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?

  • John Scott blows past Brooks Orpik, scores third career goal (Video)

    Has there been a signing in the NHL more ridiculed? Questioned? Met with mouths agape at the shortsightedness of it?

    But enough about Brooks Oprik of the Washington Capitals. Look at what John Scott did to him on Tuesday night!

    The San Jose Sharks’ infamous, and much maligned, pugilist blew past the Capitals’ $27.5 million free-agent acquisition after Adam Burish intercepted a John Carlson pass at center ice. He kicked it over to Scott, who skared in and lifted the puck through goalie Braden Holtby to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead at 9:34 of the first period.

    True to form, he was then involved in a scrum behind the net.

    It was his third shift of the game. It was also his third career goal in 237 games. Eat your heart out, Gretzky.

    Scott’s last goal was Dec. 27, 2013, while with the Buffalo Sabres against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a little less picturesque:

    The Capitals pulled Holtby after that goal, although one wonders if they should have just left him in given that it couldn’t

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  • Alex Ovechkin awkwardly seduced in new Russian music video (Video)

    If you ever wanted to see a woman who looks like a mash-up of Robyn and Drea de Matteo groping a stone-faced Alex Ovechkin as he holds in a fart for three and a half minutes … Merry Christmas.

    Russian pop singer Katyla Lel’s new single “Let Them Talk” features the Washington Capitals captain looking very much like his Madame Tussaud’s wax figure, standing there looking all Blue Steel as Katyla gropes, rubs, hangs, slithers, slides, nuzzles, hugs, climbs and writhes on him.

    All the while, Ovechkin is motionless, like he’s watching a teammate defend an odd-man rush.

    At one point later in the video, Ovechkin fires CGI pucks at Katyla while she hangs on a hockey net. They all fly by her, so we’ll go ahead and assume she was coached by Adam Oates.

    Near the end of the clip, Ovechkin says something to her. Any guesses?

    Overall, a striking, sensual video. We haven’t seen something hang on Ovechkin like that since postseason disappointment.

    But truthfully, we really miss Smoove Rappin’ Ovi:

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  • MVSW

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    It's a Tuesday 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: Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area to talk about the Sharks dominating the start of the season. 

    • Five Things Marek noticed through the NHL's opening games.

    • Five Things Wysh noticed through the NHL's opening games.

    • Hockey Night In Canada's Rogers debut.

    • Panthers gate!

    Question of the Day: What's surprised you in the first few games of the season? Email 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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  • Shannon Szabados could start opening night for SPHL Cottonmouths

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Shannon Szabados #1 of Canada celebrates after defeating the United States 3-2 in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Shannon Szabados #1 of Canada celebrates after defeating the United States 3-2 in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)After backstopping Canada to a second straight Olympic gold (and humbling of the Americans), Shannon Szabados made some history for women’s hockey last season. 

    She practiced with the Edmonton Oilers, and seemed in line to be an emergency backup for them. She also signed with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing two games in the regular season and one period on the playoffs – in the process becoming the first woman to play in that U.S.-based minor league.

    Szabados is back again this season for Columbus; and lest anyone think this is some sort of gimmick or stunt, know that she’s set to play a full season in the SPHL with upwards of 20 potential starts – including opening night on Oct. 24 against Knoxville.

    From the Canadian Press:

    "I want to get that first win for her really bad," [coach Jerome] Bechard said. "We play 56 games. In my mind, right off the bat, the plan is for her to get 20 games, if not more. I guess time will tell and we'll see."

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  • In defense of Florida Panthers' epically embarrassing crowd vs. Ottawa

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    The Florida Panthers announced a crowd of 7,311 fans for their Monday night loss to the Ottawa Senators. It’s a pathetically sparse crowd, lower than some college hockey games. It unfortunately comes during a perfect storm of negative attention for that sea of empty seats: 

    -- It was a game against a visiting Canadian franchise, which meant a slew of press box tweets that were circulated by their Canadian followers who gleefully chronicle any struggling American NHL city’s gate problems.

    -- It comes on the heels of a summer of relocation and expansion talk.

    -- It comes after the franchise already had to tarp off parts of the upper deck due to low ticket demand, and after their home opener only drew 11,419 fans on Saturday.

    -- Now that the Coyotes have actual owners, someone else needs to be the belle of the Relocation Bait ball.

    So the Panthers’ attendance became big news on Monday night, as it “looks worse than ever” according to CBS and “not a lot of fans are even showing up to see

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  • NFL’s Austin Pettis has a sweet Mighty Ducks neck tattoo (Photo)

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    Wide receiver Austin Pettis of the St. Louis Rams as more ink than a toner cartridge, and some of it is dedicated to his hometown of Anaheim, Calif.

