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?

  • Mikael Granlund scores unreal OT goal to win Game 3 for Wild

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was not going to let the Minnesota Wild win Game 3 of their divisional semifinal series. He was a wall, a force field, a save machine that would make 45 stops in the overtime game and look impenetrable against a stout Wild offensive attack.

    The Wild needed a hero.

    Mikael Granlund answered the call.

    His first playoff goal at 5:08 of overtime defeated the Avalanche, 1-0, and cut their series lead to 2-1 on Monday night:

    So much to love in this goal for the Wild.

    The way Jason Pominville forces a turnover behind the Avalanche net. The way Zach Parise creates a lane for Granlund by going to the front of the net. Granlund using one hand on his stick to protect the puck from two Avalanche defenders.

    He got a little puck luck when he lost the rubber disc by fanning on a pass. Hejda over-skated the play and Granlund getting a clear path to the crease. And oh, that move to avoid the Mark-Andre Cliche poke check, get around Varlamov and tuck it

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  • Penguins score 3 goals on 3 shots in 2:13, stun Columbus in Game 3

    It was all there for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3. The electric crowd, unprecedented in its fervor for the franchise. The 2-goal lead in the third period. The chance to dangle the sword over the Pittsburgh Penguins' collective head and earn their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series lead in team history.

    It took 2 minutes, 13 seconds and three shots on goal to crush all of those dreams.

    Goals by Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Jussi Jokinen gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead in the third period en route to winning Game 3 by that score.

    Here are the goals, some funkier than others.

    Deflated probably doesn’t do it justice for Columbus. It’s the second time in this series they’ve blown a 2-goal lead against the Penguins and lost a game. Once more, with feeling: The Columbus Blue Jackets could be preparing for a sweep in Game 4 if it wasn’t for a combination of complacency, miscues and stunningly average play from Sergei Bobrovsky.

    A few thoughts:

    * Bobrovsky needs to take his lumps

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  •  In Game 3 against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild decided to bring back some of that old school Matt Cooke charm to the playoffs.

    As in, he stuck out his knee and connected with that of Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, injuring a key player for Colorado in the second period as the Wild seek to rally in the series:

    Somewhat inexplicably, Cooke was only given a 2-minute minor for this hit. Barrie had released the puck. Cooke went in for the hit with his left leg bent, clearly attempting to hit Barrie with his knee.

    Look at the replay. It’s like he’s doing the Captain Morgan pose.

    The Avalanche have been thriving on the blue line all season despite what appeared to be an underwhelming group on paper. Barrie was a big reason, and was second in ice time (23:49) with two points so far in this series.

    As for Cooke … well, he was tasked to be a difference maker in Game 3 by coach Mike Yeo, and it was a difference he made. Previous to this hit,

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  • Blue Jackets have 16-puck countdown to Stanley Cup title in locker room

    Perhaps you thought the Columbus Blue Jackets, in only their second Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in franchise history, were just happy to make the cut and give the Pittsburgh Penguins the what-for until their inevitable elimination.

    Clue No. 1 that this isn’t the case: The way the Jackets have outworked the Penguins in splitting the first two games of their series. Clue No. 2: Check out the countdown to the Cup the Jackets have in their dressing room, adding a puck for each playoff win (via the Jackets):

    Via the Blue Jackets

    The wooden plaque has four spaces for each round through the conference finals, and then two spaces for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, then a third above it and a fourth above that one under the label “Stanley Cup Champions.”

    The first puck from their Game 2 victory over the Penguins has already been placed. (If the Jackets really wanted to rub it in, they'd have opponents sign these pucks on the post-series handshake line.)

    "We really believe in that room that we can go a

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  • Who will fill the David Backes void for Blues in Game 3?

    David Backes traveled with the St. Louis Blues to Chicago for Game 3 of their divisional semifinal series on Monday night, but he’s out with an “upper body” injury according to Coach Ken Hitchcock.

    From NHL.com and Louie Korac:

    "He's out, won't play today," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who would not elaborate further on Backes' condition. "He's our No. 1 center, he plays the most minutes on the hockey club, he plays in every situation. It has to be shared. Not one person's going to be able to take the slot. We don't have that.

