PHT Morning Skate: Fighting majors way down this season

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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.

Through Tuesday’s games, fighting majors are down 20% in the NHL compared to where they were at this point in 2013-14. Fights have declined by 44% in comparison to 2003-04. (ESPN.com)

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Steve Yzerman reminisces about his early encounters with Gordie Howe. (Detroit Free Press)

Pavel Datsyuk was asked if he ever got criticized like Alex Ovechkin. “If I understood English, I’d be able to tell you,” was Datsyuk’s reply. (Slava Malamud)

Who should the Chicago Blackhawks’ backup goaltender be when Corey Crawford is healthy? (CSN Chicago)

Retired NHL forward Stan Jonathan will stand trial on charges of careless use of a firearm and criminal negligence causing death. (Calgary Sun)

Highlights from Detroit’s 4-2 victory over Washington:

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen’s new mask is pretty cool: