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?

  • How Devan Dubnyk gave Minnesota Wild their groove back

    Timing is everything.

    Especially for a goalie. Especially for an NHL goalie named Devan Dubnyk. 

    The Edmonton Oilers decide to end his five-season tenure there last season and shipped him to the Nashville Predators, where he obviously had no chance to start. So the Arizona Coyotes signed him last July, ostensibly as Mike Smith’s back up, and he ends up starting 16 games and appearing in 19 because Mike Smith played like hot garbage. He posts a 2.72 GAA and a .916 save percentage, both significantly better than Smith.

    Minnesota Wild, having their own goaltending issues, come calling Don Maloney and acquire Dubnyk. He then goes on an insane 10-1-1 tear in 13 appearances, piloting a Wild post-All-Star break surge with a .938 save percentage and a 1.60 GAA.

    There was another goalie around Dubnyk’s height who went on a 13-game tear for a team who desperately needed a boost, posting 10 wins during that stretch. It happened 27 years ago. The team was the New Jersey Devils, who rode that

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  • Marc Methot signs 4-year deal with Senators, who did a good thing

    Marc Methot was born in Ottawa. He’s a veteran defenseman still in his prime who actually plays defense, which is a novelty for the current incarnation of the Ottawa Senators. 

    So the idea the Senators would move him, or haggle him over a few hundred thousand dollars a season, was sorta nonsensical. The situation was remedied on Monday, as Methot and the Senators agreed on a new 4-year, $19.6-million deal. That’s a $4.9-million annual cap hit, and the contract includes a modified 10-team no-trade clause.

    Methot was reportedly looking for $5 million to stay with the Senators, before going unrestricted this summer. Pierre LeBrun reported in October that Ottawa was offering $4.7 million. The Ottawa Sun reported last week the Sens were at $4.5 annually. So Ottawa went up a little more than Methot came down, and all is well and good.

    Methot’s been a positive possession player in his three seasons in Ottawa, and as he’s reminded us since returning from injury, he’s a solid match with Erik

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  • NHL Three Stars: Alex Ovechkin takes over goals lead, tops Ducks

    No. 1 Star:  Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 

    Ovechkin potted two goals and assisted on two tallies by Andre Burakovsky in the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks and Ovi’s former coach Bruce Boudreau. Ovechkin now has 36 goals on the season to lead the NHL.

    No. 2 Star: Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

    Elliott made 40 saves, including 20 during a third-period blitz by the Florida Panthers, before winning the five-round shootout for the 2-1 victory.

    No. 3 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lighting

    Stamkos scored his 30th to open the scoring and assisted on Alex Kilorn’s goal to build a 2-0 lead the Bolts would never relinquish. They defeated the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. 

    Honorable Mention: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. … Jori Lehtera had an assist and the shootout winner for the Blues. … Michael Raffl scored his 13th at 12:45 of the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers

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  • Ryan Getzlaf blasts Alex Ovechkin for diving, ‘embarrassing the game’

    The Washington Capitals topped the Anaheim Ducks, 5-3, on Sunday night. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, had two assists and drew a first-period slashing penalty from Ryan Getzlaf as well as a third-period slashing call from Andrew Cogliano. 

    None of this pleased Getzlaf after the game.

    Especially the “drawing a penalty” part.

    Via Eric Stephens of the OC Register, Getzlaf blasted Ovechkin for embellishment after the game:

    "I didn't know he was going to dive tonight the way he did all over the f---ing ice. That part of it’s a little (more) embarrassing, pardon my language. He’s a great player. He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.

    "The slash on me. The slash on his hand. When we ran into him and he dove down. All those things. It's embarrassing to the game.”

    Ovechkin has come under fire for diving, including earlier this season against the Montreal Canadiens. Getzlaf has also taken heat for diving. This is your mandatory caveat that, yes, everyone in

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  • Patrick Kane owns ridiculous hands, uses them in shootout vs. Penguins (Video)

    Valentine’s Day was Saturday, but please allow us this brief romantic poetry inspired by Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and his shootout goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday:

    “How do I love thee? Let me count the dekes.

    I love thy attempt with the stick and the trick and the flick/

    The Flower can reach, when the move is that sick/

    For the ends of the game and ideal goal.”

    Or, the abridged version: Patrick Kane moved his hands like Neo blocking bullets in “The Matrix” and scored a ridiculous shootout goal in a 2-1 win over the Penguins.

