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?

  • Inside the National Secular Hockey League

    Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe had an interesting look at religion in the NHL over the weekend that’s worth your time. The theologian thesis: “While spirituality is on display in other professional sports — with pitchers’ fingers pointing skyward, tattooed crosses adorning NBA arms, words of divine praise in postgame sideline interviews — that’s not the case in hockey. In the NHL, religion is mostly omitted from the conversation, God left unsaid.”

    That’s accurate, to a point. As she notes, there are players like Mike Fisher and Shane Doan that are open about their faith, to the point where Doan once gave an interview to “The 700 Club” about what Jesus taught him about being an NHL captain:

    “He is I AM. He’s everything. And yet, He took the time to wash the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, which is a total contradiction to everything else that we’re taught. Where you make sure you get yours if you want to be a leader, you got to be full of bravado. But He came as a Servant. And

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Senators miss chance; West bubble night

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    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    While Ottawa Senators fans focus on goals that never were, their team has to move past those points that never were.

    Like the two they’ve left on the table recently to their arch rivals from Toronto.

    Oh, hey, look: They’re two back of the Bruins, Red Wings and Penguins …

    The Senators had another chance Sunday night to really make Tuesday’s showdown vs. the Penguins worth significantly more than it actually is. A win over the Leafs, and the Senators would have had a chance to leap ahead of Pittsburgh. Instead, the best they can do is tie in points and still be behind them due to the tie-breaker.

    Still, they pulled a point out of that game, which means the East is still in play.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained

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  • Did Marc Methot’s shot go through net in OT loss to Leafs?

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    The box score says the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in a shootout on Sunday night.

    What the box score fails to tell you, obviously, is that the Senators lost the game when everyone on the ice ignored Marc Methot’s overtime shot going through the net, as part of some grand conspiracy to keep Ottawa out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a conspiracy that obviously led to Sportnet refusing to show an overhead replay of the shot in question.

    No, seriously, this was a thing. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet wondered aloud about it. More than a few Senators fans did so too.

    Like here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And definitely here:

    So, uh … was it a goal?

    Here's a slo-mo look:

    This frame-by-frame video shows the puck flying past Bernier and then to the outside of the far post. As in almost

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  • NHL Three Stars: Steve Mason makes life difficult for Penguins

    No. 1 Star: Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers

    Mason made 46 saves, as the Flyers were outshot 36-13 through the first two periods, as Philadelphia dropped the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1. Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist.

    No. 2 Star: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

    After Max Pacioretty left the game with an injury in the first period, Plekanec picked up the slack with a power-play goal and two assists in the Canadiens’ 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Carey Price made 24 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues

    Allen made 38 saves in their huge 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, including a third period in which the Blues were outshot 12-5. David Backes and Olli Jokinen had the goals.

    Honorable Mention: Peter Holland had the shootout game-winner in Round 7, as the Toronto Maple Leafs outlasted the Ottawa Senators, 3-2. Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves. … Mike Green had a goal and an assist while Braden Holtby made 35 saves in the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 win over the

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  • You know all that talk about hits the NHL wants out of the game? We imagine leaping checks behind the net are top of the list.

    So what will the Department of Player Safety do with Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks, who jumped into the air to hit St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman?

    Sure, he failed in his attempt to deliver a John Cena-style shoulder tackle, but he ended up connecting with his leg, knocking Jackman to the ground. The whistle blew. Shaw started yelling at people, presumably to inquire about his frequent flyer miles, before going to the box. 

    For this moment of abject idiocy, Andrew Shaw was given … a two-minute minor for charging. Hey, kids, no injury!

    Shaw hasn’t been fined or suspended since April 14, 2012, when he was given three playoff games for having the nerve to be the catalyst for Mike Smith’s dive.

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  • Max Pacioretty leaves game after nasty crash into boards (Video)

    The worst thing that could happen to the Montreal Canadiens before the playoffs arrive? An injury to starting goalie and potential MVP Carey Price.

    The second worst thing? They may have witnessed it on Sunday afternoon, as star winger Max Pacioretty took a spill into the boards, banged his head and left the Canadiens’ game at the Florida Panthers in the first period.

    Montreal later announced he would not return.

    Pacioretty left on this third shift of the game, the injury occurring just 5:48 into the contest. Dmitry Kulikov checked him, knocking Pacioretty off-balance. He then tripped over Erik Gudbranson’s ankle, fell to the ice and his head slammed against the boards. He was assisted off the ice.

    (Hey, Dmitry Kulikov! What do you know? He may have helped take out Tyler Seguin and Max Pacioretty in the same season.)

    Pacioretty has 67 points in 79 games this season, including 37 goals. He’s also a plus-38, best in the NHL. His 0.85 points per game makes this his best offensive season

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Avs, Panthers eliminated; Red Wings’ big game

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    RIP Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers.

    To the Avs, may this season be a lesson that underlying analytics shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to the sustainability of one’s success. Also that Patrick Roy will be coaching the new Quebec team in about three years.

    To the Panthers, may this season be a lesson that great goaltending can overcome a metric ton of shortcomings, and that when the sun explodes all they’ll find on the smoldering husk of this planet of ours will be microbes, Twinkies and Jaromir Jagr.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Sharks keeping rolling; huge night in East

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Logan Couture isn’t delusional. Even after the San Jose Sharks closed their playoff gap again with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, he knows they need a ton of help to make this miraculous late push succeed.

    "We put ourselves in this position, we have no one to blame but ourselves," he said. "We can't change anything. We can't go back and win games that we lost. We can only win the games that are ahead of us."

    The Sharks have earned nine of 10 possible points in their last five games. They’re four points in back of Calgary for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific, and three points away from the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets on the bubble.

    The Sharks and Flames have four games left. The Jets and Kings have five, but the Sharks play the Kings in the season finale.

    Again, they’ll need help; but San Jose has three very winnable games before the

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jonathan Toews tallies twice to help Sabres tank

    No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    The Hawks captain delighted Chicago fans (and Buffalo Sabres fans cheering for a tank) as he scored two goals in 37 seconds in the third period, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win. The game-winner was scored with 56 seconds left.

    No. 2 Star: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues

    The Blues winger tallied a hat trick, scoring twice in the second period and then into an empty net in the third as St. Louis won a wild one vs. the Dallas Stars, 7-5.

    No. 3 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

    Duchene scored at 9:08 of the third period to break a 2-2 stalemate, as the Avs defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2. He earlier assisted on John Mitchell’s first-period goal.

    Honorable Mention: Logan Couture had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks kept their faint playoff hopes alive, 3-1, over the Arizona Coyotes. … The New Jersey Devils got shootout goals from Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias in their 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Keith Kincaid

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  • Jets say Byfuglien doesn’t owe them apology for suspension

    Dustin Byfuglien’s four-game suspension for cross-checking the New York Rangers’ J.T. Miller in the back of the head couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time. The Winnipeg Jets have five games remaining, and currently sit on the outside of the playoff bubble prior to their game vs. the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

    As Buff goes, so go the Jets: He’s a point-per-game player in their 33 wins in which he’s appeared (12 goals, 21 assists) vs. 12 points in 35 losses or overtime losses.

    Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said he did the crime, and now must do the time. Via the Sun:

    “(Rangers head coach) Alain Vigneault wanted the electric chair, and I've got a lot more time for Dustin than that,” Maurice said. “So we will always be a little agitated by what we feel is the unfairness of it. From my point of view, though, you can hand out heavier suspensions on all these events. The players will make the adjustment.

    “The tough part is being consistent with it. And it is tough. It's not an

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