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?

  • Ovechkin tried his best, regrets mistakes in Canada loss

    TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Sidney Crosby #87 of Team Canada and Alex Ovechkin #8 of Team Russia have a chat after Team Canada's 5-3 victory at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 24, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

    TORONTO – After they eliminated his Russian team on Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin was asked how any team in the World Cup of Hockey could hope to defeat the juggernaut that is Team Canada.

    “Don’t be afraid to play against them,” he said, “play smart and don’t make mistakes.”

    Ovechkin and Team Russia fulfilled that first obligation: They tried going toe-to-toe with Canada, despite their opponents controlling play to the tune of 75 shot attempts in their 5-3 win. The Russians used their speed and skill to hang with Canada, and even gave the host team a scare with two second-period goals for a 2-1 lead.

    A brief 2-1 lead: Just like Canada trailed the U.S. for only 89 seconds in their preliminary round win, it only trailed Russia for 72 seconds in their semifinal win on Saturday night. Brad Marchand’s first goal of the game tied the scored at 2-2 with less than three minutes left in the period.

    This is where Russia failed that second obligation, according to Ovechkin. After Sidney Crosby

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  • Canada overpowers Russia, makes World Cup final

    Canada vs. Russia

    TORONTO – For two periods, Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky single-handedly kept his team in the hunt for the World Cup.

    But in the third period, Canada skated out and decided — to paraphrase another great Russian athlete —‘We Must Break You.’

    Using an overwhelming offensive barrage, Canada advanced to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final with a 5-3 victory over Russia on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, setting up both of linemate Brad Marchand’s two goals.

    In total, Canada had 47 shots on goal and 75 shot attempts. Their goalie Carey Price, meanwhile, made 31 saves.

    Crosby got the Canadians on the board by absolutely embarrassing Russian defenseman Dmitry Kulikov:

    Crosby chased the puck and defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the corner. The Russian moved the puck to his partner Kulikov, who lost it off his blade and tried to kick it back with his

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  • Canada vs. Russia: 5 keys to World Cup of Hockey showdown

    Alex Ovechkin vs. Drew Doughty (Getty Images)

    TORONTO – Contrary to perceptions, Canada occasionally loses international hockey tournaments. Like the 2008 IIHF world championships in Quebec City, when Alex Ovechkin and Russia defeated Jonathan Toews’s Team Canada in overtime.

    “Yeah, I remember the celebration. That was not fun to watch. Especially on home ice,” said Toews. “At the same time, it was a good learning experience. I think the guys that were a part of that team were definitely ready for the opportunity in [the Vancouver Olympics]. We came out flying in that tournament. But yeah, you can’t win them all I guess.”

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    Canada, of course, beat Russia en route to the gold medal in Vancouver in a 7-3 blowout. And there’s decades of history between these two nations, making Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey semifinal one of the most anticipated hockey games in years.

    “Some of those games back in the old Canada Cups were pretty spectacular. Obviously the

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  • For Team Europe, in Halak they trust

    Jaroslav Halak of Team Europe stretches between plays against Team Canada (Getty Images)

    TORONTO – He’s faced 111 shots and only let six pucks fly by him in three games, including contests against the NHL stars of Canada and the United States. Now, as the backbone of the ragtag World Cup of Hockey squad collectively known as Team Europe, goalie Jaroslav Halak is expecting to face a few dozen more against Sweden.

    Only a little earlier than he’s used to.

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    Sweden and Team Europe faceoff in a single-elimination semifinal, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three World Cup final against either Canada or Russia. Their game on Sunday is at 1 p.m. ET, the earliest start for any game of the two-week tournament.

    “It’ll be weird,” said Halak, a goalie for the New York Islanders. “I’ll try to go to bed the same time. It just changes that we gotta wake up, eat some breakfast and then go to the game. You’re actually playing for something. You don’t have the luxury of going back to bed after practice.”


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  • Matt Murray out up to six weeks after World Cup injury

    SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 12: Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Penguins won Game 6 of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on June 12, 2016 in San Jose, California. The Penguins won the game 3-1 and the series 4-2. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

    TORONTO – The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without goalie Matt Murray, who led them to the Stanley Cup championship last postseason, after he suffered a broken hand during the World Cup of Hockey.

    GM Jim Rutherford said Murray, who was playing for the under-23 Team North America, will miss “three to six weeks.”

    Murray was pulled from North America’s 4-3 loss against Russia on Sept. 19, playing 27 minutes and 24 seconds, giving up four goals on 19 shots. Initially, coach Todd McLellan said Murray had “jammed his thumb” but was “very capable of playing” in their next game. Murray wasn’t dressed for their game against Sweden to complete pool play on Sept. 21.

    After playing 13 games in the regular season for Pittsburgh, Murray was given the crease during the Penguins’ first-round series against the New York Rangers due to an injury to goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He won his first three appearances, and ended up with 15-6-0 record in their playoff run to the Stanley Cup championship, posting a

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  • NHL not concerned about World Cup revenues, attendance

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    TORONTO – The atmospheric differences were stark.