    "We don't have somebody that can come in and say, 'OK, you've got to take his minutes.' Somebody's going to have to do extra work killing penalties, other people have got to be added, we're going to have to do a better job on faceoffs, other people are going to have to step up and take faceoffs, especially on the right side. There's like anything else: What would Chicago be like with losing [Jonathan] Toews? For us, Backes is Toews."

    So what’s life like

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  • Can anyone stop Nathan MacKinnon?

    Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Nathan MacKinnon have combined for 17 points in two consecutive Colorado Avalanche wins. They have attempted 35 shots. At times they’re skating so quickly, it appears they’re playing each shift a few seconds into the future – or maybe that’s just an indictment of the Minnesota Wild’s hapless defense against them.

    So what do you do when one line is taking over a series?

    Put your best defenseman against them? Ryan Suter’s time facing the MacKinnon line jumped from Game 1 to Game 2, and they ended up putting up 10 points. But hey, at least he didn’t have his ankles broken like Jared Spurgeon.

    Put your best two-way forwards against them? Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise saw their minutes increase against the MacKinnon line in Game 2, and again, they got torched.

    So Coach Mike Yeo returns to Minnesota for Game 3 with the last line change and a rather daunting task at hand: Stopping the two leading point scorers in the playoffs, and the two leading goal scorers

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  • Time to close loophole in NHL goalie interference rules

    Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser nailed it on his blog about the Tampa Bay Lightning no-goal vs. the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of that series, on a play in which it was ruled that Carey Price was interfered with by Alex Killorn.

    In case you missed it, a refresher on the play.

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    As our own Harrison Mooney noted and Fraser confirmed, referee Francis Charron followed the letter of the law in waving off the goal. Killorn technically interfered twice with Price: The first time on the initial collision and then when he and Price made contact when the Montreal goalie got up and skated to his left.

    From Rule 69.3:

    If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

    Again, the letter of the law was followed.

    It’s just the law

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  • MVSW

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a Monday 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: Troy Murray, radio color analyst for the Blackhawks, on Backes, Seabrook, Keith and this crazy series.

    • The Kings melt down.

    • The spearing incidents.

    • Did Bolts get jobbed out of goal?

    • Tonight's playoff action.

    Question of the Day: What's the most offensive moment of the playoffs thus far? Email 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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  • Celebrate head injuries with the ‘Wakey Wakey Backes’ T-shirt

    Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks could neither confirm nor deny that he said “Wakey Wakey, Backes, wakey wakey!” during Game 2 as St. Louis Blues captain David Backes struggled to get to his skates after a Brent Seabrook headshot.

    That’s unfortunate, as a lack of ownership of those comments means anyone can profit from them … like this insidious industrious person that created the first “WAKEY WAKEY BACKES” T-shirt we’ve seen:

    You too can celebrate apparent brain injuries for only $17! Available in red or … red.

    Alas, the shirt usually ships in about 10 business days. The way things are going for the Blackhawks, you might get it in time to watch Backes playing the winner of Avs and Wild …

    As instant-Chicago Blackhawks meme shirts go, we're still partial to "Suck My Q" this postseason.

    s/t Matt Sebek

     

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  • Columbus bar informs customers that Sidney Crosby is a sissy (Photo)

    The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, and the atmosphere around Nationwide Arena should be electric and contentious: Invading Pens fans, mingling with amped up locals.

    R-Bar, epicenter of Jackets fandom, is already infected with Playoff Fever, an ailment that causes many to say and do lamentable things in the name of postseason passion. From Seth Rorabaugh of the Post-Gazette, here’s the message that accompanied his receipt at R-Bar last night:

    @emptynetters

    Boy it’s really that third exclamation mark that drives home that Crosby is a “sissy.”

    Beyond the gay-baiting silliness of the chirp … look, it’s a nice, lazy jab at Sid that was funny back when he was the whiny Kid but is, in 2014, the antithesis of the type of player he is and the style of hockey he plays.

    Having tipped a few at R-Bar, it’s a great hockey joint. So our plea: Be more creative. Why call Sidney Crosby a “sissy” when you can cite the fact that the best player in the world (sorry, Giroux) has

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