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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
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THE COMEBACK KIDS
Patience has paid off for the Anaheim Ducks. They got off to one of the worst starts in franchise history this season on the back of another playoff flameout. General manager Bob Murray could've fired the coaching staff and hit the reset button at any time.
He stayed his hand, though, and his franchise has reaped the benefits. On Thursday, the Ducks rolled over the Arizona Coyotes on the road to a 5-1 victory. It was their 10th straight win (matching a franchise record) and 17th in their last 19 games. That's 35 out of a possible 38 points and about as perfect a stretch as you can get in the NHL.
And now they're just five points out from winning the Western Conference outright. Bruce Boudreau has done a masterful job with this team and should be lauded for it.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT
- The Penguins succeeded by getting inside Henrik Lundqvist's head.
- A second period team-wide collapse doomed the Rangers, too.
- Though watching King Henrik snap will never get old.
- Chicago fell victim to the old back-to-back road trip curse.
- Marcus Foligno was just one part of an offensive maelstrom in Buffalo last night.
- He saved his best goal for the penalty kill.
- The Flyers may have lost their cool, but the Oilers kept theirs in a big win on the road.
- They keep losing, but the kids are alright in Toronto.
- Mikkel Boedker is already paying dividends for the Avalanche.
- The West Coast is not a kind place to the Canadiens.
- The most thrilling game of the night belonged to the Devils.
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- Claude Julien tied Art Ross for most wins as a Bruins head coach. I wonder if he'll break it.
- Oilers fans seemed resigned to their fate, so they're analyzing Milan Lucic yet again before he signs there this summer.
- Some mild areas of concern are popping up around the Capitals.
- Here's some hot takes on why Shayne Gostisbehere is better than Connor McDavid.