Greg Wyshynski

  • Connor McDavid scores first NHL goal, trails Gretzky by 893

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 54 mins ago

    It took him just over two games, but Connor McDavid finally tallied his first NHL goal for the Edmonton Oilers. 

    McDavid, the tank-inspiring phenom that went first overall in June’s NHL Draft, scored at 12:18 of the second period at the Dallas Stars. Defenseman Andrej Sekera took the shot; McDavid, sliding over to the middle from the left side, tipped the puck past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

    Here's the goal. So happy!

    McDavid had no points in his first two NHL games, although he had two shots in each game.

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    He started the season skating with Taylor Hall, but hasn’t skated with the Oilers’ star winger much since. One reason, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, is that both players want the puck:

    Hall wasn’t on the ice when McDavid scored.

    So there you go: Just 893 goals away from tying Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record. McDavid gets there, what, in eight or nine years?



  • Even NHL coach’s challenge can’t save us from Tim Peel

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The primary problem with Tim Peel, NHL referee and our old drinkin’ buddy, was his complete inconsistency and frequent misinterpretation of the League’s rules on goalie interference.

    This season, the NHL appeared to have provided the antidote to that poison: The NHL coach’s challenge, which provided teams with the chance to appeal calls like goalie interference when goals are scored.

    What many of us didn’t anticipate, however, was that referees like Tim Peel would find a way to still blow the call despite having the cockadoodie replay right in front of their faces.

    In the Washington Capitals’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, defenseman Dmitry Orlov managed to sneak a puck past goalie Martin Jones with Jay Beagle of the Capitals providing a screen.

    Pete DeBoer, the Sharks coach, decided to challenge the goal, as Beagle skated through Jones’s crease and came close to the goalie.


  • Alex Ovechkin misses Capitals’ game vs. Sharks for personal reasons

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Alex Ovechkin wasn’t in the lineup for the Washington Capitals as they took on the San Jose Sharks on home ice Tuesday night, for what the team called “personal reasons." 

    Ovechkin was called a "game-time decision" by coach Barry Trotz. He did arrive at Verizon Center for the game, according to Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson, but didn’t take part in warm-ups for the Capitals. The team later announced that Ovechkin would be out of the lineup. There was no elaboration on his absence.

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    Ovechkin has missed only 12 regular-season games since 2010.

    San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said that the Sharks won’t dramatically alter their game plan without Ovechkin on the other side of the ice. Via CSN:

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Jack Eichel hockey god, Dean Lombardi fallout

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Click here to download podcasts from the show each day. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Feedburner or Soundcloud.  

    It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, in which we discussed:

    - The hockey godliness of Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, with special guest Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

    - How and why an NHL coach gets fired.

    - Teams off to bad starts, including the Boston Bruins.

    - The fallout from Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi and his emo confessional in the LA Times over Mike Richards.

    - 3-on-3 OT.

    - Why encores at rock concerts suck.

    - Your questions, comments and observations about this game we call hockey in our GOING POSTAL mailbag.

  • Julianne Hough braver than T.J. Oshie, Capitals coaster ride reveals (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    The Washington Capitals held their annual season-ticker holder party at Six Flags America* recent, which meant that players and their significant others had a chance to brave “Superman: Ride of Steel,” which recreates the experience of Kal-El fighting and then murdering General Zod while thousands of people die in a crumbling Metropolis (just a guess here, actually). 

    They slapped Go-Pro cameras in front of Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough; Alex Ovechkin and his fiancé Nastya Shubskaya; and T.J. Oshie and wife Lauren Cosgrove.

    The resulting footage is pretty much what you’d expect: Hough and Laich going all-in on the fun; Ovechkin acting like he just sniped a power play goal while Nastya eases into the coaster thrills; Cosgrove having a blast; and T.J. Oshie looking like he’s one steep drop from soiling himself.

    Seriously, this poor guy:

    As the video shows, Oshie has a death grip on the coaster car during the ride, doing that wide-eyes smile that says “I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT PLUMMET TO MY DEMISE!!!!!!"

