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?

  • LOS ANGELES – There’s this defenseman in the Stanley Cup Final. He’s 24 years old and a former first-round draft pick. He plays huge chunks of minutes for his team, and it’s not a stretch to call him the best player on the ice at any position in some of the playoff games in which he’s appeared. 

    His name is Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, although you might not have heard it mentioned as often as the other guy who fits the description above, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Doughty is getting the kind of attention befitting of an elite player who shines on the biggest stage. (And, let’s face it, one that doesn’t necessarily get the shine from national media during the regular season due to geography.) There are valentines being written about him. Every player gets asked about him. And all the coverage gets validated when he scores immaculate goals like the one he tallied in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Doughty has 17 points in 22 playoff games to lead all defensemen.

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  • NY Islanders trade for Dan Boyle, but will he sign?

    When the San Jose Sharks parted ways with veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, his agent George Bazos told the Mercury News that one option for the pending unrestricted free agent would be to have a team trade for his rights in order to sign him before July 1 “if the feeling was mutual.”

    So that’s the immediate question about the New York Islanders, who traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Sharks for Boyle on Thursday: Is the feeling mutual?

    From the Islanders:

    The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Dan Boyle has been acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The exchanged pick becomes a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders.

    Boyle, 37, led all San Jose Sharks defensemen in points (36) and goals (12) in 75 games this past season. The Ottawa, ON, native added four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

    In 954 career regular-season NHL games with the Florida Panthers,

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  • Jonathan Quick’s final stage of playoff redemption

    LOS ANGELES – Before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was asked to break down the virtues of his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist’s game. 

    “He’s one of the best in the world, and he has been for quite a while now,” said Quick.

    Moments later, another Lundqvist question, about what makes the New York Rangers goalie so effective.

    “He’s one of the best in the world, and has been for quite a while now,” said Quick.

    As evidenced here, it’s safe not to expect any Thomas/Luongo “tire-pump” chirping in this series between Quick and Lundqvist. The Rangers goalie is the better of the two, and has been throughout the postseason, leading the NHL in save percentage (.928) while Quick lingers in the SV% ghetto (.907) along with playoff disappointments like Ryan Miller and the diminishing returns of Corey Crawford.

    But the Stanley Cup Final is hockey’s “Men In Black” neurolizer: One flash of brilliance and championship metal raised above your head, and the previous

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  • Ten reasons why NHL playoffs crush the NBA, according to Katie Nolan (Video)

    As hockey fans, we inherently know that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are better than the NBA Playoffs, because the Stanley Cup Playoffs are better than any other championship tournament in team sports and basketball is a team sport. OK, except for the last two minutes of any game, when the guy with the biggest contract is inevitably the only guy who takes the final shot.

    We’ve previously written the “68 Reasons The NHL Playoffs Are Better Than March Madness” to put hockey over college hoops. Now, Katie Nolan – formerly of Fox Sports 1’s Crowd Goes Wild  and someone who laid waste to Rick Reilly – explains 10 reasons why the NHL Playoffs are better than the NBA Playoffs:

    First off: Epic Bowzer shirt. 

    Nolan’s essential points about the NHL’s parity are spot-on: Not only do most series offer a glimmer of hope to even the largest underdog – thanks, goaltenders a.k.a. the great equalizers – but we didn’t realize that a No. 4-8 seed in the NBA playoffs had just a 2.99 percent chance of winning

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  • Conn Smythe Watch: Did Drew Doughty dethrone King Lundqvist?

    By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.

    1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

    Doughty had a turnover that led to a goal and then a goal that led to his inclusion on many a highlight reel, as the Kings star now has 5 goals and 12 points in the playoffs to lead all defensemen. Skating 27:48 per game, he’s now the front-runner for the Conn.

    2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist saw his save percentage climb to .928 in the Game 1 defeat, in which he had 40 saves. Alain Vigneault called him the reason it went to overtime.

    3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

    Kopitar was scoreless in Game 1, but still leads the playoffs with 24 points.

