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?

  • NHL Three Stars: Kopitar sets career mark; Fleury blanks Avs

    No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings 

    Kopitar has a career-best 5-point night as the Los Angeles Kings won a wild 6-4 game against the St. Louis Blues and Marty Brodeur. Kopitar assisted on Marian Gaborik’s two goals, Jeff Carter’s game-trying goal and Jake Muzzin’s game-winning goal. He also scored a goal of his own in the second period, his seventh.

    No. 2 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Fleury made 29 saves for his NHL-leading sixth shutout as the Penguins defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0. Blake Comeau had the lone goal.

    No. 3 Star: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals

    After a brilliant set-up by Mike Green, Fehr’s goal at 42 seconds of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also assisted on Joel Ward’s opening tally in the first period. The Capitals ended the Jackets’ winning streak at seven games.

    Honorable Mention: Calvin Pickard made 47 saves in a losing effort for the Avs. … Brandon Pirri and Dave Bolland had

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  • Martin Brodeur had a comedic nightmare in Los Angeles (Video)

    Martin Brodeur visited the site of his 2012 Stanley Cup Final loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

    And things were … weird.

    Weird in the sense that the St. Louis Blues managed to secure a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see the Kings rally to tie; and then a 4-3 lead entering the third, only to see the Kings score three goals in 12:06 to secure a 6-3 win. 

    Weird in the sense that Brodeur made a save on Tyler Toffoli in the third period, and then had the puck literally disappear in his gear. It took about 90 seconds for the game officials to locate the puck, searching his glove and his pads and, finally, watching as Brodeur basically dropped it on the ice like a chicken would an egg:

    The highlight that launched a million “Marty ate the puck!” jokes on social media.

    Weird in the sense that, moments later, things got a little less funny for Brodeur.

    Although we can’t say the same for the Kings and Dwight King:

    The Kings intercepted the puck at center ice, and Dwight

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  • Max Pacioretty hospitalized after Clayton Stoner hit (Video)

    The Montreal Canadiens could have used Max Pacioretty late in their game against the Anaheim Ducks. But as they scrambled to find a way to tie Thursday night’s game – which ended in a 2-1 win for the visiting Ducks – Pacioretty was getting evaluated after a brutal Clayton Stoner hit along the boards.

    Pacioretty left the game at 4:04 of the third period. He passed the puck up ice and, frankly, admired the pass a bit. But Stoner delivered a hard check to his side, twisting the Montreal forward’s body around. Pacioretty face-planted into the glass. He was helped to the back and was eventually taken to the hospital for precautionary tests. 

    Expectedly, the two sides had differing views of the incident. From the Gazette:

    style="padding-left: 30px;">“I didn’t like the hit,” said [Montreal Coach Michel] Therrien, but he refrained from discussing the matter further. style="padding-left: 30px;">The one Canadien who was unequivocal in his assessment of the hit was Pacioretty’s close friend,

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  • Desperate Winnipeg Jets deal for Hurricanes’ Jay Harrison

    “Decimated” might be putting it kindly. 

    The Winnipeg Jets currently have their top four defensemen out of their lineup, at least through mid-January. Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian are out with lower body injuries, and won’t be back until next month. Jacob Trouba is out until February with an upper body injury. Ditto Mark Stuart with a lower body injury.

    That’s four of the team’s five leaders in ice time, and their top four penalty killers by ice time.

    Ouch.

    Pressed to make a move, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did what he does best: Acquire a body without giving up one.

    The Jets snagged Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes for a sixth-round pick in 2015 which previously belonge to Ottawa.

    The 32-year-old defenseman has four points and a minus-5 in 20 games this season. He’s been a healthy scratch on multiple occasions for the basement-dwelling Hurricanes.

    Harrison carries a $1.5 million cap hit through 2016.

    Maurice knows him well, having coached him with the Toronto Maple Leafs and

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  • Hockey mumps outbreak claims head coach

    Like a few other teams in the NHL this season, the New York Rangers have been hit with a mumps outbreak. Forwards Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard were both out with the viral infection, and forward Lee Stempniak is being tested for it.

    Now, it appears mumps have been demoted to the AHL, too. And behind the bench. 

    AHL Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander has been isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps. He’s the first coach in the NHL or AHL to go missing in action due to suspicion of the mumps.

    Forward Joey Crabb was also isolated and is being tested for the disease.

    Assistant coaches Jeff Beukeboom and Pat Boller will take the bench for practices and for home games vs. the Syracuse Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

    Gernander has been the head coach for Hartford since 2007. When he retired as an active player, he was the top-scoring American-born player in AHL history.

