Greg Wyshynski

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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?

  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: So you’re saying there’s a chance for the Leafs?

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets were 3.7 second away from another point in the standings, another nail in the coffin of the teams chasing them for the last wild card spot. Instead, the Chicago Blackhawks sent them to a regulation loss that decreased the Jackets’ playoff chances to 78.9 percent.

    Meanwhile, they gave the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils faint playoff hope.

    Both teams probably have to win out and hope for help; in Toronto’s case, a lot of help, because the Jackets and Devils both have a game in-hand and own the ROW tie-breaker with Toronto.

    All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their "Tragic Number" hits 0.

    Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

    Team

    Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

    Tragic #

    % Chance 1st Wild Card

    %

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  • Thomas Greiss, Coyotes regret gaffe that cost them victory vs. Oilers

    Friday night’s action reminded hockey fans that every moment counts when every point matters.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets, for example, might regret giving up that goal to the Chicago Blackhawks with 3.7 seconds left in regulation, failing to garner a point on home ice.

    The Phoenix Coyotes, meanwhile, had their own late goal to lament – one that was a product of their own miscue.

    Here’s goalie Thomas Greiss, misplaying the puck and allowing Sam Gagner to tie the game at 19:19 of the third, before he won it in OT with a shootout goal:

    Ouch. Just, ouch.

    Greiss misplayed the puck with Jordan Eberle hounding him, sending it off a sliding Zbynek Michalek near the post, the puck trickling over to Gagner for the layup goal.

    Said Greiss after the game, via Sarah McLellan: “Just bounced right in my skates from my stick. Just mishandled it. A costly mistake by me.”

    Said Coach Dave Tippett: “The way we gave up the second goal, that’s demoralizing. But it’s not time to hang your head now."

    No, but

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  • NHL Three Stars: Max Pacioretty’s 5-pointer; Gagner leads Oil

    No. 1 Star: Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

    The Canadiens forward had a 5-point night, including a hat trick, as Montreal beat the Ottawa Senators in a wild 7-4 game. Pacioretty scored his first goal in the first to tie the game at 3-3. He scored another in the second and then completed the trick for his 38th goal of the season. Thomas Vanek had three assists in the win.

    No. 2 Star: Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers

    Gagner scored the game-tying goal for Edmonton at 19:19 of the third period – a gift thanks to a miscue by Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss – and then beat Greiss in the shootout with an awesome move for the 3-2 win.

    No. 3 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

    Schneider was the difference in the Devils’ 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals, stopping 24 shots and robbing Marcus Johansson twice in the game.

    Honorable mention: The Detroit Red Wings scored three first-period goals and then hung on for a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Will Datsyuk and Nyquist play together?

    Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished. 

    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 03: Bryan Bickell #29 (L) and Peter Regin #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Bickell's third period goal against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on April 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Bryan Bickell #29 (L) and Peter Regin #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Bickell's third period goal against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on April 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Preview: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. EDT

    • • • • •

    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1. No

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  • Alex Ovechkin thinks everyone quit on the play he quit on

    It’s not every day that a head coach claims his star scorer and team captain “quit” on a play on home ice during a playoff race. Of course, it’s not every day that said captain doesn’t score at even strength for a month and has a league-worst plus/minus rating of minus-36, which we’re sure is a factor in that call-out too.

    So how does Alex Ovechkin feel about Adam Oates calling him out for his lack of hustle here against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, on a Dustin Jeffrey goal?

    That’s Ovechkin, skating hard for about a millisecond at the end. He had plenty of fuel left having coasted the rest of the play.

    So did he talk to Oates about this?

    “Um, no,” he said after Friday’s pregame skate in New Jersey.

    “To be honest with you, I didn’t see him and I kind of lost the position, so it is what it is. We make lots of mistakes. It’s not about the one mistake,” he said. (Him, we assume, was Ray Whitney charging to the net.)

    But your coach called you out for quitting. Isn’t that, like, bad and

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  • Ilya Kovalchuk’s KHL team fires GM, coaches after playoff disaster

    When Ilya Kovalchuk “retired” from the NHL and signed a 4-year deal in the KHL, expectations were higher than the I.S.S. for SKA St. Petersburg, the deep-pocketed franchise that has yet to play for the Gagarin Cup in the League’s six years of existence.

