Greg Wyshynski

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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr 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 1 hr 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 4 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 4 hrs 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 1 day 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 1 day 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

  • What we’re thankful for in hockey, 2015: Puck Daddy Edition

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    (Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving 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 the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year.  As always,  we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!)

    Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor

    1. Outdoor Games.

    There aren’t too many of them. OK, maybe there are too many of them that involve the Chicago Blackhawks. But if you go to one, you know what I’m talking about: 50,000 fans getting loaded and celebrating the game and, in some cases, just hoping the game doesn’t go to a shootout so they suffer hypothermia.

    2. Barry Trotz

    Simply one of the most dedicated, smartest and level-headed hockey guys I’ve ever come across and I’m thankful that he’s behind the bench for a Capitals team that might have this thing figured out finally. Would love to see this lifer lift the Cup.

    I can’t thank you all enough. I’m so honored. Or if you bought it on, honoured.

    4. Hockey Podcasts

    Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor

    1. Jaromir Jagr. 

    2. Teemu Selanne.

    3. Hilary Knight.

    5. Pranking rookies.

  • NHL Three Stars: Vatrano steals win; crazy Roy move almost works

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Frank Vatrano,  Boston Bruins 

    The Bruins forward opened the scoring against the Detroit Red Wings with a goal and closed it out with a tip shot followed by a memorable celebration. In between, Detroit dominated, but Vatrano led the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win.  

    No. 2 Star: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Bish made 37 saves for the Lightning and only allowed one goal in the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated the Los Angles Kings, 2-1.

    No. 3 Star: Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators

    Shane Prince scored his first and second NHL goals and assisted on another, as the Ottawa Senators survived a late push from the Colorado Avalanche for the 5-3 win. Craig Anderson made 40 saves.

    Did You Know? Patrick Roy pulled his goalie for a 6-on-4 power play, down three goals and with over 10 minutes left in the third – and it worked!

  • Sidney Crosby feels stupid humoring Mario Lemieux feud rumor

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    On Wednesday, former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby dropped a bombshell on Sirius XM Radio: 

    “The more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario (Lemieux) and (Sidney) Crosby. Now whether that pushes them to move him at some point? Whether he wants to move? That I don’t know.”

    Barnaby went on to say that the rift is over “coaching” and “maybe the personnel” on the Penguins.

    Mario Lemieux said, through the Penguins’ Twitter feed, that the claim was “not true” and “silly.”

    Sidney Crosby was given his chance to refute the claim after the Penguins’ win over the St. Louis Blues, and he took it:

    "I honestly don’t even know what to say to that. If people are going to make stuff up, it’s totally out of my control. I feel stupid even commenting on it, to be honest with you.

    Barnaby, meanwhile, stood by his story in a series of tweets:

    In a separate story Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are just working together. Both reps deny

  • Referee wants no part of Boston Bruins’ OT celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    There’s a lot to love in this clip of the Boston Bruins’ overtime game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in their 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

    Let’s start with the call from NESN’s Jack Edwards (listen here), who basically acknowledges that the Bruins had no business winning:


    Like everyone else that watched the game, Edwards knew that the Red Wings absolutely dominated in possession and the Bruins needed a Colin Miller goal at 18:16 of the third to send the game to overtime.

    It was Miller’s shot that Frank Vatrano tipped home for the overtime game winner, and that brings us to the greatest thing about this clip: Vatrano’s hilarious goal celebration, rubbing his glove on the ice before throwing an air punch near the glass.

    Or, in the words of Jack Edwards (we imagine): “HE SAID TAKE THAT CELEBRATION AND STUFF IT IN THE TURKEY!”