Greg Wyshynski

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Sean Gordon on Habs, Katie Brown on Caps, Periscope

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 50 mins ago

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    It's a (I don't like) Mondays edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Stars: Sean Gordon on Montreal Canadiens; Katie Brown of NHL.com on Washington Capitals 

    • Updates on all four series. 

    • Brandon Prust vs. referees.

    • McLellan and Oilers.

    • Avengers review.

    • Hockey News and Views

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  • Kerry Fraser indicates NHL refs will punish Brandon Prust, avenge Brad Watson

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    There are two charming things about TSN analyst Kerry Fraser’s transformation from perfectly coiffed on-ice official into the hockey media’s leading voice on referee matters.

    The first, of course, is that one of the NHL’s more problematic officials during his tenure with the league has been recast as a paragon of virtue. If reading Fraser's "here's what I would have done" analysis gives me the chuckles, I can't even imagine the guffaws from his peers in zebra stripes. 

    The second is Fraser’s absolute candor in that NHL officiating is problematic, due to their inherent humanity and fallibility and biases and outright lust for revenge on certain players.

    Which brings us to Brandon Prust.

    According to Kerry Fraser, revenge is a dish best served cold, and it’s very cold in the referees’ dressing room. From the National Post:

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  • Conn Smythe Watch: Corey Perry feeling ducky; Blackhawks’ terrific trio

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Welcome to the latest edition of our Conn Smythe Watch, which chronicles the ever-changing race for playoff MVP. 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. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Perry has 13 points in six games for the Ducks, which is a rather robust points-per-game pace. That includes four power-play points. He’s also a plus-6. He’s also undefeated. Life’s been pretty … ducky (groan).

    2. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning forward leads the playoffs with seven goal and is second with 10 points. That includes an OT game-winner. Hopefully now that Stamkos scored, some of the pressure’s off the Triplets to carry the offense.

    3. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    Two goals and eight assists to lead all playoff defensemen, and he’s averaging 30:54 TOI. Has that triple-OT game-winner on his record, too.

    4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    King Henrik won the Rangers Game 2 with a stellar effort, and has a 1.67 GAA and a .938 save percentage for the postseason, to go along with that flawless beard.

    5. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

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  • Todd McLellan met with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli at IIHF worlds

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Depending on what his former boss with the Detroit Red Wings decides, Todd McLellan could be the rock star of the NHL coaching free agent pool this offseason. Which is why it would be wise to snatch him up fast ... which is why Peter Chiarelli met with the former San Jose Sharks coach in Prague. 

    Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun reported, in a roundabout way, that the new Edmonton Oilers GM met with McLellan, who is currently coaching Team Canada in the IIHF world championships. Jones dropped that nugget after reporting that Chiarelli left Prague before Mike Babcock – currently of the Red Wings – arrived.

    McLellan, you’ll recall, mutually uncoupled from the San Jose Sharks last month after seven season. He had already been in contact with the Oilers, speaking with president Bob Nicholson and former GM Craig MacTavish. This was reportedly the first time he met with Chiarelli.

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  • Derick Brassard goes from penalty box to Game 2 hero for Rangers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEW YORK – Derick Brassard felt terrible. 

    The New York Rangers forward tried to slow down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals with a little good ol’ fashioned interference, which is a bit like trying to lasso a freight train. The referees caught Brassard and sent him to the penalty box at 3:57 of the third period, giving the Capitals’ high-octane power play their first chance of Saturday afternoon’s Game 2, trailing 2-1.

    “I was feeling not very good, actually,” said Brassard. “But I was confident in our penalty kill. And when I came out of the penalty box I had some jump, had some energy."

    When he emerged from the penalty box, he transitioned to offense. Martin St. Louis confidently slipped a pass from the top of the Capitals’ zone through the outreached sticks of Jay Beagle and Matt Niskanen to Brassard, who quickly slammed the puck through the pads of Braden Holtby for his fourth of the playoffs and the eventual game-winner in their 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Metro Division championship series.

    “Got a lucky bounce, and it went in,” he said of the goal, scored 10 seconds after his penalty ended.

    It wasn't a strong start for the Caps.

  • Watch Alex Ovechkin’s nasty snipe vs. Rangers, falling to ice (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Alex Ovechkin was overheard saying “all series, baby … all series” to New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right after scoring a brilliant goal against him in the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 win.

    In Game 2 on Saturday, Ovechkin made you believe it might not be an empty promise. 

