Greg Wyshynski

  • Canada wins World Cup of Hockey in stunning third-period rally

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    TORONTO – Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal with 44 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final gave Canada the tournament championship, the result of a stunning third-period rally against Team Europe on Thursday night.

    The host team finished the tournament 6-0, overcoming the toughest opponent they faced and the tightest game they played in the two-week NHL event.

    Carey Price made 32 saves. Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, as its leading scorer.

    In Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final, Canada showed how it could win ugly. In Game 2, they nearly showed they could lose that way, too, playing a disjointed and sloppy game.

    Until the last three minutes, that is.

    With Europe leading 1-0, captain Anze Kopitar was called for holding 16:25, a questionable call. After building pressure in the Europe zone, defenseman Brent Burns fired a shot from the blue line that center Patrice Bergeron deflected home from the slot for his fourth goal of the tournament.

    Patrice Bergeron ties the game pic.twitter.com/UBxLactfzA

    Canada had never trailed in the third period in any of their games.

    Europe outshot Canada 12-8.

    Yikes.

  • Official punched in face during KHL scuffle (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Hockey on-ice officials deserve hazard pay for the amount of abuse they take during scrums, battles and fights.

    Take for example Pyotr Alyoshin, 39-year-old linesman.

    In a game between Sibir and Metallurg on Thursday, Evgeny Timkin earned a slashing penalty for the latter team. Sibir’s Yuri Sergiyenko decided to let him know this wasn’t cool, so he engaged in a scuffle with him.

    Timkin threw a gloved punch at him … and walloped Alyoshin.

    Take a gander:

    Yikes.

    Here’s the GIF:

    Ouch pic.twitter.com/TZHg8jtvOJ

    — KHL_English (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016

    Alyoshin slouched for a moment but didn’t seem too affected by a gloved bunch to the face. Which is why they’re pros.

    Metallurg won the game, 3-0. Timkin was given two minutes for slashing and, we’re guessing, the admiration of his teammates.

    s/t Fox Sports

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2016-17 NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    Last Season

    Where were you when New Jersey Devils fans saw their franchise shaken to its foundations?

    Lou Lamoriello, ruler of all he surveyed since 1987 with the Devils, left the team for the Toronto Maple Leafs in July 2015, two months after stepping aside as general manager in favor of Ray Shero. (And, obviously, stepping down as one-third of their coaching staff.) “Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil,” said owner Josh Harris, in an understatement.

    But it was time for something new, something different. Shero hired John Hynes from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 and generally being like a little pitbull in look and comportment.

    But the story of the season for the Devils was Cory Schneider, who was 27-25-6 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against average. And probably should have been the starter for Team USA in the World Cup, but that’s another blog post…

    2015-16 Season, In One Picture

    Did They Get Better, Worse, Or Are They About The Same?

    Um, yeah, better.

    Five Most Fascinating Players

    1 – Taylor Hall

    2 – Pavel Zacha

    3 – Michael Cammalleri

    4 – Damon Severson

  • Sidney Crosby, the best player in the world!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    TORONTO – That Sidney Crosby needed the World Cup of Hockey as a referendum on his success, his abilities, his acumen, his work ethic or his status as the best hockey player on Earth always seemed a little peculiar to me.

    This exhibition tournament featuring two made-up teams was held a scant three months after Crosby won the most grueling tournament in professional sports, hoisting both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of his team, with four points in the six-game Final against the San Jose Sharks.

    That victory, and Crosby’s performance in leading his team there, came after a regular season in which there were a number of questions about whether he had plateaued or, worse, was in decline. Then Mike Johnston bungled his way out of a job; Mike Sullivan was promoted; the Penguins played an aggressive offensive style; Crosby found his smile and, eventually, his second Stanley Cup.

    Q. VALIDATE SIDNEY CROSBY’S GREATNESS FOR US!?

    A. YES HE IS THAT AMAZING THANKS FOR ASKING!

    Or, more specifically:

    So how does he do it?

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  • NHL cancels World Cup of Hockey viewing party due to weather

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    TORONTO – The NHL has announced that the World Cup of Hockey viewing party scheduled for Thursday night has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey Final between Canada and Team Europe is scheduled for 8 p.m., as Canada has the opportunity to win the World Cup.

    The NHL held a World Cup of Hockey viewing party during Game 1. The photo above is from that viewing party on Tuesday night.

