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?

  • Matt Murray moves past not very good night for Penguins

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – There were two evaluations of Matt Murray’s Game 3 for the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game in which he gave up three goals on 26 shots and lost in overtime to the San Jose Sharks. 

    His teammates thought he was fine. “He was solid. He made some big saves for us. Murray’s great. He gave us a chance. He was solid for us,” said captain Sidney Crosby after the 3-2 loss.

    His coach also thought he was fine. “I thought Matt was solid.  He made some big saves for us.  He gave us a chance to win tonight,” said Mike Sullivan.

    Murray knows he could be better, giving up three goals of varying degrees of liability.

    “I don’t want to say I didn’t give up a bad goal or had a bad game necessarily,” said Murray. “There’s always something you could have done [better], for sure. But you don’t dwell on it.”

    On Joonas Donskoi’s game-winner in overtime, Murray thinks it was a combination of rolling puck and a fortunate bounce.

    “I was reading the play well, and it’s a bit of a bad bounce,” he

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  • Finnish language call of Joonas Donskoi OT goal is insane (Video)

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – One of the glorious things about the Stanley Cup Final is that the world is watching. It’s not just the fans of the San Jose Sharks, the Pittsburgh Penguins or even the NHL. It’s the fans of every nationality of every player in the games, hoping their guy is the difference-maker.

    Like, for example, when Joonas Donskoi, the pride of Raahe, Finland, scores the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Listen to the wild euphoria of the goal call on Finland’s Viasat, as Donskoi scored at 12:18 of overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 win and cut the Pittsburgh Penguins’ series lead to 2-1.


    Granted, it’s no “Bonino, Bonino, Bonino, etc.” but it’s still fantastic.  

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  • Bad ice forces changes for Penguins in Game 3

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – It was close to 90 degrees outside the Shark Tank in the hours leading up to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night. Lots of sweaty people, walking into the arena rocking teal jerseys. 

    But you didn’t need a meteorologist to gauge that heat – you just needed to step on the ice to know that the conditions outside had affected the conditions inside. 

     “Ice was  … not good. Not the best. I saw the pipes outside when I walked in. I guess they’re trying to get the temperature down, the humidity down. But the ice wasn’t great,” said Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole, whose team lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks, cutting their lead to 2-1 in the series.

    How not great was it?

    “It was like trying to play with a football, [the puck] going everywhere,” said Cole.

    The teams combined for 41 turnovers in Game 3, which is more than in the first two games of the series combined. The teams had 12 in Game 2, and 18 in Game 1.

    It affected what the Penguins

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  • Sharks win OT thriller in Game 3 on Joonas Donskoi goal

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks are alive in the Stanley Cup Final after a 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 on Saturday night at the Shark Tank. The Penguins now have a 2-1 lead, with each team having won on home ice.

    Joonas Donskoi’s turnaround snap shot goal with 7:42 left in overtime was the difference.

    It was the most competitive game of the Final, thanks in part to the Sharks’ stretches of dominant hockey, mistakes by both goalies and a four-minute power-play in the third period that ended up tying the game. But the Penguins had, for the most part, the better of the play.

    Game 4 is Monday night in San Jose.

    Despite the smoking shark and boisterous fans that met San Jose, it was the Penguins that hit the board first thanks to a puck-handling gaffe by goalie Martin Jones.

    He attempted to settle the puck down behind his own goal, but ended up turning the puck over to Matt Cullen, who sent a shot back off the post. Eric Fehr fired the puck wide and it

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  • Marshawn Lynch sends San Jose Sharks onto ice in Game 3 (Video)

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks returned home in an 0-2 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. 

    They needed something to rally them. Needed that extra level to elevate their game. Needed that … Beast Mode.

    Enter Marshawn Lynch, the recently retired Seattle Seahawks great, whose unstoppable “Beast Mode” runs made him the best running back in the NFL for parts of his nine seasons.

    The Oakland native who attended the University of California was the celebrity guest who “opened the door” for the Sharks as they rushed out of their dressing room and through the giant, smoking Sharks head to start the game.

    And he rocked a BEAST MODE jersey:


    He joins an eclectic list that’s included Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Metallica singer James Hetfield. 

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  • Photo Expedition: What Game 3 looks like in San Jose

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – For the first time in franchise history, the San Jose Sharks are hosting a Stanley Cup Final game, as the action with the Pittsburgh Penguins shifts to the Shark Tank for Game 3 on Saturday night. 

