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?

  • Corey Perry avoids injury on scary collision with Matt Stajan (Video)

    Annnnnnd exhale, Anaheim Ducks fans. 

    Late in the second period of Game 5 between the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, Matt Stajan skated into Corey Perry and sent the Ducks’ leading scorer screaming to the ice in pain, his glove flying off.

    Perry was quickly helped to the back, heavily favoring one leg. It didn’t look good. At all.

    But Perry returned to the game moments later, skating a late shift as the home Ducks fans cheered and chanted his name.

    Crisis averted, apparently, as the Ducks battled the Flames with a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final.

    Now … did Stajan know Perry was there? Was this more intentional than accidental? Tough call. It’s probably an interference minor at the very least, although Mike Milbury expressed surprise that it wasn’t a 5-minutes major on NBCSN. 

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  • NY Rangers force Game 7 vs. Washington in heart-stopping 4-3 win

    New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores his second goal of the period during the first period past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), center, and John Carlson (74) in Game 6 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores his second goal of the period during the first period past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), center, and John Carlson (74) in Game 6 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    The New York Rangers were again at their best with their backs against the wall, and their Metro Division championship series against the Washington Capitals will have a Game 7 on Wednesday night in Manhattan. 

    Henrik Lundqvist made 42 saves and Chris Kreider had two goals in their 4-3 win in Washington on Sunday, holding off a furious Capitals rally in the third period to tie the series, 3-3.

    “We wanted a chance. And we gave ourselves a chance," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

    The Capitals attempted 96 shots in the game, 45 of them finding Lundqvist, but the all-world goalie survived elimination again. He moved to 13-3 since 2012 in elimination games, including Games 5 and 6 in this series. 

    Kreider opened and closed the first period with goals.

    Kreider opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game. The Capitals were on the forecheck when Jesper Fast cleared the puck to Kreider, streaking down the ice. He cut inside on Matt Niskanen, and controlled the puck with one hand on

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  • Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers’ postseason survival man

    The New York Rangers are facing elimination on Sunday night, which means we can expect Henrik Lundqvist to play out of his mind. 

    With his 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 5, Lundqvist moved to 12-3 since 2012 when facing elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He’s surrendered 21 goals in those 15 games. In his last seven elimination games, he has a .976 save percentage – that includes the three goals he gave up in Game 5 to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.

    It’s a hell of a foundation on which to build a comeback, and the Rangers overall play with more poise with their backs straight up against the wall that they sometimes do in other situations.

    Lundqvist provides a steady hand; it’s a given he won’t be a liability, it’s a given that he’ll do what it takes to put the Rangers in a position to win the game. Sort of like he does in their other games, but for whatever reason the Rangers can’t seem to give him better goal support unless their season’s on the

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  • NHL Three Stars: Rangers survive; Ducks push Flames to brink

    No. 1 Star: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers

    Stepan set up the game-tying goal by Chris Kreider and game-winning goal by Ryan McDonagh in the Rangers’ Game 5 win over the Washington Capitals, 2-1. They now trail in the series, 3-2.   

    No. 2 Star: Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks forward opened the scoring with a power-play goal, and then assisted on Matt Beleskey’s third-period power-play game-winning goal as Anaheim topped the Calgary Flames, 4-2, in Game 4 of their series.

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    The Rangers goalie once against was great in a potential elimination game, stopping 28 shots in their Game 5 win.

    Honorable Mention: Andrew Cogliano and Patrick Maroon had goals for the Ducks. … Frederik Andersen made 25 saves. … Michael Ferland and Sean Monahan had goals for the Flames. … Curtis Glencross scored his first of the playoffs. … Braden Holtby made 41 saves for the Caps. 

    Did You Know? Matt Beleskey has one goal in each of the first four games of

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  • Ryan McDonagh, Game 5 hero: ‘Never out of it, no matter what happens’

    NEW YORK – Derek Stepan waited with the puck, more patient than could be humanly expected in overtime, in a tie game, with the next goal potentially ending his season. 

    The New York Rangers center pump-faked, drawing the Washington Capitals defenders closer to him, moments before he fed the puck to a blue comet streaking into the offensive zone named Ryan McDonagh.

