Greg Wyshynski

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Chesnokov on Tikhonov; what we're thankful for in hockey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

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    It's a Tuesday 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: Dmitry Chesnokov on the death of Viktor Tikhonov.

    * The Norris Trophy debate.

    * The surging Islanders.   

    * Marc-Andre Fleury gets No. 300

    Question of the Day: What are your Pat Quinn memories?  Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to  @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day.Subscribe to the podcast via iTunesor Feedburner.

  • NY Islanders are killing it in the shootout

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason made a save on Kyle Okposo in the shootout on Monday night, which is notable for two reasons: That it was Okposo’s first unsuccessful attempt in five tries, and that it was only the second time this season that an opposing goalie has stopped the puck against the Islanders in the shootout. 

    The Islanders moved to 5-0 in the skills competition with their 1-0 win over the Flyers, the first team in the NHL this season to get to five victories. While it’s not the sole reason they’re tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metro Division with 30 points – hello, plus-12 goal differential – it’s hasn’t exactly been a hindrance either.

    This is two straight years of strong shootout performances for the Islanders. They were 9-6 last season, scoring 23 goals, good for second in the league. This season they’ve converted 10 of 16 chances; four of the misses went wide, while only two were saved.

    “Anytime in a shootout when you can make a stop and the guys score goals, it can help,” said Halak last night, wearing his Capt. Obvious cape.

    Of course, it helps when your shooters are Okposo and Frans Nielsen.

     

  • Leap-frogging goalies are hockey’s greatest victory celebration (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Julius Hudacek and Henrik Lundberg are goalies for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. Last Thursday, they both contributed to a victory over Brynäs: Lundberg stopped all but one shot during three periods and in overtime and Hudacek, a shootout specialist, stonewalled their foes in the skills competition for the 2-1 win. 

    After the game, they celebrated. 

    With a game of on-ice leap-frog.

    After some awkward setting up for the first leap – Lundberg initially got on all fours in the wrong direction – Hudacek did an equally awkward one-legged leap over his teammate. (Hey … the dudes are literally wearing knives on their feet. Cut’em a break.)

    Lundberg executed a perfect hurdle next, and then they traded jumps until Lundberg slid into the net and Hudacek joined him. Hey when you go 5-hole, it's bound to end up in the net...

    This GIF is everything:

    “Me and Hank put on a gymnastics show,” said Hudacek to Aftonbladet. “We practiced it before but Hank looked like a rookie. I have to show him how it’s done.” 

    s/t Robert Soderlind

  • Milan Lucic has become a punch line

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    In Feb. 2012, Milan Lucic’s NHLPA peers named him the toughest player in the League, edging Boston Bruins teammates Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Which is to say he was the biggest bad ass on the most bad-ass team in the League at that moment. 

    Remember where Lucic was at that point in his career? Three months removed from steamrolling Ryan Miller. Eight months removed from being a blunt weapon of destruction against the Vancouver Canucks, from pummeling opponents to sticking his fingers in Alex Burrows’ face, daring him to take a chomp.

    Like the rest of the Bruins, Lucic was an anti-hero. His fist kept people honest. He played with a respectable edge, while also producing at an exceptional level. He became what only the most unique combinations of skill and intangibles can become: a prototype. Unless you think the Canucks traded for Zach Kassian for his levity.

    So where did he lose his way? Where did he go from puncher to punch line?

    This did not sit well with Milan.

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Todd Warriner remembers Pat Quinn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    It's a (I don't like) Monday 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: Todd Warriner remembers Pat Quinn. 

    * The Oilers in trouble.

    * The weekend that was in the NHL.   

    Question of the Day: What are your Pat Quinn memories?  Email puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to  @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day.Subscribe to the podcast via iTunesor Feedburner.

  • NHL World Cup reboot could generate $100 million

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL’s World Cup of Hockey reboot, rumored for Sept. 2016 in Toronto, is a business decision wrapped up in the flags of several nations. It’s a way for the NHL to create an ATM machine of a tournament, spitting out money to the League and its players in ways that the Winter Olympics never could or will. 

