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?

  • Rangers take commanding 3-1 series lead with OT win over Penguins

    In a tightly-played contest – expected, given the stakes – the New York Rangers needed someone to make a play, and that someone was Carl Hagelin.

    Hagelin skated around the Pittsburgh Penguins zone, his speed still blazing despite Game 4 having entered overtime. He held the puck, passed it to the point, flew through the zone, took to the puck back from a Martin St. Louis pass, and then made a brilliant backhand shot from the side of the net, through Max Lapierre of the Penguins, across the crease and under Marc-Andre Fleury.

    It trickled to Kevin Hayes, who potted it for the game-winner.

    (An aside: What the heck was Paul Martin doing on that play? Did he zone out? Was he counting snow piles in the crease?) 

    The Rangers won the game, 2-1, and lead the series, 3-1.

    The Penguins struck first and early, just 2 minutes and 22 seconds into the game. Sidney Crosby fed the puck back to the point to Paul Martin, who passed to Ben Lovejoy, whose shot was tipped home by Patric Hornqvist for his

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  • Connor McDavid totally not devastated Oilers won lottery, says dad


    This is Connor McDavid’s face, moments after it was revealed the Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery for the right to select him this June. 

    One might assume this is a look of dreadful disappointment, because it’s the exact look one gives when told they need a root canal, or that rather than turkey  the main course at Thanksgiving is rat brains.

    Ah, but someone who would know best believes anyone that gleans disappointment from McDavid’s reaction here is as wrong as wrong can be: Brian McDavid, the new Walter Gretzky!

    As he told Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun:

    “To be honest, he was a little bit in shock,” said Brian.

    “He would have had the exact same expression on his face if the winner had been Buffalo, Toronto or Arizona. The reality is that his future had just been decided by bingo balls.”

    Just like our grandmothers every Tuesday night ...

    It's a future that Connor McDavid never thought could bring him to that cesspool of dashed expectations and abject mismanagement slice of

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  • Daniel Carcillo mourns Steve Montador, wants more help for ex-NHL players

    Daniel Carcillo lost his best friend in hockey when Steve Montador, who played with him in the Chicago Blackhawks, was found dead in his home at age 35 back in February.

    Like Carcillo, Montador had battled substance abuse. Like Carcillo, Montador suffered through the effects of concussions. But Monty had retired in 2013, while Carcillo played on with the Blackhawks. His life had direction, had meaning. He had a support system within the team and among his teammates.

    Montador, through this own admission, had none of that anymore. “He was trying so many things to reverse the symptoms and feel normal, and he couldn’t,” sad Carcillo.

    The veteran winger said he filled 20 notebook pages at a hotel after Montador’s funeral, asking questions about how former players struggle to move on with life, and how so many are ignored by their former League, Players Association and peers.

    He asked some former players if they knew what the NHLPA’s exit program was, and “not one knew what it was.”


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  • Nate Silver trashes NHL Las Vegas plan, puts over Canadian expansion

    Nate Silver took time away from predicting who wins Montana’s House District 37 with frighteningly accuracy to trash the NHL’s expansion potential in Las Vegas. 

    He says the idea makes “little sense” and lays out several reasons for this conclusion; and while there’s no question Silver’s protests are valid (and, frankly, well-trodden), some of them are a little specious.

    Writes Silver:

    Our 2013 analysis estimated that there are just 91,000 NHL fans in metro Las Vegas. That’s tiny even by comparison to the six smallest NHL markets that I mentioned before, which have between 146,000 (Nashville) and 279,000 (Tampa) hockey fans. And it’s well below Seattle’s 241,000 or Quebec City’s 530,000 fans.

    Please recall the patently absurd methodology Silver used to arrive at those numbers: Taking the metro population for each city, and then using how many people searched the term “NHL” on Google to extrapolate the “NHL fan population.”

    Which means that the fan population is determined by (a) how

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  • NHL Three Stars: Mrazek blanks Bolts; Hawks, Caps win in OT

    No. 1 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings 

    The Detroit goalie bounced back from getting pulled in Game 2 with a 22-save shutout over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3. He made a Pavel Datsyuk first-period goal stand up until Riley Sheahan made it 2-0 in the third. Detroit won the game, 3-0, and leads the series 2-1.