    4. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    Carter was an offensive force in Game 1, setting up Kyle Clifford’s critical goal with

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  • NY Rangers see positives despite third period domination by Kings

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, top, knocks New York Rangers center Derick Brassard to the ice during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, top, knocks New York Rangers center Derick Brassard to the ice during the second period of Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    LOS ANGELES – The first New York Rangers shot of the third period came off the stick of Marty St. Louis on a two-on-one with Derek Stepan. He didn’t catch all of it, and Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was able to shrug it away. 

    A missed opportunity. It happens. What doesn’t typically happen to the Rangers, especially in this postseason: That the Kings had put 14 shots on Henrik Lundqvist in the third period before St. Louis gave the Rangers their first, 11:43 into the final frame.

    From a puck possession standpoint, it was as dominated as New York has been in the 2014 playoffs.

    “Overall a good game, except the third period there. We didn’t take the shots we needed,” said forward Carl Hagelin, after New York’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings at Staples Center in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.

    Via Extra Skater, a snapshot of the even strength possession difference between the teams from the third period on.

    (The numbers on the left indicate the team’s

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  • Justin Williams scores in OT as Kings take Stanley Cup Final Game 1 vs. Rangers

    LOS ANGELES – Mr. Game 7 was the hero of Game 1.

    Justin Williams scored his eighth of the playoffs at 4:36 of overtime, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at Staples Center.

    Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi failed to control and clear the puck, sending it right to Mike Richards on the boards. He fed to Williams in the slot, who beat Henrik Lundqvist with a perfectly placed shot. 

    It was the first championship playoff game between teams from New York and Los Angeles since 1981, when the Yankees and Dodgers met in the World Series.

    The game featured a battle between goalies Henrik Lundqvist (40 saves) of the Rangers, statistically the best in the postseason entering the game, and Jonathan Quick (25 saves) of the Kings, the 2012 MVP who was inconsistent in the previous three rounds. Neither was perfect, but both made several outstanding stops. 

    The Rangers took the lead at 13:21 of the first period, using their speed

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  • Rangers fans turn Bryant Park into hockey party for Game 1 (Video)

    It’s been 20 years since the New York Rangers played for the Stanley Cup. In that time, outdoor viewing parties for playoff games have become a mandatory part of the Final. On Wednesday night at Manhattan’s Bryant Park, the Rangers fans joined the party.

    That was scene after Benoit Pouliot opened the scoring in the first period on a breakaway, as thousands of fans cheered on the Blueshirts thousands of miles away from their game at the Los Angeles Kings.

    It was a viewing party sponsored by the Rangers, who have been pushing a “Rangerstown” motif throughout the playoffs.

    Here’s a CBS report on the event: 

    Awesome atmosphere for fans that have waited two decades for this chance. 

    Photo via @misterdevore

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Stanley Cup Final preview with Elliotte Friedman

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    It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star: Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada joins us to preview the Stanley Cup Final. 

    • Breaking down the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers

    • Sam Bennett's pull-ups.

    • Marek and Wysh make their picks

    Question of the Day: Jeff and Greg are GOING POSTAL! Ask us anything! Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

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  • Guy Lafleur torches Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek: ‘They can stay home’

    Guy Lafleur knows a thing or two about winning championships, what with having enough Stanley Cup rings to fill one hand. He also believes he knows what the Montreal Canadiens need to win a championship – or, more to the point, the kind of players they don’t need. 

    Speaking with La Presse, the Hockey Hall of Famer called out soon-to-be-departed free agent Thomas Vanek and Canadiens leading scorer Max Pacioretty for their postseason performances. 

    “Guys like Vanek and Pacioretty, you can’t keep them on your team,” said Lafleur. “They can stay home if they are not willing to pay the price. Your team is never going to win with players like them who disappear when they face adversity.”

    Ouch …

    Vanek was a failure in the postseason, with 10 points in 17 games and just two points in his last seven playoff games. His ice time was cut during the series, skating just 12:13 in Game 6 vs. the New York Rangers.

    Pacioretty had 11 points in 17 playoff games, but was wildly inconsistent for a player

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