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?

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    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: Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, NHL insider and man of the people, talks hockey. 

    • Reviewing the LA and Yankee Stadium outdoor games.

    • The Winnipeg Jets' surge.

    • The Montreal Canadiens' swoon.

    • NHL news and notes.

    Question of the Day: What was your reaction to the Dodger Stadium outdoor game? Email at 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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  • Marco Sturm retires; in a related story, Marco Sturm was still active

    Getty ImagesThe Florida Panthers announced on Monday that Marco Sturm has retired, roughly two years after everyone else thought he had.

    Turns out Sturm has been with the Cologne Sharks of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, after failing to latch onto an NHL teams following last season’s lockout. Previously, he played with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers.

    He told Eishockey News that his “battery is empty.” His team quickly upgraded by acquiring a solar-powered Marco Sturm...

    And now, the five most memorable things about Marco Sturm’s NHL career:

    1. Being traded by the San Jose Sharks with defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau for Boston Bruins star Joe Thornton in Nov. 2005.

    2. Scoring the overtime game-winner in the Fenway Winter Classic:

    3. Being acquired by the Boston Bruins from the San Jose Sharks with defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Wayne Primeau for Joe Thornton in Nov. 2005.

    4. Being the only

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  • Martin Brodeur and the real battle for NHL outdoor game teams

    Getty ImagesOn Friday in Los Angeles, Dustin Brown of the Kings spent part of the afternoon skating with family and friends on the frozen sheet on the Dodger Stadium infield, a once-in-a-lifetime moment that Brown, as a West Coast NHL player, never thought he’d experience.

    The Stadium Series game in LA, like the NHL’s other outdoor games, provides players with unforgettable memories, nostalgia, spectacle and grandeur. It's a time for family and a time to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the game. They’ve become career “Bucket List” items for the players, testing their smartphone’s memory capacity with all the images and video they capture in those days surrounding the game.

    But, in the end, it’s still a game. A regular season game. Two points in the standings, usually against a critical rival.

    “We compete in the Pacific Division and it’s two points,” said Brown, one day before the Kings went 17 points down in the standings to a victorious Anaheim Ducks team. “Growing the game is great. But we

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  • Jonas Hiller uses Dodger Stadium game for Anaheim Ducks redemption

    Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES – It was midway through the third period on Saturday night when Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was convinced of it.

    He had some inklings earlier – during practice, at the start of the game – but with the Ducks leading the Los Angeles Kings by two goals under the night skies at Dodger Stadium, something clicked about the way Jonas Hiller was playing:

    “I said, ‘It doesn’t matter [what they do], they’re not gonna beat him tonight,’” Boudreau admitted. “I just had a feeling that no matter how many good looks they had, he was on.”

    Hiller made 36 saves in the 3-0 Ducks’ victory, winning the first NHL outdoor game in California in front of 54,099 fans.

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  • Ducks dominate at Dodger Stadium, shut out Kings in NHL outdoor game

    Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES – There was volleyball to the left of the rink, KISS in full makeup to the right. There were 54,099 fans, crowding a baseball stadium to watch an outdoor hockey game under the lights – in California, no less.

    There was razzle and there was dazzle. There was Hollywood and marching bands and Jon Hamm. But for all of the unusual aesthetics of Saturday night’s Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, the Ducks won in a most unglamorous way: Great goaltending, better penalty killing and an enthusiasm dampening frustration of the Kings.

    Jonas Hiller made 36 saves and Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey and Andrew Cogliano had the goals, as the Ducks defeated their division rival, 3-0.

    Getty ImagesThe first outdoor NHL game in California began with temperatures around 62 degrees Fahrenheit, before dipping to 59 degrees by the end of the third period. The ice remained playable throughout the game, quelling fears about a game played after a day of LA

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  • Your obligatory Justin Bieber trolling of the LA Kings at Dodger Stadium

    Before he became American’s new favorite well-coiffed criminal, Justin Bieber was famous for wearing the hat of nearly every NHL team in existence when he was tour their cities. Well, and that time when he stood on the Chicago Blackhawks logo to take a photo of the Holy Grail. That too.

    One of those hats was for the Los Angeles Kings, which of course means that Anaheim Ducks fans would use their Dodger Stadium game vs. LA for some quality trolling:

    Puck DaddyOh, the shame. Even if Dallas did it better.

  • Here’s a truly beautiful photo of Dodger Stadium’s outdoor NHL game

    Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings took the ice in Dodger Stadium on Saturday night after KISS had pyrotechnic rock blasting through the speakers, volleyball players and deck hockey players competed around the grassy infield and other Southern California aesthetics overwhelmed the eyes and ears.

    That’s why this might be our favorite image of the Stadium Series game: Quiet, beautiful, but still distinctly Los Angeles.

    Maybe playing these things at night is a good way to go after all.

  • Kings, Ducks never thought they’d get their outdoor hockey moment

    Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES – Dustin Brown would wake up early on mornings in November, step outside and feel air that wasn’t synonymous with life in Los Angeles.

    It was crisp, cool, around 45 degrees. The stuff early morning hockey, not of the beach. It was weather that made his mind wander: What if the NHL could just hold an outdoor game right here, right now?

    The Los Angeles Kings captain wasn’t sure if he’d ever get the opportunity to compete in a Winter Classic. The game has an Eastern bias, and caters to the Original Six; the Kings obviously don’t fit either category.

    But what if, instead of the Kings going to an outdoor game, an outdoor game came to the Kings?

    “Early on, you probably didn’t think about that, but each year you see them dial it in a little bit more. You start to see them get better with the whole outdoor ice thing, and you start to think,” he said.

    In May 2013, the NHL confirmed that the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks would take part in a Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium on

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  • There will be no live ducks at Stadium Series game, but there’s much more

    Puck DaddyLOS ANGELES – There are two logos in the Dodger Stadium outfield near the hockey rink on its infield. One features the Los Angeles Kings, surrounded by sand. The other features the Anaheim Ducks, surrounded by water. It’s all very elemental.

    I heard something about these logos, from two different sources. First, that the Kings logo was originally going to be a sandcastle, like the one found outside Staples Center during the postseason two years ago.

    Second, that the Anaheim logo was originally going to have … actual ducks swimming around it.

    Real live ducks. In Dodger Stadium.

    This naturally led to macabre delusions of grandeur. Like a duck flying into the middle of the rink and a player goes Green Bay Gamblers-on-a-bat with it. Like sparks from the KISS stage lighting their feathers on fire.

    So … will there be ducks?

    “There will be a duck pond. I don’t know if there will be live ducks,” said Don Renzulli, Senior Vice President of Events for the NHL, coyly.

    C’mon, will there be ducks?

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  • Lifelong KISS fan’s dream come true: Creating hockey masks inspired by band

    LOS ANGELES – If you’re a netminder in need of a mask, David Arrigo is your man. He’s created some of the most memorable designs for goalies of every level, from Angry Birds to that super scary Carey Price mask.

    The NHL needed a mask for its Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. Four of them in fact. But not for the goalies in the game. For the in-game entertainment.

    A little rock and roll band called KISS.

    “It’s been an interesting five days,” said Arrigo earlier this week.

    Arrigo already had a mask to create this week: Mike Smith’s Canadian Olympic mask. So that’s five masks in a matter of days; he usually needs two weeks to complete that workload.

    “But the artwork here was so much fun. When I’m hot after the art work, I just don’t stop working,” he said.

    It also helps that Arrigo has an affinity for the subject.

    “Part of the KISS Army when I was a kid,” he said, with a laugh.

    The four goalie masks featured the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings logos alongside the likeness of the

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