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 ads on jerseys coming soon, now that NBA approves them

    Two years ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a meeting of franchise presidents that their teams could generate upwards of $4 million each by placing advertising on jerseys. Later that year, then-COO John Collins told a sports media technology conference that ads on jerseys were “coming and happening.”

    So what's been the holdup?

    Waiting for someone else to do it first.

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    “We certainly won’t be the first. And you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming,” said Bettman, when the NHL announced its deal with Adidas.

    On Thursday night, the NBA did it.

    "Jersey sponsorships provide deeper engagement with partners looking to build a unique association with our teams and the additional investment will help grow the game in exciting new ways," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "We're always thinking about innovative ways the NBA can remain competitive in a global marketplace, and we are excited to see the results of this three-year trial."

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  • Panthers fail to sell out Game 1, and why that’s OK

    The Florida Panthers didn’t sell out Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Playoff divisional quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders. This is, without question, embarrassing. This is also, without question, understandable.

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    It’s embarrassing because logic would dictate that the rarity of a home playoff game would result in a sellout, and it’s embarrassing because Panthers fans basically handed ammunition to their market’s Canadian critics and said “shoot.”

    From Greg Cote of the Miami Herald:

    By the way, a Canadian TV broadcast from the arena reported the crowd was about 12,000, a ludicrously low guesstimate that had Panthers general manager Dale Tallon fuming in the press box.

    Poor Canada has no team in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1970, or else that TV station might have been covering one of its own teams instead of being in South Florida. Anyway, the attendance was 17,422, credible, though surprisingly

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  • Washington Capitals and 5 reasons it’s totally different this time

    The Washington Capitals begin their postseason journey on Thursday night at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, and many have greeted them with the traditional gifts of snark and pessimism. 

    Like our old friend “Fire” Chris Chase on FOX Sports, who created a Mad-Libs game story for when the Capitals meet their eventual, underwhelming demise.

    But what if it’s different this time?

    What if the mix of players, systems and coaches produces something that bursts forth through the toxic stink cloud of previous Stanley Cup Playoffs disappointments into heights that Alex Ovechkin and Co. have never before reached?

    Pessimism, be gone! Here are five reasons it’s totally different this time for the Washington Capitals.

    1. Braden Holtby

    Outside of some anomalous years in which someone like Antti Niemi pulls a ‘Trent Dilfer’ and wins a Stanley Cup, teams that bring home a ring need a goaltender that can steal games and, in some cases, steal series.

    Holtby finished a Vezina-worth season, which

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  • NHL 3-on-3 overtime: Success or failure in debut season?

    The NHL regular season is over, so it’s time to ask one of the essential questions of the 2015-16 campaign:

    Did 3-on-3 overtime successfully kill the shootout? 

    No. But it significantly wounded it.

    The final numbers for the NHL show that the percentage of overtime games that ended before the shootout jumped from the 4-on-4 format in the previous season. Take a look:

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    So that’s roughly 61.1 percent of overtime games that ended in the 3-on-3, vs. 44.8 percent of overtime games that ended in the 4-on-4 in the previous season.

    That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 3-on-3 overtime became less effective in preventing shootouts as the season went on. 

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    After 171 overtime games this season, via ESPN, 109 of them were decided in the 3-on-3 – that’s 63.7 percent, or slightly higher than what we finished with. This happened because teams gradually started playing more conservatively in overtime, so as not to give their opponents a golden

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  • LA Kings fans can cut lines at LAX during playoffs

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Jessica Szohr poses with a custom-designed Delta Zamboni at the Los Angeles Kings pre-game fan rally. Delta, the Official Airline of the Kings, and fans celebrated the teamâs return to LA to play the New Jersey Devils in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Jessica Szohr poses with a custom-designed Delta Zamboni at the Los Angeles Kings pre-game fan rally. Delta, the Official Airline of the Kings, and fans celebrated the teamâs return to LA to play the New Jersey Devils in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)

    We’ve all been there: Standing, waiting at the airport gate. Watching the privileged few with spiffy first-class seats or gold-member status board the plane while you stand there with your suitcase and one personal item, hoping there’s space left in the overheads. 

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    Guess who doesn’t have to suffer through this at Los Angeles International Airport for the foreseeable future? Los Angeles Kings fans, as long as they’re rocking Kings gear at a Delta Air Lines gate.

    Delta, the official airline of the Kings, will provide priority boarding to any fan that shows up at the gate wearing Kings gear at LAX. That’s any Delta flight leaving the airport – not just the ones headed to San Jose or wherever the Kings would conceivably play next in a playoff run.

