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?

  • Watch baffled hockey players learn to be Australian (Video)

    This month, Australia is being invaded by two all-star hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada in the inaugural Ice Hockey Classic. The goal is to raise money for STOPCONCUSSIONS, a not-for-profit co-founded by Keith Primeau; and to bring some North American hockey action Down Under.

    Among those on the tour: Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), David Booth (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jerry D'Amigo (Buffalo Sabres), Zenon Konopka, Garnet Exelby and Nolan Yonkman.

    (Burns was just given some big love by Fox Sports Australia, asking if he’s the world’s most interesting man. Between the beard and the zoo animals, that’s a yes.)

    This being a cultural exchange and all, the hockey players agreed to learn a little more about Australia. Check out Zenon Konopka, Eric Neilson (he's the one with the amazing beard), Nick Lazorko and Nolan Yonkman in the video here as they attempt to bounce eat Vegemite, speak Australian and totally not know what a koala is.

    The Classic gets underway on June 5. More details are

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  • NHL competition committee backs coach’s challenge, balks at 3-on-3 OT

    The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee is recommending that coach’s challenges for “goals that may have resulted from goalie interference or offside plays” be adopted as a new rule.  

    From the Committee’s news release:

    The video review process and all decisions on goals where goaltender interference may have occurred will be the responsibility of the Referees at ice level, in consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto; similarly, goals that may have resulted from an offside play will be reviewed and determined by the on-ice officials, in consultation with the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto. In order for a coach to make a challenge, the team must have its timeout available.

    Now, this is a little confusing, because the way the recommendation is written it appears that the review would only be intended for “goals that resulted” from these illicit acts.

    But we received clarification from the NHL on this: The Coach’s Challenge can be used for both goals that are scored and goals

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  • Stop whining about compensation for fired NHL coaches, general managers

    TAMPA – Never give Gary Bettman a reason to say ‘I told you so.’

    There’s been some controversy lately over the compensation rules redrawn in January, which give teams the right to ask for a second-round or third-round draft pick – depending on when the hire was made – if they lose a coach, general manager or president of hockey operations to another team while those people are still under contract. 

    It’s a scenario that’s played out multiple times this season, in the hiring of Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan by the Edmonton Oilers; Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs (although that was a somewhat different circumstance); and Dan Bylsma by the Buffalo Sabres, whose confirmation of his hiring was delayed as compensation was worked out with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    It was the Bylsma situation that sparked the most outrage, considering that he was outright fired by the team almost a year ago and the Penguins still asked for a draft pick in return for his services. The Hockey News

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  • Lightning admit they lost their swagger in Blackhawks’ Game 1 rally

    TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the puck during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the puck during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – Losing Game 1 of a playoff series isn’t a novelty for the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

    They lost Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings in Round 1. They lost Game 1 to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. In between, they needed two overtimes to outlast the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the conference semifinal.

    But what made their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final sting a little more than those defeats: How they lost.

    “You wake up this morning and you should be a little angry. A little pissed off. You shouldn’t have any regrets in the morning about the way you play, and I think this morning we do,” said forward Brian Boyle.

    For the first time this season, the Lightning lost a game in regulation in which they had a lead entering the third period, having previously gone 41-0-2. How did they lose? By sitting squarely on their lead instead of displaying the offensive swagger that kept the Blackhawks in their own zone earlier in the

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  • Ron Wilson named U.S. world junior team coach, hopefully on best behavior

    Ron Wilson hasn’t had much work since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired him in 2012 in favor of Randy Carlyle, who was fired this season. He was probably best known for his candor in the ensuing years, from calling the Leafs core ‘uncoachable’ to calling Air Canada Centre ‘a morgue’ to revealing that the Washington Capitals asked him to tank a season. 

    Ronnie was never exactly tightlipped in front of a live mic, of course, which is why USA Hockey was undaunted in bringing him back into the fold, hiring him to coach the 2016 U.S. World Junior team (U20) for the tournament scheduled for Helsinki this winter.

    It’s his first coaching gig with USA Hockey since he led the Americans to the silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, losing to Canada in overtime but technically winning gold on aggregate points, from what I recall.

