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?

  • Jon Cooper and that time he told his players to murder a bat

    CHICAGO – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is the kind of head coach that inspires confidence in his players. Do what he says, and find success. Follow his instructions, and glory awaits.

    Which is why if Jon Cooper tells you to hunt down a bat flying over your rink and then murder it with your hockey stick, you hunt down that bat. 

    Cooper was the head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL from 2008-2010. While we’d like to say he was an awkward, shifting in his shoes introvert who had yet to find his suave, confident tenor with the media … he was pretty much the Jon Cooper that’s lent some swagger to the Lightning’s Stanley Cup run.

    Who else could be The Most Interesting Man In Hockey?

    It was Dec. 2009, Cooper's second season. The Gamblers were facing Cedar Rapids. In the third period, there was an uninvited guest to the game: a bat had flown into the arena, and was circling around the ice at a low altitude.

    Green Bay goalie Steve Summerhays was genuinely freaked out by the

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  • NBC Sports chairman asked NHL to ban playoff beards

    CHICAGO – The playoff beard. One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ greatest traditions, as players go from baby-faced athletes to burly mountain men the deeper their teams advance in the postseason. 

    (Or, in some cases, go from baby-faced athletes to … baby-faced athletes with terrible patchy beards.)

    The players love them. The fans love them. But someone has to be the Scrooge of Scruff, and that man is Mark Lazarus, the chairman of NBC Sports.

    According to Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune, Lazarus actually lobbied the NHL to end the tradition of playoff beards because, in his opinion, they hinder the development of new stars in the League during the playoffs.

    It’s not the logo on the front. It’s not the name on the back. It’s the whiskers around their collar.

    From the Tribune:

    “The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. “Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens

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  • Johnny Oduya expected to be ‘alright’ for Game 4; exhale, Chicago

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks were basically screwed if they lost any of their top four defensemen in the remaining games of the Stanley Cup Final, what with the way their third pairing combinations have underperformed.

    So when Johnny Oduya was banged up in Game 3, there was great concern that he wouldn’t play in a critical Game 4 on Wednesday, down 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    What’s his status report?

    An upper-body injury, according to coach Joel Quenneville. But one he doesn’t anticipate will keep Oduya out for the Blackhawks’ next game. 

    “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I think he’ll be alright,” he said on Tuesday.

    Oduya only took five shifts in the second period, and only one after Nikita Kucherov went off for tripping him at center ice. He returned in the third period and played seven shifts, down from the 11 shifts he had in the first period.

    The Blackhawks have been led by the minutes-chewing defense of Duncan Keith (31:20), Brent Seabrook (26:29), Niklas Hjalmarsson

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  • Stanley Cup Final ratings: Game 3 delivers on NBCSN, thanks to Chicago

    CHICAGO – The old joke is that hockey fans will watch NBC Sports Network if they can find it.

    Chicago apparently doesn’t have a problem locating it.

    According to NBC, the market delivered its best-ever local number (24.0) on NBCSN to fuel a 2.88 national overnight rating. The number is 14 percent better than last year’s Game 3. It’s the second-best rating for a Stanley Cup Final game in the network’s history. 

    The best? Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins … and the Chicago Blackhawks, of course. That earned a 3.1 overnight rating.

    The Top 5 markets for last night’s Game 3 on NBCSN: Chicago (24.00), Tampa (13.20), Buffalo (4.27), Boston (4.23) and Providence (3.84).

    Tampa’s rating was also its best-ever on NBCSN. Although the Blackhawks have been on the network slightly more often than the Lightning. 

    In a related story: Nate Silver is now 0-for-3.

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  • Victor Hedman, Stanley Cup Final monster, joins NHL's elite

    TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready for the game against the New York Rangers before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready for the game against the New York Rangers before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    CHICAGO – When I first met Victor Hedman at the 2009 NHL Draft, there were three things that stood out about him. 

    1. His freakish build. He looked like someone used a taffy pull to stretch Benicio Del Toro into Zdeno Chara’s body. Six-foot-six, over 220 pounds. A specimen on the level of a Chris Pronger, with a somewhat less apparent sadism.

    2. That he wanted to be a hockey player/pilot, like Alexei Kovalev before him, a great aspiration that likely would be scuttled by whichever team drafted him as a franchise pillar. (You know, him being a multi-million dollar investment and all.) Still, it was nice to hear a life goal that was something other than "giving 110 percent" from a rookie. 

