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?

  • Sidney Crosby’s awesome power-play goal highlights Penguins’ rout of Caps

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    WASHINGTON – The Washington Capitals have thrived this season on steady diet of thrilling power-play goals. So it was like an ice spray to the face to have their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, punctuate their 4-0 win on Wednesday night with one of the prettiest of the season.

    On a power play late in the second period, Sidney Crosby took the kind of wicked slap shot that whispered “enough already” as it whizzed towards the Washington Capitals’ net.

    Goalie Braden Holtby had stoned him twice in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game in D.C. This time, Crosby’s shot rang off the goalpost. As the Penguins reorganized later in the power play, Crosby slid to the opposite side of the ice, preparing to fire again if given the puck.

    Evgeni Malkin started the play with a pass to Chris Kunitz near the crease, who made a little pass to James Neal near the goal line, who sent to puck quickly to Crosby, who found catharsis with a gorgeous shot that beat Holtby.

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  • Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin thankfully no longer defines hockey

    Getty Images“I really, honestly don’t care about the Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry.”

    That was Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals this week, but it could have been any random NHL fan from 2010 through the present day. We were force-fed this rivalry since the 2005 lockout, like Kevin Spacey nourishing his example of “Gluttony” in “Seven”, well past the point of satisfaction.

    Today, the portions are smaller, but the menu remains the same.

    We’re getting another plateful on Wednesday night, as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals for the first time as Metro Division rivals. It’s a meeting that’s sparked another round of pundits and mainstream observers telling us how much the NHL needs this rivalry.

    Which of course ignores the idea that the NHL no longer does.

    Look, you can’t rekindle this rivalry to its previous luster when Crosby and Ovechkin were seen as equals. It was perfection: Two contrasting styles, nationalities, personalities. Real animosity.

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  • NHL Rivals: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and mutual animosity

    Getty ImagesAs Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby prepare to battle on Wednesday night in a Metro Division showdown, NHL Rivals looked back at their mutual animosity and remarkable playoff series back in 2009:

    Ovechkin has totaled 40 points in 31 games against Pittsburgh, and Crosby has posted 43 points in 25 games against Washington in the regular season.

    In the postseason … well, Crosby had 8 goals and 5 assists in their only playoff meeting, while Ovechkin had 8 goals and 6 assists. But Crosby’s team was victorious and Ovechkin was stopped on a key breakaway in Game 7.

    But we’ll always have you, double hat-trick game.

    Watch the Penguins and Capitals on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. NHL Rivals on the Penguins and Capitals airs at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. ET.

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    Special Guest Star: Recently retired NHL defenseman Adrian Aucoin joins us to talk about his career and the changing League.

    • Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin.

    • Winnipeg Jets vs. helmet fun.

    Goalie battles, and why we love them.

    • NHL news and notes.

    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.

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  • Winnipeg fans prepare to mock Blackhawks helmet thief with ‘#HelmetPardy’

    While the Winnipeg Jets haven’t exactly established a winning reputation on the ice yet, their fans have earned their reputation as perhaps the most passionate in the NHL, from their record ticket sales to their brilliant mockery from the stands.

    (Oh man, that “silver medal” chant still stings.)

    On Thursday, Nov. 21, Jets fans are taking the hockey ridicule to another level -- with prop comedy.

    The Chicago Blackhawks are in town. The last time the teams met was on Nov. 6 in the Windy City, when Adam Pardy of the Jets was checked through the glass by Brandon Bollig of the Blackhawks. With his torso balancing on the boards, Pardy had a beer dumped on him and his helmet stolen by a Blackhawks fan, who then placed it on his head before being ejected from the arena.

    The Blackhawks apologized for the incident, but you didn’t really think Jets fans would fail to mark this occasion, did you?

    Behold, the “#HelmetPardy.”

    The idea was cooked up by Dave Wheeler, a DJ on 92 CITI FM in Winnipeg,

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  • Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo and their dramatic juxtaposition

    Getty ImagesThink about what Tim Thomas was the last time his skates were on the ice in Vancouver.

    Think about him hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011 for the first time, after clutching the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP. Think of his role as American hockey folk hero, turning a journeyman’s life into the starting goalie for the Boston Bruins, as well as a role on the U.S. Olympic team in the previous season. Think about how he was the blue-collar answer to Roberto Luongo’s anointed hockey royalty, the success to his failure, the tires to his pump.