    Wilson has coached 1,401 NHL games and spent 18 seasons as a head coach in the NHL with stops in Toronto (2008-2012), San Jose (2002-08), Washington (1997-2002)

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  • Strong ratings for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final; thanks, Chicago

    What did you think of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final? A little too measured and conservative? Not enough offensive flow? Or was it pretty awesome? 

    Whatever the reviews are, the news was good for NBC on Thursday morning: The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, featuring a third-period stunner of a rally, earned the network a 4.23 overnight rating, the best Game 1 number on NBC other than the three-overtime Chicago vs. Boston opener from 2013.  

    (That game earned a 4.8 overnight, the highest since 1997’s Game 1 between the Red Wings and Flyers, which earned a 5.2 overnight.)

    As expected, the local ratings in Chicago carried the national number and were amazing: a 28.0 rating, which is the third-best for a hockey game on NBC, behind the Stanley Cup winning games in 2010 and 2013. And this was a Game 1!

    In Tampa, the game produced a robust 17.9 rating, by far the best for a Lightning game on any NBC sports network, including Game 7 of the previous round.

    Could

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  • TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)TAMPA, FL - JUNE 03: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game One of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    TAMPA – The first thought that crossed Teuvo Teravainen’s mind as he tied Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, sparking a Chicago Blackhawks rally? 

    “The first thing was ‘Oh no, I have to go out in the media after the game,’” he said, following the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning, to take a 1-0 series lead on Wednesday night.

    C’mon, the media isn’t that terrifying.

    Teravainen’s eyes scanned the cameras and recorders in his face. “Yeah, you are,” he said.

    “I’ve said it before: I’m a lot more confident out there than with the media.” 

    He’s a 20-year-old Finn, with the scraggily playoff beard to match. Game 1 was the 50th game he’s played in the NHL between the regular season and the playoffs.

    Despite that inexperience, he’s never lacked for confidence, as was evident in his making the two key offensive plays that propelled his team to victory in the third period – handing Tampa Bay its first loss in regulation (41-1-2) when leading after two periods.

    “I thought he got better

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  • Kris Versteeg takes most painful penalty of Game 1 (Video)

    Before rejoining his team for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks flew to Toronto on Monday for the birth of Jaxson James Versteeg, the first child for Versteeg and his wife. “It was definitely a moment in time where everything stops,” he said. 

    We imagine he experienced a similar feeling when he flew through the air and slammed his face into the goal post next to Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop on Wednesday night.

    OUCH. Another look:

    That is flesh on metal, without much cushion to the blow from his glorious playoff beard.

    If you’re ever at a loss to define “insult to injury,” please look no further than this play: Versteeg was actually given a minor penalty for goalie interference for flying into Bishop. The ref made

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  • Bettman says Coyotes, Panthers safe from relocation; NHL expansion possible

    TAMPA – The Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers are safe. 

    That’s according to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who spoke about the plights of the NHL clubs scrutinized by those who believe the relocation of a struggling franchise is inevitable.

    The Coyotes operating losses continue to mount, and there has been some political posturing locally in an attempt to void the arena deal the team struck with the city.

    “There have been lots of stories written. Based on our ongoing dialogue, they have a lease that’s in full force of effect. They’re obligations are being met currently. The club is not going anywhere,” said Bettman of the Coyotes.

    He also lamented the fact that there’s still coverage of the team’s financial plight.

    “It’s unfortunate there still seems to be some level of distraction in covering the club,” he said.

    As for Florida, where the NHL will hold its entry draft later this month, Bettman said owner Vincent Viola has the commitment and the resources to commit to make the

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  • Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos and how leadership is born

    TAMPA – Cameras, microphones and onlookers surrounded them, standing 10-deep. No other player scrum at the Stanley Cup Final's media day came close to the intensity of interest surrounding them. No player's words were as scrutinized or parsed. 

    “This is, for me, the first time I’ve seen this much media,” said Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. “It’s kind of new for me.”

    “We’re excited to be here,” said Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. “We’re going to show it tomorrow [in Game 1].”

    Stamkos and Toews both wear the ‘C’ for their teams. They both have an insatiable desire to win. They’re both Canadian.

    “They have a couple things really in common. They’re really good people, very high-character guys. They’re both pretty humble. They’re confident but humble guys,” said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    That’s pretty much where the comparisons end.

    Stamkos is the blonde, personable, can’t-miss No. 1 draft pick who is considered the second greatest goal scorer of his generation,

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