Greg Wyshynski

  • David Backes reveals the ‘something’ Steve Ott gave him that wasn't PEDs

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    David Backes of the St. Louis Blues gave one of the most emotional postgame interviews in recent memory after the San Jose Sharks eliminated them in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. 

    His face was haggard. His eyes were red with tears. His voice cracked. And he wanted to take a moment to thank a teammate.

    “He’ll kill me for telling this story, but in Game 5 I’m not feeling well. And Steve Ott brings me something that helped me feel better,” said Backes, choking back the waterworks. “And knowing that he’s the guy coming out of the lineup if I can play, that’s pretty selfless. That’s the kind of guys we have in here.”

    It was quite a moment, as the captain thanks a teammate who sacrificed his … wait, what? ‘Brings me something that helped me feel better?’

    This naturally led to a Barstool Sports story that “speculated” that the entire St. Louis Blues playoff run was the result of performance enhancing drugs.

    But seriously, what did Steve Ott give David Backes to make him feel better?

    OK, OK … but what magic elixir did Steve Ott give you?

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Stunning Numbers for Penguins, Sharks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL   

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks are going to battle for the Stanley Cup. Who are they? How did they get here?

    A look at some of the numbers behind the conference champs:

    3,160

    The combined total of regular season, playoff, Olympic and world championship games played by Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks before playing in their first Stanley Cup Final game on Monday.

    2

    The age of Penguins goalie Matt Murray when Dainius Zubrus of the Sharks made his debut with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1996, which was also the year he was taken in the NHL Draft.

    30

    The total number of Canadian players on both teams’ active rosters – an important fact to know in Gary Bettman’s Plan To Attract Canadian Viewers To A Non-Canadian Playoff Season Through Canadian Players.

    339

    The number of power-play opportunities between the regular season and postseason for the Sharks, most for any team in the NHL this season. The Penguins, by comparison, had 325.

    79

    84-1-2

    56

    73.74

    .847

    4

    -145

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who are Conn Smythe favorites? (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    The Stanley Cup Final has arrived, as the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the San Jose Sharks for the big silver chalice. 

    Both team have had stellar performances from individual players to help them reach the final round.

    But which ones have really stood out? Which players have the accomplishments, the narrative and the momentum to potentially capture the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP?

    Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski breaks down the Top 5 Conn Smythe contenders in this week’s edition of The Wysh List, his weekly countdown of all things hockey.

     

     

  • Subban, Hall, Perry among missing on Canada World Cup roster

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It’s often been said that Canada has so many players worthy of being on their national team that there could literally be a second national team made up of the snubs.  

    So with that, we present you with the seven final additions to the Team Canada World Cup of Hockey roster, which were announced on Friday:

    GOALIES

    G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

    G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    DEFENSEMEN

    D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks *

    D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

    D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    D Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings *

    D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues *

    D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks

    D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

    FORWARDS

    F Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

    F Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

    F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    F Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche *

    F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

    F Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers *

    F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins *

    F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

    F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    F John Tavares, New York Islanders

    F Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks *

    F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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  • Kessel, Shattenkirk left off final Team USA World Cup roster

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Team USA’s final World Cup of Hockey roster additions were announced on Friday evening and, well, they reaffirmed that John Tortorella is the head coach.  

    Seven players were added, highlighted below. They join the 16 previous selected to the team on March 2, as chosen by management group that includes old-school names like Dean Lombardi, Paul Holmgren, Brian Burke, Jim Johannson and John Tortorella. Please keep that in mind as you read the following:

    GOALIES

    G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

    G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

    G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

    DEFENSEMEN

    D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

    D John Carlson, Washington Capitals

    D Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche *

    D Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets *

    D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers

    D Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals *

    D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

    FORWARDS

    F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings

    F David Backes, St. Louis Blues *

    F Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning *

    F Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets *

    F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

    F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

    F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

    F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens

    F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

    F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

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  • Lake Erie Monsters have hockey playoffs’ greatest new tradition

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Lake Erie Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. On Thursday night, the defeated the Ontario Reign in double-overtime to advance to the Calder Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

    (Hooray for some semblance of palpable optimism about the future for Blue Jackets fans!)