    Ovechkin scored another classic at Madison Square Garden as the Capitals trailed 3-1. He tried to split defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi – two players credited through the years for having effectively shut him down in previous battles.

    He fell to the ice, but managed to get a shot off.

    GIF: holy Ovi pic.twitter.com/BwUGdRCS7Z

    Which, of course, ended up being a perfectly placed shot over the right shoulder of Lundqvist into the top corner of the net.

    You know, no big deal.

    It was Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the playoffs in nine games.  Here's what he did in Game 1:

    “I get lucky,” Ovechkin said after Game 1. “It was kind of hard angle, but sometimes luck step on our side.”

  • Barry Trotz has made Alex Ovechkin team player for Capitals

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Alex Ovechkin has 475 career goals, three Hart Trophies and four goal-scoring titles during his NHL career. What he doesn’t have: an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final, let alone a Stanley Cup ring.

    His career has been as characterized by his incredible regular-season performances as it has been by the Washington Capitals’ playoff failures. It’s not for a lack of production by Ovechkin, who now has 68 points in 66 career playoff games, including 34 goals.

    It’s not for a lack of desire, either … although that desire can sometimes hurt more than help.

    Ovechkin tried to do too much on his own in the past. Tried to take the team on his broad shoulders and carry it. Tried to force the issue in tight games, leading to ineffective performances in their many Game 7s.

    Meanwhile, he played for three different coaches in a short span; by the time Adam Oates reached his end with a non-playoff year, Ovechkin sounded like he was at his wit’s end after a minus-35 season with 51 goals.

    Ovechkin had been making noise for the last few years about not wanting to be THE GUY in the playoffs. That he’d rather be a team player in the postseason rather than a one-man show.

     

  • This Chicago Blackhawks-inspired prom proposal is amazing (Photo)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    If you’re going to ask someone to prom, you either go big or you go sit at home watching “She’s All That” while occasionally staring at that corsage while eating a pint of Chubby Hubby and I wish you would really stop judging me… 

    Sorry, I digress: You either go big, or you go home, which is why this young prom-goer unleashed a bed sheet-sized collection of Chicago Blackhawks player name puns on his potential date.

    Extra credit for avoiding the obvious “get your nails and Toews done.”

    We'll assume, based on the evidence, that she said "yes." No word if they're the Marian types. (Joke shamelessly stolen.)

    Thus continues the odd relationship between the Blackhawks and prom. Please recall Andrew High School student Sydney Gountounas asking Andrew Shaw to prom, who politely responded, "I think I'm a little too old for prom.”

    Which we assume made her Saad.

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  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 12 things about Canadiens vs. Lightning

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    It’s the Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10, 110 points) vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning (50-24-8, 108 points) for the Atlantic Division championship! 

    Here are 12 things to anticipate in this Stanley Cup Playoff series …

    1. WHO IS THE UNDERDOG!?

    In perhaps the most tepid controversy of the 2015 postseason, the teams have been debating over whom the real underdog is. "We're probably the only team in the playoffs with home-ice advantage that's the underdog," said Michel Therrien. The Lightning disagree, citing home ice advantage, and thus the modern day Lincoln–Douglas debates commence.

    2. Home Ice

    Tampa was 32-8-1 at home during the regular season and just won a Game 7 on home ice. Montreal was 26-9-6 at home during the regular season and won the first two games of Round 1 at Bell Centre. However, the Bolts have won five straight in Montreal.

    3. Carey Price vs. The Lightning

    Price played five games against the Lightning. He went 0-4-1 against them with a 3.47 GAA and a .906 save percentage. Cause for concern? Well, he was 1-1-2 against them in 2012-13 with a 1.42 GAA and a .956 save percentage, so maybe not. Or possibly. Who knows! That’s why it’s called a “preview.”

    Montreal

  • Steve Moses scores sick goal for Team USA at world championships (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    GIF: Sweet Fancy Moses what a goal pic.twitter.com/pNKYKUsFQ9

    Steve Moses was the leading scorer in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, a brilliantly fast but undersized (5-9, 172) forward. He signed with the Nashville Predators in April, who made a big deal out of it.

    Looking at the goal he scored at the IIHF world championships on Friday against Finland, one can see why.

    Moses kicked the puck from his back skate to his stick after a pass from Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins; motored past Jyrki Jokipokka and then roofed the puck over a baffled Pekka Rinne, which should lead to an interesting conversation when the two see each other at Predators camp this fall.

    Another look:

    Holy Moses…