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PHT Morning Skate: McDavid scores natural hat trick in OHL playoffs

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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.

Connor McDavid did his part to help the Erie Otters win Game 1 of their series with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Thursday night. The top prospect scored three straight power play goals in a 3:22 span to tie the game at 3-3 in the third. However, the Greyhounds responded with three straight to take Game 1 6-3.

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A Montreal Canadiens fan has created a goal celebration light show in his living room programmed to play each time the Habs score a goal. (Puck Daddy)

The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 series lead in their best-of-seven with the New York Islanders with a 5-1 win on Thursday night. Perhaps the Islanders weren’t in the right frame of mind to start the game? The team was delayed getting to the Verizon Center because of traffic caused by President Obama’s motorcade. (CSN)

Here’s a look inside the Caps room following the win:

Actress/model Kate Upton is currently in Vancouver to shoot the movie “The Layover” directed by William H. Macy. The pair were at Rogers Arena taking in Game 5 between the Flames and Canucks on Thursday night.

PHT Morning Skate: Brandon Pirri loses his stick to a fan

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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.

Florida Panthers forward Brandon Pirri scored twice in Thursday night’s 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pirri now has 16 goals in 22 games. However, he may have lost his lucky stick. During the third period Leafs forward Richard Panik flipped Pirri’s stick over the glass (see video below). Panik received a misconduct on the play. A lucky fan five rows up received a nice souvenir as a result.

“That was a weird play,” chuckled Pirri post-game. “It got pretty deep in the crowd.”

Want to have former New York Yankee Derek Jeter as a neighbor? Buy Vincent Lecavalier’s house. Lecavalier’s Florida home, which is a few doors down from Jeter, is currently on the market. (Tampa Bay Times)

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A young Boston Bruins fan received a hockey card Thursday night. Liam Fitzgerald, who was born with Down syndrome and beat a leukemia diagnosis, received the card from Upper Deck.

Connor McDavid had quite an impact on attendance in the Ontario Hockey League this season. Teams entertaining McDavid saw a 20 percent increase in attendance when the Erie Otters were in town. (NHLtoSeattle.com)

Darren Helm’s girlfriend gave birth to the couple’s daughter on a Michigan highway this week. (Detroit Red Wings)

Actor Matthew Perry was on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week and discussed his friendship with L.A. Kings’ forward Anze Kopitar.

Ken Campbell writes the Arizona Coyotes need to win the NHL Draft lottery more than the Buffalo Sabres. (The Hockey News)

Connor McDavid to miss 5-6 weeks

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Top prospect Connor McDavid is expected to miss 5-6 weeks with a fracture of the 5th Metacarpal bone on his right hand according to the Erie Otters.

He will not require surgery.

The injury occured Tuesday night during a fight against Mississauga Steelheads center Bryson Cianfrone. McDavid failed to hit Cianfrone with a punch, instead connecting with the glass. The Otters’ captain received a major for fighting and a game misconduct for taking off Cianfrone’s helmet.

It was McDavid’s second career fight and second of this season.

McDavid has 16 goals and 51 points in 18 Ontario Hockey League games this season.

He was a lock to star on Canada’s entry at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which begin in just over six weeks. Team Canada begins its’ pre-tournament training camp Dec. 11 in Toronto. Given the 5-6 week time frame McDavid could theoretically be ready for the tournament barring a setback.

McDavid is projected to be one of the first two selections at next June’s NHL Draft.

Report: McDavid to see hand specialist on Wednesday (Updated)

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According to NBCSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie, top prospect Connor McDavid will see a hand specialist on Wednesday.

McDavid injured his hand Tuesday night in a fight.

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McDavid missed Mississauga Steelheads’ forward Bryson Cianfrone with a punch and connected with the glass instead. He left the game immediately favoring his right hand.

According to the Erie Otters, McDavid is out indefinitely. Here is the official statement:

Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid suffered a hand injury during the second period of tonight’s game against the Mississauga Steelheads. He will visit a hand specialist Wednesday for further examination. McDavid is ruled out indefinitely.

Tuesday night was McDavid’s second career fight.

The 17-year-old has 16 goals and 51 points in 18 games this season. He is expected to be a top two pick at next June’s NHL Draft.

Report: Top prospect Connor McDavid injures hand in fight (Updated)

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Erie Otters’ sniper Connor McDavid has left tonight’s Ontario Hockey League game after receiving a five minute major for fighting and a game misconduct.

However, the bigger concern as Erie Times-News’ reporter Victor Fernandes points out, is McDavid left the game favoring his right hand.

Here is a look at the fight:

According to Fernandes, McDavid missed his target during the fight and hit the glass.

McDavid had a goal and an assist prior to the fight bringing his regular season totals to 16 goals and 51 points through 18 games. According to Fernandes, McDavid left the game with a team trainer.

It’s not the first time McDavid has fought in his Ontario Hockey League career. His first tilt came last month when he dropped the mitts with Liam Maaskant of the Kitchener Rangers.

Update:

The 17-year-old is expected to be one of the top two picks at next June’s NHL Entry Draft.