    And for the first time in my career, I’m covering a Stanley Cup Final game at the Shark Tank, so let’s take a tour of the environs, shall we?

    Via @KTVUVia @KTVU

    As you’ve no doubt heard, the San Jose Sharks are going with a ‘Sharknado’ theme for their Game 3 towels and shirts, featuring little tiny Penguins in the twister.

    No word if the between periods entertainment will in fact be Tara Reid being eaten alive by a space shark and then giving birth inside of that space shark’s belly, because that actually happened in ‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No.’


    Look, if nothing else, the San Jose Sharks’ journey to the Stanley Cup Final produced this amazing JAWS homage shirt. 


    Well, you work with what you got, right? 

    Although it looks like he could use a little man-scaping on that lower back. Yikes.


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  • Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Preview: 5 keys for Sharks, Penguins

    SAN JOSE, Calif.  – The San Jose Sharks return to the Shark Tank facing an 0-2 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final. 

    Can the Pittsburgh Penguins dig them a deeper hole? Will the Sharks use home ice to finally control play?

    Here are five keys for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:


    After going 18-20-3 on home ice during the regular season, the Sharks are 7-1-1 at home in the playoffs, and for good reason: They control play, score at will on the power play and generally dominate. They’ve outscored opponents 33-17 on home ice.

    So they need a solid start, and center Logan Couture said their fans will be up to the task.

    “The fans feel like they’re right on top of you, and they’re loud, from before the puck drop. We can hear them in the dressing room,” he said. “I’ve heard from guys that have visited this building, and they talk about how difficult the early minutes are in this building when we’re playing Shark Hockey.”


    The Sharks have nine goals on 30

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  • Is Alex Radulov worth $7.5 million per season?

    What do Jason Spezza, Henrik Zetterberg and Anze Kopitar have in common?

    They all made in the neighborhood of $7.5 million in salary this season in the NHL. In fact, only 19 forwards in the NHL this season made $7.5 million or more in base salary. So joining that group would mean you’re a pretty elite player. 

    Which, if you ask Alex Radulov, he would undoubtedly tell you he is.

    Radulov, who turns 30 in July, is expected to rejoin the NHL next season after spending four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, as one of its best players.

    The Detroit Red Wings had already made an overture to him, according to

    The Red Wings are sold on his talent but were concerned about his off-ice demeanor. They believe signing him to a one-year deal, likely in the $4 million to $5 million range, would limit their risk, a source said. Radulov might be more motivated to prove himself and earn a longer contract and the Red Wings could part with him after one season if the move backfires.


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  • When Muhammad Ali fought hockey’s heavyweight champ, Dave Semenko

    Larry Messier had an idea. 

    It was 1983. His nephew, Mark Messier, was a 22-year-old burgeoning star for the Edmonton Oilers, along with another 22-year-old named Wayne Gretzky. Tasked with protecting them was Dave Semenko, a 6-3 enforcer from Winnipeg who would eventually amass 1,175 penalty minutes in nine NHL seasons, and earn the nickname “Gretzky’s Bodyguard.”

    Semenko, to some, was the heavyweight champ of the NHL at that time.

    Larry Messier, however, was working for the actual Champ.

    He was part of Muhammad Ali’s entourage, working public relations for him. Ali was 41 years old – two years removed from his ignominious defeat at the hands of Trevor Berbick in Nassau, and one year before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The greatest boxer – hell, the greatest sports celebrity – who ever lived was now more personality than pugilist.

    He had participated in exhibition matches before, like the infamous one against Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in 1976. So Messier started to put a

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  • Tomas Hertl out for Sharks in Game 3, huge blow to lineup

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks will be without their “best player” for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night. 

    Tomas Hertl, the team’s top-line winger, is out for the Sharks due to a lower body injury. He made a brief appearance at practice on Friday in a track suit, but did not skate with the team.

    “He's arguably been our best player through the first two games,” said coach Peter DeBoer. “Injuries are no excuse this time of year.  We have somebody that will go in for him, will roll out there and be ready to play.”

    Hertl was the most active member of the team’s top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, effectively forechecking the Pittsburgh Penguins’ defense and getting chances, to the tune of eight shot attempts in the first two games of the series. He scored a goal in Game 1, and has six goals and five assists for the postseason. Hertl saw two shots ring off the goal cage in Game 2.

    DeBoer said there are two options for which player takes Hertl’s spot on the

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