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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?

  • Why don’t more Americans watch the Stanley Cup Final?

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Mike Bolt of the Hockey Hall of Fame delivers the Stanley Cup during the ceremonial unveiling of the NBC Sports and NHL Stanley Cup fountain on April 11, 2012 in New York City. To kick off the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, a 21 foot, 6,600 pound replica of the Stanley Cup trophy was unveiled in Times Square. The replica trophy doubles as a water fountain that New York residents and visitors can drink from. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/NHLI via Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Mike Bolt of the Hockey Hall of Fame delivers the Stanley Cup during the ceremonial unveiling of the NBC Sports and NHL Stanley Cup fountain on April 11, 2012 in New York City. To kick off the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, a 21 foot, 6,600 pound replica of the Stanley Cup trophy was unveiled in Times Square. The replica trophy doubles as a water fountain that New York residents and visitors can drink from. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/NHLI via Getty Images)

    With due respect to the Anaheim Ducks, NBC is probably still cleaning up the champagne that was spilled when the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Two of the three highest rated games on NBC since the network took over NHL coverage from ESPN on 2006 involved the Blackhawks: The 8.279 million viewers that watched them win the Cup in Game 6 against the Flyers in June 2010, and the 8.16 million viewers that watched them top Boston in Game 6 in June 2013. The only game to top those? A Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks in June 2011, the dramatic ending to one of the most contentious series in NHL history.

    So Chicago watches when the Blackhawks are in the Cup Final. Game 6 against Boston? That produced a 30.2 rating in Chicago.

    When the Blackhawks aren’t in the Cup Final? Yeah, not so much: Game 5 of the 2014 Final between the Rangers and Kings produced a 5.4 rating in Chicago. Same thing goes for Boston: 33.0 rating for Game 6 against the

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  • Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks’ unstoppable freak

    TAMPA, FL - JUNE 02: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks during Media Day for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 2, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - JUNE 02: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks during Media Day for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 2, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – In a sport where a coach’s platitudes towards his players float by on wings of homogeny, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s admiration of defenseman Duncan Keith was capriciously definitive. 

    “He's kind of a freak,” said Quenneville, “as far as his metabolism and conditioning level.”

    In 17 games, The Freak has taken 16 more shifts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs than any other player. He’s averaged more ice time per game – 31 minutes, 35 seconds – than any other player. He’s played a total of 537 minutes and 4 seconds, which is already more than 10 minutes greater than his total ice time in 19 games last postseason.

    He’s on pace for more than 600 minutes played, and potentially the highest average ice time since the NHL began tracking the stat in 1998.

    “I don’t have a stop watch. I don’t know what the times are. I’ve always played a lot of minutes and played the same way,” said Keith, who has played over 600 minutes twice already in his postseason career. “Because it’s

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  • Jason Garrison reveals the worst playoff beard on Lightning

    TAMPA, FL - MAY 22: Jason Garrison #5 of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New York Rangers during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 22, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - MAY 22: Jason Garrison #5 of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New York Rangers during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on May 22, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    TAMPA – Jason Garrison’s beard looks like a steel wool scouring pad mated with a small black bear.

    “This is the longest I’ve gone with it. It’s not too bad,” he said on Tuesday, stroking his whiskers, tempting fate he might lose a finger.

    Garrison’s beard was flagged in the Eastern Conference Final Beard Watch as the one “that could win the whole thing.” He claims, for the most part, the thicket remains untouched.

    “I’ve just trimmed around the lips. That’s about it,” he said.

    Garrison also relies on his friends to help with the upkeep. And by that we mean, ‘Yo, dude, you totally have guacamole in your beard. And we didn’t even eat that tonight.’

    “I have good support from my buddies when we go out to eat. They always tell me if there’s anything stuck in there,” he said.

    Has he cheated at all with the growing of this beard?

    “No dye. No Just For Men,” said Garrison.

    C’mon, Jason – have you cheated at all with this beard?

    “I did cheat. I started in March. The last time I was in the

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  • Jonathan Toews better player than Steve Yzerman, says Steve Yzerman

    Canada's Jonathan Toews carries his country's flag after his team defeated Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brian SnyderCanada's Jonathan Toews carries his country's flag after his team defeated Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

    TAMPA – Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks has earned comparisons to Hockey Hall of Famer and Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman since he entered the NHL. 

    “Well, we [both] wore No. 19,” quipped Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    It goes well beyond that, of course. They were both young captains. By the end of Yzerman’s career, he personified the kind of dominant two-way center that Toews has been defined as being since he joined the league in 2007. And then there’s the winning thing: Yzerman won three Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and Toews could win his third with the Blackhawks against Yzerman’s Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

    All that said … who’s the better player?

    Yzerman said it’s no contest.

    It’s Toews. 

    “The reality is that Jon is bigger, stronger … better. He just is. Tremendous all-around player, great person,” he said, pumping tires mightily before the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa.

