Morning Skate: Monday, Mar. 2

Morning Skate: Monday, Mar. 2
March 3, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Tuukka Rask is looking for a second consecutive strong performance Thursday in St. Louis.

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* With the big events behind the Chicago Blackhawks, the focus now goes onto the normal routine for the final few weeks.
 
* Gary Bettman says that the debate over fighting “is an overblown issue”, and I couldn’t agree with the NHL commissioner any more.
 
* Agitator Mike Ribeiro takes a couple of ill-advised penalties for the Phoenix Coyotes, and then voices his regret afterward.
 
* Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart are in Buffalo, but they know their time with the Sabres could be short.
 
* Tuukka Rask and Dougie Hamilton were the story in the Bruins win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
 
* PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough wonders aloud if John Tortorella is to blame for the Canucks’ woes this season.
 
* For something completely different: Gabe Kapler writes about the importance of mental training to go right along with the physical training.