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?

  • ESPN explains those World Cup of Hockey TV ads and Patrick Kane

    When ESPN won the rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the expectations were that the World Wide Leader would find a way to sell this tournament to casual fans through its coverage, its conversations and most of all its marketing. 

    But hockey fans weren’t necessarily prepared for the marketing direction they decided to take.

    The World Cup of Hockey spots started airing during the Stanley Cup Playoffs featuring different players appearing on a hockey talk show hosted by Reg Carling, an over-the-top caricature who attempts to coax the players into confirming his assumptions about the tournament: That Patrick Kane is obsessed with beating Canada, that Brandon Saad and the Under-23 team are afraid to play “men,” and whether Nicklas Backstrom can get him tickets. (They’re available, Reg.)

    For fans conditioned by years of NHL marketing – action, the warrior aesthetic, healthy doses of nostalgia – seeing a lighter, personality-based approach from ESPN was jarring.

    Although hearing that

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  • Watch Dan Boyle's profane tirade against Larry Brooks (Video)

    Earlier on Tuesday, we transcribed New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle’s profanity-laced tirade against New York Post reporter Larry Brooks, demanding that Brooks leave his postseason media scrum before he spoke. 

    “Nobody likes you. Nobody respects you. Just so you know,” said Boyle.

    “OK,” said Brooks.

    “At least I’m leaving here with the respect of my teammates,” said Boyle. "Instead of [expletive] someone like you, who tries to bury somebody. That's all you do. It's not a critique. I'm telling you I don't want you here. I have no respect for you. I want you to get the [expletive] out.”

    “I don’t care what you think,” said Brooks. 

    And then it went on and on.

    CSN has video of the back-and-forth, edited for language. You can read the full transcript here.

    Brooks, by the way, has yet to comment on the incident. 

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  • Eric Staal wants larger role, doesn’t rule out Carolina return

    TARRYTOWN, NY – Eric Staal played 20 regular-season games and five playoff games for the New York Rangers. It’s completely OK if you don’t really remember any of them. 

    Staal had three goals and three assists in those 20 games, skating to a plus-1. He went scoreless in five playoff games, skating to a minus-7.

    All eyes were on him when the Carolina Hurricanes traded their captain to the Rangers at the deadline, after his waived his no-move clause to join a Cup contender and play with his brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. But he was invisible on Broadway, like a show that opens and closes in the same week. 

    “I played in one place my whole career. Coming here was a change. I don’t think they saw the best that I can be,” he said, after a season in which he scored 13 goals with 26 assists.

    Staal wouldn’t use the change in scenery as an excuse, nor would he point to the uncertainty in his pending unrestricted free agency as a distraction.

    But his role on the Rangers wasn’t what he was

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  • Dan Boyle profanely chases Larry Brooks out of interview

    TARRYTOWN, NY – If this was Dan Boyle’s final day as a New York Rangers defenseman, he made it a volcanic one. 

    The Rangers players met the media at their practice facility for the final time after their five-game elimination at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of the most anticipated interviews was Boyle, the 39-year-old pending unrestricted free agent whose time with the team was likely over and whose NHL future was murky at best.

    As reporters crowded around him, Boyle noted the presence of one in particular: Larry Brooks of the New York Post, whom you may remember from his years-long battle with former coach John Tortorella.

    Before speaking to the media scrum, Boyle said he wanted Brooks to leave the interview area, offering a personal criticism of his work as well.

    “I don’t want him here,” said Boyle.

    “What?” Brooks said. “You know, the feeling’s mutual, man.”

    “Nobody likes you. Nobody respects you. Just so you know,” said Boyle.

    “OK,” said Brooks.

    “At least I’m leaving

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  • Five reasons Blackhawks were bounced in first round by Blues

    Patrick Kane had a black Chicago Blackhawks hat pulled down over his head, like he was in mourning. 

    “It just doesn’t really feel right,” he said after Monday night's Game 7.

    No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t feel right to see the Blackhawks go out in Round 1, doesn’t feel right to see the champs fail to advance, doesn’t seem right to see their season end at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.

    “They’re a good hockey team. I know they’ve been looking for it for a long time, to break through and get past the first round,” said Kane.

    How did it go wrong for the Blackhawks? Here are five reasons the Blues sent the Blackhawks back to Chicago for a long offseason.

    Losing Game 1

    Under normal circumstances losing Game 1 is no biggie, especially when the road team wins Game 2, as Chicago did.

    But this was a Game 1 that was 0-0 into overtime. This was a Game 1 that saw David Backes – infamously taunted for an injury by the Blackhawks in their last postseason battle – get the game-winner. This was a Game

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  • Blues organist trolls Blackhawks with ‘Chelsea Dagger’ after Game 7 (Video)

    The St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 on Monday night, 3-2, finally overcoming their tormentors in dramatic fashion with a third-period goal.

