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PHT Morning Skate: Closing out Hockey Halloween (plus a bloody KHL brawl)

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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.

It’s finally Halloween for those of you who hate fun don’t really enjoy seeing NHL players and fans in zany costumes. Let’s take a stroll through recent costumes and a few that slipped through the cracks.

Dion Phaneuf as Spider-Man is … uh.

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Russian Machine Never Breaks provides an in-depth take on Washington Capitals Halloween costumes. You’ll have to go there for Alex Ovechkin’s bit, as Joel Ward, Tom Wilson & Co. won it with this “Dodgeball” motif:

The Edmonton Oilers’ Twitter feed passes along this “Zoolander”-inspired bit by members of the Bakersfield Condors, the team’s ECHL affiliate:

(Admission: it’s kind of easy to forget Owen Wilson’s “Hansel” character, aside from when people are making lazy Martin Hanzal jokes.)

This is a high-quality “Flying V” routine:

BarDown has some other costume ideas, including the increasingly popular “go as the Stanley Cup” idea. Not sure how to feel about it:

The NHL shared this great (and elaborate) fan costume:

Admittedly quite late on this, but the Pittsburgh Penguins still have room for improvement costumes-wise:

That said, Sidney Crosby as Philadelphia icon “Rocky Balboa” is pretty provocative, eh?

Yay or nay on this Florida Panthers – Batman splice?

Moving on beyond Halloween …

Also late on this but: the Gin Blossoms are still around? Huh.

Ryan Miller is already buying hockey gear for his expected child:

Oleg Gubin and Jonathan Sigalet set off quite the bloody scene during a KHL game between Sibir Novosibirsk and Slovan Bratislava last night:

Video: Malkin picks up 400th assist

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The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed a brief 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period against the L.A. Kings and Chris Kunitz buried his fourth of the season.

On the goal, Evgeni Malkin picked up his 400th career assist with a nice slap pass to Kunitz at the side of the net.

Malkin becomes the fifth player in franchise history to join the 400 assist club.

Penguins greats Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis reached the milestone while in a Pens sweater.

Current captain Sidney Crosby has also reached 400 assist mark in his career.

Penguins chase Schneider with four unanswered goals

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The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start tonight and while the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back in the first period, New Jersey still took a 3-1 lead.

Then the floodgates opened and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was the victim.

It started with a top-shelf goal from Evgeni Malkin while Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 advantage:

The Penguins followed that up with three goals in just over six minutes courtesy of Patric Hornqvist, Craig Adams, and Sidney Crosby. Adams’ goal in particular was special given that it was just his 55th marker in 889 career games and he managed to beat Schneider on a breakaway:

Schneider only stopped 18 of 23 shots tonight. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen for the third period, but the backup goaltender wasn’t able to keep the Penguins at bay either.

Penguins shut down Neal, Preds

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James Neal and the Nashville Predators came into Saturday’s home game hot, but the Pittsburgh Penguins doused that fire with a smothering 3-0 win.

With so much focus on Neal and Patric Hornqvist (sorry, Nick Spaling), Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury ended up stealing the headlines … although Hornqvist did get an assist.

The sweetest goal probably came when Crosby set up Malkin for a beautiful power-play goal, one of two man-advantage markers as Pittsburgh put the game away in the third period:

As well as Neal is fitting in with Nashville, seeing a play like that by his former Pittsburgh centers has to burn a bit. Fleury earned his first shutout of 2014-15 and 29th of his career, though he enjoyed a few bounces against his former teammate:

With this win, the Penguins end a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-2-1. Meanwhile, Nashville’s days of being undefeated in regulation are over, as they fall to 5-1-2.

The Predators get a little time to gather themselves for what is likely to be a big test to their legitimacy. Starting on Wednesday, they play six straight road games and seven of eight away from Bridgestone Arena.

If Nashville is still among the West’s best in mid-November, then the Predators’ critics will be quieter. The Penguins gave them some ammo tonight, though.

Want more info? Here’s an infographic from the Penguins:

Video: Red Wings’ stars stun Penguins with late surge

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The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed like they had a victory sealed quite a few times against the Red Wings on Thursday, yet Detroit’s biggest stars pulled off a stunning comeback to win 4-3 in OT instead.

The Red Wings scored two goals in a two-minute span with their net empty to send the game to overtime. After some promising chances in extended play, Justin Abdelkader fired home the game-winner, handing the Penguins two defeats on a tough back-to-back set.

Sidney Crosby had a breakaway opportunity to make it 4-1 for Pittsburgh, but Jimmy Howard made a huge stop to keep Detroit within striking distance:

Mike Babcock removed Howard from the net with a healthy amount of time left in the third period, which turned out to be a deft move (which might prompt a nod to Patrick Roy). Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk took over the game from there.

First, Zetterberg made it 3-2 on this blistering shot:

Evgeni Malkin, Blake Comeau and Pascal Dupuis had a few chances to end the rush with sustained possession in Detroit’s zone with an empty net, yet they couldn’t score. The Red Wings took advantage when Datsyuk made an unreal pass – and an audacious decision not to shoot – which opened things up for Kronwall’s second goal and third point of the night:

Abdelkader had a great night of his own, with the biggest moment coming when he scored the overtime clincher: