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?

  • Penguins confident in their chances after Game 5 loss

    PITTSBURGH – Like the rest of his teammates, Bryan Rust saw the thousands of Pittsburgh Penguins fans assembled around CONSOL Energy Center in anticipation of a Stanley Cup raising on Thursday night.

    “Traffic was terrible,” he said, with a laugh. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t do it on home ice.” 

    But while the Penguins were disappointed in the result, they weren’t disappointed in their effort.

    “I think we played hard and well,” said Rust.

    “Hockey doesn’t always go your way. Sometimes you think you deserve to win, and sometimes you think you shouldn’t,” he said. “I think we did a lot of positive things. We can clean up a few things.”

    According to War On Ice, the Penguins had a score-adjusted Corsi rating of 58.1 at 5-on-5 in Game 5, to the San Jose Sharks’ 31.1. They nearly doubled them in scoring chances and had significantly more high-danger chances. In other words, despite the 4-2 loss, they carried the play, only to see goalie Martin Jones bail out his team with an epic

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  • Puck Soup Podcast: Kathryn Tappen of NBC and remembering Gordie Howe

    (WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)

    PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup." 

    In Episode 10, Greg speaks with NBCSN and NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen about her career, her hockey fandom, how she handles the murky waters of social media as a woman in media, the Kardashians and, of course, her relationship with Mike Milbury and when giving him the gears on national television goes viral. (Interview begins around the 33-minute mark.)

    That, plus Greg and Dave on the Stanley Cup Final and the Sharks’ sudden rally; the Conn Smythe Trophy and why Sidney Crosby shouldn’t win it; paying $10K to see a team not win the

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  • Gordie Howe was my hockey god

    PITTSBURGH – When you’re a child of the late 1970s, there are three different kinds of sports legends. 

    There are the ones who you grow up with, that you feel are your generation’s legends, ones you can touch and speak with if so blessed. Michael Jordan was like that for me. So was Jaromir Jagr.

    There are the ones that maybe you didn’t see in their absolute prime for a variety of reasons – like the age at which you found a love of sports, or because of the limitations of television – but still saw enough to register their greatness. I missed Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers years, but reveled in seeing him in the 1990s. Nolan Ryan was always a Texas Ranger for me.

    Then there the ones you did book reports on. That your father would spin tales about. That always would top the countdown lists on ESPN Classic. That existed in theory and in legend for you, because you were never able to watch them compete – a plaque in the Hall of Fame, a name uttered in hushed tones, a standard that was nearly

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  • Gordie Howe, hockey legend, dies at 88

    Gordie Howe, the most legendary name in the history of professional hockey, died on Friday morning. He was 88. 

    Known simply as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL and six seasons in the World Hockey Association. He’s the all-time leader in games played in the NHL with 1,767. He’s second in career goals (801) and fourth in career points (1,850). He won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and was a 23-time All-Star selection.

    Howe suffered a serious stroke in October 2014. The hockey legend later underwent stem cell treatment in Mexico and his family saw significant improvement in him - enough that he was well enough to attend a dinner in his honor back in his hometown Saskatoon in February 2015. But he battled dementia, according to his son, Murray Howe.

    “At this point,” Murray Howe told the Detroit Free Press in March, “he is a man of few words. He understands what everyone is saying, but he talks in short sentences and usually very quietly. It can be hard to

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  • Matt Murray defends his Game 5 performance for Penguins

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 9: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins can't make a save on a shot by Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) during Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 9: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins can't make a save on a shot by Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) during Game Five of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on June 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

    PITTSBURGH – Goalie Matt Murray’s mental toughness has been praised throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, by his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates and his coach, who referred to him as “very calm, cool, collected” and “business-like.” 

    Perhaps we can add “purposefully delusional” to that list.

    Murray didn’t have a good first period in the Penguins’ 4-2 Game 5 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, who rode a 44-save performance by their own goalie Martin Jones back home for a Game 6 on Sunday.

    Brent Burns flung a puck at the net and snuck it past Murray, who dropped down too fast on the save – reminiscent of the overtime goal he surrendered to Joonas Donskoi in the Penguins’ Game 3 loss.

    He couldn’t be faulted on Logan Couture’s tip-in for the Sharks’ second goal. He said Melker Karlsson’s goal, on a sweet little Couture pass, was a “flub” that was difficult to stop. And he didn't, as the Sharks took a lead they wouldn't surrender.

    Three goals on seven shots. Not great. But in

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  • Martin Jones, Sharks keep Stanley Cup out of Penguins’ hands

    PITTSBURGH – Martin Jones, Stanley Cup party pooper.

    The San Jose Sharks goalie made 44 saves to keep his team alive in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-2 Game 5 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, ruining the potential celebration for the Penguins and the tens of thousands of fans that had gathered in and around CONSOL Energy Center.

    The Penguins lead the series, 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for San Jose on Sunday.

    Logan Couture had a goal and two assists for the Sharks.

    Two questionable goals surrendered by Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray gave the Sharks all the offensive life they needed on a night that was otherwise dominated by the Penguins’ constant swarms of attack. 

    The first period was the most entertaining of the Final, by far, as the teams combined for five goals and 22 shots. 

    The Sharks entered the game vowing to take any and all shots despite the Penguins’ shot-blocking defense. They also put a premium on getting the first goal, and defenseman Brent Burns

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  • Pittsburgh Stanley Cup viewing party crowd is preposterous (Photos)

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    PITTSBURGH – As is tradition, a Jumbotron-sized video screen sits outside CONSOL Energy Center ahead of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night, and Pittsburgh Penguins fans have shut down one of the streets near the arena to watch a feed of the game. 

    But the crowd is larger than ever for what might be the team’s first Stanley Cup raising on home ice, should they eliminate the San Jose Sharks.

    Here’s the scene right near the screen: 

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    Fans started lining up at 9 a.m. with lawn chairs to watch a game on television. By 5 p.m., the viewing part had already reached capacity, so the Penguins and the City of Pittsburgh actually opened up a second viewing party at Market Square, roughly a 15-minute walk to the arena.

    Two hours before puck drop, streams of fans made the walk of over-capacity from CONSOL to the other viewing party, chairs in tow.

    Another look outside the arena:

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    Won’t anyone think of the NBC ratings?! 

    Well, no, they won’t, because unlike other markets that had

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  • Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Five keys for Sharks vs. Penguins

    PITTSBURGH – Will we see the Pittsburgh Penguins raise and skate the Stanley Cup tonight in Game 5?

    Eh, who knows. But here are five key factors that will determine whether or not it happens as the San Jose Sharks fight for their playoff lives on Thursday night.

    1. For Sharks, Score The First Goal

    That the Sharks haven’t had a lead in this series is scripture at this point, and it remains one of the great mysteries of the Final: Can the Sharks carry play, dictate terms and/or set the tempo of Game 5 if they get on the scoreboard first?

    “We've been chasing the game the whole series by not scoring first. That takes you out of your four-line rhythm. It affects all parts of your game.  We've been on the other end of that in the playoffs where we've jumped out to the lead on some teams and made them change their game,” said coach Peter DeBoer.

    In Game 5, the Sharks want to flip that script.

    Unless, of course, they don’t, in which case ...

    2. Score The Next Goal Quick If You Don’t Score the

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  • Joe Thornton ignores fading Cup chance, predicts Shark attack

    PITTSBURGH – Joe Thornton battled through 1,367 NHL regular-season games and 150 playoff games for the chance to finally play for the Stanley Cup. 

    There’s a chance his opportunity ends on Thursday night in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who can hoist it with a win. If the Penguins fail to close the deal, the odds say the 36-year-old Thornton and the San Jose Sharks will still fall short: Teams that have taken a 3-1 series lead have gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 31 of 32 times since 1939.

    Is he worried about his best, and perhaps last, chance at a Stanley Cup slipping away?

    “No,” said Thornton.

    Not at all?

    “No." 

    What about the insurmountable odds facing his team?

    “I’m just going to try come out and win my first shift. That’s all I’m going to do tonight.”

    There’s going to be a lot said about Thornton and his legacy if the Sharks are eliminated, just as there was a lot said about Thornton and his legacy when the Sharks were rolling through the Western Conference playoffs.

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  • It's a new edition of MAREK VS. WYSHYNSKI, and we're talking about:

    - We're honored to be joined by Harnarayan Singh of Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi, who tells us his amazing story and about the most entertaining hockey broadcast covering the Stanley Cup Final.

    - Previewing Game 5 of the San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins series.

    - Can the Sharks do anything to turn it around?

    - The Conn Smythe Watch.

    - NHL expansion talk. 

    - News and notes from around the NHL.

    The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

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