    So throw on that Drew Doughty jersey or that black hat and travel with privilege. At least with Delta. We suggest you don't try this at, like, United. And especially not at TSA. 'I don't need a

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  • Henrik Lundqvist injury not ‘too serious' but no word on Game 2

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s injury isn’t “anything too serious,” according to coach Alain Vigneault. 

    And with that, Blueshirt fans simultaneous unclench and exhale …

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    Lundqvist took a stick from teammate Marc Staal to his face near the end of the first period in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. He dropped to his stomach, in significant discomfort.

    Lundqvist skated to the Rangers’ bench during a prolonged delay – drawing boos from the Pittsburgh fans – before remaining in the game.

    Lundqvist said he wanted to remain in the game, even as his coach wanted to pull him. Moments later, Patric Hornqvist scored his first of three goals on the night in the Penguins’ 5-2 win.

    Lundqvist was replaced by Antti Raanta for the next two periods.

    Vigneault told the media on Thursday morning that Lundqvist has swelling around the eye and will be seeing a specialist that afternoon for further evaluation. The

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  • John Scott ‘fights’ reporter, reveals tricks of the trade (Video)

    When bands hit it big in the music industry, you’ll frequently seen their lesser known albums get a re-release to cash in on the popularity.

    That’s really the only explanation we can figure out for this Associated Press story and video of reporter John Marshall fighting NHL All-Star Game Captain and MVP John Scott surfacing now, months after Scott was traded from the Arizona Coyotes.

    In any event, it’s a nice glimpse into Scott’s fighting process, and some of his tricks of the trade.

    From Marshall: 

    Against counterpunchers, which he hates, he'll use the stiff left arm he used to grab their jersey to repeatedly pop them in the face until he can clear a lane for his right.

    With fighters who flail right from the start, he'll sit back and wait them out, absorbing a few punches until they wear out and he can deliver the knockout blow.

    Same thing with big punchers who try to land a haymaker right at the start: Absorb and destroy. “As long as I can get one of mine in, I'll eat one of his all

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  • Claude Julien safe; Cam Neely in trouble in Boston?

    The Boston Bruins have the opportunity to do something very smart or very dumb this week, and it appears they’ve opted for “not dumb.” 

    Don Sweeney, Bruins general manager, said that Julien will "absolutely" be the coach for Boston next season at a press conference on Thursday.

    Jimmy Murphy of Dirty Water Media first reported that Julien will likely be retained by the Bruins, rather than tossed in the trash so two division rivals can set a dumpster-diving land-speed record.

    But Murphy also believes that team president Cam Neely is on much less firm footing when it comes to his position with the team.

    From Murphy:

    The read here though is that won’t be the case this time around. There may be an announcement Thursday that Julien’s staff or some of them have been released but again, this scribe believes that following the Neely and Charlie Jacobs presser on April 20, Julien will still be the Bruins head coach and that Neely quite possibly be designated to a new role away from hockey

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  • NHL Three Stars: Zatkoff saves Penguins; Elliott blanks Hawks

    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Jeff Zatkoff #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jeff Zatkoff #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    No. 1 Star: Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh Penguins 

    When Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t go due to injury, it was up to Zatkoff to make his first playoff appearance in Game 1 against the New York Rangers. He made 35 saves in the Penguins’ 5-2 win over the Rangers, fueled by a Patric Hornqvist hat trick.

    No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

    The Blues goalie made 35 saves in their Game 1 win over the Blackhawks, including 15 in the third period and overtime as the Blues generated just four shots. St. Louis won 1-0 in overtime.

    No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning winger had two goals and an assist in their 3-2 Game 1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, scoring goals in the first and second and assisting on Alex Killorn’s game-winner in the third.

    Honorable Mention: Along with Hornqvist’s trick and his assist, Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and Kris Letang had two assists. … David Backes scored the OT game-winner off the skate of Trevor van Riemsdyk. … Tyler

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  • Backes scores OT winner, Elliott stones Blackhawks in Game 1

    The last time David Backes and the St. Louis Blues met the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the captain was freight-trained to the head by defenseman Brent Seabrook and then mocked when his legs buckled by Chicago’s Duncan Keith, who uttered the now immortal phrase: “Wakey Wakey, Backey, Wakey Wakey!”

    Two years later, he’s woke: Backes scored the lone goal of Game 1 between the teams in overtime, as the Blues capitalized on a brilliant 35-save performance from Brian Elliott in a 1-0 win over Chicago. 

    A win that Keith watched in street clothes, serving the last game of his six-game suspension.

    The game-winner was scored against an exhausted and mistake-riddled Niklas Hjalmarsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk. The latter allowed Alex Steen to waltz into the slot for a good chance. The former was unable to clear the puck later in the sequence. When Backes fired from the right of Crawford, the puck bounced off of van Riemsdyk’s skate and trickled past his own goalie at

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