    How much are we talking about here? Abraham D. Madkour, the executive editor of Sports Business Journal, thinks it’s a tournament with some risks but with some very palpable rewards:

    You can see why the league is bullish about re-creating the World Cup, which sources believe has the ability to generate more than $100 million in revenue for the league and players, and it’s revenue that sits outside of the league’s definition of Hockey Related Revenue, meaning the 50/50 joint venture would be split.

    And that, friends, is why players would be OK with facing their own nations on “Cut Team” or “YoungStars” teams …

  • NHL Three Stars: Enroth, Pickard shine in the crease

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres

    The Sabres goalie made 43 saves, including 20 in the second period, as Buffalo topped the Washington Capitals, 2-1. Torrey Mitchell had the game-winner.

    No. 2 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    Benn finally exploded offensively, scoring two goals and assisting on John Klingberg’s in the first period as the Stars held off the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4. Justin Williams had two goals in the loss.

    No. 3 Star: Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche 

    Pickard earned his first NHL victory with 17 saves on 17 shots in relief of Reto Berra, who was pulled after giving up three first-period goals. Erik Johnson, Jarome Iginla and Zach Redmond rallied the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on all three.

    Did You Know? The Bruins dressed five rookies: forwards Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Lindblad, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

  • On Batman vs. The Riddler night, why wouldn’t hockey players fight? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Toledo Walleye and Evansville IceMen held “Heroes Night” on Saturday, which was a good excuse to wear incredibly awesome jerseys themed to Batman and The Riddler. 

    So if you’re dressing one team like the Caped Crusader, and the other team as one of Gotham’s most infamous criminals … well, you knew what was going to happen. 

    POW! BAM! KAPOW!

    "Riddle me this, Batman: What has five digits but is measured in pounds?"

    "What?"

    "MY FIST!" 

    The game in Toledo featured four fights between the Dark Knight clad Walleye and the green question mark speckled IceMen, including Cody "Dark Knight" Lampl and Kevin "Please Don't Let Jim Carrey's Performance Define This Iconic Character" Harvey. 

    Here's another battle between the forces of justice and chaos:

    The game worn jerseys will be sold after the final whistle during a live auction, with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.

     

     

  • Syracuse Crunch set indoor attendance record, honor Leah Still

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    In 1996, the Tampa Bay Lightning set an attendance record for an indoor pro hockey game in the United States. In 2014, that record finally fell, thanks to their minor league affiliate.

    The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League drew an announced crowd of 30,715 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on Saturday night, shattering the record of 28,138 set by the Lightning vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in a Eastern Conference playoff quarterfinal game held in what was then called the ThunderDome on St. Petersburg, Fla.  

    The Crunch defeated the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team, 2-1. Here’s a look at the scene:

    From the AHL:

    Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL. The Syracuse Crunch were also the first AHL team to put on an outdoor game when in 2010, a crowd of 21,508 fans – then the largest ever for an AHL game – packed the New York State Fairgrounds to watch the Crunch.

    The jerseys were to be autographed and auctioned off to benefit Ronald McDonald House. 

     

  • Jason Demers demolishes Jarret Stoll with awesome hip check (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Welcome to Dallas, Jason Demers.

    In his first game with the Dallas Stars, the former San Jose Sharks defenseman said hello to some old friends: The Los Angeles Kings, who visited the Lone Star State on Saturday night.

    In the first period, Jarret Stoll had the puck in the neutral zone, attempting to cross the Dallas blue line. Alas, he didn’t know Demers would keep the lost art of the perfectly executed hip check alive. Stoll earned some frequent flier miles, hurtling to the ice.

    Here's the super slow-mo of the hit:

    Heck of a hit by Demers. And, of course the Sharks defenseman only steps up with an amazing play against the Kings the moment he leaves San Jose …

    s/t My Regular Face