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PHT Morning Skate: Girgensons rap, more Ovechkin kindness

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

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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.

Finding some good news in the seemingly familiar situation for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (The Hockey News)

Henrik Zetterberg scored two points in the 800th game of his NHL career last night. (

A look at the “Birthplace of Hockey.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

In case voting him into the 2015 All-Star Game wasn’t enough of a clue that Zemgus Girgensons has his native Latvia’s attention, feast your eyes (and ears) on this (H/T to Josh Flynn):

Alex Ovechkin is enjoying a hot streak in the best way lately, as it seems like heartwarming stories about his kindness toward fans keep popping up. Apparently a fan wanted a stick from warm-ups for her birthday last night:

But he did it one better:

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