    At 8 p.m. on a weekday, the Air Canada Centre in Toronto would come alive for the World Cup of Hockey. Nearly every seat was filled; the ones that weren’t had their tickets lingering on the secondary market at high prices. The fans were loud and engaged. It was everything you’d expect from a tournament featuring NHL stars, held in the center of the hockey universe.

    But at 3 p.m. on a weekday, the Air Canada Centre was less than two-thirds capacity, and tickets for games like Sweden vs. Finland could be had for as little as $6 on the secondary market. The atmosphere was sedate. It’s not exactly what you expected from the World Cup of Hockey, although Wednesday’s game between Connor McDavid’s Team North America and Sweden was better attended and much louder.

    Was the NHL happy with the turnout for its round-robin games?

    “The answer to that is that we sold the tickets exactly right: In strips,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, at a

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: Detroit Red Wings


    The Detroit Red Wings

    Last Season

    After Mike Babcock followed the money all the way to Toronto, it was expected that the Detroit Red Wings would enter into a new era under head coach Jeff Blashill – a post-playoff streak era.

    Think again: The Red Wings extended their playoff qualification streak to 25 seasons with a 41-30-11 (93 points) record and a third-place finish in the Atlantic Division. They were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, but still: playoffs! Again!

    Now, the Red Wings enter yet another new era: The post-Pavel Datsyuk one, as the Russian hockey legend left for the KHL.

    Can the Red Wings keep the streak going for another season?

    2015-16 Season, In One Picture

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    Did They Get Better, Worse, Or Are They About The Same?


    While it’s true that Pavel Datsyuk isn’t the player he once was, he was far from a liability. He was still a driver of possession and a quality defensive player. He’ll be an asset to the Arizona Coyotes.


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  • How ESPN, Rogers virtual board ads are changing hockey on TV


    TORONTO – Nathan MacKinnon skated in on Henrik Lundqvist. The goalie lunged, MacKinnon dangled and eventually tucked the puck under crossbar. He celebrated the overtime goal for Team North America, getting mobbed by teammates along the boards, in-between ads for Honda and Pizza Pizza.

    At least, that’s what the fans inside the arena saw.

    For those watching on Sportsnet, MacKinnon scored and started skating towards boards that were covered by Molson beer advertisements, which, as the goal horn blared, suddenly morphed into an exploding “NORTH AMERICA” name and logo as the team celebrated its win.


    The digital advertisements and messaging that’s wrapped around the rink boards are one of the most interesting, and potentially revolutionary, advancements on display at the World Cup of Hockey.

    They allow broadcasters to sell new real estate to sponsors and send messages to fans. They’re not nearly as hideous as those floating logos CGI’d on the glass and safety netting behind the goals. And

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  • Tortorella: Don’t lose your mind over Team USA World Cup failure

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    TORONTO – It’s nights like this when you miss the old John Tortorella, the fiery guy who wouldn’t have showered his winless World Cup of Hockey team with platitudes.

    Instead, the guy at the podium after Team USA’s 4-3 loss to the lowly Czech Republic on Thursday night praised many aspects of his team’s game and cautioned the hockey world not to put the plunger down and blow up the program after its flop in Toronto.

    “I thought we played hard. For most of that game, I thought we did the things we needed to do. We developed some scoring chances. Just couldn’t score enough,” he said.

    “I’ll take the hits. I like the team. I liked how they were before the game. I liked them on the bench tonight.”

    Some of the players who spoke after the game defended their coach and coaching staff as well.

    “There should be no blame for those guys. Those guys did a great job, it’s on the players,” said forward Justin Abdelkader, who scored a goal in the loss. :The players, we either make the coaches look good

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  • Team USA falls to Czechs, finishes winless in World Cup embarrassment

    Head coach of Team USA John Tortorella. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

    TORONTO – Team USA leaves the World Cup of Hockey not with a whimper, but with a thunderous flop.

    As well as an own-goal, a bad goal and the gall to finish this tournament with a 4-3 defeat to the shorthanded Czech Republic on Thursday night.

    The Americans (average age 29.5, with 12,707 NHL games of experience) finished last in Group A with an 0-3-0 record, tied with Finland (average age 26.3, with 5,605 NHL games of experience) for last place in the tournament overall.

    Milan Michalek scored two goals and Petr Mrazek made 36 saves for the Czech Republic, who won their first game of the tournament despite missing star players like David Krejci and Tomas Hertl with injuries.

    Team USA start Ben Bishop was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots in the first two periods, replaced by Cory Schneider.

    Defenseman Zbynek Michalek got the Czechs on the board first with a long blast that beat a screened Bishop at 12:44 of the first period. The Americans struck back at 14:28 of the first on

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