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?

  • Why Sidney Crosby touched Prince of Wales Trophy despite jinx

    PITTSBURGH – You don’t touch the trophy. 

    The San Jose Sharks didn’t, avoiding the Clarence Campbell Bowl like it was radioactive after winning the Western Conference title on Wednesday night.

    But after the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final 24 hours later, there was captain Sidney Crosby, holding the Prince of Wales Trophy during a photo op with Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin.

    Ummmm … jinx much?

    But there was a reason behind Crosby’s flouting of hockey hexes – it’s tradition for the Penguins.

    In 1991, captain Mario Lemieux not only touched the Wales Trophy but actually skated around in celebration with it. The Penguins would win their first Stanley Cup in team history in the following round against the Minnesota North Stars.

    In 2009, Crosby decided to pick up the Wales Trophy. Partially because of Mario’s precedent, but also because the Penguins lost in the 2008 Stanley Cup Final to the Detroit Red Wings after he didn’t

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  • Steven Stamkos emotional after storybook Game 7 spoiled by Penguins

    PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos has three scars from his surgery two months ago to correct an issue with a blood clot. Two on his neck, and one on his shoulder. Reminders of what coach Jon Cooper referred to as a “catastrophic” injury to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s captain. Reminders of what Stamkos had to work back from to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night.

    The storybook was there to be written: Superstar returns from injury to inspire his team to victory in a championship game. A superstar in what might be his last season with the only franchise he's known as a professional. 

    The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled the ending.

    “They had that step. We couldn’t match it. When you’re getting outshot that badly … that’s tough. They had an extra gear tonight,” said Stamkos after the 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night, eliminating the Lightning and ending Stamkos’s final season before unrestricted free agency.

    “For me to sit here and answer questions like this

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  • Penguins advance to Stanley Cup Final thanks to sensational rookies

    PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins are now four wins away from their first Stanley Cup title since 2009. 

    Despite the emotional return of Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, the Penguins defeated Tampa Bay, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final to play the San Jose Sharks in a series that begins on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

    It’s the first Game 7 they’ve won at home since 1995, breaking a four-game losing streak.

    Rookie Bryan Rust, who had a breakaway goal in the Penguins’ Game 6 win in Tampa, scored two goals to give him five for the playoffs. Rookie goalie Matt Murray, the team's backbone yet again, made 16 saves, including a few key stops in the third period.

    But it was a total team effort from the Penguins as they dominated puck possession for most of the game and stifled the Lightning attack for the second straight contest.

    That included Stamkos, a surprise return for the

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  • Steven Stamkos back for Lightning in Game 7 vs. Penguins (UPDATE)

    PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos is back for the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    The captain hasn’t played since March 31, out after surgery to correct a blood clot. He’s skated regularly throughout the postseason. He's waited for medical clearance and his coach’s decision to insert him back in the lineup.

    According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Times:

    Jon Cooper sat down for his customary pregame press conference 90 minutes before the puck drops on Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

    “Before we get going, don’t ask about the lineup. At all. Because I don’t know,” said

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  • Puck Daddy Game 7 live chat: Penguins vs. Lightning!

    It's one game, with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. Will it be the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Tampa Bay Lightning moving on to face the San Jose Sharks?

    Join you're friends at Yahoo Sports for a live chat during Game 7, including tweets from experts and images from around hockey fandom.

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  • Game 7: Seven keys as Penguins, Lightning battle for Cup Final

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins battle in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night, playing for the right to challenge the San Jose Sharks for the Stanley Cup. 

    Who takes it? Whose hockey reigns supreme?

    Here are seven keys to Game 7. Please join your friends at Puck Daddy for a full night of Game 7 coverage.

    1. Scoring First

    Look, we’d like to treat hockey like its an intricate game full of nuance whose basic stats are just one strand in the fabric of analytical facts that determine success or failure on any given night …

    … but sometimes we just have to report that the Lightning are 8-1 when scoring the first goal and the Penguins are 8-2. So there.

    2. Skate, Penguins, Skate

    The Penguins won Game 6 because they skated the Lightning out of the building in the first 40 minutes. “We did a good job of putting pucks in areas where we could use our speed. Guys grabbed it, took off and used our feet,” said forward Matt Cullen. “We take away time and space

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  • Penguins Game 7 newbies try to keep nerves in check

    PITTSBURGH – Bryan Rust wouldn’t necessarily call it a pregame nap. Not when he expected to spend the majority of it staring at the ceiling of his room, nervous anticipation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final consuming him. 

    This is the first Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 for several Penguins players; some of whom are youngsters experiencing their first prolonged playoff run and some of whom are veterans that, for various reasons, haven’t seen much playoff action. Other Penguins have plenty of Game 7 experience.

    Rust said he knew this team would be a Stanley Cup contender for that reason. “I thought after about six weeks of being here that this was a close group of guys, a good balance of older and younger. As soon as we all realized that, we knew we could do something special,” said Rust, who scored a breakaway goal in their Game 6 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to avoid elimination.

    Like Rust, rookie Conor Sheary started in the AHL this season with the Wilkes-Barre

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  • Why NBC killed Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 7 viewing party

    The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday that there would not be a Game 7 viewing party for fans outside of Amalie Arena, where hundreds of fans gather in "Thunder Alley" to watch games on a big screen, in a festive atmosphere.

    Here was the announcement:

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    From the sound of things, those merchants that bring their food trucks and other wares to the Thunder Alley viewing party weren’t expecting that:

    But if you’re an NHL fan in the U.S., you’re probably not surprised. Ever since the League signed on with NBC, the issue over large fan viewing parties has come up nearly every postseason.

    The first big blowup was in Pittsburgh during their 2009 Stanley Cup run, when large viewing parties outside of the Igloo were sometimes cancelled because "NBC Sports does not allow teams to show their broadcasts on arena

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  • Steven Stamkos not thinking about potential last game with Lightning

    PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos said there’s no change in his status, which would mean the Tampa Bay Lightning star will likely miss Thursday night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 as he continues to work back from surgery to correct a blood clot issue. He hasn’t seen game action since March 31.

    The difference between this game and all the others that Stamkos has missed is that the Lightning, with a loss, will have played their final game of the season.

    Which means Stamkos, an unrestricted free agent with a swirl of uncertainty around him, may be watching his final game as a member of the Lightning as a spectator.

    “I’m not thinking about that,” he said on Thursday.

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    Of course, there’s another way to look at Game 7: If the Lightning defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, they play on to the Stanley Cup Final. Which means another series in which Stamkos could potentially return to the lineup.

    Stamkos’s morning skate, an optional one for the

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  • Hockey fan gets Gary Bettman tattoo on butt, fulfilling vow

    Daylen Hopkins is a hockey fan on Twitter, and a bold one at that. 

    Back in February, Hopkins couldn’t believe that the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings were mortal. So he made a bold prediction for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tweeting the following:

    That’s a whole lotta hubris right there.

    Then, a funny thing happened: The Blackhawks and the Kings both lost in the opening round, to the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, respectively.

    Even funnier: “SlayIen” is a man of his word.

    From the official Kickstarter page

    Back in late February, I made a regrettable tweet which said "I'll get Gary Bettman's face tattooed on my ass if Chicago and LA both get bounced in the first round." I am a man of my word so, I'm raising this money partly for the tattoo but mostly for KidSportBC which helps underprivileged youth play sports.

    Let it never

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