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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • Did refs get it right on Dallas Stars goalie interference review? (Video)

    On Saturday night, Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg appeared to score a goal against the Minnesota Wild. But the Wild asked for a video review, and the referees determined that Stars forward Antoine Roussel interfered with Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk.

    From the NHL: 

    The Referee determined that Roussel prevented Dubnyk from doing his job in his crease, in accordance with Rule 78.7 which states in part: "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee ... determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”

    Rule 69.1 states that goals should be disallowed if "an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper's ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal."

    Look, we’re not sure what you saw here, what exactly did Roussel prevent Dubnyk from doing? Moving forward? He never made an attempt, so

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  • Alex Ovechkin shreds Rangers for incredible OT goal, No. 499 (Video)

    For those saying there’s something intrinsically different about the Washington Capitals this season, file this 4-3 overtime win away as evidence. 

    They blew a 2-0 lead in the third period, allowing three New York Rangers goals and threatening to lose in regulation for the first time in the 23 games where they had a lead through 40 minutes.

    But with 6 seconds left, Justin Williams fired the puck from the blue line. Henrik Lundqvist saved it, but Nicklas Backstrom sent the rebound past him to tie the game and send it to the 3-on-3 overtime.

    That’s where Alex Ovechkin did made magic. After Braden Holtby prevented some.

    Holtby, arguably the NHL’s top goaltender this season, flashed his left pad to stop a golden chance to win the game by Derek Stepan of the Rangers. Announcer Joe Beninati called it “supernatural,” but that was before Ovechkin scored his otherworldly goal.

    Taking the Holtby rebound, Ovechkin circled behind his own net. He found another gear down left wing, passing all

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  • Alex Ovechkin gifted goal No. 498 by Dan Girardi giveaway (Video)

    Dan Girardi and Alex Ovechkin have had their battles through the years in the Eastern Conference. And what better way to acknowledge a long-term relationship than with a gift?

    In the first period of the Washington Capitals’ game at the New York Rangers on Saturday, Girardi took the puck behind the Rangers’ goal with the Caps forechecking on the power play. He attempted a short pass to Dominic Moore to get out of trouble, as Evgeni Kuznetsov was hanging on him like a Snuggie.

    Instead, he hit the stick of Ovechkin, who sent the puck into the gaping maw of the net for goal No. 23 on the season and No. 498 of his career and the 1-0 Washington lead.

    Ovechkin now has 25 goals in 42 games against the Rangers in his career.

    Ovechkin is seeking to become the 43rd player in NHL history to hit 500 goals. But we imagine that isn’t his last goal-scoring milestone to reach. Especially if defensemen keep being so generous with him. 

    As for Girardi, this goof will no doubt please all the Rangers fans

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  • Grand Rapids player in stable condition after seizure on AHL bench

    Coach Todd Nelson yelled at Grand Rapids Griffins forward Alden Hirschfeld to leave the ice during the second period of their game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night. 

    The Griffins had too many skaters out at once. Hirschfeld needed to come off. But as Nelson called for him, he saw Hirschfeld just freeze up. He eventually returned to the bench, but something was off. Nelson thought it could have been the result of a hit. But it wasn’t.

    Hirschfeld was having a seizure, and collapsed on the bench. Coach Todd Nelson waved for help. Paramedics rushed to help him, along with Griffins medical and training staffs. He finally sat back up. There was a 10-minute delay, before Hirschfeld was carted off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to a local hospital for observation.

    The Griffins were leading 4-1 at the time. The teams returned to their locker rooms while the ice was resurfaced, and the game was resumed with 6:19 left in the period. Grand Rapids would win, 4-2.

    “He has a past

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  • Emerson Etem traded to Vancouver for Willie Desjardins reunion

    When Emerson Etem was figuring out his path through junior hockey, he was lobbied hard by Willie Desjardins, head coach of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers. 

    “I knew that he was a winner. And the word going around was that he was an awesome, awesome hockey guy,” said Etem in 2014, then a member of the Anaheim Ducks. “I think that’s what I needed in my life at that point.”

    At this point in his life, he needs him again.

    Etem is 23 years old. After three seasons splitting time between the NHL and AHL, the Ducks traded him for Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers last summer. His first training camp with the Rangers was “pretty average” according to GM Jeff Gorton. He appeared in 19 games this season, managing only three assists, and looking fairly lost in Alain Vigneault’s system.

