Greg Wyshynski

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

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs 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? 

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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 9 hrs 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 12 hrs 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. 


  • Steve Mason out for Flyers due to ‘personal family matter’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Philadelphia Flyers host the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and goalie Steve Mason would no doubt have liked a chance for redemption after a horrible effort against them in Game 2 of the season. 

    But Mason won’t be between the pipes for the Flyers tonight.

    GM Ron Hextall announced that Mason “is out of tonight’s line-up due to a personal family matter. No other details are available.”

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    There’s going to be speculation that whatever’s going on with Mason affected him on Saturday night, in which he gave up four goals in spectacularly bad fashion – a turnover, a long-distance shot, that sort of thing.

    From CSN Philly, Mason said:

    “We had a good team in here, a good coach, good systems, I put this one on myself,” Mason said after Saturday’s 7-1 humiliation to the Panthers at BB&T Center.

    Michal Neuvirth is the backup for the Flyers. Jason LaBarbera will back him up.


  • Double-brawl in KHL reminds us not to mess with goalies (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    The video above promises a “massive brawl” in the KHL, which frankly it doesn’t deliver, lest four players dancing while everyone else stands around qualifies as “massive.” Nonetheless, there’s some fun to be had here between Lada and Slovan in a game on Sunday. 

    It began when Slovan forward Andrej Stastny gave Lada goalie Edgars Masalskis a light cross-check when Masalskis sold like C.M. Punk. Alexander Bolshakov does as anyone named Alexander Bolshakov would do, which is attempt to pummel Stastny. But Stastny was content to put his foe in a headlock and hold on for dear life.

    Meanwhile, Stanislav Romanov and Ticar Rok (awesome) engaged in a more proper exchange at the other side of the zone, with actual punches and stuff.

    Check out the 30-second mark: Is that a well-timed and deceptive head-butt from Romanov in his fight? That’s some straight up Natasha Romanov brutality right there…

    Everyone got their five and did their time, and Lada won the game, 2-1.


  • NWHL opens to passionate fans, dreams come true for women’s hockey

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    STAMFORD, Conn. – Goalie Jaime Leonoff stood in the Connecticut Whale locker room, her hair drenched in sweat and the newly sewn logo on her jersey scuffed up with black streaks from flying pucks. 

    The 22-year-old Montreal native had experienced cheers and victories before as a goalie for Yale and for national teams. But on Sunday afternoon at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn., she experienced them for the first time as a paid professional hockey player.

    “It’s honestly a dream come true. Because never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this,” said Leonoff, who made 35 saves in the Whale’s 4-1 win over the New York Riveters in the first ever National Women’s Hockey League game.

    “As a kid, you think about playing in the NHL. As you get older, you kind of realize that it doesn’t exist for women.”

    Now it does.

    The NWHL opened with its four teams – the Whale vs. the Riveters, and the Boston Pride at the Buffalo Beauts – in action, playing fast-paced games in front of the rapt attention of hockey fans that have waited a lifetime to see women earn a salary in a pro hockey league, and young girls that suddenly have a slew of role models to aspire to emulate.



  • Torrey Mitchell loses it, slew-foots Zac Rinaldo, gets ejected (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    In case you haven’t heard, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have a bit of a rivalry. So with just over 37 seconds left in the Habs’ 4-2 victory over the B’s – their sixth straight victory against Boston – things got a little heated. 

    It involved a slew foot. It involved Zac Rinaldo. To the surprise of many, it didn’t involve Zac Rinaldo administering a slew foot.

    Rinaldo hit Brian Flynn against the boards, and since Flynn had been treated like a tackling dummy all night, that set off Torrey Mitchell to seek some vengeance. He bumped Rinaldo. And then he slew-footed the Bruins forward, sending him to the ice.

    Max Talbot – still a Bruin! – then went after Mitchell in a mini-scrum.

    Mitchell was given a match penalty for the slew-foot, while Rinaldo was given a misconduct for … receiving it, we guess.

    It remains to be seen if Mitchell gets anything additionally from the NHL.



  • NHL Three Stars: Landeskog, Trocheck lead way with 4-point nights

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche 

    The Avs star had two third-period goals to put the game away, to go along with two assists, in their 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. He skated 20:27.

    No. 2 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

    Rinne stopped all 31 shots he faced, as the Preds shutout the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0. Filip Forsberg scored his first.

    No. 3 Star: Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers  

    The Panthers forward had a goal and three assists in their 7-1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers. He opened the scoring at 1:23, assisted on two more first-period goals and then had a helper on Reilly Smith’s second of the night in the third. Jaromir Jagr also had two goals, giving him 724 for his career.

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    Did You Know? This is the first time in Capitals history that their first goal of the season was scored shorthanded. (NHL)

    Ryan Spooner boarding major & game misconduct

  • Watch Phil Kessel’s first Pittsburgh Penguins goal (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    It only took two games for Phil Kessel to break through with the kind of play the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired him to make. 

    On Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes, Shane Doan had the puck at center ice when Phil Kessel, who doesn’t hustle or play defense, stripped the puck. Chris Kunitz ran a little interference to give Kessel a 1-on-1 against Oliver Ekman-Larsson. That’s when Kessel snapped his trademark wrister past goalie Mike Smith – otherwise brilliant in the game, by the way – for his first goal as a Penguin.

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    The unassisted goal came 17 seconds after Arizona took a 1-0 lead on a Tobias Rieder goal in the second.  

    Alas, Jordan Martinook scored at 7:29 of the second, and Smith carried the Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Penguins.

    So Kessel breaks through with his first goal. Sidney Crosby, first to celebrate with him, has been held without a point or a shot on goal in the first two games of the season.

  • Flyers hold players-only meeting after two games with new coach

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Philadelphia Flyers have opened the season with consecutive losses, includinga humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers on Saturday nightthat saw them give up four goals in the first 6:46 of the game. 

    Punctuating the putrid start? The Flyers held that harbinger of doom, the players’ only meeting, just two games into the season.

    We now take you inside that meeting:

    “Guys, I’m not sure if Berube’s the right coach for us anymore.”

    “Dude, Berube was fired last season.”

    “Wait, who’s our coach now?”


    “He’s the GM.”

    “No, HAKstol.”

    “Where’s he from?”

    “North Dakota.”

    “The Fighting Sioux?”

    “They’re not called that anymore.”

    “Is there anything in life I can trust anymore?”

    (Annnnnd scene.)

    From, a bit of insight into the actual Flyers Players Only Meeting:

    Afterward, the Flyers held a players-only meeting.

    That was all for Mason.

    Whether Hakstol’s in the room or not.