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?

  • Conn Smythe Watch: Tyler Johnson vs. Corey Perry for current MVP

    Welcome to our Conn Smythe Watch, which chronicles the ever-changing race for playoff MVP. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.

    1. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning (2)

    He scored the latest regulation goal in Lightning playoff history to win Game 3, giving him a playoffs-leading eight goals and 11 points overall. Johnson has three game-winning goals. 

    2. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (1)

    Scorey Perry has six goals and eight assists in seven games. How hum, a 2.00 PPG playoff average.

    3. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals (NR)

    Holtby has a .950 save percentage and a 1.48 GAA in 10 games, carrying the Capitals through their series against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.

    4. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (NR)

    A month ago, we weren’t even sure Kane would play in the second round. Now he has 11 points in nine games, including six goals.

    5. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (6)

    He

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning fan arrested for bringing gun to arena seat (Video)

    In Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning witnessed a Detroit Red Wings fan allegedly attempt to light their giant fan flag on fire as it was passed over the crowd. She was subsequently booked on an arson charge. 

    As you know, the deeper we go in the playoffs, the more the drama increases.

    And so we’ve gone from an arrest for fire to an arrest for firearms.

    Police arrested 27-year-old Lucas Cassidy of St. Petersburg – we’ll just go ahead and assume his nickname is “Butch” – on a second-degree misdemeanor charge for carrying his weapon into a facility where they are explicitly prohibited. According to WTSP, it would have been a felony charge if he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit for the gun.

    But as the video shows, police take this thing a little seriously, as they perp-marched the guy out of his arena seat. Sweet old school jersey, though.

    Obviously, this is a bit disturbing for Lightning fans who would, we imagine, not have an arena full of people packin’

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  • The Minnesota Wild’s playoff journey could end on Thursday night, which is a shame, because that means KFAN won’t be able to create another high-energy crowd pump-up song like “Raise the Cup.”

    Wait, check that: It’s actually a nap-inducing country noodle that doesn’t make you want to raise the Cup but flip it over and use it as a stool as you drink a Budweiser and think about ‘Merica.

    Sample prose:

    “Raise the Cup/

    You got a voice/

    Let’s make some noise/

    Cheer for our boys/

    Suter and Marco stop a goal.

    “Raise the Cup/

    Ready Koivu/

    Nino and Stew

    Cooke and Coyle too/

    Zucker, Brodin and Leopold.”

    So … lists then. There’s another one later in the song where it appears the lyricist just dropped all pretense of this being a song about the Wild and just started listing hockey things. 

    But at the very least the song has an equal number of references to Matt Cooke and God, maintaining spiritual equilibrium. 

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  • Game 4 is a must-win for the New York Rangers

    So is Game 4 of the New York Rangers’ series against the Washington Capitals a must-win for the Blueshirts?

    “I look at it like every game in the playoffs is a must-win,” center Derick Brassard said.

    Well that’s boring.

    “You could say that our backs are against the wall here," he said, "but we’ve responded whenever we’ve been in that position, so I think it’s just staying in a good frame of mind and going on the ice and trusting our abilities and our team.”

    OK, so the Rangers will never say Wednesday night’s game is a must-win; and frankly, with two more games at MSG and an undeniable propensity for these teams to play seven-game series, it’s logically not a must-win either.

    But doesn’t it feel that way? Despite how tight these games have been, how slim the margins of victory are, doesn’t it feel like the Rangers need to get to Braden Holtby, flash some offense from their top line players and turn this thing into a best-of-three rather than a lose-and-go-home?

    Their coach would sure

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Stars: Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun on the Calgary Flames; Mark Lazerus of the Sun Times on the Chicago Blackhawks.

    • The no-goal in Ducks vs. Flames.

    • DeflateGate and cheating.

    • Hockey News and Views

    Question of the Day: What's your favorite kind of cheating in hockey? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Things are going really, super well for Thomas Vanek

    We begin with the caveat that needs to be given whenever we discuss a standout offensive player struggling in the postseason: The Minnesota Wild’s probable sweep at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks is not Thomas Vanek’s fault. 

