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?

  • Red Wings, Blues gamble on goalie controversies to start playoffs

    The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings no longer share a division, but this postseason they share a particular circumstance: Having two goaltenders that are steady if never spectacular veterans, and have middling postseason track records; and two other goalie that lack experience but – in theory – could win you a series. 

    Or lose one, too.

    But Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues will watch from the bench as Jake Allen is given first crack against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. And Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings will watch from the bench as Petr Mrazek gets the nod against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1, as both series open on Thursday night.

    “If this was something that was obvious to the whole world, you guys wouldn’t be asking me the same questions about it over and over again,” said Mike Babcock, right before enthusiastically announcing Mrazek for Game 1 this week. 

    “I like what he’s done for us thus far. He’s a good puck handler, he’s a competitive kid. Their skill sets

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  • NHL Three Stars: Blackhawks, Darling stun Preds in 2OT

    No. 1 Star: Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks

    The journeyman goalie replaced Corey Crawford after the first period, and was a perfect 42 saves on 42 shots for the next 67 minutes and 44 seconds. Duncan Keith’s goal ended the double-overtime affair, 4-3, at 7:49 of the second extra session. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists. But it was Darling whose star shined in Game 1. 

    No. 2 Star: Brian Flynn, Montreal Canadiens

    Flynn had a goal and two assists as the Habs won a wild Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators, 4-3. Flynn assisted on Torrey Mitchell’s game-tying goal and Lars Eller’s go-ahead shorthanded goal; then, with the game tied again, Flynn scored a goal of his own, the eventual game-winner.

    No. 3 Star: Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames

    Hiller and Eddie Lack were in a goaltending duel in Game 1, with Hiller pulling out the ‘W’ in a 2-1 victory. Kris Russell’s point shot fooled Lack, while Hiller made 13 saves in the third and 29 for the game.

    Honorable Mention: Brock Nelson scored

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  • Welcome to Capitals playoff hockey, Barry Trotz

    New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during the second period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during the second period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Supremely talented, offensively overwhelming team enters the postseason and starts making ill-advised plays, can’t hit the high notes of the regular season and can’t convert on their machine-like power play, because their chances were limited. 

    Yeah … it’s a golden oldie for the Washington Capitals. But their Game 1 loss to the New York Islanders was the first time Barry Trotz witnessed the same old song.

    “I was disappointed in a lot of guys, personally. We just need everyone to step up. We’re going to need to respond,” said the coach.

    The Islanders scored on a soft goal past Braden Holtby by Brock Nelson at 6:06 of the first period, and then broke a 1-1 tie in the second with a Ryan Strome shot off a faceoff and then a Josh Bailey goal just under seven minutes later, leading to a 4-1 win.

    “We looked like a slow team. We’ve got to get better,” said forward Brooks Laich.

    The Capitals generated 55 shot attempts against the Islanders, with 25

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  • P.K. Subban ejected from Game 1 after slashing Ottawa’s Mark Stone (Video)

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    P.K. Subban jumped up and down, stretching his arm out in a pose of disbelief as Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators fell to the ice. 

    Subban didn’t think the play warranted a penalty.

    Later, he stood at the bench incredulously, as it was announced he had been ejected from Game 1 of their series against the Ottawa Senators. Not for a nasty hit from behind. Not for a hit to the head. No, for a slash to the hands of Mark Stone that sent the rookie down to the ice in excruciating pain and then immediately to the dressing room.

    For that, Subban was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.

    Stone and Subban were lined up at the faceoff circle, where Stone gave Subban a shot to the gloves after the draw. Stone went to the front of the net, where Subban cracked him on the right hand with his lumber.

    Stone dropped like someone had taken a chainsaw to this wrist, and then left the ice.

    The officials discussed the play for a few minutes, but upheld the call.

    The Sens scored two power-play

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  • Andrei Markov scores epically bad own-goal in Game 1 vs. Ottawa (Video)

    One of the big questions about the Ottawa Senators entering their series against the Montreal Canadiens was how they’d put the puck past all-world goalie Carey Price.

    Turns out they just had to wait for one of his teammates to do it for them.

    Defenseman Andrei Markov had an all-time goof on Wednesday night, as he beat his own goalie five-hole while standing in his crease.

    Milan Michalek dumped the puck into the Montreal zone at Bell Centre. It was chased to the end boards by Mika Zibanejad and P.K. Subban. It took a tricky bounce back towards Price’s crease, and actually passed through the forechecking Senator.

    Markov then … just puts the puck behind his own goalie. Maybe he was trying to corral it or clear it. Maybe he was trying some weird Red Amry voodoo and passing it off his own goalie’s pads. 

    Or maybe he’s an Ottawa sleeper agent.

    Nah, Melnyk couldn’t afford his quote.

    Whatever the case, the goal was credited to Michalek and gave Ottawa the first goal of the series at 12:25 of

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  • The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here. Not only does TSN not have the games, but this is yet another postseason where Canadians can’t rely on the twisted whimsy of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole to lighten the mood.

    Canada’s loss was America’s gain, as Jay and Dan now have the desk on Fox Sports 1, which covers a lot more hockey than they’re given credit for covering.

    We reached out to Jay and Dan to ask them to predict the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which they did … in their own particular way. 

    Stay tuned for more from Jay and Dan on Puck Daddy! 

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    • The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin!

    • Peter Chiarelli is fired! 

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  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

    (Ed. Note: There are five Canadian teams in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trying their hardest to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup and return it to the Great White North after it’s been in the grimy, unworthy hands of American teams since 1994. Here is Puck Daddy’s Playoff Preview for the first round, complete with a celebration of their Canadian elements.)

    The New York Rangers won the President’s Trophy after making the Stanley Cup Final last season.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the Rangers last year, fired their coach, fired their GM and needed a win on the last day of the regular season just to get back to the playoffs.

    So, uh, they’re sorta trending in opposite directions.

    Forwards

    The Rick Nash that scored three goals in 25 playoff games last year is a distant memory, after his 42-goal campaign this season. But the fact remains that the Rangers’ top goal producer has only produced five goals in 41 playoff games. He skates with Derrick Brassard (60 points) and Mats

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  • Peter Chiarelli fired by Boston Bruins after playoff miss

    The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after he and team president Cam Neely watched in stunned silence as their reigning President’s Trophy winning team was eliminated from playoff contention. 

    Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs and Neely are conducting an immediate search for a new GM without naming anyone in the interim. Coach Claude Julien remains in place for now, as does his coaching staff. There’s a 3 p.m. presser in Boston, which should be fun.

    From the Bruins:

    "We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said Neely. "His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately."

    Chiarelli served as

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  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

    (Ed. Note: There are five Canadian teams in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trying their hardest to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup and return it to the Great White North after it’s been in the grimy, unworthy hands of American teams since 1994. Here is Puck Daddy’s Playoff Preview for the first round, complete with a celebration of their Canadian elements.)

    The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs six times in their histories, and four times the winner of that series has gone on to play for the Stanley Cup.

    Could this edition be yet another harbinger of a Cup finalist?

    Or is this just two surprising playoff qualifiers trying to extend their postseasons just a little longer before meeting their demise? 

    Forwards

    It’s been a true joy to see the Sedins become the Sedins again at this stage of their careers. No, the numbers aren’t as bloated as they once were – Daniel Sedin had 20 goals and 56 assists, while Henrik Sedin had 18 goals and 55 assists – but

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