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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?

  • Tom Gilbert suspended three games for revenge hit on Nick Ritchie

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    Sometimes, the suspensions explain themselves, but the duration of those suspensions needs a little context.

    When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert hit Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie on Tuesday night, no penalty was called. But when you saw the replay of that hit – driving upward, leaving his feet, crunching Ritchie from behind along the boards – there was no surprise that he was getting a phone hearing and, likely, a suspension for boarding.

    The question was how long that suspension would last – a rather important question, given the Kings’ blue line situation – and on Thursday the answer from the Department of Player Safety was “three games.”

    Again, this is why these videos are so valuable. It’s three games because of the nature of the hit, and the context of the hit: Gilbert having been rocked behind the play, seeing the rocker along the boards with his back turned, and then rocking him with a really nasty hit from behind.

    Ritchie goes into the concussion protocol, and

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  • Matt Beleskey, with no points, scratched by Bruins

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    Earlier this week we wrote about Matt Beleskey, who along with Jimmy Hayes is off to an epically bad start for the Boston Bruins. Neither player has a goal on the season through nine games, and both have skated to a minus-7.

    Now, it appears Beleskey will be out of the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night for the Bruins.

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    It’s unspecified whether or not the scratch for Beleskey, who was at the morning skate but did not participate in any line rushes, is a healthy one — which would designate this as a wake up call of sorts for the $3.8 million dollar per year man — or if Beleskey is still feeling the effects of his collision into the post in Tuesday’s win over the Florida Panthers. While the 28-year-old logged the second-lowest time on ice among Bruins in the winning effort, at 9:37, which was also his lowest total of the season to date, Beleskey did skate in another four shifts after he came back from the locker room following the collision.

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  • NHL Player Safety secrets revealed, from hearings to hate (Podcast)

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    On the latest Puck Soup podcast, we had a peek inside the NHL’s Department of Player Safety with special guests Damian Echevarrieta, the NHL’s vice president of Player Safety and Hockey Operations and Patrick Burke, Director of Player Safety.

    It’s a wide-ranging conversation about how the NHL hands out suspensions and its general approach to supplemental discipline, tackling some sensitive topics (like concussions) and some whimsical ones (like if the players hate our guests). But two bits of news stood out for us.

    First, did you know that the Dept. of Player Safety holds “mock hearings” with NHL prospects before they enter the league as rookies?

    They take an incident, and have everyone play a different role: The hitter, the player being hit, agents, general managers and NHL officials. “And then we have them make a video,” said Echevarrieta. “We’re doing it for their benefit.

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  • Five NHL teams ready for Cubs-style championship lovefest

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    The Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year World Series championship drought (or curse or hex or whatever supernatural terror you want to apply) on Wednesday night, and the reaction across the U.S. was awe-inspiring. Like a Usain Bolt race in the Olympics, it seemed like a shared experience – and one in which everybody shared some semblance of joy at the result.

    Seriously, hug a Cubs fan today. It’s been a lifetime of waiting.

    Oh, and, like, buy a Cleveland fan a coffee or something in a commemorative 2016 Cavaliers championship mug.

    In the NHL, the lovefest for a long-suffering fan base wouldn’t have the same magnitude – although it should be said that the New York Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship win that ended a 54-year drought broke through to the mainstream. (Neil Smith was the O.G. Curse-Breaker before Theo.)

    But that doesn’t mean there won’t be sweeping celebration, or begrudging congratulations, around the hockey world if certain franchises finally broke through and won the

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  • Goalie spectacularly flips skater in puck chase collision (Video)

    Whenever a goalie leaves their crease to chase after a puck, it can be an adventure.

    At best, they win the race and put the disc out of harm’s way. At worst, it’ll turn into a trainwreck, and the opposition will have the gaping maw of the net to shoot at, as the goalie stumbles to his feet.

    Karel Vejmelka, a Nashville Predators goalie prospect playing for HC Kometa Brno in the Czech Extraliga, recently had an adventure of his own making. He nudged the puck along the boards, before realizing none of this teammates were there to support him. So he raced after it – but so did HC Plzen’s Tomas Svoboda.

    Vejmelka closed in. Svoboda closed in. The goalie got to the puck a split second before the skater did, moving it away. He was low. Lower than Svoboda. And what happened next was flippin’ amazing:

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    Weeeeee!

