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?

  • Which NHL teams are the best and worst closers?

    On Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins scored three second-period goals against the Montreal Canadiens. The referees decided to play another 20 minutes, even though the game was effectively over ...

    It was the 34th time in 65 games this season in which the Bruins entered the third period with a lead. They’ve won 32 of those games, including last night’s 4-1 victory over the Habs. It was the nearly same story last season: The Bruins had a lead after two periods in 23 of their 48 games, although they were a bit more vulnerable: Losing four games in regulation and four games in overtime.

    That said: 47-6-4 in their last 113 games when leading after two periods, which they’ve done 57 times. The old line from “Glengarry Glen Ross” from Alec Baldwin was that “coffee is for closers”; were that the case, then the Boston Bruins are practically Starbucks.

    OK, maybe they're Caribou Coffee; the Los Angeles Kings, going 21-0-0 this season when leading after two periods, are Starbucks.

    I decided to

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  • Hockey fans force arena to change beer cups after YouTube reveals suds scam

    If a hockey fan is paying arena prices for beer, that hockey fan better get what they’re paying for. A group of Idaho Steelheads fans suspected they weren’t, and were determined to force Boise’s CenturyLink Arena to own up to it.

    The Steelheads, an ECHL team, play in CenturyLink Arena, which is being sued by fans Brady Peck, Michele Bonds and William and Brittany Graham, who are seeking $10,000 in damages. The reason? They claim the arena defrauded customers by charging $3 more for a large cup of beer that actually contained the same amount of brew as a squattier cup labeled “small.”

    That’s right: They were paying $7 for a taller cup that contained the same amount of beer as the $4 smaller cup.

    There’s video evidence of it as well. Gwen Gibbs, who attended a Steelheads game on Saturday night, posted a video showing the liquid scam on YouTube, where it quickly went viral:

    More like “Steal-heads,” am I right?

    The team and arena were finally pressured to respond. From the Idaho

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  • NHL Rivalry Night: Welcome to Bruins vs. Canadiens, Thomas Vanek

    The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet on NHL Rivalry Night on NBCSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET) to continue one of the League’s most storied feuds.

    How storied? Oh, this storied, as NHL Rivals brings us back to the intense days of the B’s and Habs battling for the chance at the Cup. It’s Don Cherry against Scotty Bowman and Hall of Famers vs. blue collar guys, peppered with the requisite controversy.

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    On Wednesday night, the rivalry takes another turn with the introduction of Thomas Vanek to the proceedings.

    Vanek, acquired at the trade deadline by Montreal from the New York Islanders, has been known as a Bruins Killer during his career. With the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek had 29 goals and 28 assists in 50 games, skating to a plus-17. That dominance continued with the Islanders, as Vanek had a goal and three assists in three games for a plus-4.

    That’s 61 points in 53 career games vs. Boston.

    So what does he think of this Bruins Killer thing?

    “I don't know. The last four or

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  • Rich Peverley done for season, NHL career in question

    Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars made his first public appearance after a cardiac event during Monday’s game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, as doctors said his season was over.

    “I'd like to thank the number of people who saved my life,” he said. “They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life. I will forever be grateful.”

    Dr. Robert Dimeff, Sport Medicine Specialist at UT Southwestern, said that Peverley’s season is over. Now comes the next stage of the 31-year-old forward’s recovery.

    The current plan, according to Dimeff, is for Peverley to go back to the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto for further treatment on his atrial fibrillation, an ailment affecting the upper chambers of the heart that affects one in every 200 people younger than 60. Dimeff believes Peverley may have played through the genetic heart disorder in the Stanley Cup Final last summer, and then showed up to Dallas camp with it after being traded with Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins.

    The next process

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  • Mike Gillis refuses to address John Tortorella’s status, whether he lost room

    Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis, admittedly, has had a tough couple of days since his team yielded seven third-period goals to the New York Islanders. “When you're not performing up to a standard that you think is acceptable, it's never easy,” he said, at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., on Wednesday.

    It’s bad for Gillis’s Canucks, as The Province surmised:

    “Tortorella is in the crosshairs because of a 2-11-1 slide, his tunnel tirade to get to Bob Hartley that didn’t help morale and a preoccupation with push and pace. It has led to a rash of injuries and indifferent play and the inability to maintain consistency or have anything left in the tank.”

