Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: Backes, Pavelski play heroes in Game 2

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    No. 1 Star: David Backes, St. Louis Blues

    Backes made a nifty play on his OT game-winner, leaping over an Alex Steen shot and then tucking home the rebound. It’s his third of the playoffs, and gave the Blues a 4-3 win.

    No. 2 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    The Sharks captain scored a rebound goal with 2:40 left in the third period as San Jose defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2. He also assisted on Joe Thornton’s empty netter.

    No. 3 Star: Cody Eakins, Dallas Stars

    The Dallas center assisted on all three of their goals, including some hard work in front on Jamie Benn’s game-tying goal in the third.

    Honorable Mention: Benn had a goal and an assist and leads the playoffs in points. … Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist. … Joel Edmundson scored his first playoff goal. … Ryan Johansen has goals in two straight games.  

    Did You Know?   Dallas outshot St. Louis 13-2 in the third period and 29-17 in regulation.

    Dishonorable Mention: Kari Lehtonen was pulled after giving up three goals in the first period. … Filip Forsberg was a minus-2. … Vladimir Tarasenko was held scoreless again and was a minus-2.

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  • Joe Pavelski plays hero as Sharks go up 2-0 on Predators

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:40 left in the third period, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

    What we learned in two games of this series: The Predators can’t close and the Sharks never say die. 

    Game 1 saw the Predators carry a 1-0 lead into the third period. They were 26-1-4 in the regular season when leading after two periods. They were 3-0 in the playoffs.

    Game 1 result: 5-2 win, as the Sharks scored three goals in a 13:03 stretch to take a 3-1 lead. The Predators cut it to 3-2; the Sharks responded 20 seconds later and cruised to victory.

    Game 2 saw the Predators turn the tables and tie the game at 1-1 as Mattias Ekholm scored at 12:56 of the third period. But Pavelski scored at 17:20, Joe Thornton scored into an empty net and the Sharks hung on despite a late goal by Ryan Johansen, his second of the series.

    Here’s the Pavelski goal:

    Thornton, arguably the best passer of his generation, set it up with that cross-ice pass to Matt Nieto. His high shot handcuffed Pekka Rinne, and allowed Pavelski to tap home the rebound for the lead.

    Meanwhile, at the other end, Martin Jones made 37 saves.

  • Did Brooks Orpik deserve three-game suspension for Maatta hit?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    So did the NHL just hurt or help the Washington Capitals?

    Defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three playoff games for his head-shot on Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The incident occurred at 4:13 of the first period. Orpik was assessed a minor penalty for interference 

    Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik thought the puck was coming back to Maatta after a shot and a rebound. “There’s a real size difference, and Maata leaned into it a little bit,” he said after Game 2.

    The NHL saw it differently

    It was easy to see that Orpik was going to be suspended. It violates two basic tenets of Department of Player Safety dogma: It’s a hit that shouldn’t have been delivered, and it was a hit that caused significant contact with an opponent’s head, injuring him.

    “This hit is forceful, unacceptably high and excessively late,” said the ruling.

    What’s surprising is that Orpik was given three games for it, considering he hasn’t been suspended since the 2005-06 season. (Although we don’t know how many warnings he’s received.) Using the unofficial playoff game multiplier, that’s a six-gamer in the regular season.

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  • Blues win wild Game 2 on 'tough' penalty, David Backes OT goal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Kari Lehtonen chased after the first period. Jamie Benn completing a Dallas Stars rally to earn overtime. A controversial penalty. A David Backes power-play goal. A series tied.

    Yeah, Game 2 between the Stars and the St. Louis Blues was somewhat eventful.

    The Blues captured that game on Sunday afternoon, 4-3, after blowing a 3-1 lead they established by scoring three goals on five shots against Lehtonen in the first period. The winner of Game 1, Lehtonen was pulled in favor of Antti Niemi, who stopped the next 12 Blues shots.

    “It really wasn’t his night,” said coach Lindy Ruff of his starter.

    He only have to stop two shots in the third, as the Stars took the game over and rallied with 13 shots and two goals: Mattias Janmark at 4:35, and then Jamie Benn at 17:24, his fifth of the playoffs.

    In overtime, the Blues outshot the Stars, 8-5. But it was the second of two Dallas penalties in overtime that proved costly.

    Roussel was just trying to say onside, but if it was going to cause an odd man rush..oh man and they just scored. pic.twitter.com/pQz4HI59L6

    Ruff said, however, that’s just how it goes in the playoffs.

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  • Remembering White House bin Laden rally on a surreal hockey night

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Five years ago on May 1, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, had been killed by “a small team of Americans.”

    Five years ago, I witnessed hundreds of Americans converge on the White House for a celebration that went deep into the night.

