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?

  • Has hockey found the next Cap Geek? (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    The information about all 30 NHL teams is current and concise. The user interface is easy, the colors are vibrant, the look of it is playful. The entire site sends you down a rabbit hole of seemingly endless data about the salary cap, team payrolls and other NHL financial data. 

    If this sounds like Cap Geek, the much-missed salary cap site founded by the late Matthew Wuest, that’s the point. General Fanager, which recently launched, was inspired by that game-changing NHL salary site, which ceased operation as Wuest battled cancer. He passed away on March 19.

    “That's really how it started. Like many in the community, I've missed CapGeek incredibly. It was an incredible resource and it's difficult to imagine anything will match it,” said Tomasz Poraszka, founder of General Fanager. 

    Of the sites we’ve seen that seek to fill that void, his one comes closest to capturing the user experience that endeared Cap Geek to so many.

    We reached out to Poraszka recently about General Fanager to get

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  • MVSW

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    • The Capitals are out. 

    • Stanley Cup Playoffs

    • Hockey News and Views

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  • Awkward reunion for former Rangers, Lightning teammates in Final

    “Don’t give me this [crap] that you’re gonna trade Marty St. Louis, who has a no movement clause and doesn’t want to leave, for Callahan. I like the kid, but he couldn’t score more than 25-30 goals in his [flippin’] lifetime because he doesn’t play because he always gets hurt because he plays like he’s 6-foot-5.” – Phil Esposito, Next Sports Star, Feb. 26, 2014.

    Less than a month later, Marty St. Louis was traded to the New York Rangers. 

    Then we learned that, much to the surprise of Mr. Esposito, St. Louis wanted out as far back as 2009, well before the infamous “Olympic snub” from Tampa Bay Lightning and Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman lit the fuse for his departure.

    Of course, that’s not the way St. Louis sees it. He sees his 14 years with the Lightning having earned him the right to move on, after he stuck it out with hometown discounts and through terrible ownership and generally putting his safety on the line as a human pinball most nights.

    "My time in Tampa, I gave everything I

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  • NHL Three Stars: Stepan leads Rangers win in Game 7

    No. 1 Star: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers 

    The center won a faceoff and then won Game 7 of the Rangers’ series against the Washington Capitals, putting a rebounded Dan Girardi shot past Braden Holtby for the 2-1 win.

    No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist won his sixth straight Game 7 with a 35-save effort, including eight saves in overtime.

    No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    The captain scored his fifth playoff goal and his first Game 7 goal since 2009 in a losing effort.

    Honorable Mention: Kevin Hayes had the other Rangers goal, on the power play and on a great feed from J.T. Miller. … Marcus Johansson made a brilliant pass to Ovechkin for the goal. … Braden Holtby made 37 saves in the loss.   

    Did You Know? The Rangers are 7-0 in Game 7 at home and have won 10 straight home games when facing elimination since 2008, the longest streak in NHL history.

    Dishonorable Mention: Mike Green took back-to-back penalties in the second period, with the Rangers

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  • Capitals fail again, but heads held high for Ovechkin and Co.

    Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes break during a time out against the New York Rangers during the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes break during a time out against the New York Rangers during the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    NEW YORK – Alex Ovechkin looked to his left and watched Derek Stepan end his season with an overtime goal in Game 7.

    He hung his head for a brief moment, before raising it and stoically staring at the Madison Square Garden rink that was being consumed by the bedlam of a New York Rangers’ celebration. He slowly undid his chin strap and prepared for the handshake line. 

    No anger. No rage. No overwhelming frustration. He’s seen this movie so many times that he can hum the theme music and recite the cast and crew credits.

    “I don’t know what to say. They’re a great team. But we deserve a better result,” said Ovechkin, who opened the scoring in the first period, the first time he has scored a Game 7 goal since 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    It was Ovechkin’s ninth Game 7 since 2008, and the sixth time his team has been eliminated in that series finale. Nine of the Capitals’ last 11 playoff series have gone seven games; three of the last four have been seven gamers against the

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  • Rangers eliminate Capitals with thrilling Game 7 OT win

    NEW YORK – The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season with a 2-1 win in overtime over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

    Derek Stepan scored with 8:36 left in OT, firing home the rebound of a Dan Girardi blast from the blue line and eliminating the Capitals. The Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Game 1 of the conference final. 

    The Capitals iced the puck twice in overtime, and both times Eric Fehr -- returning from injury in this game -- was forced to take the draw. He won it the first time, but then lost it to Stepan the second time, setting in motion the play that would win the Rangers the game. 

    The puck was moved from Keith Yandle to Dan Girardi, who blasted a shot off of Capitals' defenseman Brooks Orpik. It rebounded to Stepan, who fired it into a gaping net, sending MSG into hysterics. 

    "They are a good faceoff team and all series long we've talked about faceoffs with all the forwards,"

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  • Brooks Orpik takes out Dan Boyle with huge hit in Game 7 (Video)

    NEW YORK – In a brutal Game 7 that featured physical play and pulled teeth, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik had perhaps the most controversial hit of Wednesday night.

    In the third period, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle rushed the puck down the left side into the Capitals’ zone. Orpik stood his ground near the blue line and leveled him with a check.

    Boyle’s legs were bent. Orpik’s shoulder made contact with his head, and his skates left the ice upon making contact.

    Play was halted and Boyle was helped off the ice. 

    There was no penalty on the play. Which is the correct call, given what Orpik did on the hit and how Boyle met him. People immediately compared this to the Niklas Kronwall hit that earned the Detroit Red Wings defenseman a one-game suspension for Game 7 of the previous round; which, of course, was a hit in which he charged in from the blue line, rendering any comparison pointless.

    Mike Milbury of NBC called the hit “predatory” and predicted that Orpik

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  • Puck Daddy live chat: Capitals vs. Rangers Game 7

    It's Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals from Madison Square Garden, and we're live chatting it tonight!

    Can Alex Ovechkin overcome the clutch Henrik Lundqvist, or will the New York Rangers add to the Caps Game 7 misery?

    The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. You bring the funny; we bring the insight, odd football photo on the template and the Hamburger Women.

    Live Blog Game 7 Capitals/Rangers Live Chat

  • Game 7: Five keys to victory for Capitals, Rangers

    It’s Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Which is good news for the Rangers, who win a lot of Game 7s, and bad news for the Capitals for many, many reasons. 

    But the Capitals’ struggles in the past with Game 7s aren’t an automatic nail in the coffin for this one. Here are five keys to Game 7 between Washington and New York at MSG.  

    1. The Rangers’ Start

    The Rangers have been at their best in the first period on home ice during these playoffs, outscoring opponents 9-2 and playing an aggressive puck possession style that has drawn a significant number of opening stanza penalties from the Capitals and Penguins. The Capitals know they’re going to have to weather that storm. They also know that while they’ve scored 13 goals in the third period, the Rangers are 4-0-0 when leading after two periods and have something called a “Henrik Lundqvist” between the pipes.

    2. Henrik Lundqvist

    Lundqvist’s

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  • MVSW

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    Special Guest Stars: Michael Traikos of Post Media.

    • Babcock Watch!

    • Stanley Cup Playoffs

    • Habs out in six. 

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