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?

  • Kimmo Timonen wants Patrick Kane Cup winner, like 2010 vs. his Flyers

    FILE - In this June 2, 2010, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Philadelphia. Kane's maturation as a person and player seems to have helped the Chicago Blackhawks win two of the last four Stanley Cups, and improves the Americans' chances to win Olympic gold in hockey since the "Miracle on Ice," in 1980. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)FILE - In this June 2, 2010, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Philadelphia. Kane's maturation as a person and player seems to have helped the Chicago Blackhawks win two of the last four Stanley Cups, and improves the Americans' chances to win Olympic gold in hockey since the "Miracle on Ice," in 1980. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    CHICAGO – It was Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. It was overtime, the result of a Philadelphia Flyers comeback in the third period. 

    It was Patrick Kane with the puck along the half boards, juking his shoulders like he might feed back to the point before motoring towards the net. It was Kimmo Timonen, the veteran Flyers defenseman, thrown off Kane for a second, like an NBA defender getting beaten off the dribble.

    It was a shot that teams of NASA scientists might still be studying to see how it beat Michael Leighton. It was a goal that sparked what could be a Chicago Blackhawks dynasty after the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

    It was a moment that neither Kane nor Timonen, now teammates, will ever forget.

    “It’s amazing. It’s been five years. It seems like yesterday. We were at that building with an opportunity to close it out in Game 6. Pretty crazy game,” said Kane. “We were lucky enough to get to overtime, regrouped and ended up getting a lucky goal there.”

    Once the goal was signaled,

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  • Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast: It's the Wysh vs. Mark Lazerus Game 6 preview!

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    It's a (don't like) Mondays 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: Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times!

    • The Stanley Cup Final!

    • Game 6 preview!

    • Hockey News and Views

    Question of the Day: Will the Blackhawks win Game 6? Ask us anything! 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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  • Is Corey Crawford the Chris Osgood of a Blackhawks’ dynasty?

    Hockey: NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit Red Wings Chris Osgood (30) with Stanley Cup celebrates Game 6 win vs Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh, PA 6/4/2008 CREDIT: David E. Klutho (Photo by David E. Klutho /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X80454 TK1 R8 F55 )Hockey: NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit Red Wings Chris Osgood (30) with Stanley Cup celebrates Game 6 win vs Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh, PA 6/4/2008 CREDIT: David E. Klutho (Photo by David E. Klutho /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X80454 TK1 R8 F55 )

    CHICAGO – It wasn’t the first time I’ve offended someone through what was intended to be some level of flattery.

    On Monday night, Corey Crawford has a chance to win his second Stanley Cup as a starter for the Chicago Blackhawks. It would equal the number of Cups Chris Osgood won as a starter with the Detroit Red Wings, another steady last line of defense with an all-star team in front of him. 

    Neither guy received the bulk of credit for their team’s successes. Both guys have received an uneven amount of blame when things went sideways.

    Is there a comparison to be made between Crawford’s role on Chicago’s Cup champions and that of Osgood with the rival Red Wings?

    “Comparison between me and Chris Osgood?”

    Crawford laughs, in a way that expresses exasperation with a dash of having been insulted.

    “What’s going on here? Fabsy!” he calls across the room to Blackhawks media relations maven Brandon Faber, in an effort to rescue him from the interview.

    “I don’t know how to answer that,” he

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  • Amazing Stanley Cup X-Ray image, courtesy of airport security (Photo)

    Phil PritchardPhil Pritchard

    The Stanley Cup will be in the house on Monday night, as the Chicago Blackhawks try to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Final at United Center. 

    But to be in the house, the Stanley Cup has to travel to the house. Which means just like all of us that fly, it has to go through airport security, and is sent through the same X-Ray machine that scans your toiletries to make sure you aren’t carrying an ounce of mouthwash more than allowed. 

    Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard tweeted this amazing image of the Holy Grail as it passed through airline security, as TSA ensures that there’s no contraband being smuggled inside the Stanley Cup. Which might be the greatest movie Jay Baruchel has yet to write…

    (One assumes that’s the Conn Smythe Trophy right in front of it on the conveyor belt.)

    What a cool image. We imagine it was directly followed by a TSA agent feeling the need to open the box, ask 50 questions about what it is and what it’s for, tell you all about their cousin who

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  • Stan Mikita robbed of Blackhawks memories, but family takes CTE stand

    Stan Mikita is, without question, one of the Chicago Blackhawks’ greatest legends and one of the NHL’s most beloved Hall of Famers. He made many a memory for hockey fans during his career. Suddenly, and tragically, he’s lost them all himself. 

