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?

  • Petr Mrazek with save of the year candidate vs. Canadiens (Video)

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made one of those saves on Saturday night that you want to rewind and watch again.

    One of those saves that elbows an NHL highlight into the ESPN top 10 plays of the day, even those it’s rivalry week in college football. One of those saves where if we didn’t tell you the year and the player, you might have assumed it was Dominik Hasek. It was that good.

    In the first period against the Montreal Canadiens, the visitors were buzzing on the Detroit zone. The puck was shot to the crease by Andrei Markov. It bounced through to Artturi Lehkonen of the Canadiens.

    Look at the gaping maw of the net he sees as the puck arrives:

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    Now look how fast Mrazek gets that glove up:

     

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    Immaculate.

    Save of the year candidate right there, and an indication, based on his dexterity, that Mrazek didn’t have that third helping of stuffing like the rest of us.

    And a reminder that this is the kind of save that he can make that Jimmy Howard doesn’t, which always keeps the goalie

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  • Brandon Prust leaves Leafs for German hockey league

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    Brandon Prust said last summer that he would “take a job anywhere” to continue his hockey career.

    Germany apparently qualifies an “anywhere.”

    Prust is leaving the NHL for the DEL, as Darren Dreger confirmed after a week of speculation to that effect. (That speculation was fueled by a radio interview by Prust’s fiancé in which she insinuated that it would happen.)

    Prust had been on a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was unable to turn it into a pro contract.

    His team in Germany appears to be the Nurnberg Ice Tigers, which has its share of ex-NHLers, including Milan Jurcina and Steven Reinprecht.

    The 32-year-old Prust had one goal and seven points in 35 games with the Canucks last season. He missed 11 games earlier in the year with an ankle injury and then was later placed on waivers. Prust said he believed he returned too quickly from the ankle issue, which led to his struggles after he came back. Prust was sent to the AHL before he went home to rehab his ankle. He eventually had

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  • Is the 2016-17 NHL playoff picture already set?

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    There are few givens in a sport played on ice by guys on knife edges chasing a bouncing rubber thing, but know this: The teams that are in playoff positions at Thanksgiving (the awesome American one) are likely to still be there when the Stanley Cup Playoffs start.

    If you haven’t heard, since the NHL hit 30 teams in 2000, 78 percent of the teams in playoff positions on Turkey Day ultimately make the postseason. It’s a stat that’s thrived through two lockouts, realignment and a major change to the playoff format in 2014.

    And it’s a stat that obviously should be as delicious as [insert whatever your personal preference for a delicious Thanksgiving dish] for Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks fans, whose teams are succeeding beyond preseason expectations.

    In the Western Conference last season, the only team to flip-flop were the Arizona Coyotes, who were in the No. 3 spot last season in the Pacific. But that was before the Anaheim

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  • What We’re Thankful For in Hockey 2016: Puck Daddy edition

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    (Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!)

    Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor

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    I love the fact that we have Sid vs. McDavid and McDavid vs. Matthews and Matthews vs. Laine and Eichel vs. McDavid and Ovechkin vs. Sid and Toews vs. everyone and maybe Carey Price is actually the best player in the world? What a time to be alive, with this star power. Too bad the NHL only pushes 12 teams.

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    A hell of a hockey coach, but also a guy that isn’t from the same template that produces the small army of ex-NHL jocks that populate the coaching ranks. Which is why the Tampa Bay Lightning coach remains of the most insightful, reflective quotes in the League.

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  • What We’re Thankful For in Hockey, 2016: Friends of Puck Daddy

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    (Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of the most prominent and entertaining voices in the hockey blogosphere and beyond, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!)

    Sean McIndoe, a.k.a. Down Goes Brown

    I’m thankful for NHLPA 93 and NHL 94, the two best hockey video games ever made. Every kid who was a hockey fan (and more than a few that weren’t) played the crap out of those games. But in hindsight, we didn’t realize how good we had it. We all just assumed that hockey video games would keep getting better. Instead, they’d peaked. Oh sure, today’s games look better, have more features, and are more realistic, and maybe they’re even fun once you’re done taking a night school course to figure out how to play them. But nothing’s ever come close to those old school EA

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  • NHL Three Stars: Ovechkin tricks Blues; Devils rally over Leafs

     

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    No. 1 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 

    The sniper’s hat trick gives him the most hat tricks among active players (16) as the Capitals held off the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.

