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PHT Morning Skate: Where Morozov is a legend

Russia's Alexei Morozov (C) celebrates a

Russia’s Alexei Morozov (C) celebrates after scoring against Slovakia their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group A match in Bratislava on May 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI (Photo credit should read SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Pre-Crosbyian Era Pittsburgh Penguins fans will get a kick out of Greatest Hockey Legends’ look at Aleksey/Alexei Morozov, who Joe Pelletier refers to as “The other KHL legend.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Alan May and Chuck Gormley ponder how far the Washington Capitals can go in the playoffs without top center Nicklas Backstrom. (

For you stats lovers and goalie nihilists: Contrarian Goaltender examines Ilya Bryzgalov and regressing to the mean. (Brodeur is a Fraud)

Lisa Hillary talks with Peter Forsberg about his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, which Foppa looks back on as a mostly-positive run. (

Scotty Wazz discusses the art of managing depth in net vs. dealing with an overcrowded situation. (View from My Seats)

Don’t forget that the New Jersey Devils have gone as far as they have without Travis Zajac for basically all of the season. It looks like he’s getting closer and closer to a return - if he can get his legs under him and his timing together by playoff time, New Jersey might be a real sleeper in the East. (Fire & Ice)

Ed Jovanovski has “come full circle” with the Florida Panthers. Surely the Panthers wish that his game will go full circle too - it seems like more of a memory these days. (On Frozen Pond)