    Never a good thing when you’re going skates-over-eyebrows on a collision with the goalie.

    Vejmelka lost his mask, but won the battle. It appeared neither player was hurt, despite the

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  • What's happening to Carolina Hurricanes, dark horse darlings?

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    By most measures, the Carolina Hurricanes should not be the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

    The Hurricanes were a team expected to surprise the East this season after playing a bit over their heads last season and placing just 10 points out of the wild card. There was admittedly a lot to love about the team: Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask anchoring the offense; Justin Faulk and Noah Hanifin on the blueline; the additions of Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. And head coach Bill Peters, one of the rising stars in the East, especially among the analytic punditry.

    A strong possession team under Peters last season, they’re even stronger this season: Fifth in the NHL in adjusted Corsi percentage at even strength (53.91 percent). Their power play is 10th in the NHL (23.3 percent). Their penalty kill is ninth (86.2). They’re 13th in the NHL in goals per game (2.78).

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    Ah, there’s the problem: They’re 27th in the NHL in goals-against per game

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  • Tulsa Oilers rocking Canadian tuxedo denim jerseys (Photo)

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    The Canadian tuxedo is as vital a part of the nation’s culture as beaver tails, Trailer Park Boys and whatever this Hellraiser puzzle box building is. So, naturally, it’s a perfect fit for a hockey jersey.

    The Tulsa Oilers are wearing denim-themed “Canadian tuxedo” jerseys against the Missouri Mavericks on Friday night. The jerseys will then be auctioned off after the game.

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    Other teams have tried to pull off this look, like the Saskatoon Blades’ version six years ago. But these Oilers ones have that deep jean jacket look, the kind of denim you might see on someone that’s spilled a few beers while riding a bull in a cow patty-laced field at 2 a.m. Only unlike when they do the same thing in Oklahoma, it’s, like, really cold.

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    These are delightful. We only hope the players had the foresight to grow out the accompanying mullets in time for the game.

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  • Capitals prospect Madison Bowey deletes smokin’ Instagram

    Hey, we’ve all been there. You’re chillin’. You want the world to know how you’re chillin’. So you decide to drop a video on social media to reveal that, yes, you are in fact totally chillin’.

    Take Madison Bowey, a Washington Capitals defensive prospect currently playing for their AHL affiliate in Hershey, Pa.

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    He posted a video on Wednesday morning with a hood on, chillin’. The six-second Instagram clip showed him taking a drag from a long, loosely rolled brown-wrapper smoke of undetermined ingredients, and then blowing a cloud at the camera on his phone.

     

    It was awesome! All it needed were slow-motion FX and some Dre beats. (Rather than Beats by Dre. Note the difference.)

    Alas, we actually mean “too awesome for this world.” Bowey deleted the video within an hour of its posting. Perhaps

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  • Nazem Kadri beats Connor McDavid for OT winner (Video)

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers battled on Tuesday night in the first-ever meeting between Nos. 1 picks and franchise players Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews and … well, it was sort of a letdown.

    Neither player tallied a point in the game. Matthews was a minus-1 in 19:28 despite six shots on goal. McDavid as a minus-2 in 22:46 with four shots on goal. Bummer.

    One of those goals scored with McDavid on the ice? The overtime game-winner by Nazem Kadri, in which he outmuscled McDavid for the puck and ended the game just 12 seconds into the extra session.

    McDavid immediately went to the referee to complain about some nefarious behavior from Kadri, but it didn’t matter: The Leafs won the showdown, 3-2, as Kadri scored two goals on “Connor vs. Auston Night.”

    As for McDavid, who was beaten for the game-winner? “He passionately approached the game and gave us everything he had,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan.

    As for the game-winner? “The League will have a good example of a

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski: McDavid vs. Matthews, and Michael Russo on Wild (Podcast)

    In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:

    – Connor McDavid. Auston Matthews. A showdown roughly three weeks in the making.

    – Talking with Michael Russo of the Star Tribune about the Minnesota Wild, Bruce Boudreau and the NHL in general.

    – Marek and Wysh on the mysteries of marketing the NHL in the U.S.

    – The Evander Kane ruling.

    – Reader mail!

    – News and notes from around the NHL.

    The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]

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