    No. 2 Star: Michael Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils

    The winger led a Devils’ rally from a 3-0 deficit with a goal and three assists. Jersey won in the shootout, 5-4. 

    No. 3 Star: Chad Johnson, Calgary Flames

    Another strong performance from the Flames’ netminder, as his 34 saves led Calgary over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. The Flames have won four of six.

    Honorable Mention: Sidney Crosby had two goals, an assist and a sorta fight against Ryan McDonagh in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-1 rout of the New York Rangers. Crosby now has 14 goals. … Rick Nash scored his ninth for the Rangers. … The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three goals in the third period, including Nikita Kucherov’s 10th of the season, to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2. … Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise had goals in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-1 win

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  • Steve Bernier scores 140-foot goal with his body in AHL (Video)

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    The Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday night, 4-2. Like many victories in the AHL, theirs involved an empty-net goal that clinched things late in the third period.

    Unlike many victories … well, in any league … theirs involved an empty-net goal scored after one of their players blocked a shot, 140 feet away on the other end of the ice, and the puck rolled into the cage.

    That’s Steve Bernier, NHL journeyman currently playing for the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, blocking a shot from Hartford defenseman Ryan Graves and having the puck slide all the way down into his opponents’ open net.

    We haven’t seen something that ugly involving a Wolf Pack since “The Hangover III” …

    It was Bernier’s sixth of the season and second of the game.

    What a wacky play. Hopefully someone shows this highlight to John Tortorella, as we imagine a goal scored off a blocked

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  • Witness vulgar joy of ‘Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers’ teaser (Video)

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    Strap on the skates, pull on your ‘69’ jersey (because it’s hilarious) and borrow your buddy’s Percocet – the first teaser for “Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers” has arrived.

    When “Goon” was released in 2011, it reached immediate cult classic status because it wasn’t just a raunchy comedy set in the hockey world; rather, like “Slap Shot” before it, “Goon” was a knowing, winking celebration of the hockey world through the prism of a raunchy comedy. And it was a really sweet movie, too.

    Seann William Scott was a revelation as the Doug Glatt, the titular goon. Even better was Liev Schreiber as Ross Rhea, the Probert-esque heavyweight champion of hockey fighting on a collision course with Glatt.

    “Goon” was co-written by actor Jay Baruchel (friend of the blog!), but “Goon 2: Last of the Enforcers” is his show: Co-writer and director. Take a gander at the red-band teaser for the flick here.

    WARNING WARNING WARNING THIS IS A RED BAND TRAILER WITH NSFW LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES SO WATCH AT YOUR

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  • Sidney Crosby rag-dolls Ryan McDonagh after boarding major (Video)

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    In the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game at the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, Ryan McDonagh defended Conor Sheary as he played the puck along the boards.

    Sheary had his back to him; McDonagh gave him a stiff shove from behind into the boards, sending the Penguins forward’s face bouncing off the glass.

    Down went Sheary.

    In times like this, a team looks to its most feared enforcer to send a message and keep the peace.

    An enforcer like … Sidney. Crosby.

    As you can see, Rangers fans weren’t happy about this. McDonagh was given a boarding major. Crosby was just given two minutes for roughing, despite doing something that some would argue would have earned a lesser player an instigator penalty but c’mon this is the NHL and well all know that referees would never no way ever give

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  • Golden Knights reaction and big Brent Burns deal (Podcast)

    In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:

    – Jeff and Greg discuss the Vegas Golden Knights, their logo, their other logo and that wacky event announcement featuring Gary Bettman.

    – Brent Burns signs a massive new contract.

    – The odd goal in the Ducks vs. Islanders shootout.

    – The perfect Thanksgiving sandwich.

    – 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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