    Well that was fun. Usually the Capitals wait until April for their emotional roller coaster.


  • Islanders sign goon Eric Boulton, now in his 20th pro season

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Think about all the good things GM Garth Snow has done for the New York Islanders. The Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy deals. The Jaroslav Halak signing. The way he secured the young core of his team for a decent price. These are all good things. 

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    But there’s this other thing that Garth does that’s inexplicable in 2015 for an NHL team, which is signing bloody knuckled war horses like Eric Boulton to a one-year contract, as he did on Tuesday.

    Boulton played the last three seasons for the Islanders, totaling 48 games and 154 penalty minutes. He skated 7:11 per game last season in 10 games. (Yet he scored two goals, which is really a hell of a goals-per-minute ratio.)

    According to General Fanager, Boulton will make $575,000 this season with a $25,000 performance clause for each playoff round the Islanders win while he’s a healthy scratch.

    Tell that to Garth Snow.

  • No rainbows or butterflies for Columbus Blue Jackets so far

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    In our season preview, none of the prognosticators selected Todd Richards of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the first coach fired. After all, this is a stacked roster with a ton of momentum and optimism, right? 

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    The Jackets are now 0-3-0 after losing to Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres (tm) on Monday. It’s only the second time in franchise history that they’ve started pointless in three games, but it’s not the first time they’ve stumbled out of the gate under Richards. Here’s their record after the first month of the season under Richards, who took over the Jackets in 2011-12.

    2014-15: 4-7-0

    2013-14: 5-7-0

    2012-13: 4-10-2 (Jan. 21-Feb. 21)

    Which made star center Ryan Johansen’s comments even more interesting:

    “In sports, it’s never going to be all rainbows and butterflies,” Johansen said.



  • Islanders fan celebrates goal by raising child like Stanley Cup (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The New York Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for their first regular-season win in Brooklyn, 4-2.

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    It was a time for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than by lifting a small child into the air like a human Stanley Cup? 

    Here's another look:

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    Pat Iversen of SB Nation capped this hilarious scene as Josh Bailey scored an empty-netter to put away the Jets. And this is why they play afternoon games on holidays: So children can attend, be gorilla pressed into the air during goal celebrations.

    But who are we to criticize how one chooses to raise their child?

    s/t The Score



  • Jack Eichel steals, snipes, continues to dazzle for Sabres (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Should Jack Eichel be able to make it look this easy, this soon?

    The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft scored his second career goal in his third career game on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it was an awesome display of two-way talent.

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    Eichel tried a pass to the Jackets’ crease that failed, the Columbus transitioned the other way with Boone Jenner. Eichel hustled back and stole the puck. He skated wide down the left wing, watching defenseman Kevin Connauton track him for an attempted blocked shot. Not only does Eichel time his shot perfectly, he places it perfectly – top shelf, far corner, over the shoulder of Sergei Bobrovsky for an unassisted beauty.

    Again … this is an 18 year old, and this was his third NHL game.

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  • Can we trust Dean Lombardi after Mike Richards debacle?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    It’s been over 48 hours since Dean Lombardi let the hockey world know how the destructive spiral of Mike Richards has affected Dean Lombardi, and I’m still baffled at to what he felt this would accomplish. 

    Make no mistake: Hockey teams are a family, from the suits upstairs to the guy mopping up the dressing room; and I’m sympathetic and acquainted with the way addiction ravages a family. The frustration, the exasperation and the helplessness that came through in Lombardi’s prepared statement to the LA Times on Friday night were no doubt familiar to too many who read it.

    But what the hell did we read, exactly?

    Literally. He walked into Kings executive Jeff Solomon’s office after the arrest of Slava Voynov for domestic violence and said “this is my fault” for not better educating the team.

    And so Lombardi now feels that he’s charged with making sure none of this affects players he cares about again.

    Perhaps that’s a good thing.