    Standing room only. Lots of it. Maple Leaf square. pic.twitter.com/M0Lh2oj4aS

    — Joe Warmington (@joe_warmington) September 28, 2016

    @mirtle not better here at Maple Leaf Square pic.twitter.com/ZLzQCCPkR4

    — ahmed hagar (@ahmhagar) September 28, 2016

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  • Brett Hull compares Team USA to Titanic, laments ‘old boys’ management

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Brett Hull was a sensational choice for ESPN as an analyst, as his passion for Team USA brought gravitas to his off-the-cuff comments. Plus, his lingering bitterness over the program’s management came in handy when they crashed and burned at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Hull appeared on TSN 1050 in Canada on Wednesday, and explained what he believed went wrong (transcript via Chris Nichols):

    “The philosophy was picked, and they picked it to beat Canada,” continued Hull. “You can’t blame them. That was their theory. That’s what they wanted to do. They did it and it was terribly wrong. It went terribly wrong like the Titanic. But they made their bed. They picked those guys.

    “But I still think they could have put a better system in, or – I don’t know if you guys noticed, or thought the same thing I did, but they seemed like a very unhappy group. When you’re unhappy in a tournament like this, you have no legs. You have no energy. I don’t know if you guys noticed that, but they looked like they were skating in quicksand. Everybody. And there were some good skaters on that team.”

  • Wit and wisdom of Mike Babcock, World Cup edition

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – Mike Babcock, head coach of Team Canada and the Toronto Maple Leafs, is a delight in a press conference, managing to be insightful one moment and then cantankerous the next and then insightfully cantankerous after that.

    Like, for example, these three answers during his media availability on the eve of Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey final, with Canada leading Team Europe 1-0 in their best-of-three. Babcock talked about his success as a coach in the NHL and internationally, and how he approaches Thursday night’s game.

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    Enjoy!

    Q. What defines you as a coach? What’s your secret?

    BABCOCK: “It’s called ‘good players.’ I finished dead last in the National Hockey League last year, over an 82-game period. Worst coach in hockey. So let’s not get carried away here. It’s been a good month.”

  • Team Europe finds Canada’s flaws, its own confidence in loss

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – Frans Nielsen of Team Europe said playing Canada is an exercise in dashed expectations and sudden frustration.

    “You feel like you’re doing good, you’re creating chances and then just a small mistake and they score. So it’s so tough,” he said.

    Of course, this is also how every team that’s faced Team Europe described that experience, to the point where hockey power like Sweden has offensive paralysis set in while worrying about a gaffe.

    “You’re right,” said Nielsen, with a laugh, “but Canada is just so good.”

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    But if you ask Canada, the game was close because they laid an egg.

    Said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo: “If you look at our execution, if we had a play to be made, we didn’t make it.”

    So what can they improve on?

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  • Empty seats, subdued crowd in Canada World Cup win

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – The house was rocking, as fans filled nearly every seat, raising their voices throughout the game with the knowledge that their team was playing with championship glory on the line.

    That was the scene as the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre in front of over 44,000 fans on Tuesday night.

    Down the street at Air Canada Centre, where Team Canada was playing Team Europe in Game 1 of their best-of-three series in the World Cup of Hockey final, the atmosphere was different. The crowd was subdued, and quiet for stretches, despite having the dominant home team two wins away from an international hockey championship. The fans finally came alive in the third period when Canada did, as they defeated Europe 3-1.

    “It’s different,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo of Canada. “Once the game got going, the excitement was there. But you play against the Americans, you play against the Russians, and it’s obviously different.”

    Most of the credit goes to Team Europe, whose puck-control game has syphoned the energy out of the Air Canada Centre more than once in the World Cup tournament – by design.

    Then there were the empty seats:

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  • Andrew Shaw already clowning in Montreal, could face suspension (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks and handed him a six-year contract, GM Marc Bergevin praised him as a “character guy.”

    While some might dispute that label, this is actually fairly accurate. Shaw is a guy. And he is a character. Which is why he’s already clowning as a Canadiens player, and could be suspended for it.

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    Shaw’s team was playing the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game on Tuesday night when he may have been slew-footed by Jay Beagle of the Capitals.

    Shaw was upset at the trip (slewfoot?) and the result was…this: pic.twitter.com/F3rw2zO7ke

    — Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 28, 2016

    UPDATE: 

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