    “I noticed my winger was changing. I just tried to join the play, maybe be in a spot where the puck would find me,” said McDonagh.

    “He kept his ears open, and heard me coming.”

    Stepan passed to his captain, who blasted a shot past an otherwise stellar Braden Holtby at 9:37 of overtime. The Rangers had their 2-1 win in Game 5 on Friday night, and lived to play another day – Sunday, in Washington, down 3-2 in the series to the Capitals.

    “We’ve been needing some people to step up for sure and score some big timely goals. It’s been tough to come by for sure. But we’re still in this thing,” he said.

    It the first goal scored by a

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  • Ryan McDonagh scores in OT, Rangers still alive in Game 5 vs. Capitals

    NEW YORK – The New York Rangers survived elimination in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in dramatic fashion on Friday night

    Ryan McDonagh's blast at 9:37 of overtime gave the Rangers the 2-1 win, and cut the Capitals' series lead to 3-2. Game 6 is on Sunday night in Washington. 

    “I noticed my winger was changing. I just tried to join the play, maybe be in a spot where the puck would find me," said the captain. 

    “We’re never out of it, not matter what happens in the game. Our group knows this.”

    Jesper Fast stole the puck just outside the Rangers' offensive zone and carried it deep. He fed Derek Stepan, who passed to a trailing McDonagh for the blast that beat Washington goaltender Braden Holtby. 

    Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves. Holtby had 41 for the Capitals.

    "We worked so hard the last few games to create offense," said Lundqvist. "Holtby is playing at a level where it's really tough for us to socre. But we are still alive."

    The game was scoreless through two periods before

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  • NEW YORK – Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals had been crowding New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s crease during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday night. But in the second period, the refs felt he crowded a bit too much, negating a Capitals goal. 

    With 2:09 left in the second, and the game scoreless, Ward and Derek Stepan of the Rangers were jockeying for position. Matt Niskanen fired a shot from the top of the zone; it deflected off Ward and into the net.

    Immediately, the official standing near the goal waived off the tally on account of contact between Ward and Lundqvist.

    Here’s another look:

    Was it the right call? Letter of the law, it was. The NHL gives way too much leeway to its goalies

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  • Washington Capitals hit totals are ridiculous

    As you know, “hits” are a nebulous and subjective stat in the NHL whose totals seemingly rise and fall based on whatever the official scorer is trying to accomplish. Look no further than Cal Clutterbuck’s days with the Minnesota Wild, when he’d lead the league with hit totals that made it appear that every check was its own arcade fighting game-style hit combo. 

    In pursuing some stats this week, we came across the hit totals for the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

    The Washington Capitals have apparently dished out 459 of them in 11 games, more than hundred more than the No. 2 ranked Montreal Canadiens have in 10 games – 334 hits.

    Now, how could the Capitals arrive at such an elephantine number? Why it’s because they’ve been credited with 276 hits in their six home games.

    That’s 46 hits per game.

    The NHL leader in home hits in the regular season was Arizona, with an average of 35.59. In the playoffs, it’s the Anaheim Ducks in their brief four playoff games with 40 per game.

    Keep in mind

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  • Read Charles Wang’s letter to Islanders fans as they leave Nassau

    When the New York Islanders begin playing at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next season, it marks a new era for the franchise. Not only because they’re saying goodbye to the beloved asbestos hive known as the Nassau Coliseum, but because it’s the beginning of the end of Charles Wang’s ownership of the team. 

    Wang purchased ad space in Newsday on Friday, and ran this letter to the fans (via Point Blank):

    Via Point BlankVia Point Blank

    Wang has been one of the most frustrating owners in recent NHL history. This letter is no different.

    Dude, would it have killed you to reference the dynasty? The glory years? The idea that life as Islanders fans know it didn’t begin until 2000 when Wang purchased the team – hence the reference to the Shawn Bates goal, the fourth-best moment in the building’s history – is just insulting. 

    Hi, Bobby Nystrom called …

    But that’s what Wang does: The best of intentions, the most depressing of results, whether it’s in team management or attempting to keep the Islanders from relocating (hey, at

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