PHT Morning Skate: Oilers’ Maroon gets emotional after watching son celebrate goal

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–This was a real touching moment after yesterday’s game between the Oilers and Blues. Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, who was playing in his hometown of St. Louis, got emotional after seeing the replay of his young son celebrating his goal. Just awesome. (Top)

–Dinamo Minsk forward Sergei Drozd had an opportunity to bury a puck into the opposition’s net with their goalie on the bench in favor of an extra attacker. It wasn’t just an opportunity, it was a golden opportunity. But Drozd missed (a la Patrik Stefan). The only difference is, there was a little less drama than when Stefan did it. (Puck Daddy)

–The 2016-17 season is nearly three months old, but there are still some notable players that haven’t found the back of the net yet. ‘Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith got himself off the list with his goal over the weekend, but players like Riley Sheahan are still stuck in a rut. Here are five players that still don’t have a goal. (BarDown)

Not many people expected Adam Cracknell to play an important role with the Dallas Stars this season, but he’s been effective because of his work ethic. “He’s been a real nice surprise for us. He’s done a good job of getting in front of the net on the goals he’s created with his puck possession. Overall, he’s been good,” coach Lindy Ruff said. (Dallas Morning News)

–2016 was very kind to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. He took home the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe trophy and a World Cup. Oh, and his numbers this season aren’t too shabby either. Despite all the success he’s had, Crosby continues to work hard to improve his game. His coaches and teammates realize how much effort he puts into his craft and so do his opponents. (ESPN)

–The Habs TV team went around California asking people if the players pictured were actual Montreal Canadiens or actors from the movie “Mighty Ducks”. Some of these pictures are pretty hilarious:

Fight video: Flyers’ Manning vs. Penguins’ Gaunce

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Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.

The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.

Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.

Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.

Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.

Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.

Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.

Patrik Laine’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.

It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.

The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.

The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.

Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.

In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.