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PHT Morning Skate: Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby are a bit too alike

Sidney Crosby, Tim Thomas

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) can’t get his stick on a rebounding puck in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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.

You know by now that Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby keep getting mentioned together, but it might be for all the wrong reasons. (Sun Media)

One sure way to make sure NHL teams won’t let their WJC eligible players be released for the tournament is to have them get hurt. Brett Connolly got a bit banged up today... (TSN)

...But he tweeted that he’s doing just fine. (@bconnolly8)

Eddie Belfour will be given the royal treatment in Chicago. (

Derek Dorsett’s prognosis is a lot better than expected after his wicked crash the other night. (Puck Rakers)

Ales Hemsky is having a hard time finding his game. If found, please return to Rexall Place in Edmonton. (Edmonton Journal)

Erik Gudbranson’s first NHL goal could’ve at least come in a better game for the Panthers. Celebrating in a blowout is awfully hard to do. (Sun-Sentinel)

The Sabres’ power play still stinks. They might want to get a handle on that already. (Buffalo News)

Finally, if you missed any of the good stuff last night we’ve got your hook up. (NHL)