    Those expectations came crashing down when SKA lost to No. 8 seed Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the conference semifinals, as Kovalchuk managed just 3 goals and 2 assists in 10 games. He revealed after the season that he would have surgery on his knee and miss the IIHF world championships.

    Someone had to pay for this failure. Turns out it’s “everyone”: SKA on Friday fired all of its coaches and its general manager. Which seems a little extreme.

    From R-Sport:

    SKA St. Petersburg hockey club fired Finnish head coach Jukka Jalonen on Friday after a disappointing playoff run, replacing him with former Russian national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Vyacheslav Bykov.

    Jalonen, general manager Alexei Kasatonov and the entire coaching staff have

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  • Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest cover has upset the LPGA

    Golf Digest, being in the business of selling magazines and all, decided to have a provocative cover for their latest issue featuring Paulina Gretzky, the Twitter-iffic daughter of The Great One and fiancée of golfer Dustin Johnson.

    Paulina Gretzky

    Yoga pants? Check. Sports bra? Check. Ironically titled article to accompany provocative cover (“6 MOVES TO LOWER SCORES”)? Check.

    Outrage from members of the LPGA over this member of hockey’s royal family appearing on the cover of Golf Digest? Check.

    Stacy Lewis has two majors to her credit and was No. 1 in the world for a bit last year, but has yet to appear on the cover. She expressed her dismay over the choice to the New York Times’ Karen Crouse:

    “It’s frustrating for female golfers. It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”

    Juli Inkster, World Golf Hall of

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Jackets threaten Flyers; Islanders, Jets eliminated

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Fare thee well Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders, eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday night. May the (draft) odds forever be in your favor ...

    (Or in the Islanders’ case, may they work out the way you want them to regarding the pick in the Vanek debacle.)

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are the reason for the Isles’ demise, as they won for the first time ever in Philadelphia to move to 85 points on the season with six games left.

    Said defenseman James Wisniewski: "This was a big ol' four-point game for us. Right like that, we're right there. We just have to keep it going. We don't want to back into anything, we want to grab what we can. Tonight was huge."

    What did that win do to the East races?

    All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when

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  • Bob Nicholson stepping down as Hockey Canada boss; could he take over IIHF?

    There’s always a sense that Canada’s international hockey aspirations are “gold or bust” but it’s Bob Nicholson that made it an organization-wide mantra for Hockey Canada.

    "When I started and the [Canadian Olympic Committee] talked about personal bests and just ‘going over there to enjoy it,’ and I had a real problem buying in to that," he told the Winnipeg Free Press this year.

    "Hearing what they say now, it’s the only way to look at it. All of the Canadian athletes have prepared so hard. Hey, shoot for that medal. For some it might be a bit of a stretch but if you have a gold medal performance, you’ll end up where you should be."

    Nicholson is ending his run as president and CEO of Hockey Canada, according to TSN, a job he’s held formally since 1998. Before that he was the senior VP of the Canadian Hockey Association from 1992-98; basically, his stamp has been on all levels of Canadian hockey for over 20 years. In that time, Hockey Canada’s won around 70 medals internationally,

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  • Dropping your handgun in a beer league game is not advisable (Video)

    Here’s a beer league hockey player that has it all together: Skates, gloves, Go-Pro camera on his helmet to record the action, his handgun stuffed in his uniform.

    Wait … what?

    That awkward moment when you drop your gun on the ice at a rec league game … but don’t worry folks, it wasn’t loaded!

    Obviously the only debate here is whether this video is a hoax or a prank.

    We’re leaning “prank” because of the vibe we get from the other players and the fact that this was done during warmups, which is a pretty good time to pull off the ‘ole “dropped my handgun on the ice and got admonished for it” move. Also, Go-Pro camera. Obviously there for a reason.

    But seriously, goof or not, leave your guns at home if you’re playing beer league hockey, all you kids out there (tm, Eddie Olczyk).

    Unless of course you’re playing in Texas, where we assume everyone’s strapped. Not a lot of fighting in those leagues. No sir …

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