    No. 2 Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks

    Seabrook’s goal one minute into triple overtime gave the Blackhawks the 3-2 win and the 3-1 series lead over the Nashville Predators. It’s his second goal of the playoffs.

    No. 3 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Backstrom assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s first-period goal and then scored the OT game-winner for the Caps in their 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Braden Holtby made 36 saves in their Game 4 win, going back to D.C. tied at 2-2.

    Honorable Mention: Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist while Johnny Gaudreau scored his first of the playoffs in the Calgary Flames’ 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4,

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  • Blackhawks win triple-OT classic, take 3-1 lead over Nashville

    It was the 100th shot on goal of the night. It was the last shot on goal of triple overtime. It was the shot the Chicago Blackhawks needed, and the Nashville Predators dreaded to witness. 

    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook blasted a shot from the blue line, beating Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne through a Bryan Bickell screen just one minute into the third overtime for the 3-2 win in Game 4 of their Central Division semifinal series on Tuesday night. 

    “I’m glad it’s over. It’s been a long night,” said Seabrook. “Our trainers do a good job of keeping us hydrated and fruit and all sorts of crap that makes us feel better. But five periods is a lot of hockey, and I’m glad it’s over.”

    The play began with a great chance from Patrick Kane that was deflected to the goal and then nearly tipped home by Bickell. He skated to the corner, collected the puck, dished back to Kane who circled around the boards.

    Kane sent a pass to a wide-open Seabrook – his right skate on the blue line,

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  • Pekka Rinne loses puck in gear, causing hilarious delay in OT (Video)


    In overtime of Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson shot the puck around the boards and goalie Pekka Rinne cut it off behind his goal cage.

    Innocent enough, right? Well, the next moment was one of sheer panic for all the players on the ice: The puck disappeared. Rinne dramatically dropped to his knees trying to save an invisible puck.

    The referee blew his whistle to stop play, and the comedy began – for the next three minutes, Rinne removed gear, shimmied around, put his hands in his pants and searched for the disc.

    He then finally dug the puck out from inside his right leg pad, where it hopped into as it went around the boards, tossing it out to center ice.

    Hey, if nothing else, this unanticipated delay gave all the dead-tired players a breather with 5:34 left in overtime.

    This is actually the second time this has happened to a goalie this season, as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby “hatched” the

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  • Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime on Tuesday night to send the Washington Capitals out of Nassau Coliseum with a 2-2 series tie with the New York Islanders.

    As the Caps celebrated, one fan in the stands decided to give Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik a parting gift – a cup of beer to the face.

    Now, this is over 10 minutes into overtime – who’s still nursing that much beer at that point in the game, after what we can only assume was a third period beer cutoff?

    In fainess to the Islanders fan we assume threw the cup, he or she might have been trying to give Orpik something to wipe the asbestos off his face. 

    Alas, the Vine ends before we can see if Orpik delivers a head shot to the empty cup. As far as things hitting Orpik in the face this game, he's seen worse.

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    Orpik took teammate John Carlson's skate to his face but returned to the game in the second period. Because that's what Brooks Orpik does. (Via RMNB)




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  • Petr Mrazek bounces back, shuts out Bolts in Game 3

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is all about making amends.

    He was pulled in Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning after giving up four goals on 18 shots. But every other time he was pulled this season, he responded with an awesome effort, going 3-0-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.

    His bounce-back in Game 3 was even better: a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday night, making 22 saves and giving the Red Wings a 2-1 series lead. Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit, which won on home ice.

    The Red Wings played much better in front of Mrazek after giving up 30 shots to the Bolts in Game 3. Steven Stamkos was limited to three shot attempts. Tyler Johnson was limited to two shots. Ondrej Palat had one shot attempt. Detroit blocked 10 shots to Tampa’s five. 

    “I thought we were way better. We looked like a real hockey team," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. 

    Earlier, Babcock said he didn’t believe in bounce-back games, saying that NHL

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