Greg Wyshynski

  • Penguins CEO says GM, coach, Crosby and Malkin all safe

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    After the Pegnuins were eliminated by the New York Rangers on Friday night, Evgeni Malkin held court with reporters and Mike Johnston spoke at the podium. In both case, for whatever reason, my mindset was the same: Is this the last time I’m seeing these guys with Pittsburgh?  

    Johnston was brought in to make the Penguins a better playoff team; instead, they existed more quickly than they ever did under Dan Bylsma. Malkin went pointless in the Rangers series, and if the Penguins were really going to shake up the team, it might have been the end of an era for him.

    But David Morehouse, CEO and president of the Penguins, said Johnston and Malkin are safe. So is Sidney Crosby, quelling any of that bizarre speculation. And above all, GM Jim Rutherford, the Band-Aid applied to the team after Ray Shero was fired last summer, is back as well.

    From Jason Mackey of the Tribune-Review:

    Morehouse also quashed trade talk surrounding franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

    So there you go.

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  • Do the Washington Capitals have a killer instinct?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Since the first year Alex Ovechkin made the playoffs with the Washington Capitals, they’ve played in nine playoff series. Seven of them have gone seven games; the only two that didn’t came in the same 2010-11 season, a five-game win over the Rangers and a sweep at the hands of the Lightning. 

    So, chin up, New York Islanders fans: These things tend to go the distance for the Capitals, even if they’re up 3-2 in the series.

    But this isn’t a Capitals team about tendencies, or the past. This is a Capitals team desperately trying to prove that this postseason, and this mix of players, is different.

    Do they actually have a killer instinct this time?

    Said Troy Brouwer to CSN Washington:

    Barry Trotz said he wants the Capitals to use the past to thrive in the present:

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  • NHL Three Stars: Dubnyk bounces back for Wild; Hagelin wins in OT

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild 

    The Minnesota goalie had yet another great bounce-back game, stopping 36 shots in the Wild’s 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 5. He made 19 saves in the third period alone. 

    No. 2 Star: Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers

    The forward’s second goal of the playoffs turned out to be the series clincher, as his leaping tally past Marc-Andre Fleury gave the Rangers a 2-1 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5. 

    No. 3 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

    The starter who became a backup and is now a starter again made 45 saves in the Sens’ 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, including 19 in the third period. Montreal now leads 3-2 in the series.

    Honorable Mention: Marco Scandella and Nino Niederreiter scored their second of the playoffs. … Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth. … Bobby Ryan scored two goals, breaking a long slump. … Mike Hoffman and Mika Zibanejad had two assists each. … Fleury made 34 saves, while Lundqvist made 37. 

    Did You Know? The Penguins scored eight goals on 132 shots against Lundqvist.

  • Penguins cite injuries, bounces for Game 5 exit but praise Fleury

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEW YORK – The ultimate reaction to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs will come in the weeks and months following Friday's Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers.

    Players will be jettisoned. Perhaps a coach. Perhaps a GM. Perhaps even a foundational star whose departure fundamentally changes the team’s identity. 

    But in the short term, the Penguins sat in their dressing room at Madison Square Garden – their coach, Mike Johnston, opted not to speak to them after the game – and reflected on a tightly played but brief series, and the rocky road that led there.

    “We’re missing some guys. All year. It’s tough to get your rhythm as far as team identity. I’m not using that as an excuse by any means. We still found a way to get ourselves into the playoffs,” said captain Sidney Crosby.

    “We lost our two best defensemen. That’s tough for team,” said Evgeni Malkin of Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff, the team’s best puck-moving defensemen, who missed the entire series due to injury.

    "If I step on the ice, it’s healthy. I have a couple small injuries, but not big one,” he said.

    Malkin said he just didn’t get it done.

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  • Rangers beat Penguins in OT, eliminating Pittsburgh in Game 5

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    NEW YORK – Carl Hagelin scored with 9:08 remaining in the first overtime to send the New York Rangers to the second round and eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games on Friday night, 2-1.

    A hard-working shift from Dominic Moore dug the puck out to Hagelin, who put it past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling to the ice. 

    "I don't remember it at all, to be honest," said Hagelin. "I didn't do much on that shift until I saw Dom was in trouble behind the net. I went behind there to pick up the puck and then I just skated around the circle and I took a shot. Somehow, it went in."