    That established … woof.

    Vanek signed a three-year deal worth $6.5 million per season with the Wild last summer. It was a redundant acquisition – the Wild didn’t necessarily need Vanek, whose best case for joining the team appeared to be an obvious connection to his college playing days – but added a dynamic offensive weapon to their roster. Well, when he’s on.

    In the playoffs, he’s been off. Way off.

    Vanek doesn’t have a goal his postseason for the Wild in nine games and is a minus-7. Going back to his ill-fitting campaign with the Montreal Canadiens last season, and Vanek has gone 15 playoff games without a goal. He has six assists in that span.

    Here's Vanek after the St. Louis Blues series, via TwinCities.com:

    Against St. Louis, Vanek finished with zero

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  • How will Gary Bettman respond on concussion lawsuit questioning?

    Ever since it was teased in the since-settled Todd Bertuzzi lawsuit, I’ve had a hankering to see NHL commissioner Gary Bettman under oath and answering questions about the League’s culture of violence. 

    Not only because I think there’s a better chance of cracking Captain America’s shield than there is Gary Bettman in a lawsuit deposition, but because I’d like to hear him speak with as much candor as he can be compelled the muster about things like fighting and concussions.

    Rick Westhead of TSN reported on Monday that the judge in the concussion lawsuit brought by former NHL players has ordered Bettman to testify in the lawsuit.

    Westhead also published a few of the specific points on which Bettman will be questioned, and one can already see how this will play out.

    In the case of the NHL People vs. Gary Bettman …

    ACCUSATION: The NHL Concussion Program “did nothing” until 2011, fourteen years after it was founded. It only studied the years from 1997-2004 and it’s conclusion was that “more

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  • Were Calgary Flames robbed of goal vs. Ducks by NHL review? (Video)

    Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night was a tightly played one-goal game in the third period when Frederik Andersen made an impressive pad save on Sam Bennett of the Flames. 

    OR WAS IT?

    The play was reviewed by the NHL War Room as the puck appeared to cross the goal line before it hit Andersen’s pad. At least that’s what a few of the straight-ahead replays showed; the ‘eye in the sky’ replay was inconclusive.

    The wait was excruciating for the Flames and their fans. Finally, Kelly Sutherland skated out and announced that the footage was inconclusive and there was no goal scored.

    Which didn’t sit well with Brian Burke.

    And there were many boos.

    Look, for the love of hockey, this should have been a goal. It was close enough, the War Room could have said “goal” and really the only people that would have cared were Ducks fans, and we would have had a tie game in a must-win for the home team. It’s a hockey fable!

    Except … it wasn’t a goal.

    At least not

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  • Nassau Coliseum ice dug up one last time; Islanders fans, look away (Gallery)

    The New York Islanders’ last game at Nassau Coliseum ended up being their Game 6 win over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

    Alas, they lost in Game 7, depriving us of another round of games at Nassau Coliseum … and, well, the chance that the hated New York Rangers might have been the ones to close it out.

    Brooklyn beckons next season for the Isles. And as the season is over, that means the ice comes up at the old barn one last time.

    Bruce Bennett of Getty Images captured these fantastic, depressing and fantastically depressing images of the ice being demolished at Nassau. 

    The Islanders move to Barclay's Center next season. Captain John Tavares hoped they'd still have a home ice advantage, via the NY Post: 

    “Not too many teams enjoyed coming here [to the Coliseum]. We want to bring that same kind of feel to next season. They don’t want to make Brooklyn a quiet building. They’re going to be loud, going to be rambunctious to break in the

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  • Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Ken Daneyko on Lou Lamoriello's departure as GM

    MVSW

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    It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Stars: Ken Daneyko on the departure of Lou Lamoriello. 

    • Caps vs. Rangers.

    • Ray Shero takes over the Devils.

    • Hockey News and Views

    Question of the Day: Does salary matter when you evaluate on-ice performance? Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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