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: Charity points create playoff chaos

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

    Interesting times on the Eastern and Western Conference bubbles, thanks to the charity point.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets blew a lead against Colorado but earned the overtime loss point to move to 83 points on the season. That’s one ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose win over Calgary gave them 82 points, although the Jackets have two games in-hand.

    The Capitals were smoked at home, 5-0, by Dallas, keeping them at 81 points and dropping their playoff probability to 8 percent, down 11.2 percentage points.

    The Devils blew yet another shootout, going 0-for-11 on the season in a loss to Buffalo. They picked up the charity point to move to 80 on the season, but their tragic number is now nine.

    Over in the West, the Coyotes’ shootout loss to Winnipeg combined with Dallas’ win gives the Stars the second wild card by virtue of the regulation wins

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  • NHL Three Stars: Landeskog rallies Avalanche; Burrows ejected for elbow

    No. 1 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

    The Avs captain may not have called “bank” when his pass across the crease hit Jack Johnson and went in, but Landeskog got credit for the OT game winner in Colorado’s 3-2 rally against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also scored the game-tying goal in the third.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, St. Louis Blues

    Miller was stellar in defeating his old rivals the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0, making 31 saves in the 1-0 shootout win. T.J. Oshie (of course) and Kevin Shattenkirk had the shootout goals.

    No. 3 Star: Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets put the puck behind Thomas Greiss twice, and Ladd did it both times: On a first-period goal and then in the shootout in their 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Ondrej Pavelec rebounded with a 28-save effort.

    Honorable mention: Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and Alex Chiasson had a 3-point night in the Dallas Stars’ 5-0 domination of the Washington Capitals. Tyler Seguin scored his 33rd. … Elias Lindholm

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  • Douglas Murray gets match penalty for head shot on Michael Kostka

    Scary scene in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, as Michael Kostka took a head-shot from Habs defenseman Douglas Murray late in the third period.

    Here’s the hit, which kept Kostka flat on his back for several moments, and had the stretcher out for him before he skated off on his own:

    Murray was given a match penalty at 17:47 of the third period and was ejected, and will certainly receive more from the Dept. of Player Safety after this one is reviewed. Murray has never been suspended previously.

    Beat writer Damian Cristodero reports that Kostka is being evaluated but was up and around the Bolts’ locker room after the game.

    If and when Murray is suspended, it’ll be the second time this season Kostka’s been in the receiving end of an illegal play. Teemu Pulkkinen of the Red Wings was given four preseason games for boarding him in Sept. 2013.

    Interesting times for the Habs and Bolts, who will meet in the first round of the playoffs.

    UPDATE:

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Vigneault in Vancouver; Habs, Bolts could clinch

    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.

     

     CREATE A CAPTION: From a campaign between the Blackhawks and DiGiorno.

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    Preview: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. EDT

    Preview: New York Rangers at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. EDT

    Preview: Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. EDT

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games

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  • Nick Kroll stole the Stanley Cup and the NHL hopes you care that he did

    NEW YORK, NY – When the Stanley Cup Playoffs arrive, so do the expected ad campaigns from the National Hockey League.

    Those commercials that have us reliving legendary moments from playoffs’ past (“ONE GOAL”) or accentuate the pressure that the current stars feel in the clutch (“BECAUSE IT’S THE CUP”). Those commercials that make hockey fans feel that the postseason is a moment of communal gathering in local bars.

    We’ll see variations of those ads this spring for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with some unexpectedly innovative ones from the NHL.

    Assuming there are Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2014. Because, as you might have heard, the Stanley Cup was stolen.

    “Cup-nappers. Someone taking the Stanley Cup for ransom, and making some outlandish demands, like playing in the NHL,” said Brian Jennings, Executive VP Marketing at the NHL.

    That was the breaking news from NBC released earlier this week, as celebrity puckhead David Gregory and chronic over-actor Jim Cramer helped sell the idea

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  • Beer-hug hockey fighters suspended, perhaps for life; stunt details revealed

    The staged fight at center ice? That was fine.

    The fact that Matt Puntureri of the Danville Dashers and Jesse Felton of the Dayton Demonz shared a hug and saluted the crowd instead of throwing punches? Embarrassing, but not egregious.

    But when Puntureri took a can of beer out of his pants on the ice and took a swig while toasting his opponent, Federal Hockey League commissioner Don Kirnan said he went too far. Even for hockey.

    “Obviously the biggest problem was bringing alcohol on the ice,” he said. “If they would have just hugged each other at the end of the season … bringing the beer on the ice is what we’re upset about.”

    The stunt fight went viral last weekend, both giving the FHL more exposure and ridicule than it had ever received. Puntureri and Felton were suspended indefinitely by the FHL, forcing Felton to miss the league’s playoffs.

    Puntureri told Sports Illustrated that he believes he’ll be banned for life from the FHL. Kirnan said the league’s owners will meet in the spring

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  • MVSW

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

    Special Guest Star: Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports on the Habs/Lightning tonight

    • The Ducks rally from four down.

    • Tortorella and Vingeault have a reunion.

    • More on the beer fight.

    • The Eastern Conference bubble.

    Question of the Day: What's the greatest hockey prank? Email at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Hockey fan suing Belfast Giants after puck injury loses lawsuit

    It was a case that could have dramatically impacted the way spectators were protected from flying pucks at hockey games: a fan suing the Belfast Giants and Odyssey Arena for negligence after being struck in the head during warm-ups back in 2008, when she was 12.

    But on Tuesday, the now-18 year old lost her case against the Giants, as a High Court ruled against her £30,000 ($49,596 US) claim.

    It would have been the first time in a fan successfully litigated a case against a pro hockey team in the U.K. for getting injured by an errant puck.

    As Justice Gillen ruled, via the Belfast Telegraph:

    "The risks were no different from those which exist in a number of other sporting arenas including field hockey, football, cricket, rugby or golf.

    "Such risks are amongst the jolts and jogs to be expected of sporting life."

    "The plaintiff was injured as the result of a danger inherent in the sport itself which she must be taken to have accepted and against which the defendants cannot reasonably have

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Wild comeback; pressure on Blue Jackets

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

    Zach Parise says it’s all in the skates.

    "We skated and moved our feet and made it tough on their 'D' when we got it behind them and got them stuck in their zone," Parise said, after the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. "We made it really hard on their 'D' and that was the best part of our game -- that's two games in a row now that we've done that and we feel pretty good about it."

    They should. The Wild now have a 92.2 percent chance of making the playoffs, with a 66 percent chance of making the first wild card. They have six games left, four of them against playoff teams. But the Wild’s big win last night put them five points ahead of Phoenix.

    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

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  • NHL Three Stars: Zajac tricks Panthers; Ducks’ stunning rally

    No. 1 Star: Travis Zajac, New Jersey Devils

    The Devils center notched a hat trick and added an assist on Ryane Clowe’s second period goal in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Zajac had a goal 12 seconds into the game and then another at 11:33 of the first; he closed out the scoring at 9:37 of the third.

    No. 2 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks got down 4-0 to the Winnipeg Jets. Getzlaf scored a key third-period goal to cut it to 4-2 and then fed Corey Perry for the game-tying goal at 19:37 of the third before Stephan Robidas’ OT game winner. Anaheim stunned the Jets, 5-4.

    No. 3 Star: Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

    Koivu scored the eventual game-winner at 4:56 of the third period as the Wild won a key game in Los Angeles, 3-2 over the Kings. He also assisted on Zach Parise’s power play goal in the second.

    Honorable mention: Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Ottawa Senators topped the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1. Jeff Skinner scored his 30th. …

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