    He’s got a sliced orange. He’s got a palm tree. And as viewers of Monday Night Football discovered this week, he’s got what appears to be an old school Mighty Ducks of Anaheim logo on his neck.

    He was born in 1989; “The Mighty Ducks” was released in 1993, the same year the team joined the NHL. So in theory, the Ducks were a major part of his childhood.

    Or maybe he’s just like the rest of the hockey world and has a fond appreciation for a logo that was summarily mocked for years before we all realized how cool it was.

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    This potentially gives the St. Louis Rams an all-puckhead passing game, what with quarterback Sam Bradford being a big time Vancouver Canucks fan.

    Oh, who are we kidding? As if Sam Bradford’s going to stay healthy enough to throw a pass …

    s/t @mmikemitchell

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  • Danny Briere beats buzzer for Avs, sends Bruins to 3rd straight loss(Video)

    Coming into Monday’s matinee, Danny Briere had 42 points in 50 games against the Boston Bruins during his career, with 14 goals. None of them were game-winners; No. 15 was, and it was a huge one for the Colorado Avalanche. 

    After getting curb-stomped by the Minnesota Wild in the season opener and getting shut out for a second straight game by the Wild in the next contest, the Avalanche limped into Boston needing a jumpstart to their season. Perhaps Briere provided it: Scoring with 0.4 seconds left to take two points at TD Garden, giving Colorado its first win of the season, a 2-1 victory.

    Jan Hejda’s wrist shot was saved by Niklas Svedberg, but the rebound went to Danny Briere, who was all alone in front for the goal just four ticks before overtime. It was career goal No. 300 for Briere. Not a bad way to get it. 

    In case you were a little cloudy watching this clip: No, the Bruins weren’t on a penalty kill and, yes, Briere was that wide open. That might have something to do with

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  • Washington Capitals hand out Abe Lincoln beard for player of game

    There’s a very good chance Abe Lincoln will appear at a Washington Capitals game before President Obama does.

    Forgoing hard hats and goofy jackets and other player of the game proppery, the Capitals are giving out something perfect for the D.C. area to their MVP in victories. And by that we mean something presidential and clichéd.

    It’s the Honest Abe Player of the Game!

    From CSN Washington, Caps coach Barry Trotz said:

    “I love that. To me, that’s a team having fun and it has great significance, especially in this area. Not many teams can go with Abe Lincoln. I asked them why they went with Abe and they said he was honest Abe and the guy that’s put in the honest day’s work gets the Honest Abe hat and beard.”

    And here we thought Ovechkin has all the dead presidents in the Capitals locker room…

    The award in Trotz’ first win went to Brooks Laich, who led a 5-for-5 penalty kill for Washington in a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins. (Let the “four score” jokes commence!)

    “There’s a moment

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  • Jonathan Quick sneaks autograph for fan during game (Video)

    When you’re a goalie on the bench, you’ve really got nothing to worry about until the starter is slow to get up and the trainer has to come out. Backup quarterbacks have more to do, in the sense that at least they’re holding a clipboard.

    So things can get a little boring. Which why we saw Ilya Bryzgalov entertain dozens of fans with selfies during a Minnesota Wild preseason game (well, that and he’s Ilya  Bryzgalov). And that’s why we imagine Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings took some time from a preseason game in Colorado Springs to sign an autograph for a fan.

    As Next Impulse Sports points out, the palpable look of guilt on Quick’s face is sort of perfect, like he’s slipping a note during a quiz in high school history class. Like Darryl Sutter’s going to intercept it and read it to the team between periods.

    Good thing he didn’t. Here’s an exclusive look at the note passed from Quick to the fan:

    Scandalous!  

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  • The Colorado Avalanche are just too darn fancy

    Maybe it’s that the Minnesota Wild just have their number, and the Colorado Avalanche have had the misfortune of facing them twice to start the season. 

    Maybe it’s two games, no big deal, nothing to see here.

    But the fact is that the Colorado Avalanche are the only team in the NHL yet to score a goal, let alone win a game. And the message from the dressing room is clear: They’re being a bunch of fancy pantses.

    From Coach Patrick Roy after their 5-0 opening game embarrassment:

    “The way we’re playing, I mean offensively, I mean, hey, we were hiding behind it in the pre-season. Now we can’t hide it anymore. We’re going to have to compete. We’re going to have to go to the net, we’re going to have to change our little game.”

    From Gabriel Landeskog after their 3-0 loss on Saturday night:

    "I don't think we're paying the price enough," Landeskog said. "We're being too fancy. It's little details."

    The Avs were outshot 40-14 at even strength in the first game against the Wild. They cut that down

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