puck that hit him in the face during the third period of a Vancouver Canucks-Los Angeles Kings NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, March 12, 2018. The Kings won, 3-0. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• A puck to beak was worth it for this fan. [Getty]

• Why it’s Pekka Rinne’s Vezina Trophy to lose. [Sportsnet]

• A good read on the uniqueness of Alex Ovechkin’s shot. []

• The Dallas Stars are once again playing for their playoff lives. [Dallas Morning News]

• James Neal’s been out for the Vegas Golden Knights, but others have stepped up the offense in his absence. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• The Hart Trophy field is a crowded one. Is there room for Anze Kopitar? [FanRag Sports]

• Steve Yzerman and his staff have done real well at finding talent in the later rounds of the NHL draft. [Raw Charge]

• What’s it like to be on the wrong end of a hockey milestone? Ask the Winnipeg Jets. [NBC Washington]

• It’s a new era in New York for the Rangers. It’s a time of transition for a franchise that’s been to the postseason every spring for the last seven years. [Trentonian]

• It’s fantasy hockey playoff time. Who should you try and snatch from the waiver wire to help bring home the title? [RotoWorld]

• Erik Gudbranson’s season is over for the Vancouver Canucks as he will undergo shoulder surgery. [Canucks Army]

• The story behind the wonderful “Bark Madness” tournament held annually by the LA Kings and blogger The Royal Half. [Kings]

• “Cheer as much as you want, just keep ‘er civilized I guess.” A fan brawl in Saskatchewan see no charges handed out because people are keeping quiet. [CTV]

• Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato and Adam Gaudette highlight the 10 finalists for the 2018 Hobey Baker Award. [Hobey Baker]

• Borgstrom’s name is one we’ll be hearing in the NHL, possibly as soon as next season with the Florida Panthers. [The Rat Trick]

• Finally, do you like homer-riffic newscasters? This is a good impression after Boston’s 6-4 comeback win over Carolina Tuesday night:


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