Greg Wyshynski

  • Five reasons Bruce Boudreau spectacularly fails in Game 7s

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Bruce Boudreau lost in a Game 7 on Wednesday night, which essentially means he was coaching in the playoffs. Although he probably won’t be coaching the Anaheim Ducks any longer because of it. 

    That Boudreau has gone 1-7 in Game 7s with two different franchises during his coaching career is just a stunning and stupefying stat. Stunning because it’s hard to conceive of a coach whose regular-season success could cancel out such postseason disappointment, but Boudreau could be a Jack Adams finalist and be looking for a job this month. Stupefying because that’s either bad coaching, bad playing, bad luck or some other supernaturally bad thing happening.

    Why does the same thing happen to the same guy seven times, like he’s some kind of hockey-centric John McClane? (OK, in fairness, there already was a hockey-centric John McClane, and he murdered the Penguins’ mascot.)

    Here are five reasons why Bruce Boudreau can’t seem to win a Game 7. We were going to go to seven but in the spirit of the subject at hand, we fell just short.

    Which brings us to:


  • Tony X, greatest new hockey fan in world, gets huge Blues surprise

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    Viral moments in social media have become calculated, work-shopped and focus-grouped. The truly organic, truly odd moments of simultaneous discovery and zeitgeist tapping are few and far between, which is why they have to be savored and celebrated. 

    And with that, the cult of celebrity around Anthony Holmes, a.k.a. “Tony X,” must be celebrated.

    As he tells it, Tony was flipping around the channels on Monday night looking for the St. Louis Cardinals game. He landed on Fox Sports Midwest where the St. Louis Blues were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their opening round series. Tony tweeted:

    “Yo deadass this the first time I've ever watched hockey and this [crap] has been LIT for these first 45 seconds.”

    What followed were a collection of hilarious observations from a sports fan slowly letting the light of hockey into his heart, including the immortal:

    “White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This [crap] lit.”

    That last line was favorited 52,000 times and counting. And a star was born.


    Here’s that GMA segment:


  • NHL Three Stars: Prince of Tampa; Preds drop Ducks

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Shane Prince, New York Islanders 

    So are we seeing the John Druce of the 2015-16 playoffs? Prince scored twice in 2:29 near the end of the first period, giving the Islanders a lead they’d never give up the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2, Game 1, winning 5-3.

    No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

    Rinne made 36 saves and got some puck luck in the Preds’ 2-1 Game 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He said he packed enough clothes for six days in California, and move on to play San Jose. That’s confidence.

    No. 3 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

    Greiss was outstanding again for the Isles, making 33 saves and surviving a third-period push from Tampa in which they had 17 shots.

    Honorable Mention: Nikita Kucherov scored his sixth for the Lightning. … John Tavares scored his sixth for the Islanders. … Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson had the Predators’ goals. … Ryan Kelser scored the lone Ducks goal.  

    Conn Smythe Watch: 1. John Tavares, New York Islanders; 2. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars; 3. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; 4. Joe Pavelski, San Joe Sharks; 5. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Predators advance, Ducks and Boudreau fail again in Game 7

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The Nashville Predators completed their rally. The Anaheim Ducks completed yet another disappointing season under Bruce Boudreau. And at the completion of Game 7, it was the Predators advancing with an intense 2-1 victory led by a 36-save effort from Pekka Rinne.

    The Predators now move on to face the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, advancing past the first round for the first time since 2012 and winning the first Game 7 in their franchise’s history. 

    It was the second time in four seasons that the Ducks were eliminated in the first round under coach Bruce Boudreau after finishing first in the division.

    One wonders if it will be the last time Boudreau coaches the Ducks, as for the fifth straight playoff season one of his teams failed to win a Game 7. Boudreau is now 1-7 in Game 7s; Peter Laviolette is now 5-1.

    In all cases, the Ducks were eliminated.

    Colin Wilson got the Preds on the board first, converting a turnover by Simon Despres in the slot of the Ducks’ defensive zone for the 1-0 lead.

    Ryan Kesler got one back, finally, 1:45 into the third period with the Ducks on the power play, converting a nice passing play from Jacob Silfverberg.


  • Mike Francesa calls Islanders ‘third-rate organization,' DiPietro hits back

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    The New York Islanders won Game 1 of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

    Hopefully with a few days before Game 2, they can find a way to appease WFAN’s Mike Francesa, who thinks their whole public relations operation is third-rate. 

    The Sports Pope told a caller who asked about the Islanders that he feels the team does a horrible job promoting its players, which when run through our Mike Francesa Translator means they didn’t provide his show with what he requested.

    Via @RNs_Funhouse, Twitter’s most valuable chronicler of Mike Francesa audio, the rant from Wednesday’s show:

    Hi @NYIslanders ... Mike Francesa thinks you have a third-rate organization. Good luck getting to sleep tonight!

