PHT Morning Skate: Ben Bishop’s hilarious birthday cake

–Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is thankful that he can be back home for Thanksgiving this year. “The time we get with him is so limited that it really is a celebration when we’re able to spend time with him,” said his sister Felicia. (

Auston Matthews ended his 13-game goal drought on Wednesday night. Despite the recent slump, his advanced stats show that he should be a 30-goal scorer in his rookie season. (Sportsnet)

–Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner attributes a lot of Carolina’s recent success to Bill Peters’ coaching. “When we’re playing well, we’re sticking to it for the whole game and for a young team, that makes a big difference.” (The Hockey News)

–Not only did the Blackhawks drop a 2-1 decision to the Sharks, they also lost captain Jonathan Toews to injury. You can watch the highlights from last night’s game between Chicago and San Jose by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–A hockey game broke out during a fight-filled KHL game between Mettalurg and Lokomotiv. The two teams combined for 48 penalty minutes and even former NHLer Max Talbot got involved in the action. (BarDown)

–AHL Bridgeport forward Steve Bernier blocked a shot that was so hard it ended up going the length of the ice and into the opposition’s empty net.

–The Tampa Bay Lightning gave Ben Bishop a hilarious cake for his 30th birthday. As you may remember, Bishop lost his two front teeth after taking a shot to the mask earlier this season. The team’s kitchen staff had some fun with that:

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