    3. That he was born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, which is also the hometown of Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and apparently where the tap water is a performance enhancing substance, given the output. 

    It's a town of legendary NHL players.

    It's a pantheon that Victor Hedman is

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  • Blackhawks' 'bad habit' of blowing leads quickly costs them Game 3

    CHICAGO – The rough estimate is that it’s occurred around 10 times this season: The Chicago Blackhawks score a goal, celebrate wildly and feel pretty good about life; then, under two minutes later, the opposing team scores to suck that momentum out of them like a parched vampire, consuming it for themselves. 

    It happened again in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. And it’s the primary reason why the Blackhawks are down 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning after a 3-2 loss on Monday night.

    “It’s frustrating. A lot of things we did today gave us the feeling we were going to come out on top with the effort we gave. It was just a couple of little bad habits that ended up hurting us,” said captain Jonathan Toews. “We are responsible for that, but I think this game could have been similar to the way we stole Game 1 from them.”

    The idea that the Blackhawks need to steal anything from the Lightning may be one of the series’ most unpredictable swings. Chicago can dominate for stretches – see the first

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  • Ryan Callahan blasts one past Corey Crawford after sick Hedman pass (Video)

    CHICAGO – When Ryan Callahan beat Henrik Lundqvist on a breakaway in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference, many of us were like ‘wow, who knew he could do that?’

    Well, may wonders never cease: Callahan, best known for deflections and garbage collection goals in front of the crease, beat Corey Crawford with a wicked, nearly unstoppable shot to open the scoring in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

    And how about that pass from Victor Hedman? Hail Mary, down the ice to Callahan, taking advantage of a fall by Johnny Oduya at center ice. Hedman is having a whale of a series; coach Jon Cooper said this playoff run has been his introduction to the world.

    As for Callahan, he knows how much secondary scoring matters in the series. From earlier in the Final, he said:

    “You always put pressure on yourself to contribute and put points up and help on the scoresheet. It’s definitely an area we need to improve on and we have to do that in order for us to have success.”

    As usual, Crawford

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  • Jonathan Toews believes it’s selfish, wrong to pee during game play (Video)

    In a public service announcement played before Chicago Blackhawks games, captain Jonathan Toews has a strongly worded message for those fans that would dare leave their seats during play: 

    “Sometimes when watching a hockey game at United Center, it’s easy to want to get up and go to the bathroom when the puck is in play. I know what you’re thinking: ‘I just gotta go.’ But leaving your seat during game play isn’t FUNNY. It’s selfish and wrong. Stay in your seat during game play.”

    The single greatest thing about this video is the way Captain Serious attempts to intentionally act serious, and the result is that it looks like Toews is tying to explode your brain inside your skull like it’s an especially gruesome anime.

    This “The More You Know” video has been kicking around since earlier this season, but it’s great. And more than that, it’s a life lesson, people.

     

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  • Puck Daddy's Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Live Chat!

    It's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, and we're live chatting it tonight!

    What's the deal with Tampa's goalie? Will Patrick Kane score? Will the Lightning continue their road dominance? 

    The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.

    Live Blog Puck Daddy Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Live Chat

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  • Stanley Cup Final: Five keys to Lightning vs. Blackhawks in Game 3

    CHICAGO – The Tampa Bay Lightning hit the road to battle the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The series is tied 1-1. 

    Here are five keys to the third game of the last series of the NHL postseason:

    1. The mystery of Ben Bishop

    The Lightning’s starting goalie left Game 2 twice in the third period, as Andrei Vasilevskiy came on in relief, made five saves and got the win.

    What was wrong with Bishop? The Lightning are playing super coy about it, not revealing any details. (The scuttlebutt on-site was that it was, um, bathroom related, due to dehydration, rather than an injury.)

    Will Bishop play in Game 3? All signs point to “yes” although neither Bolts coach Jon Cooper nor Bishop would confirm it.

    If he can’t go, Vasilevskiy has been called a “1-A” by Cooper.

    2. Patrick Kane’s Scoring Drought

    Oh no! Patrick Kane was held without a shot in a playoff game, something that hasn’t happened since May 17, 2009 against the

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