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?

  • Nick Bjugstad busted open on nasty fall into boards (Video)

    Was it an accident or something else? 

    In the second overtime of Game 5 of their divisional semifinal series, Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers fell violently face-first into the top of the boards. The impact pushed his visor up and a gash opened on his hear, with blood spilling on the ice.

    Panthers trainers rushed to the ice and treated Bjugstad as he was flat on the ice. He was eventually helped to the back and did not return to the game.

    Now, watch the replay: What appears to be a toe-pick from Bjugstad also appears to feature Shane Price of the New York Islanders slashing Bjugstad’s left leg, which buckled before he fell to the boards.

    Did it cause the tumble?

    In any case, hopefully Bjugstad is OK, given the head issues he’s had in the past. As this was a very scary, rather grusome scene. 

    The Islanders won the game in double-OT to take a 3-2 series lead.

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    Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, 

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  • Neuvirth shocks Capitals with 44-save shutout, Flyers win Game 5

    Before joining the Philadelphia Flyers, Michal Neuvirth played 134 regular-season and nine playoff games as a member of the Washington Capitals from 2008-14. 

    None of those performances are in the same conversation with the 44-save masterpiece he painted at Verizon Center on Friday night, with the Flyers facing elimination and putting on an offensive performance that made it appear they were playing barefoot with swimming pool noodles instead of with skates and sticks.

    The Flyers won Game 5, 2-0, getting outshot by the Capitals by a 44-11 count.

    Once more, with feeling: The Capitals had 33 more shots on goal than did the Flyers. The Flyers were outshot 30-5 in the last 40 minutes of the game. 

    That only scratches the surface of the disparity in play: The Capitals attempted 82 shots in Game 5; the Flyers attempted 27. This was one of the most lopsided possession games in recent memory, and potentially since the birth of Jim Corsi.

    From War On Ice:

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    It’s like comparing the staircase to

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  • Michal Neuvirth seeks revenge, Flyers' survival vs. Braden Holtby, Capitals

    Every postseason, Washington Capitals fans have their minds drift to that dark corner labeled “worst case scenarios.” 

    What’s it going to be this time? Inexplicable sputtering offense? Inexplicable bad luck? Inexplicable hot opposing goaltender? Ugh, they’ve seen that last movie before.

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    So while the Capitals are very much in the driver’s seat and very much poised to make short work of the Philadelphia Flyers in five games with a win at home on Friday night in Game 5, a nightmare lurks in that dark corner: Michal Neuvirth, their former goaltender, coming back to lead a reverse sweep and end the Capitals’ Stanley Cup dreams.

    Hey, more soul-crushing things have happened to this team. But not many.

    Before his 31-save effort led the Flyers to a 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Capitals, the only other time he saw Washington in the playoffs was an 11-minute cameo almost one year ago: Replacing Jaroslav Halak as the Caps throttled the New York

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  • Mike Milbury trashes Blackhawks’ Pat Foley for ‘late start’ rant (Video)

    Game 5 of the divisional playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the host St. Louis Blues started at 8:42 p.m. local time in order to accommodate the national broadcasting schedule – their game would just be underway as the 7 p.m. ET games were ending. 

    The late start time has become the norm in this Western Conference series, and Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley was sick of it.

    With his network CSN Chicago being simulcast nationally on NBCSN, Foley went into an epic rant about the late start times:

    Said Foley:

    “Eddie, we’ve had a tremendous series between two great teams here. And it has been compelling theater: The two teams have been tied or one-goal games 96 percent of the time so far. But this is the third time in five games that a start time of 8:42 [p.m.] local was mandated. I can say with certainty: Players can not stand these late starts. Coaches can not stand them. Most importantly, the fans can’t stand them.

    “So as we approach midnight – AGAIN – on a work night, a

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  • Patrick Kane scores double-OT goal, Blackhawks survive Blues

    If the St. Louis Blues were going to lose Game 5 of their divisional semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks, this was the last way they wanted to lose it. 

    Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs at 3:07 of the second overtime, giving Chicago a 4-3 win in a game that saw them blow a 3-1 lead in the third period.

    That’s a polite way of saying that the Blues, now up 3-2 in the series, had this one in their sights, especially in a first overtime session that they dominated. Instead, the Blues watched as the Blackhawks’ star players woke up from their offensive slumber and, more importantly, survived elimination in momentum-swinging dramatic fashion.