    Along the way, the Monsters have created one of the most memorable playoff traditions we’ve come across recently. Or at least among those that involve hockey players getting the graffiti on:

    Spray paint for shutouts 👊#BattleTogether pic.twitter.com/qDYcT70osB

    Seriously, how awesome is that? In a high-school pep rally kind of way?

    This is the first year the Monsters have done the spray paint bit on the boards of their home rink for the postseason. Jeff Elston, the team’s communications coordinator, said the idea was came from someone in the team’s front office, and the players embraced it. “They were never in on the idea, but each player that has done it has enjoyed it big time,” he said

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  • NHL All-Access: Blues, Sharks brought the nasty in their series

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The next episode of SHOWTIME’s “All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup” is Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.

    The first episode was a strong entry, if you prefer your NHL reality shows to be action heavy rather than attempting to create drama out of the mundane and routine.

    Some of you apparently didn’t dig the 30-minute format vs. the hour-long “24/7” and “Road To the NHL Winter Classic. But for what this was – a week in review show, capturing the fury of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – it was outstanding.

    Here’s a taste of what’s in store for the next episode, as the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks got physical and nasty with each other. The Vlasic/Shattenkirk snark to start was outstanding.

  • Stanley Cup Final: 5 most fascinating things about Penguins vs. Sharks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the St. Louis Blues might have produced the best ratings scenario for the NHL in the U.S., but the Penguins vs. the San Jose Sharks produced the best everything else imaginable for the League.

    There’s star power. There’s high-octane offense, physical defense and dynamic special teams play. There are few noticeable beards. And there are enough narratives to choke a Brontosaurus. 

    Here are the five things that have me most intrigued, at first blush:

    Speed Demons

    As Sidney Crosby put it after Game 7: “It's going to be fast hockey.”

    No kidding. The Penguins showed in their last two wins that they can skate most teams out of the building. Their puck placement in the attacking zone allows their burners to win races to the puck. Their ability to stretch their offense from blue line to blue line created countless chances for players like Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin and Bryan Rust. 

    The only wrinkle here: The Sharks have looked mighty fast against a couple of plodding teams in the Kings and Blues. What happens against the Penguins, who can match or surpass their speed?

    Dictating Terms

    Stifling The Stars

    Murray vs. Jones

    Finally …

    A Weird Stat

  • Sidney Crosby, Penguins finally find championship identity

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    PITTSBURGH – It was December. Mike Sullivan walked into the room for the first time as Pittsburgh Penguins head coach and looked at the team he had inherited near the midseason. 

    Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Phil Kessel. Kris Letang. The elite of the elite.

    So he acknowledged to the group that the Penguins, in fact, had great players. The challenge was to stop being a team with great players, and become a great team.

    “If we can do that,” he said, “that’s how you win in this League.”

    The Penguins were already wise to this philosophy. Along with ungodly standards of excellence, it was the driving force behind the firing of GM Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma in the Great Purge of 2014. The former lost his job because the roster lacked the quality depth to augment the great players. The latter lost his job because management felt his coaching system wasn’t suited to win in the playoffs.

    The other reason Sullivan’s hiring was advantageous was that he was familiar with many of the depth players who would, in fact, help turn the Penguins into a great team.

    His faith in the young players was rewarded. His veteran players’ faith in Sullivan was as well.

    But it does start there.

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  • Why Sidney Crosby touched Prince of Wales Trophy despite jinx

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    PITTSBURGH – You don’t touch the trophy. 

    The San Jose Sharks didn’t, avoiding the Clarence Campbell Bowl like it was radioactive after winning the Western Conference title on Wednesday night.

    But after the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final 24 hours later, there was captain Sidney Crosby, holding the Prince of Wales Trophy during a photo op with Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin.

    Ummmm … jinx much?

    But there was a reason behind Crosby’s flouting of hockey hexes – it’s tradition for the Penguins.

    In 1991, captain Mario Lemieux not only touched the Wales Trophy but actually skated around in celebration with it. The Penguins would win their first Stanley Cup in team history in the following round against the Minnesota North Stars.

    Mystery solved.

    Sidney Patrick Crosby. Are you serious? pic.twitter.com/6umHN40ss0

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