PHT Morning Skate: Malkin celebrates Gonchar’s milestone atop fake tiger

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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.

Sergei Gonchar recently collected his 800th career point. Former teammate Evgeni Malkin decided to congratulate after mounting a fake tiger.

Adam Larsson, who was taken with the fourth overall pick in 2011, is starting to dress regularly with the Devils thanks in part to his physical play. (The Bergen Record)

Air Force Second Lieutenant Jason Fabian joined the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers on a three-game contract. Fabian, who had college hockey experience, went on to net the game-winning goal on Friday. (Puck Daddy)

Troy Grosenick’s father was naturally emotional after his son earned a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have done a great job of staying competitive without Victor Hedman (finger), but it hasn’t been easy. (Tampa Bay Times)

Mike Hoffman has been very impressive lately. (Ottawa Sun)

David Backes felt the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 victory over Washington on Saturday “was probably our most complete game of the season, 60 minutes, all facets.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)