    The incubation time for mumps is about two weeks. Interestingly, the Rangers

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  • Worst hockey own-goal of the season? KHL player infuriates goalie

    Steve Moses of Jokerit is one of the KHL’s leading offensive players this season: 43 points in 39 games, including 26 goals. He’s a scoring machine; alas, that includes his own net.

    In a game against Slovan on Monday, goalie Riku Helenius made a terrific pad save on Vaclav Nedorost. The puck rested on the goal line, its momentum stopped.

    That’s when Moses decided to liberate the puck from the crease. And it worked out about as well as it did for the Egyptian army crossing the Red Sea.

    Our hero pulled the puck back off his goalie’s elbow. It bounced back to the goal line. He tried to bring it out again … and he put it into his own net.

    Helenius was, uh, not amused, smacking his goalie paddle against the cage in frustration.

    Or maybe he's angry he hasn’t gotten a check in two months. Thanks, Ruble.

    Memo to Leominster's own Mr. Moses: STOP TRYING TO BE SO HELPFUL. You're the guy who tries to save a kitten from a tree and drops the poor thing into a sewer. 

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  • Mike Babcock as Edmonton Oilers savior ridiculousness begins

    It’s pretty easy to connect the dots that would bring Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to take over the Edmonton Oilers: 

    1. He has an expiring contract with the Red Wings.
    2. He’ll want to make a lot of money.
    3. Darryl Katz has a lot of money. Maybe not, like, Little Caesar’s money, but money nonetheless.
    4. Bob Nicholson was his boss with the Canadian Olympic team. Bob Nicholson is now a president in the Oilers organization.
    5. Mike Babcock considers Saskatoon his hometown.
    6. He coached in Red Deer.

    These are obviously concrete, unwavering connections between the Oilers or their geographic home and the best coach in the NHL.

    Does that mean he would ever, ever coach the Oilers? Even if the other 29 teams contracted the mump and the NHL was reduced to Edmonton intrasquad games? 

    No.

    But Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun made the case anyway, with these facts as well as:

    Why in the world would Babcock even consider coaching a team which four good men — Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph

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  • How NBC is selling Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins ‘Rivalry Night’

    Oct 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) reacts to being defeated by the Minnesota Wild 4-3 at TD Banknorth Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)Oct 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) reacts to being defeated by the Minnesota Wild 4-3 at TD Banknorth Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)The “Wednesday Rivalry Night” franchise for NBC Sports Network tapped into something every hockey fan loves about the NHL: The storied blood feuds between franchises, and games where animosity is assumed and intensity is expected. 

    It’s not an exact science. The Detroit Red Wings faced the Buffalo Sabres on “Rivalry Night” in 2013, right after the Wings realigned from the West for the first time in decades. The Wings also faced the Washington Capitals on “Rivalry Night” this year, rekindling the intense emotional war we all witnessed when the Wings swept the Capitals in the … the … some Stanley Cup Final in the late 1990s.

    On Wednesday night, the gimmick’s concept will be stretched like taffy as the Minnesota Wild take on the Boston Bruins. As Stanley Cup Of Chowder cheekily noted, these teams don’t really have a rivalry outside of “NBC said we do.”

    This is, of course, shortchanging the storied history between the teams, including:

    - Having had players like Brian Rolston, Shane Hnidy,

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Jody Shelley; Road To Winter Classic review

    MVSW

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    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Jody Shelley of the Blue Jackets discusses the team. 

    • Dat shootout. 

    • Review of Road To The Winter Classic. 

    • News and notes. 

    Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! ASK US ANYTHING! Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • EPIX Road To NHL Winter Classic Ep. 1: That wasn’t cool (Review)

    (ED NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)

    “I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Cause all the cool kids, they seem to get it/I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Like the cool kids..."

    Remember when hockey was hanging with the cool kids?

    When we fit in with “Game Of Thrones” and Larry David and Lena Dunham and everyone else on HBO? 

    There’s always this yearning in the U.S. to get hockey a seat at the cool kids table. Fans still geek out when SportsCenter mentions the NHL in the first five stories of the show. I blew a gasket when Sports Illustrated put P.K. Subban on the cover ... but only in Canada. And yeah, having the NHL in the same reality series as NFL teams and mega-famous boxers was cool.

    Having the NHL on HBO was cool.

    The first episode of the NHL’s new reality series leading up to the Winter Classic, on a new network?

    Not cool.

    Don’t confuse “not cool” with “not entertaining,” because it’s literally impossible not to glean some fun from the “24/7” format and

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