    Yzerman was the general manager of the last two

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  • Joe Maddon pretends he’s not Lightning fan for sake of Chicago

    Joe Maddon coached the Tampa Bay Rays for nine seasons before becoming the manager of the Chicago Cubs. During that time, his team did its part to support the other local sports clubs, including the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    So where do Maddon’s loyalties lie for the Stanley Cup Final between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks? To the surprise of no one that understands the joyous “with us or against us” mantra of Chicago sports, he’s staying neutral.

    “I hate to say ‘may the best team win’ but may the best team win,” he said over the weekend, when asked about the series by reporters. “Coach Coop was down at Ava with his wife down in Tampa Bay, and he’s been texting me a little bit.”

    [Ava is the Italian eatery co-owned by Maddon. Three and a half stars on Yelp!)

    Maddon said he caught the Chicago Blackhawks’ Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks.

    “I watched the [Blackhawks] game the other day. Pretty incredible victory. You could see (the Hawks) did break the will of the other team. That

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  • Pass or Fail: Tampa Bay Lightning’s anti-visiting fan dress code

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing another round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means it’s time for another round of visiting teams discovering their unique dress code for high-end tickets buyers.

    The Bolts' ticket policy is two-fold. They restrict their ticket sales to certain Floridian zip codes, but this is a practice that’s been adopted by several other thin-skinned teams in the NHL that are apparently allergic to raucous, chaotic, entertaining atmospheres at their home games. (Looking at you, Nashville and Washington.)

    But the ticket policy that’s raised the most eyebrows is this one:

    Chase Club and Lexus Lounge ticket holders: Please note that for all 2015 NHL Playoff Games at Amalie Arena, only Tampa Bay Lightning apparel (or neutral) will be permitted in these club and adjoining seating areas. Fans wearing visiting team apparel will be asked to remove them while in these areas.

    If a Chicago Blackhawks fan refuses to doff their fan gear at the suites, they’ll be moved to

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  • John Hynes hired by NJ Devils, becomes NHL’s youngest coach

    John Hynes was born on Feb. 10, 1975. 

    Patrik Elias was born on April 13, 1976.

    The former will coach the latter next season.

    Hynes, 40, will be announced at the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils at a Tuesday press conference, as the AHL Wilkes Barre-Scranton coach gets the big promotion from his former boss.

    He replaces Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as Devils coach. He has the strength of three men!

    GM Ray Shero promoted Hynes to the Baby Penguins’ head coaching gig in 2010. Hynes made the playoffs in all five years he was head coach, although his teams lost in the second round three times and the conference finals twice. He had a record of 231-126-27.

    To the surprise of absolutely no one that believes Lou Lamoriello still has more than a guiding hand in crafting the Devils, Hynes played his college hockey at Boston University.

    What kind of coach is he? Rich Chere of the Star Ledger writes: “Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gave up the fewest number of goals in the AHL this

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  • MVSW

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    Special Guest Star: Dave Mishkin, Tampa play by play voice! Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune Blackhawks writer!

    • The Stanley Cup Final!

    • The Devils coaching chase!

    • Hockey News and Views

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  • Conn Smythe odds: Jonathan Toews the MVP leader?

    The latest odds for the Conn Smythe Trophy are out ahead of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    How does Bovada have this thing handicapped? 

    Jonathan Toews (CHI) 7/2        

    Tyler Johnson (TB) 4/1        

    Patrick Kane (CHI) 9/2        

    Ben Bishop (TB) 5/1        

    Duncan Keith (CHI) 5/1        

    Steven Stamkos (TB) 8/1        

    Corey Crawford (CHI) 12/1      

    Nikita Kucherov (TB) 15/1      

    Marian Hossa (CHI) 25/1      

    Patrick Sharp (CHI) 25/1      

    Victor Hedman (TB)  35/1      

    Valtteri Filppula (TB) 40/1      

    Alex Killorn (TB) 40/1      

    Ondrej Palat (TB) 40/1      

    Brent Seabrook (CHI) 40/1      

    Brad Richards (CHI)  50/1   

    Our updated Conn Smythe Watch will be up before Game 1 of the Final.

    Not for nothing, but Duncan Keith at 5-to-1 is pretty sweet. He has 18 points in 17 games and is still at 31:35 TOI per games in the postseason. If he keeps it up and the Blackhawks win, it’s not hard to see the writers honoring someone besides

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  • The Stanley Cup Final begins this week in Tampa. Which means that Florida gets the best ... air conditioning ... EVER in June, along with the seeing the two best teams in the NHL battling for the Holy Grail of hockey.

    Is this the best championship round in all of sports?

    Yes, says the unbiased opinion of Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski, who presents this list of 5 Reasons The Stanley Cup Final Is Better Than Your Team's Championship Round in the latest edition of the Wysh List.

    And while booing Gary Bettman might not be the best look for hockey, it's without question one of the NHL's most, uh, memorable annual traditions. 

    What do you like best about the Stanley Cup Final?

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