    Five years ago, before all of it happened, I was at a hockey game.

    The Washington Capitals faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series – not exactly the most memorable affair, as it resulted in a Tampa Bay sweep. Vincent Lecavalier had two goals, including the overtime game-winner around 9:59 p.m. EDT.

    The assembled reporters went through the postgame motions, with the player and coach interviews, before returning to the writers’ room at Verizon Center. It was then that an announcement that the President would address the nation was made, and naturally our imaginations ran off since we were basically in a bunker a few blocks from the White House.

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    And, of course, this young lady in the Patrick Kane Team USA sweater.

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    My favorite thing from that night was this photo:

    Awesome. 

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  • Can Vladimir Tarasenko breakthrough for Blues in Game 2?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Ken Hitchcock asked the assembled media how many minutes Vladimir Tarasenko played in Game 1 of the St. Louis Blues’ series against the Dallas Stars. 

    The answer: 21 minutes, 4 seconds.

    “Oh, did he? Quite a bit, eh? Can we maybe shut that story up now?” asked Hitchcock.

    This was an all-too-obvious reference to the controversy that roared in the Blues’ opening-round win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Fans fretted over Tarasenko’s ice time. Hitchcock explained the reasons behind it, and the basic message was “leave the driving to me.”

    Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera were shut down in the Stars’ Game 1 win. Tarasenko as a plus-1 with seven shot attempts and played 19:38 at even strength, tops among Blues forwards.

    So how did the Stars contain the 40-goal scorer?

    "We closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he's a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when he came to the physical front."

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  • Brooks Orpik gets NHL suspension hearing for Olli Maatta hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The NHL’s Department of Players Safety will have a phone hearing with defenseman Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals for his hit that took out defenseman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    It was in the first period of Game 2, just 4:13 into the game. Well after Maata released the puck in the Capitals’ zone, Orpik lunged at him in an effort to take him out the play. It was clearly interference – but Orpik’s left shoulder connected with Maatta’s head and dropped the Penguins D-man. Maata was woozy leaving the ice, and didn’t return to the game.

    Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference.

    Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik thought the puck was coming back to Maatta after a shot and a rebound. “There’s a real size difference, and Maata leaned into it a little bit.”

    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told NBC in an interview that the hit deserved a major. He said after the game that Maatta is “obviously out” and that "I think it's the type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game."

    And that’s why Orpik will be suspended.

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  • Maple Leafs draft lottery win doesn't validate tank, says Shanahan

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs finished with the worst record in the NHL and the League’s lowest point total. This was, of course, by design, as team decided to rid itself of veteran players in attempt to tank the season for a high draft pick. 

    “We explained to our fans beforehand that we were going to move some players, move some contracts, and we were going to struggle a bit,” explained team president Brendan Shanahan.

    Sure, whatever.

    It was a tank, and the majority of Maple Leafs fans were behind it, even with the acknowledgement that literally nothing ever goes right for the franchise and neither would the draft lottery. In fact, the new NHL Draft Lottery rules made it more difficult than ever for the worst team in the draft to secure the first overall pick.

    “It wasn’t, in my mind, the best year to have three separate lotteries,” Shanahan said. “But the rules were the rules, and there were no complaints on our part.”

    So the NHL Draft Lottery commenced on Saturday night before the Washington Capitals’ Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. One by one, the teams with low odds were told they didn’t hit the lottery. The Winnipeg Jets, slated to pick sixth, moved up to the top three.

  • Puck Daddy's NHL 2016 Draft Lottery Live Chat!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It’s Christmas morning in Canada, as the NHL Draft Lottery finally arrives. 

    We broke down which teams most deserved to win the lottery, which basically means everyone but Edmonton. We’ll be live-chatting the Draft Lottery beginning at 7:45 p.m., with the draft going off around 8:05 p.m. on NBC (the real one, not the cable one) and CBC in Canada.  

    Join us for all the shock, awe, laughs and Hamburger Women!

  • Hockey player breaks leg, gets amazing painted-skate cast (Photos)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    When one breaks a limb, one gets a cast. Usually that cast gets covered with illegible scribbles from friends, as we all realize that Sharpies aren’t exactly made for writing on plaster. 

    But when one hockey player recently broke their leg during play – getting their foot stick between the boards and the ice, snapping it when attempting to clear the puck – their cousin decided to properly decorate the cast: as a Washington Capitals-influenced hockey skate.

    If you're wondering about the buttom of the cast, "It is indeed a piece of rubber that the doctor attached to the cast so I could walk on it after about four weeks," said the player, via Reddit.

    This is pretty awesome, ahem, breaking news.

    s/t Reddit Hockey for all of it.