Greg Wyshynski

  • Puck Daddy Game 7 live chat: Penguins vs. Lightning!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 51 mins ago

    It's one game, with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. Will it be the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Tampa Bay Lightning moving on to face the San Jose Sharks?

    Join you're friends at Yahoo Sports for a live chat during Game 7, including tweets from experts and images from around hockey fandom.

    Join us for all the shock, awe, laughs and Hamburger Women!

  • Steven Stamkos back for Lightning in Game 7 vs. Penguins (UPDATE)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 14 mins ago

    PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos is back for the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    The captain hasn’t played since March 31, out after surgery to correct a blood clot. He’s skated regularly throughout the postseason. He's waited for medical clearance and his coach’s decision to insert him back in the lineup.

    According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Times:

    Stamkos' surgeon, Karl Illig, told the Times, his risks are "very, very low," decision up to Stamkos. "I think he's doing the right thing."

    Illig said he cleared Stamkos a while ago, issue was blood thinners. Stamkos received several opinions and made decision to return tonight

    Jon Cooper sat down for his customary pregame press conference 90 minutes before the puck drops on Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

    “Before we get going, don’t ask about the lineup. At all. Because I don’t know,” said the Tampa Bay Lightning coach. “OK, we’ve set that straight: Questions about Game 7?”

    Sure. What’s Steven Stamkos’s status for Game 7? 

    “Questions about Game 7. Let’s go,” said Cooper.

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  • Game 7: Seven keys as Penguins, Lightning battle for Cup Final

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins battle in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night, playing for the right to challenge the San Jose Sharks for the Stanley Cup. 

    Who takes it? Whose hockey reigns supreme?

    Here are seven keys to Game 7. Please join your friends at Puck Daddy for a full night of Game 7 coverage.

    1. Scoring First

    Look, we’d like to treat hockey like its an intricate game full of nuance whose basic stats are just one strand in the fabric of analytical facts that determine success or failure on any given night …

    … but sometimes we just have to report that the Lightning are 8-1 when scoring the first goal and the Penguins are 8-2. So there.

    2. Skate, Penguins, Skate

    The Penguins won Game 6 because they skated the Lightning out of the building in the first 40 minutes. “We did a good job of putting pucks in areas where we could use our speed. Guys grabbed it, took off and used our feet,” said forward Matt Cullen. “We take away time and space and make it hard on other teams.”

    3. Stop Giving Pittsburgh Gifts

    The last time the Lightning were in Pittsburgh, they had one recorded giveaway. One. In 60 minutes and 53 seconds of hockey.

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  • Penguins Game 7 newbies try to keep nerves in check

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Bryan Rust wouldn’t necessarily call it a pregame nap. Not when he expected to spend the majority of it staring at the ceiling of his room, nervous anticipation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final consuming him. 

    This is the first Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 for several Penguins players; some of whom are youngsters experiencing their first prolonged playoff run and some of whom are veterans that, for various reasons, haven’t seen much playoff action. Other Penguins have plenty of Game 7 experience.

    Rust said he knew this team would be a Stanley Cup contender for that reason. “I thought after about six weeks of being here that this was a close group of guys, a good balance of older and younger. As soon as we all realized that, we knew we could do something special,” said Rust, who scored a breakaway goal in their Game 6 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to avoid elimination.

    Like Rust, rookie Conor Sheary started in the AHL this season with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Like Rust, his speed has allowed the Penguins to press the tempo and skate teams out of the building, as they did for 40 minutes of Game 6.

    Now, he’ll skate in his first Game 7.

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  • Why NBC killed Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 7 viewing party

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday that there would not be a Game 7 viewing party for fans outside of Amalie Arena, where hundreds of fans gather in "Thunder Alley" to watch games on a big screen, in a festive atmosphere.

    Here was the announcement:

    From the sound of things, those merchants that bring their food trucks and other wares to the Thunder Alley viewing party weren’t expecting that:

    @WFLAPaul nothing really, just rants on FB about food trucks getting a call this afternoon that it was called off pic.twitter.com/6TgxpIw4gd

    But if you’re an NHL fan in the U.S., you’re probably not surprised. Ever since the League signed on with NBC, the issue over large fan viewing parties has come up nearly every postseason.

    The first big blowup was in Pittsburgh during their 2009 Stanley Cup run, when large viewing parties outside of the Igloo were sometimes cancelled because "NBC Sports does not allow teams to show their broadcasts on arena screens." 