    The play began with Corey Crawford making a save on a Troy Brouwer deflection. Jonathan Toews took the puck and sent it ahead to Kane, who skated through the Blues’ defense and nearly ended the game on a wraparound.

    The Blackhawks kept the puck in the Blues’ zone, with Richard Panik eventually sending it back to Kane.

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  • Robby Fabbri does full split to stay onside (Video)

    According to the NHL rulebook, an attacking player can’t enter the offensive zone before the puck does, or else it’s an offside play. However, if he’s touching the blue line as the puck crosses into the zone, then play can continue. 

    Obviously cognizant of those rules, Robby Fabbri of the St. Louis Blues knew he was entering the zone a little early in Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

    So he did what was necessary to stay onside:

    He did a full-on split. And luckily, Corey Crawford didn’t skate over and kick him in the groin.

    Wow. Can’t say we’ve seen that before. There are goalies in the NHL that don’t have that level of flexibility (Of course, Fabbri’s only 20 years old. Marian Hossa would need about 10 minutes to get up from that.)

    Smart thinking there from Fabbri, who we assume kicks all the butt in Twister. That’s a

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  • Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley’s epic rant cut off by NBCSN (Video)

    The St. Louis Blues vs. the Chicago Blackhawks was one of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So the start times for the Central time zone teams’ games were manipulated to fit the broadcast needs of NBC’s cable networks. 

    Game 5 of their series had an 8:42 p.m. local start time in St. Louis, which is admittedly ridiculous.

    In the third period of that game, Blackhawks play-by-play man Pat Foley cut an epic promo on the NHL, ripping the start times of the series’ games.

    (Keep in mind that as a cost-cutting measure, NBCSN uses Comcast SportsNet feeds for first-round matchups, so the national feed was the Comcast SportsNet Chicago one, featuring Foley and Eddie Olczyk.)

    “Eddie, we’ve had a tremendous series between two great teams here. And it has been compelling theater: The two teams have been tied or one-goal games 96 percent of the time so far. But this is the third time in five games that a start time of 8:42 [p.m.] local was mandated. I can say with

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  • It's a Thursday edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:

    - Doug Johnson of Puck Buddys joins us to talk about the Andrew Shaw suspension and the NHL's outreach to the gay community. 

    - Recapping playoff action and looking forward to elimination games. 

    - A very strange coach's challenge.

    - Remembering Prince.

    - News and notes from around the NHL.

    The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

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  • Prince once promoted 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Video)

    Prince died at 57 on Thursday, which has us supremely bummed out to be honest. 

    While his most famous sports connection – besides his accomplishments as a high-school junior basketball star – was the single greatest Super Bowl halftime show in the history of the Super Bowl or halftime shows, Prince actually had a hockey moment too.

    Well, besides producing a killer line of New Power Generation jerseys:

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    This is a Stanley Cup Playoffs commercial from the NHL’s 1996 campaign, and true to form the League used a song from 12 years ago to promote it. But what a commercial! Pavel Bure! Jim Belushi! A lot, and we mean a lot, of 1990s hair! 

    From Ad Age in 1996, on the four-week, multimillion-dollar ad campaign built around a Prince song

    The slogan will be introduced to consumers this week with TV and radio commercials from NHL Productions featuring the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy."

    The TV spot will run during the time the NHL is allotted on ESPN and Fox broadcasts; radio commercials will

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  • Can the Blackhawks survive elimination from Blues?

    In the St. Louis Blues’ series against the Chicago Blackhawks, two things have become apparent. 

    The first is that with Brian Elliott playing the best hockey of his life and the Blues displaying more backbone, brute force and blistering offense than in their previous meandering playoff journeys, there’s something different about this team.

    The second is that the Blackhawks are also different, for the wrong reasons.

    Their mental errors and lapses are egregious. Their lack of quality depth at forward and especially on the blue line has been exposed. The troubling trends we saw in the regular-season – puck possession, relying far too much on Corey Crawford and Patrick Kane’s line – appear now to be harbingers of playoff doom.

    So now we come to the brink for these two teams: One more St. Louis win, and the Blackhawks are eliminated. And they’ll have three cracks at it, beginning Thursday night in Game 5 at home.

    “We’ve got to win one more on Thursday in order to close this out and we’re

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