    According to a stirring article by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Mikita has been diagnosed with “suspected dementia with Lewy body, a brain disorder that can strip those with it of memory, cause hallucinations, sleep disorders and often, though not in Mikita's case, Parkinson's disease.”

    The 75-year-old forward, who is the Blackhawks’ all-time leader in points (1,467) and a two-time NHL MVP, is living in a Chicago area assisted living facility. From the Tribune:

    "His mind is completely gone," Jill, Stan's wife of 52 years, says while sitting on the sun porch as one of her grandsons fishes in the pond out back. "I don't like to use that term but there's no other way to describe it."

    So while other legendary Hawks players and ambassadors,

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  • Just get the Coyotes the hell away from Glendale

    Parks and RecParks and Rec

    The best thing about revisiting the Glendale City Council meeting on Wednesday night, in which they cancelled their arena lease with the Arizona Coyotes, is that it scratched my “Parks and Recreation” itch. 

    There was the outsized vitriol from Arizona Coyotes fans, channeling years of frustration from the council’s administrative clownishness into passionate roasts of each member. There were the petty local politics, in which a signed contract was sought to be cancelled through some obtuse loophole. Really, we were one Leslie Knope speech and April Ludgate eye-roll away from a lost episode. 

    Oh, but there was a speech. Boy was there. Ronda Pearson, who goes by @CenterIceSweety on Twitter, laid the ever-loving smack down on the council members that wear sports like a costume:

    “I go to all Coyotes games because I've been a season-ticket holder for several years now -- full season -- not a half season, not a partial season -- full season. I've seen you at games, so many games, a number

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  • Steven Stamkos swears he’s not frustrated by Stanley Cup scoring struggle

    CHICAGO – Being a superstar himself, Steven Stamkos was asked regularly why the Chicago Blackhawks’ superstars were struggling to generate offense prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. But he wasn't facing the same level of scrutiny.

    “Winning kind of overrides all of that. Especially at this time of year,” he said. “And you’re right, that comes with the territory. If they were up, questions would be coming my way a lot more.”

    And here they come.

    The Blackhawks won Game 4 to even the series with points from five of their top six forwards, including a goal from Jonathan Toews, the opposing captain who had been answering the questions that Stamkos will now hear more frequently.

    Stamkos has gone six games without a goal, but that comes after a dominant stretch in the Eastern Conference Final that saw him score one in four straight games.

    In this series, Stamkos has 11 shots on goal, seven that were blocked and five that missed.

    New series, new challenge, and different results.

    Stamkos

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  • Andrei Vasilevskiy earns trust of Lightning, but Bishop ‘will play again’

    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning takes his position to start the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Four of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10: Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning takes his position to start the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Four of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 10, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    CHICAGO – NHL players, and especially goalies, are expected to be unfeeling robotic ice warriors when it comes to concepts like fear and apprehension. 

    So please forgive Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for admitting that, yes, a 20-year-old goalie who was told on game day that he would start Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final was, in fact, nervous.

    “Just a little bit maybe,” he said after the Lightning’s Game 4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, evening the Final at 2-2. “But I can play under pressure. For me, it’s not something new. I was ready for pressure from fans and players.”

    Vasilevskiy made 17 saves on the night, which saw the Lightning suppress the Blackhawks’ shots in front of him and Vasilevskiy get the benefit of a couple of Chicago chances off his right post.

    “If you tell me we're going to come in and he's going to give up two goals, that's a hell of a job in my book,” said coach Jon Cooper. “It doesn't matter which guy we put in there, We've

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  • Vince Vaughn, Blackhawks fan, picked up huge dinner tab for Lightning coach

    CHICAGO – Vince Vaughn was all over Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The avid Chicago Blackhawks fan interviewed captain Jonathan Toews before coverage began on CBC, and then was seated in his usual spot against the glass for the game, supporting the home team. 

    One night earlier, he was picking up the tab for the enemy.

    Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper and a party of 20 dined at Chicago Cut, the restaurant where Charles Barkley picked up the tab for the coaches and front office personnel on Sunday.

    The Chicago Tribune explains what went down when Vaughn saw Cooper, whom Chicago Cut managing partner David Flom said is an old friend of his:

    The two men hugged and spoke for about 10 minutes before the “Swingers” and “Old School” star sat down for dinner with his party of 12, which included former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

    “Cooper called me over to his table and said, ‘Hey, I want to pick up Vince Vaughn’s check,’” Flom said. “He was doing it to be kind because

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  • Puck Daddy Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Live Chat!

    It's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, and we're live chatting it tonight!

    Can the Blackhawks fight their way off having their backs against the wall? Can the Lightning set up a clincher in Tampa? And what's up with Ben Bishop?

    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.

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