    Maybe in a different series, Luongo becomes the underdog, becomes the guy we all rooted for to finally win. Yet it was Thomas that helped the hockey world fall for the Bruins – no small feat for a Bostonian team – as they were the brutal underdog answer to the Vancouver Canucks' effete but nefarious collection of chronic underachievers.

    Could any of us have foreseen how dramatically that script would be flipped in the next two years?

    The two face off Tuesday night in Vancouver for the first time since June 15, 2011, as Thomas and the Florida Panthers visit the Canucks.

    Luongo has started 18 games for the Canucks, with a 2.36 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

    Thomas has played as well as one could hope for, after a year layoff and in back of the chaos in Florida, rather than the steady Bruins defense: 4-6-0, a 2.87 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He’s surrendered more than two goals just twice in 11 games.

    But off the ice, they’ve all but reversed roles since 2011.

    Because of what Thomas did and what was done to Luongo.

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  • Getty ImagesIlya Bryzgalov’s reputation precedes him, which is problematic when his reputation is that of a bear-fearing Cosmonaut who’s loopier than a roller coaster and isn’t seen as a model teammate.

    The Edmonton Oilers knew that reputation when they began mulling over whether to sign Bryz this month. So they looked into how accurate it was, as GM Craig MacTavish told Pierre LeBrun in an enlightening piece on Tuesday:

    "We did homework in terms of the character," said MacTavish. "You hear both ends of the spectrum. You heard people say, 'He's a good guy, he's not a problem, he's going to be very easy to work with.' Then you also heard, 'He's a terrible guy.' I've never seen this varied an opinion on a guy. Normally people focus in on the same conclusion. But this was quite different."

    "These are the yes factors: he's going to be highly motivated, he's got a history of having a high-level game, and he's on a short-term contract," said MacTavish. "Plus, it didn't cost us anything but the contract

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: The long-awaited Jay Onrait interview!

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

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    Special Guest Star: Ladies and gents, boys and girls ... it's Jay Onrait of Fox Sports 1 and TSN SportsCentre fame!

    • Wysh's lunch with the NHL, and John Collins' plans for the League.

    • Bryzgalov up in Edmonton.

    More goalie interference headaches.

    • The Sabres' brass makes their first moves.

    Question of the Day: In light of Rob Ford shaming the Argos, which celebrity fan do you wish didn't support your team? Email at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek.

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  • Who is favored to win Olympic hockey gold in Sochi?

    Getty ImagesIf there’s a clear-cut favorite for gold in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it’s the Canadians. The ungodly depth at forward plus the mobility on defense plus goaltending that should be good enough to backstop a champion. I don't think it's close, but that could just be me being an American attempting to over-inflate Canada's tires until they burst.

    But Bovada, in its latest Olympic hockey odds, makes Canada the co-favorite with host Russia at 11-to-5.

    It makes sense if you ascribe to the idea that the host nation is going to thrive in their Games, which is something that’s held true for the last 30 years whether we’re talking direct host city (Vancouver for Canada) or in the vicinity (Lillehammer for Sweden). Factor in the international ice surface and the fact that the Russian goaltending might not be abjectly terrible, and there’s some reason for optimism … even if the expectations for the team will inevitably crush their resolve.

    Sweden is a 9-to-2 while the U.S. is at 6-to-1. That’s a fair

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  • High school hockey fan attacks security guard during ejection (Video)

    Jim Binns was surprised the video hadn’t gotten out into the slipstream of social media yet, given the incident:

    A high school hockey student fan, while being ejected from a Friday night game, begins viciously punching a man claiming to be a security guard at Iceline rink in West Chester, Pa. The cell phone footage shows the guard grabbing the student, the student belligerently asking him not to put his hands on him, several punches from the fan connecting with the man, before the two end up in a pile on the stairs.

    “I know there are a couple of videos floating around," asked Binns, general manager at Iceline, "was this one about 30 seconds in length? Does the young man ask who is escorting him out, and the man says ‘security’? Or is it a shorter video?”

    Yep. That’s the one.

    NSFW WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE IN CLIP.

    The incident happened last Friday, November 15, at a game between Unionville High School (5-0-1) and Great Valley High School. Binns said there was police involvement with

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