    This had led to critics saying these are “fireable offences.”

    So are they, Mike Gillis?

    “Well, there's a lot of rumor and speculation out there, and for me to comment on it would lend some degree of credibility to it, which is not something that's good for anybody. I think right now we have to get behind our team and behind our players

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Wednesday 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: It's George Stroumboulopoulos, the new host of Hockey Night In Canada!

    • More goalie interference calls and intent to blow gone bad.

    • Wrapping up the GM meetings.

    • What ails the Capitals.

    • Playoff race updates.

    Question of the Day: Jeff and Greg are GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! 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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  • Flyers goal controversy: Bad call, bad rule or no gripe vs. Devils?

    So what happened?

    Did Scott Hartnell interfere with Martin Brodeur in his crease with 40 seconds to play on Tuesday night, stopping his momentum, hitting the goalie and forcing the puck free and over the goal line?

    Was Hartnell pushed into Brodeur by defenseman Anton Volchenkov?

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    The end result was the Flyers failing to get a tying goal with less than a minute remaining against a division rival chasing them for a playoff seed, and losing 2-1 in regulation to the New Jersey Devils. Referee Tom Kowal waived it off based on goalie interference.

    The NHL claimed:

    At 19:20 of the third period in the New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the New Jersey net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell pushed goaltender Martin Brodeur across the goal line with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the

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  • NHL polling fans on Seattle, Las Vegas as hockey cities

    The National Hockey League surveys thousands of its fans through the NHL Fan Faceoff program, asking all manner of questions about the game, fan behavior and the direction of the League.

    In the latest survey, two questions caught the eyes of a few of our readers; ones that specifically ask about eight cities (s/t Matt C.):

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    And then the follow up question, via reader Dan K.: “If you were in those cities, and if they had an NBA or NHL team, would you go and see a game there?”

    Now, the common thread is that none of these cities currently have either an NHL or NBA team. In other words, if the NHL theoritically expanded to any of them, they'd be "first in market," which is a significant advantage to whoever becomes the city's only pro arena team. (See: Oklahoma City, and a blown opportunity for the NHL years ago.)

    I used to work in market research. The setup of these questions smacks of “obscuring the obvious,” which is to poll specifically about Seattle, Las Vegas and likely Kitchener.

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  • NHL refs might review own goalie interference calls with penalty box TV

    It’s not a coach’s challenge, but the NHL’s general managers have discussed one way to handle blown goalie interference calls during games: Allowing on-ice officials to use monitors inside the penalty boxes to determine the validity of goals onl interference plays they whistle.

    There are, of course, questions about how in the name of Tim Peel any of this would work.

    “Do we blend it into a coach’s challenge? Do we keep the coach’s challenge out of it? Is every one reviewed? Does a referee use a monitor in the penalty box instead of gong to Toronto and having them see it?” asked St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, after Tuesday’s GM meetings session in Boca Raton, Fla. “It was great dialogue, and there was really no consensus coming out of it. It’s something we need to continue to explore.”

    There was no formal proposal on this idea or any ideas surrounded expanded replay, as least not yet. But there was general consensus that the NHL’s “war room” should broaden its scope in reviewing

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  • Dallas Stars rookie too shaken by Rich Peverley health scare to play vs. Blues

    When Rich Peverley was being carried to the back by Dallas Stars medical and training personal, having slumped over on the bench during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, rookie forward Alex Chiasson sat on the boards, his back to the ice.

    Moments later, he was seated on the bench, his head down. Like his teammates, have had an idea what ailed Peverley – he missed the preseason with an irregular heartbeat – and like his teammates, he wasn’t sure what happened to him after he was carried off, looking lifeless.

    Peverley was taken to UT Southwestern St. Paul hospital on Monday night, alert and resting according to doctors who treated his “cardiac event” during the first period of the game.

    According to the Stars, Chiasson also went to the hospital last night as well, distraught over the Peverley incident. He was released, but the Stars felt it was best that he didn't play 24 hours after the incident.

    The rookie did not fly with the team to St. Louis for their

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