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PHT Morning Skate: Ugly Christmas sweaters and Ovechkin’s heart of gold

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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.

Plenty of NHL players do great work for charities and other organizations, but Alex Ovechkin has really made waves in particular with some heartwarming stuff lately. His latest act of kindness falls in line with some great actions from the Washington Capitals star. (CSNWashington.com)

So, uh, this is odd.

Speaking of odd, will Christmas sweaters/holiday celebrations essentially furnish us with Halloween-level goofy photos of hockey players? This photo of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Jason Demers makes a strong argument in that regard:

So much to take in.

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The evolution of Zdeno Chara’s scariness. (The Hockey News)

The Colorado Avalanche understand why Paul Stastny left. (The Denver Post)

Toews feels great despite big hit; Crawford’s getting better, too

However Jonathan Toews might feel about the Dennis Seidenberg hit itself, it sounds like that big check won’t sidetrack the versatile Chicago Blackhawks captain.

He told CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that he’s good to go against the New York Islanders and doesn’t have any regrets about the way the situation was handled.

“Even though everything went well and I felt fine, they still wanted to play it safe and hold me out, given the situation where we were up 3 goals at the time,” Toews said, who added that, if he had it to do over again, he would “absolutely” still stay on the ice for that 5-on-3 power play.

In case you missed it, here’s the check by the Boston Bruins defenseman:

Toews can play against the New York Islanders tonight, and while the same can’t be said for Corey Crawford, it sounds like he can return as soon as next week.

Considering the fact that the Blackhawks are currently on an eight-game winning streak and Scott Darling has emerged as a viable backup candidate, it’s no surprise that head coach Joel Quenneville is quick to mention that he doesn’t want to rush Crawford back into action.

Ryan’s shootout winner helps Sens top Bruins

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The Ottawa Senators battled back from two one-goal deficits to top the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout Saturday afternoon.

Bobby Ryan, who had a highlight-reel goal against the L.A. Kings on Thursday, had another beauty for the shootout winner.

Ottawa has now won two of three while Boston has lost two in a row and five of six.

Craig Cunningham opened the scoring for the Bruins, shorthanded, with his first career NHL goal.

After Mika Zibanejad tied it at 1-1 early in the second, Loui Eriksson gave Boston a 2-1 lead.

David Legwand knotted it at 2-2 early in the third, with a power play marker, setting up overtime.

The Boston Bruins got a scare late in the third period as Patrice Bergeron took a slash from Mike Hoffman in the hand and and left the game momentarily, but he returned for overtime.

Sens veteran defenseman Chris Phillips was a healthy scratch.

Robin Lehner made 29 saves to improve to 6-4-1 on the season while Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots in the loss.

Video: Bruins’ Cunningham scores first NHL goal

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Boston Bruins forward Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.

The goal, which came shorthanded, opened the scoring for the Bruins.

The 24-year-old is playing in his seventh career NHL game.

Originally Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, Cunningham is playing his fifth game of the season today.

Report: Sens’ Phillips a healthy scratch vs. Boston

Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon when the Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Phillips’ scratch is a “coaches decision”.

The 36-year-old has two assists in 23 games this season to go along with a minus-2 rating while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.

Phillips has been a minus in consecutive games and saw his ice time drop below 18 minutes for just the second time this season in Ottawa’s 5-3 loss to the Kings on Thursday night.

Patrick Wiercioch will replace Phillips in the lineup.