Greg Wyshynski

  • NHL Three Stars: In which Tyler Bozak tallies a hat trick vs. Ottawa

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    No. 1 Star: Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs 

    Oh, you know, just a Tyler Bozak four-point night against a team in desperate need of points on the playoff bubble. Bozak scored a third-period hat trick and had the primary helper on Eric Brewer’s overtime game-winner in the Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. No wonder Connor McDavid wants to be him!

    No. 2 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    The Red Wings goalie made things interesting between the pipes as Detroit pushes towards the playoffs, shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0. He made 23 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Crosby, who is totally having an off year, increased his hold on the Art Ross by scoring a goal and assisting on two others in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

    Did You Know? Iginla had three assists, giving him 1,222 NHL points to pass Jean Beliveau into 40th place all time.

  • Craig Anderson makes ridiculous blocker saves, somehow blamed for loss (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson made his first start since March 10, and just his third appearance since Jan. 21, on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a start he had to make, with sensation Andrew “Hamburglar” Hammond unable to go due to a “lower body injury.” 

    As usual, Anderson did some things that boggle the mind, like on this sequence above. Guess that blocker hand is feeling better …

    But Anderson also did something Hammond hasn’t done much of during his time as the starter: He lost a game, and gave up four goals in the process. Eric Brewer’s overtime goal for the Leafs gave them the 4-3 win; the Senators dropped a point behind the Boston Bruins, who defeated the New York Rangers earlier in the day.

    A check of social media found some Senators fansless than enthused with Anderson, who stopped 27 of 31 shots for a .871 save percentage. (Three of the goals came at even strength.)

    It continued a rather putrid run for Anderson, who has given up three or more goals in his last six appearances.

  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Which teams can clinch tonight?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Huge night of action in the playoffs races on Saturday night, and there are a few teams that can end any uncertainty about their participation in the postseason.

    * The Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Panthers in any fashion  OR if the Rangers defeat the Bruins in any fashion  OR  if they get one point against the Panthers  AND  the Bruins defeat the Rangers in a shootout.   * The Ducks would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Islanders in any fashion  OR  if they lose to the Islanders in overtime or a shootout.   * The Lightning would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Red Wings in any fashion OR  if they get one point against the Red Wings  AND  the Rangers defeat the Bruins in any fashion  OR  if the Rangers defeat the Bruins in regulation.   * The Predators would clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Capitals in any fashion.

    The St. Louis Blues can clinch with a win over the Blue Jackets.

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Will Patrick Kane return sooner than expected?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Make sure you feign shock and awe when Patrick Kane inevitably makes his return to the ice earlier than anticipated during the Chicago Blackhawks’ playoff run.

    We all know that’s how it’s going down, right? Kane had surgery on Feb. 25, one day after the then-leading goal scorer in the NHL broke his collarbone. The recovery prognosis was 12 weeks, which means the Blackhawks would have him back for a potential conference final series against the LA Kings a Western Conference foe.

    Coach Joel Quenneville said on Friday that the timetable for Kane remains the same, but that he “always hoped” his recovery could be expedited. 

    From ESPN Chicago, as Patrick Kane begins skating again:

    “I think it’s still the same timetable, but how well he’s skating and how well he’s doing, I think he feels real good about where he’s at,” Quenneville said.

    “It’s just a matter of when he gets that green light is probably going to be the hurdle. But we like his approach, and he’s doing a lot of things out there that he wants to do or is able to do. That’s a good sign.”

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: East races intensify; Flames knocked outside bubble

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Strap in … we’ve got a lot to unpack after Thursday night.

    Here’s what happened during a full slate of awesome games involving playoff teams:

    * The Los Angeles Kings are now the No. 3 seed in the Pacific, defeating the Islanders and leap-frogging the idle Flames. They’re also now just two points in back of Vancouver for second in the division after the Canucks lost at home.

    * The Flames are now in ninth place, trailing the Kings by a point and the Jets by three points for the last wild card. Oh, yeah: They finish the season with the Kings and Jets.

    * The New York Rangers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with their win over the Ottawa Senators, moving to 101 points and the conference lead.

    * The Senators saw the Hamburglar get flamed broiled in that loss, and are now tied in points with the Boston Bruins (85) after their overtime loss to the Ducks. The Bruins have 33 ROW to Ottawa’s 32, but the Sens have a game in-hand.

    Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Ten things we want at Sabres vs. Coyotes NHL Draft Tank-a-palooza

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes meet in Buffalo on Thursday night, in what is somehow simultaneously the most important and least important game of the season. 

    The Sabres are last in the NHL at 47 points in 73 games; the Coyotes have 52 points in 74 games and are second-to-last. The one who finishes in the basement is assured of getting super prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. The other one … not so much.

    These crazy kids meet again on Monday in Glendale, too. So in honor of this unprecedented mini-series between the two draft lottery darlings, we present The 10 Things We Want To See At The Sabres vs. Coyotes Tank-a-palooza, because everything sounds fun when you add “palooza” to it. Shameless written in the style of a Buzzfeed listicle! 

    And here … we … go.

    10. Instead of the national anthem, have the singer belt out Tom Petty’s “Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes.”

    9. Play a prerecorded message from Connor McDavid explaining how honored he is that both teams would sacrifice so much to have him join their team, and how both franchises are unique snowflakes and how they’re both beautiful in their own way.

    7. Two words: Tank Zamboni.

    Or …

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Jamie Baker on Sharks' future; Going Postal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    It's a Thursday 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 Star: Jamie Baker on the Sharks!

    • Wysh goes to the MAURY Show.

    • Huge night in the East.

    • The Boll suspension. 

    • Marek on OHL.

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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Crazy night ahead in Eastern Conference

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    The top 10 teams in the Eastern Conference are all in action on Thursday night, as are two teams right on the Western Conference bubble.

    We mention this fully knowing that the attention of the hockey world will be on the two worst teams in the NHL facing off in a competition to see which one is worster.

    But while you watch the Coyotes and the Sabres play a game of hot potato, here’s the rest of the awesome on Thursday night:

    Montreal at Winnipeg: The only 100-point team in the NHL battles a Jets team that’s holding onto the last wild card in the West.

    Nashville at Tampa Bay: Two teams battling for the top seed in their divisions and the NHL overall. The Preds could move into first in the West with a win and some help; ditto the Lightning in the East.

    San Jose at Detroit: Eh, not the most important game, considering the plight of the Sharks, but the Wings need to find their footing before the playoffs.

    Pittsburgh at Carolina: The Penguins are trying to catch the Islanders and keep ahead of the Capitals.

    Annnnd exhale…

    Meanwhile, in the West …

  • Senators coach: Don’t throw burgers on ice, donate to food banks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The first thing you see when you log onto the Ottawa Senators’ official site is an image of Andrew Hammond’s “Hamburglar” mask, celebrating the goaltending sensation that’s led the team to a playoff spot. Last week, the Senators gave away 10,000 Hamburglar masks at a game.

    It’s understandable fans would want to play their role in this sensation, and they started tossing hamburgers on the ice after goals and at the end of the contest in celebration. It was an organic, wonderful instant tradition for a fan base with too few of them; a sense of identity for a team that could use one. 

    So, naturally, everyone involved in the burger tossing is now made to feel like a heartless scrooge, shamelessly tossing $2 McDonald’s singles on the ice rather than donating them to a local food bank.

    It was a sentiment shared by hockey’s shrillest moralist and by Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos on the radio, where Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron heard the call to arms. On Wednesday, at the end of media availability, he echoed the sentiment and called for fans to make donations rather than throw burgers on the ice:

    We kid.

  • Buffalo bar offers Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel drinks with cruel twist

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    It’s been a surreal Buffalo Sabres season for the Amherst Pizza & Ale House, as it would be for any sports bar hosting local fans that are actively hoping their team will fail.

    “Lots of awkward cheering,” said John Bona III, owner of the suburban Buffalo restaurant. “The lottery thing is pretty big here in the Buffalo area. We play the games of other teams near the bottom, too.”

    The Sabres are currently last in the NHL, guaranteeing them at least the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft and giving them the best odds to get the first. The prizes at the end: Once-in-a-lifetime prospect Connor McDavid and instant franchise savior Jack Eichel. The Sabres aren’t sure which one they’ll end up with if they finish at the bottom ... which gave Bona a devious idea for a new drink promotion.

    A customer asked if the Ale House was going to create a Connor McDavid drink special for St. Patrick’s Day. Bona liked the idea, and commissioned his “mad scientists behind the bar” to come up with a green beverage.

    Genius … but not the first time Bona’s bar has gotten major publicity for a sports-related promotion.

    As for which drink he prefers?