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?

  • Conn Smythe Watch: Duncan Keith is still skating somewhere right now

    Welcome to the first edition of our Conn Smythe Watch. This one is a just a glimpse at the current picture. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Last list's ranking is next to each name. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked. 

    1. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (6)

    Three points in Game 6 in 28:35 of ice time, pushing him to 16 points in 16 games as the playoffs’ top scoring D-man. Just playing on another level right now, and could be the third different Hawk to win playoff MVP since 2010. His 31:49 TOI leads the playoffs, and the narrative of "Duncan Keith carries thin Chicago defense" is well established. 

    2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5)

    Lundqvist was great when he needed to be in Game 6 and has a 2.11 GAA with a .928 save percentage. We all know what he can do in Game 7.

    3. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning (1)

    Johnson still leads the postseason in goals with 12 and points in 20. Coming up big in

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  • Bryan Murray announces next season is last as Ottawa GM

    Every time I see Bryan Murray talking into a reporter’s microphone, I’m thankful.

    Thankful that he’s battled through 21 chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 colon cancer and is able to do the thing that’s defined him for nearly five decades. Thankful that his class and his wisdom remain a part of the Ottawa Senators and, in turn, the hockey world. 

    But I also knew it couldn’t last, and it’s no surprise that Murray, 72, said his time as a National Hockey League general manager will end after the 2015-16 season, as revealed to CBC’s Allie Cotnam on Wednesday night.

    "I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," he said.

    Murray coached 1,239 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators, winning 620. He won the Jack Adams in 1984 and was behind the bench for the Sens’ run to the Cup Final in 2007.

    He was also the general manager for the Wings, Panthers,

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  • Derick Brassard gets the push he needs for playoff success

    TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – Derick Brassard should have seen the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a rookie.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time in 2009, but Brassard was in street clothes. He fought James Neal earlier in the season and ended up separating his shoulder.

    The surgery it required ended his season after 31 games. 

    As a result, Brassard played 322 NHL games before his first shift in the playoffs with the New York Rangers in 2013.

    “I played four years in the league before I got my first taste of the playoffs,” he said, “and I think I really enjoy playing at this time.”

    Brassard has 40 points in 53 playoff games with the Rangers, including a team-leading nine goals and 16 points in 18 games this postseason. Granted, that was inflated with an epic five-point night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, pushing their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games.

    “We just made plays. Hungry on the puck. Supporting each other. We just played. It’s just what this team

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  • MVSW

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    Special Guest Star: Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago joins us to talk Game 6 for the Blackhawks and Ducks!

    • The Conference Final coverage!

    • Peter DeBoer hired by the Sharks.

    • Hockey News and Views

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  • NHL Three Stars: Brassard's five leads to Seven

     No. 1 Star: Derick Brassard, New York Rangers

    The Rangers center had a five-point night in their 7-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. He tallied a hat trick, including an empty netter, and assisted on goals by J.T. Miller and Keith Yandle.

    No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Not a dominating performance for Hank, but many of his 36 saves came at the right time for the Rangers, i.e. during the first two periods when the Bolts controlled play.

    No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Well, at least one Lightning player showed up in the third period. Kucherov had two goals in an attempt to lead Tampa back from their deficit.

    Honorable Mention: J.T. Miller had a four-point night with a goal and three assists. … Rick Nash had a four-point night, with a goal and three assists. … James Sheppard had the other Rangers goal. … Ryan Callahan scored his first of the playoffs, beating Lundqvist on a breakaway.    

    Did You Know? The

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  • Lightning flunked their Stanley Cup test in Game 6

    TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning lays on the ice after making a save against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - MAY 26: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning lays on the ice after making a save against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 26, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – Game 6 was a test for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they failed it. 

    They had a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 11 years and eliminate the New York Rangers, avoiding a grand finale in a building where the Rangers have never lost a Game 7. They earned this chance by playing three near-perfect periods in Game 5, and then two more effective periods in Game 6.

    But the third period was putrid. It was embarrassing. Fans left early and chants of “Let’s Go Rangers!” echoed in the upper deck.

    It was one of only a handful of times in this postseason where the Lightning looked outclassed by a veteran opponent, their young players competing to see who could make the most bad decisions and ill-fated plays in the span of 20 minutes.

    The Rangers won 7-3. Five of those goals were scored in the third period.

    “That third period,” lamented goalie Ben Bishop, “you’ve like a redo of that third period.”

    Thanks, Captain Understatement.

    Bishop was pulled after the

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  • NY Rangers rout Lightning, chase Bishop in Game 6 to avoid elimination

    TAMPA – The New York Rangers faced elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday night, so they did what they do best in the playoffs: 

    Force a Game 7.

    The Rangers thumped the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena, 7-3, chasing starter Ben Bishop in the third period and humbling the Bolts. Derick Brassard had a 5-point night, with three goals and two assists. J.T. Miller, playing up with Brassard and Rick Nash, had a goal and two assists.

    Henrik Lundqvist was good when he needed to be, making 36 saves.

    "In the third period, with our season on the line, we probably played our best period of this series so far. So we wanted a chance, and we got a chance," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. 

    New York improved to 14-3 when facing playoff elimination since 2012. Game 7 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden, where they’re 7-0 in Game 7s.

    It'll be the second Game 7 of the playoffs for both the Rangers and the Bolts. 

    The Rangers struck first at 3:36 of the first period as

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  • NY Rangers fight to survive, but has Tampa learned how to close?

    TAMPA BAY -- On Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to do what they’ve done in their two previous rounds of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is close out their opponents on their Amalie Arena ice.

    Well, eventually they did: The Lightning had a chance to go up 3-2 against the Detroit Red Wings, but lost Game 5 of that series in a 4-0 shutout. They needed wins at the Joe in Game 6 and then at home in Game 7, which they obviously they received.

    They sprinted out to a 3-0 lead against the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals, with defenseman Jason Garrison talking about a “killer instinct” for Game 4 at home. They were blown out, 6-2, then lost again at Bell Centre before closing out the Canadiens at home in Game 6.

    “This was our Game 7, we were talking and referring to it as our Game 7, we just kept looking back at the way we played, especially in the later half of the Game 7 against Detroit and we wanted that same mentality, and we had it,” said Steven Stamkos at the

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  • Sucking the joy out of hockey: NHL playoff narratives vs. analytics

    Wyatt Arndt’s piece on VanCityBuzz about advanced stats vs. narratives will likely ring true to anyone that doesn’t always appreciate when the facts get in the way of romanticism, hyperbole and archetypes in hockey. 

    My first bout with this collision between reality and escapism was when the salary cap was instituted and every trade proposal made on NHL message boards, going forward, had to pass a financial litmus test.

    The first response was no longer “why in the hell would Team X make this trade?” but “why in the hell would Team X make this trade, considering their cap situation makes it literally impossible without several other dominos falling and a brief fit of insanity from their trading partner?”

    The only rejoinder would be a half-hearted “well let’s say they find a way to make it work” before that’s shot down faster than the ‘NHL 94’ A.I. could say “TRADE DENIED.”

    But the application of the salary cap works a lot like the application of advanced stats on hockey, in the sense

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: 'If there are sun spots we're screwed' edition

    MVSW

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    Special Guest Star: No one! Just your boys. Over the phone. For the best sound quality available. 

    • The Conference Final coverage!

    • Hitchcock stays, Bylsma to Buffalo?

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