    The Rangers sent him to the AHL on conditioning assignment on Friday, but then opted instead to trade him to coach Willie Desjardins’s Vancouver Canucks, for Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 sixth-round pick.

    Jensen, a

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  • Winnipeg fans will wear tracksuits for Evander Kane’s return

    The Buffalo Sabres visit the Jets on Sunday, which means (barring injury or a sudden bout of the "flu") that Evander Kane will make his return to Winnipeg for the first time since … well, all that happened. 

    To review: In Feb. 2015, Evander Kane allegedly showed up to a Jets team meeting in a “tracksuit.” To send a message to his teammate, Dustin Byfuglien allegedly threw said tracksuit into a cold tub. That allegedly drove Kane to leave the rink and miss the team’s game that night.

    And then hey, wouldn’t you know it: Kane opted to have season-ending surgery. He was then traded to the Sabres in a blockbuster, as he had demanded during every offseason since arriving in the ‘Peg.

    On Sunday, Kane steps back onto Winnipeg ice for the first time since the trade. We’ve all been wondering how Jets fans – the NHL’s merriest pranksters – would welcome him. To the surprise of no one, it’s with sarcasm and creativity.

    Yes, it’s “Track Suit Night,” which has been in consideration since last

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  • Jonathan Toews had best-selling NHL jersey in 2015

    The NHL released its list of the best-selling jerseys from its online store for 2015, and it’s a handy reminder that outdoor games move product and the Chicago Blackhawks are crazy popular. 

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews topped the list for the first time, no doubt fueled by jersey sales from the team’s appearance in the Winter Classic as well as their Stanley Cup championship victory. He was third last season.

    Patrick Kane, who led the NHL in jersey sales last season, was No. 2.

    Here are the rest of the top 10 best selling jerseys for 2015:

    1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    3. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    4. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    5. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    6. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

    7. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

    8. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    9. Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

    10. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

    For the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby dropped from No. 2 to No. 5, while Evgeni

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  • Watch awesome stick knob save by Stanislav Galimov of KHL (Video)

    Ask a goalie about an awesome save with the knob of his stick, and he’ll tell you it was all about his mechanics and positioning.

    Ask a shooter about the same save, and he’ll tell you all of that is [expletive] and what should have been a goal was instead a lucky desperation deflection.

    One imagines those were the reactions from Stanislav Galimov, a career KHLer and goalie for AK Bars, and Roman Konkov, a forward for Torpedo. As Galimov scrambled around his crease with Torpedo buzzing, Konkov snapped a shot that looked like it was headed to top left corner of the net.

    But Galimov reached out his arm and the puck flew off the knob of his stick and into the netting, to stop play.

    The reaction from Konkov is all you really need to see. That poor, poor stick.

    Torpedo would go on to win in a shootout, 3-2.

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    Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever

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  • Jim Nill, Dallas Stars GM and team dad, gets 5-year extension

    Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is in the third year of a five-year deal. But with the team atop the Western Conference thanks to his collection of shrewd and bold moves, the Stars figured, hey, what the heck, here’s another five years on top of that existing contract. 

    According to Mike Heika, the extension that will carry Nill, 57, through the 2022-23 season is expected to be announced on Friday.

    It’s been a heck of a run for Nill in transforming the Stars, after they hired him from the Detroit Red Wings’ brain trust in 2013. As Heika notes:

    Nill immediately hired Lindy Ruff as head coach and James Patrick as assistant coach in 2013 and also added Joe McDonnell as director of amateur scouting and Mark Leach as a scout. He then traded for Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in the summer of 2013, traded for Jason Spezza in 2014, and added Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi last summer.

    They’re not all home runs. Shawn Horcoff wasn’t. Sergei Gonchar wasn’t. But the majority of the veteran

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  • Top 5 NHL All-Star Game snubs; who will you miss in Nashville? (Video)

    The NHL All-Star Game rosters were announced this week. There were some familiar names. There were some new faces. And there was also John Scott, which is going to be a lot of fun.

    But alas, there’s a finite number of spots for a finite number of players, which means some deserving players and intriguing players had to be left out.

    You may know them better as … SNUBS.

    In the latest edition of The Wysh List, Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy blog editor Greg Wyshynski looks at five players he totally hopes will find their way to Nashville for the All-Star Game.

    The Wysh List is a weekly countdown looking at hot topics in the world of hockey, hosted by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports. Questions? Comments? Send them to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

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