PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin’s mother reveals son’s quietly helping seven orphanages

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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.

Alex Ovechkin’s mother recently told the media that her son is quietly supporting seven Russian orphanages. His mother predicted that Ovechkin wouldn’t be happy about this information becoming public knowledge, but she did it anyways in the hope that it will encourage others to give as well. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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Calgary Flames teammates Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma gave a very thorough tour of their home. Monahan did the @boringmonahan parody account account justice as he casually goes over their laundry room routine and delivers lines like, “the toaster…sometimes we’ll throw a slice in there.”

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen insists that Columbus hasn’t given up on making the playoffs despite the odds now being significantly stacked against his team. (Columbus Dispatch)

Highlights from Chicago’s 4-1 win over St. Louis:

Rather than blame the players, coach, or general manager, should Edmonton Oilers fans direct their frustration towards owner Daryl Katz? (Edmonton Sun)

Michael Grabner is set to make his season debut tonight. (Newsday)

ECHL player Ray Kaunisto was sure to include plenty meows in during a recent on-ice interview:

Gordie Howe’s family issued a statement on his condition and Jean Beliveau’s passing. (RedWings.nhl.com)