    Hagelin said the goal was "one of the happiest moments of my life."

    The game was an outstanding goaltending battle between Henrik Lundqvist (37 saves) and Marc-Andre Fleury (34 saves), as both netminders kept the score close with clutch saves in each period.

    "I thought both goaltenders were good tonight," said Penguins coach Mike Johnston. "Unfortunately, it was another 2-1 game in their favor."

    The Rangers struck at 4 minutes, 23 seconds of the first period after a Nick Spaling tripping penalty.

     

     

     

  • Max Lapierre does chicken impression to mock Dan Boyle (GIF)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    GIF Lapierre: literally the worst pic.twitter.com/W105dVRdVK

    Max Lapierre of the Pittsburgh Penguins is one of the most anything goes pests in the NHL, whether it’s faking an injury to earn a penalty or making light of Patrice Bergeron getting bitten by Alex Burrows.

    He’s been an absolute miscreant in the Penguins’ series against the New York Rangers, and that continued in Game 5 on Friday night, when he taunted Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle by acting like a chicken. Which is the universal symbol for “you’re a coward,” last time we checked.

    Speaking of checks, you might remember Lapierre and Boyle have a little history.

    Lapierre was suspended five games for that hit, which put Boyle on a stretcher.

    The true measure of respect, of course, being doing the chicken wings to a guy you put on a stretcher. 

  • Vezina Trophy Finalists: Devan Dubnyk vs. Carey Price vs. Pekka Rinne

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL announced on Friday that Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as voted on by the League’s 30 general managers. 

    Please note the finalists are presented in alphabetical order; were they properly presented as “Vezina winner Carey Price and two guys who will watch Carey Price win the Vezina,” it would drain the award of much of the mystery that literally has hundreds of people tuning in for the NHL Awards in June. 

    That said …

    Why Devan Dubnyk Deserves The Vezina

    The NHL says:

    The phrase “it’s an honor to be nominated” gets tossed around a lot, but seriously: Dubnyk went from the “never-was” journeyman scrap heap to quasi-starter in Arizona to starter in Minnesota, carrying the Wild to the playoffs and basically matching Price’s numbers during that roll. He doesn’t have the stats or the body of work to win the Vezina – truth be told, he’s a better Hart nominee – but what a story. 

    Why Carey Price Deserves The Vezina

    The NHL says:

    The NHL says:

     

     

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet; Game Show Friday!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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  • Gary Bettman has a Katy Perry problem

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL has a “Katy Perry” problem.

    Well, at least now they do. When Winnipeg Jets fans serenaded Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks with a “Katy Perry” chant during Game 3 of their playoff series, it was treated by some as another comedic gem by the previously infallible crowd, and by others as a more problematic trend in the NHL and the way the League, the media and fans alienate women.

    So Jesse Spector of The Sporting News asked Bettman about that problematic trend at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday, and Bettman’s response was unsatisfactory to the point of rage-inducing:

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    A reporter asked Bettman whether he feared chants of “Katy Perry” directed at Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry might be off putting to female fans.

    Incredulous, Bettman fired back: “You think that’s sexist? Taunting chants aren’t intended to be sexist.”

    [Ed Note: Bettman? Incredulous? THE DEVIL YOU SAY.]

  • Peter Chiarelli taking over Edmonton hockey ops, Oilers hit jackpot again

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Getting talented hockey people to come to Edmonton has always been a challenge. The Oilers have to overpay or overpromise, and then that individual would have to overcome his apprehensions over geography and the direction of the franchise (which has been in a downward death sprial, lately). 

    Funny how winning the rights to a once-in-a-generation hockey talent can change things …

    Peter Chiarelli, the general manager who built a Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins before his dismissal last week, was named the new president of hockey operations AND general manager for the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, according to the team.

    "I am honoured to join such a great organization with a long history of success. I hope to bring it to the next level," he said. 

    Patrick LaForge has stepped down as President and Chief Operating Officer of Oilers Entertainment Group as well.

    There aren’t many general managers that one can honestly say built a champion. Chiarelli didn’t inherent the framework of a championship team and then colored in the edges – he built the Boston Bruins club that won the Cup in 2011.