Greg Wyshynski

  • Brendan Gallagher wages Twitter war with old school NHL player

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Remember Jim Kyte?

    The defenseman played 598 games from 1982-96 with five franchises, starting with Winnipeg Jets (1.0) and ending with the San Jose Sharks. He was also legally deaf, as this remarkable story chronicled.

    A lot has changed since Kyte was in the NHL and he decided to get all “old man shakes fist at cloud” about it on Twitter recently. Specifically, he doesn’t like the pests that buzz around for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruin. “Brendan Gallagher, Brad Marchand, and players of their ilk are the reason I don't watch many NHL games anymore,” wrote Kyte, with the hashtags “#nohonor” and “#noaccountability.”

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    You know who didn’t appreciate this sentiment? Brendan “No Honor” Gallagher, who shot back with an indictment of Kyte’s own dishonorable play. And thus, the Great Gally Vs. Kyte Twitter War began.

  • Bride watches NHL game in wedding dress, devours burger (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Erica Skuta is a Minnesota Wild fan living in New Zealand, which is pretty awesome because they have several different kinds of indigenous penguins there. 

    She was back in Minnesota this weekend, where she married fellow Wild fan Lewis Blake and attended the Wild’s game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night as their “wedding finale.” In the process, she gave the hockey world an image that will be replayed in Jumbotron fan montages ‘till death do us part.

    That’s Erica, munching on a burger while sitting in the arena seats in her wedding dress.

    And in one of his first acts of husbandly gallantry, that’s Lewis wiping some burger grease and/or condiment off his bride’s chin before it plummeted down to her dress. Nice work, sir. Better than a jacket over a puddle on a rainy street.

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    We raise a large arena burger in your honor, you lovely Kiwis.


  • NHL Three Stars: Gaborik rallies King over Chicago; Boedker tricks Sens

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings star scored at 14:05 of the third period to complete a rally against the Chicago Blackhawks. He then scored at 2:04 of a frantic 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings an impressive 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Anze Kopitar set up both goals. 

    No. 2 Star: Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes forward tallied a hat trick in their 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. That included an insurance goal in the third period, his ninth of the season, that ended up being the game-winner. Anders Lindback made 35 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

    It’s hasn’t been the best offensive year for Simmonds, but it was a hell of an offensive performance from him in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers. He scored two goals and set up Sean Couturier’s tally, giving Steve Mason (24 saves) all he’d need for the shutout victory.

    Did You Know? Patrick Kane became the first American player to tally a point in 19 straight games, setting an NHL record.

  • John Tortorella blasts Penguins: ‘Pittsburgh whines enough for whole league’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice. 

    Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.

    The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.

    “He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”

    But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:

    The Blue Jackets visit the Penguins on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh.

  • Carlo Colaiacovo treated for ‘dented trachea’ after throat cross-check (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    Carlo Colaiacovo has an injury history in the NHL that could probably fill a few medical journals. There have been concussions and hand injuries and knee injuries and leg injuries and countless other ailments. 

    But never a “dented trachea.” Not until Saturday night, at least.

    The Buffalo Sabres defenseman was guarding his crease when the Nashville Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson spun into him and cross-checked him in the throat.

    Colaiacovo went down to the ice, in obvious pain, slowly crawling in his own zone as the whistle sounded. He was helped to the back.

    Arvidsson was given a cross-checking major and a game misconduct. The Sabres got some measure of revenge for their fallen teammate, getting power-play goals from Jamie McGinn and Sam Reinhart in their 4-1 win over Nashville.

    After the game, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced that Colaiacovo had a “dented trachea:

    Sabres coach Dan Bylsma says Carlo Colaiacovo is at hospital and being treated for "dented trachea" but is OK

    Well, if it’s anything like our car, they just need to get in their with a tiny hammer and bang out that dent, right?

    So … guess the suspension for Viktor Arvidsson. Yikes.


  • Patrick Kane sets NHL record with points in 19 straight games

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Patrick Kane’s torrid start to the 2015-16 season is now a record-breaking start. 

    Kane scored 11:10 into the first period at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, tallying on the power play for the Chicago Blackhawks. The goal gave Kane a point in his 19th straight game, setting a record for points in consecutive games by an American-born player -- breaking a tie with both Eddie Olczyk of the 1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel of the 2008-09 Boston Bruins, who both had a point in 18 straight games.

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    Kane now has 11 goals and 19 assists during the streak. It began on Oct. 17 with a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane scored multiple points in eight of the 19 games. Kane has 13 goals and 22 assists in his first 23 games.

    The sniper is two games with points away from the Blackhawks’ record 21-game point streak set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72) season.


  • Evgeni Malkin scores ridiculous spinning goal vs. Oilers (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins is basically a human highlight reel lately. 

    Followingthis fabulous deke against the Minnesota Wild last week, Malkin scored one of the nastiest goals of the season against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

    Malkin potted his 10th goal of the season on this steal-and-snipe against the Oilers in the second period. He picked the pocket of Oscar Klefbom and then left Mark Fayne defenseless with that awesome backhand shot from long distance.

    The puck beat goalie Anders Nilsson, and the Penguins cut the Edmonton lead to 2-1. A few minutes later, it was Malkin, again, to tie it. 

    That was just 360 degrees of nasty, from the hustle back to steal the puck to the incredible backhander. The two goals gave Malkin 10 points in his last six games.

    Breaking: Geno is good at hockey.



  • Jujhar Khaira becomes just 3rd ever Punjabi player in NHL history

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Nail Yakupov’s injury misfortune gave Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira a chance to make some hockey history on Saturday night. 

    Khaira is just the third Punjabi player to appear in the NHL, according to Harpreet Pandher, an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition.

    He suited up for the Oilers at the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing on a line with Anton Lander and Matt Hendricks.

    Khaira was called up earlier in the week and looked like he might debut against the Detroit Red Wings. Instead, it was against the Penguins and players that Khaira admitted he admired.

    “It’s going to be exciting if I do. There’s going to be a lot of emotions, and a lot of fun,” he said. “Those are outstanding players. I’ve been watching them growing up, and getting a chance to play with them is special.”



  • Connor McDavid healing thyself faster than Oilers expected

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Connor McDavid really isn’t going to shake this McJesus stuff if he continues to do things like healing faster than the Edmonton Oilers had anticipated. 

    McDavid broke his clavicle on Nov. 3 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who intentionally injured him according to Don Cherry. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli set his recovery time at five months, which could have meant early March.

    Well, praise Connor! He will hath risen by mid-to-late January, according to this report from Mark Spector of Sportsnet:

    Though no one would offer a firm date for McDavid’s return, at this rate the betting is that he could be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup in mid-to-late January, rather than the early March return originally forecasted by the team.

    Hockey Jesus powers aside, “sooner than later” was always the safest bet for McDavid.



  • What We’re Thankful For In Hockey, 2015

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    (Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite writers and hockey people, offering their picks for this year.  As always,  we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Consider these the tastiest leftovers you’ll have today!)  

    1. Hockeyville

    When you cover hockey for a living, you get incredibly jaded. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that your "work" involves going to practices, talking to players and coaches, eating free food and basically doing what just a lot of other people would kill to do for "work." Somehow, someway, you just lose a lot of joy you have for the sport.

    Covering that event was easily the most fun I've had a hockey game in at least a half decade.

    2. Old hockey arenas

    But it's marvelous.

    Rexall Place has a sign reminding you to use ashtrays in the press box.

    And I left my Marlboros at home:

    If your team still plays in an older building, cherish it why you still have it. 

    1. Family