    Kane, the NHL’s leading scorer with 63 points, is now six of nine in the shootout, trailing only Jakob Silfverberg of the Ducks in shootout goals with eight.

    Marc-Andre Fleury and Corey Crawford gave up five goals on the six shootout attempts they faced, with Crawford’s glove save on Kris Letang the only stop and the most critical one. 

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  • T.J. Oshie and his legendary Olympic shootout vs. Russia, one year later

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: T.J. Oshie #74 of the United States scores on a shootout against Sergei Bobrovski #72 of Russia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: T.J. Oshie #74 of the United States scores on a shootout against Sergei Bobrovski #72 of Russia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Were it not for the shootout, T.J. Oshie wouldn’t have gotten a shoutout from President Obama. He wouldn’t have appeared on “The Today Show.” He wouldn’t have been mentioned in the same breath as Mike Eruzione, the embodiment of miraculous Olympic performances for American-born hockey players. 

    Then again, were it not for the shootout, T.J. Oshie probably wouldn’t have been in Sochi last February to make hockey history.  

    The Team USA braintrust, via Scott Burnside’s indispensible report on the construction of the 2014 men’s ice hockey team, had the final forward spot down to Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad and Oshie. Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman pushed for his guy, Saad, as a better all-around player than Oshie. GM David Poile of the Nashville Predators, however, argued that Oshie would be good for the locker room – and for overtime.

    "Oshie's got that shootout move," said Poile.

    Boy, did he. Heading into the 2013-14 season, Oshie was around 50 percent in his career in the shootout

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  • NHL Three Stars: Tavares leads Islanders; new Jets impress

    No. 1 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders 

    The captain had a 4-point night in the Islanders’ 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. That included two third-period goals to put the game away. Anders Lee also had four points.

    No. 2 Star: Drew Stafford, Winnipeg Jets

    The new Jet scored a critical goal in the second period and won the four-round shootout for Winnipeg in a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Fellow newbie Tyler Myers had two assists.

    No. 3 Star: Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild

    Vanek opened the game with two goals and added an assist as the Wild defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-3.

    Honorable Mention: David Desharnais had the winner in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1. P.K. Subban had an assist and played a career regular-season high 35:21. … Milan Michalek had two goals and an assist in the Ottawa Senators’ 7-2 rout of he Edmonton Oilers. … Matt Cullen and Craig Smith had a goal and an assist and Pekka Rinne had 21 saves in the

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  • Cody McLeod gets 1st star from Denver Post for ejection, 30 PIMs

    The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-1, on Saturday night, continuing their late push for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dennis Everberg and Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist. Semyon Varlamov made 24 of 25 saves. 

    Did any of them deserve first star? Perhaps. But how could their exploits compare to those of a fourth line winger who skated 8:58 and amassed 30 penalty minutes and a game misconduct?

    Yes, perennial Hart candidate Cody McLeod was given the first star of the game for a fighting major at 2:59 of the first period and a fighting major and a game misconduct at 6:22 of the third period.

    Once more, with feeling: The first star of the game saw his night end 6:22 into the third period of a 3-0 game, having done nothing offensively to contribute to that lead. So vital to the victory was MacLeod that Rick Sadowski didn’t mention him in his NHL.com game recap until the final paragraph.

    As you know, the first star is voted on by the media, and the box score

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  • Jersey Fouls: Sidney MacKrosby; Nashville duds; Islanders hubris

    Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com for inclusion in future installment.

    Sidney Crosby is from Cole Harbour.

    Nathan MacKinnon is from Cole Harbour.

    This shirt is from the seventh level of Jersey Foul hell.

    Ryan Neo snapped this at a Hockey Day in Canada lunch, and it’s a fabulous tribute to a national hockey genetic experimentation site masquerading as a quaint Nova Scotia town.

    Especially when the alternative shirt looks like the most generic thing in the most generic gift shop in Nantucket.

    As a NHL shirsy? Yeah, not so much. Couldn’t just make it MacCrosby, which at least would have made it a scintilla more palatable? Couldn’t make the second number into a ‘9’ so at least it’s one of their numbers?

    If we throw this in Cole Harbour, will it sink? We’re willing to find out.

    REMINDER:  Puck Daddy’s

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  • MVSW

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    Special Guest Star: The great Elliotte Friedman on all things hockey. 

    • The Phil Kessel debate.

    • NHL multiverse.

    • GAME SHOW FRIDAY!

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