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  • Steven Stamkos not thinking about potential last game with Lightning

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Steven Stamkos said there’s no change in his status, which would mean the Tampa Bay Lightning star will likely miss Thursday night’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 as he continues to work back from surgery to correct a blood clot issue. He hasn’t seen game action since March 31.

    The difference between this game and all the others that Stamkos has missed is that the Lightning, with a loss, will have played their final game of the season.

    Which means Stamkos, an unrestricted free agent with a swirl of uncertainty around him, may be watching his final game as a member of the Lightning as a spectator.

    “I’m not thinking about that,” he said on Thursday.

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    Of course, there’s another way to look at Game 7: If the Lightning defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, they play on to the Stanley Cup Final. Which means another series in which Stamkos could potentially return to the lineup.

    He said his status isn’t nearly as important as the task at hand for his team.

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  • Hockey fan gets Gary Bettman tattoo on butt, fulfilling vow

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Daylen Hopkins is a hockey fan on Twitter, and a bold one at that. 

    Back in February, Hopkins couldn’t believe that the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings were mortal. So he made a bold prediction for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tweeting the following:

    I'll get Gary Bettman's face tattooed on my ass if Chicago and LA both get bounced in the first round

    That’s a whole lotta hubris right there.

    Then, a funny thing happened: The Blackhawks and the Kings both lost in the opening round, to the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, respectively.

    Even funnier: “SlayIen” is a man of his word.

    From the official Kickstarter page

    Back in late February, I made a regrettable tweet which said "I'll get Gary Bettman's face tattooed on my ass if Chicago and LA both get bounced in the first round." I am a man of my word so, I'm raising this money partly for the tattoo but mostly for KidSportBC which helps underprivileged youth play sports.

    Let it never be said that Daylen doesn’t follow through on a wager.

    On Wednesday night, Gary Bettman’s face was tattooed on his backside:

    No, your eyes don’t deceive you:

  • Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray: The Kid and the kid quiet critics

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TAMPA, Fla. – Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray sat together in front of microphones after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Game 6 victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning. One is The Kid, despite being 28 years old, hat turned forward. The other is the kid, turning 22 on Wednesday, hat turned backward. 

    Both answered their doubters and critics in their own way, willing the Eastern Conference Final to a Game 7 on Thursday night with a 5-2 win. 

    But Crosby came through.

    “He's exceptional,” said forward Matt Cullen, “and that was an unbelievable goal.”

    This will be Crosby’s first Game 7 since 2014, a 2-1 semifinal loss to the New York Rangers in which he didn’t tally a point – a loss that cost the jobs of both coach Dan Bylsma and GM Ray Shero.

    "I think that you go through different experiences, and you realize how hard it is to get these kind of opportunities,” said Crosby. “As a group, we've been through a lot and want to make the most of this opportunity.”

    Did the game on the bench help clear his head after getting yanked in Game 4?

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  • Lightning lose goal, lose pucks and lose chance to end Penguins

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TAMPA, Fla. – It happened again.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a chance to close out their opponent in the Eastern Conference Final, lose Game 6 on home ice. All the Lightning talked about leading up to Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins were the lessons they learned from last season’s blowout loss to the New York Rangers in the same scenario.

    About not squandering opportunities like this. About outplaying a foe that they knew would enter their building skating for their playoff lives.

    And yet it happened again.

    “It’s disappointing. Nothing we can do about it now,” said forward Brian Boyle, who scored twice in the third period of their 5-2 loss to the Penguins.

    The Lightning were sloppy with the puck, turning it over 17 times. Consider that they had one giveaway in the entirety of their Game 5 win.

    “We weren’t getting out of the zone. They outworked us at times during the first 40, and we can’t let that happen.”

    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said it started with a phone call from video coach Andy Saucier.

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  • Penguins, Crosby force Game 7 vs. Lightning with 5-2 win

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    TAMPA, Fla. – For the second straight season, the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to close out an opponent in an Eastern Conference Final Game 6 at home. 

    The good news is that they went on to defeat the New York Rangers in Game 7 last year, earning a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

    The bad news is that the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t the New York Rangers.

    The Penguins forced a Game 7 on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over the Lightning. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist after going scoreless in his previous two games. Rookie goalie Matt Murray – pulled in Tampa two periods into Game 4, and benched in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 5 – made 28 saves.

    It wasn't the blowout loss the Lightning suffered last season, thanks to an impressive third-period rally. But it was still a loss.

    The first period saw the Lightning lose a goal to a coach’s challenge and give up a goal thanks to a delay of game call.

    But in the third period, Brian Boyle happened.

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