    Then their organist decided to pour a little salt in those fresh wounds for the Blackhawks.

    Yes, those are the dulcet tones of The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger” being heard during the handshake line – the gloriously obnoxious goal song that’s blared throughout the Blackhawks’ championship dynasty.

    As Bill Wilson notes: It was in minor key.

    Now, you might call this unsportsmanlike taunting by an opponent that blew a 3-1 series lead and was fortunate to escape the first round against a stellar opponent and fierce rival.

    But then you’d be a naysayer. And in the immortal words of Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on Monday night:

    "The naysayers can all take a day off. We can celebrate for a day, and then you all can start bashing us again."

    s/t DJ Malone

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  • About that Stars/Wild goal line conspiracy theory photo

    David Berding is a freelance sports photographer based out the Twin Cities. On Sunday, he was assigned to cover the Minnesota Wild’s Game 6 against the Dallas Stars, which featured a furious comeback by the home team that fell just a few millimeters short.

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    Or … did it?

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    If you were on social media or Reddit Hockey after the game, you no doubt saw this image of the goal-line play in which Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made the save of his playoff life, apparently keeping the puck from crossing the line completely. The NHL Situation Room validated that the puck didn’t cross the line, and the Dallas Stars went on to eliminate the Wild.

    But then again … that photo.

    When Berding saw what he had captured, he linked the photo in a Reddit thread about how close the shot was to crossing the line, and then tweeted out the photo himself with the message "I'm not going to say that puck was in, but...you know." 

    Suffice it to say, this became the Zapruder film for a subsection of Wild fans who

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  • Red Wings breakdown day is breakup day for Datsyuk, Howard

    The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated rather hastily by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. 

    Some assumed simply getting to the playoffs and extending their streak to 25 seasons would be satisfactory. But the Wings aren’t satisfied. One might say some of them are very, very dissatisfied.

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    A few of the news bits from Red Wings breakdown day:

    - Pavel Datsyuk said he’ll make a decision on his NHL future after playing in the 2016 IIHF Corld Championships in Russia, but Henrik Zetterberg thinks Pavel has “made up his mind” and GM Ken Holland’s best guess is that he’s not coming back. Reports have been rampant that Datsyuk has played his last NHL game, and will be in the KHL next season.

    - This might just be the posturing talking, but Holland said that the Red Wings would consider eating $7.5 million in dead cap space if trading a departed Datsyuk’s space meant departing with a draft pick or a top prospect.

    - Goalie Jimmy Howard, who

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  • Are the Dallas Stars a championship team?

    Did we just witness the moment when the Dallas Stars go from regular-season overachievers to a championship team?

    The vibe left behind in their six-game series win over the Minnesota Wild was that it was their hockey bar mitzvah: ‘Before today, you were but playoff boys; now, you are playoff men! Baruuuuuch atah adonai …

    They needed this scare from a Minnesota Wild team that was overmatched, even without Tyler Seguin wearing the Dallas green. They needed to see their defense and goaltending being good enough to win a playoff round, albeit one against a Minnesota team that was 18th in the League in goals-per-game and was missing Zach Parise.

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    But more than anything, they needed to feel that crashing wave of momentum as a team they pushed to the brink of the abyss conjured everything they could muster in their last period of the season.

    You can’t gameplan that, or watch it in practice. You have to experience it.

    Jason Spezza had

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  • John Tavares, the new King of New York hockey

    New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) leaps in the air with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) after Tavares scored the winning goal in the second overtime period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Florida Panthers in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Islanders defeated the 2-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) leaps in the air with New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) after Tavares scored the winning goal in the second overtime period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Florida Panthers in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Islanders defeated the 2-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    All hail John Tavares, the new king of New York hockey. 

    The coronation occurred on Sunday night in Brooklyn. Tavares scored the goal that tied Game 6 against the Florida Panthers at 1-1 with 53.2 seconds left in regulation. Tavares then scored the series-winning goal at 10:41 of the second overtime on a brilliant individual effort, giving the Islanders their first playoff series win since 1993.

    The Panthers were eliminated from the postseason, losing three overtime games in their six-game series, two of them in double-overtime. The Islanders move on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning as the “wild card” team in the Atlantic Division. (We know, it’s a little confusing.)

    The double-overtime tally from Tavares immediately joined the annuls of Islanders’ goal-scoring history.

    After taking a pass from his longtime linemate Kyle Okposo in the right circle, Tavares fired the puck on Roberto Luongo, who knocked it aside.

    Here’s where the goal gets masterful: Tavares controlled the puck away

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