    For the audio inhibited:

    They don’t know how to promote themselves. They couldn’t even find the time to get the coach to show up here. We were willing to take him. They couldn’t even get him to the show on time.


  • Islanders chase Ben Bishop, win Game 1 despite Lightning rally

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    Moments before the puck dropped in Game 1 of their second-round series against the New York Islanders, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning was announced as one of the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goaltender.

    Exactly 28 minutes and 59 minutes of game time later, he was pulled.

    The Islanders built a 4-1 lead against Bishop, who was pulled after John Tavares' long-distance goal on the power play in the second period. Andre Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots he faced, but the Lightning couldn’t complete a third-period rally and the Islanders took Game 1, 5-3.

    While Bishop faltered, Thomas Greiss gave the Islanders another stellar effort, stopping 33 of 36 shots, some of them very high percentage.

    “It was a great effort from everyone,” he said on NBCSN after the win. “The first game is always huge.”

    The Lightning hit the board first on an Ondrej Palat goal at 3:05 of the first period. But Travis Hamonic responded at 5:44, with Tavares getting an assist.

    Then it was the Shane Prince show.



  • Casey Cizikas delivers hit of the playoffs on Erik Condra (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    The New York Islanders’ checking line was arguably the most effective in the league this season, but wasn’t in their first round series against the Florida Panthers.  

    Perhaps Casey Cizikas was trying to set the tone, then, with the hit of the playoffs on Erik Condra of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their second-round series on Wednesday night.

    Condra collected a puck that was dumped into the corner of the Lightning’s defensive zone. He turned to fire the puck back out and as he did Cizikas shoved him into the boards with some serious velocity.

    Condra remained on his back for several moments before being helped off the ice. It was his second shift of the game.

    No penalty on the play – just a brutally efficient hit by one of the Islanders’ best bangers. 



  • Vezina Trophy Finalists: Bishop vs. Holtby vs. Quick

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    The NHL announced Wednesday that Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 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. 

    So which one of these guys will win the Vezina?

    Why Ben Bishop Deserves The Vezina

    From the NHL: 

    After establishing a career high and franchise record with 40 victories in 2014-15, Bishop shared fourth place in the NHL with 35 wins this season. He also surpassed Nikolai Khabibulin (83) as the winning goaltender in Lightning history, finishing the campaign with 115 for Tampa Bay. Bishop paced the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average and ranked second with a .926 save percentage, both career highs and single-season franchise records. His six shutouts also were a career high and tied for second place in the League. Bishop is a Vezina finalist for the second time after a third-place finish in 2013-14.

    Why Braden Holtby Deserves The Vezina

    From the NHL:

    Why Jonathan Quick Deserves The Vezina

    The NHL says:

    Please notice who is missing.


  • Yahoo Sports’ NHL Playoff Picks, Round 2: Islanders vs. Lightning

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL decided to start Round 2 hours before the end of Round 1, which put us in a pickle when it came to our staff picks. 

    So we’ve decided in the interest of good faith – since we’d all cheat and make our series picks based on what happens in Game 1 tonight – to release the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders pick ahead of puck drop.

    Lightning in 6

    The Islanders were fortunate to escape the Panthers. They lost the possession battle in a big way, and Florida pinned them in their zone for stretches. They needed top-form goaltending from Thomas Greiss and a Herculean performance from John Tavares just to get by.

    Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has the goaltending, the firepower and the killer instinct to win this series. Victor Hedman vs. Tavares will be epic. And if we’re wagering on goalies, my money’s on Ben Bishop.

    It could go shorter, we wouldn’t expect it to go longer, but we do expect the Lightning to advance.

    Lightning in 7

    Islanders in 7

    This series feels really evenly matched with both lineups missing key players. Based on John Tavares's performance against Florida, this feels like his year to lead the Isles far.


    Lightning in 6

    Lightning in 7

    Lightning in 6


  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 11 keys to victory in Lightning vs. Islanders

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (Ed. Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with 11 keys to each series. Enjoy!)

    The Tampa Bay Lightning dispatched the Detroit Red Wings in five games, in a short but brutal series. The New York Islanders went six games against the Florida Panthers, winning the final game in double-overtime thanks to an un-whistled tripping penalty.

    Here are 11 keys to victory for the Lightning vs. the Islanders.

    1. Hedman vs. Tavares

    Alright, here we go. The immovable object vs. the irresistible force, as the great Gorilla Monsoon would say.

    John Tavares entered beast mode in Game 6, willing the Islanders to victory with his game-tying and game-winning goals. He has five goals and four assists in the playoffs, with five power-play points. His line with Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen has been dominating for stretches.

    "Obviously we're in the same draft and went one-two," Hedman said. "He's a world-class player; he's one of the best players in the league. It's going to be a big challenge. We're up for it."

    This will be fun.

    2. Act Like You’ve Been There

    3. Bishop vs. Greiss

    5. Rest Up