Greg Wyshynski

  • Remembering White House bin Laden rally on a surreal hockey night

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Five years ago on May 1, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, had been killed by “a small team of Americans.”

    Five years ago, I witnessed hundreds of Americans converge on the White House for a celebration that went deep into the night.

    Five years ago, before all of it happened, I was at a hockey game.

    The Washington Capitals faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series – not exactly the most memorable affair, as it resulted in a Tampa Bay sweep. Vincent Lecavalier had two goals, including the overtime game-winner around 9:59 p.m. EDT.

    The assembled reporters went through the postgame motions, with the player and coach interviews, before returning to the writers’ room at Verizon Center. It was then that an announcement that the President would address the nation was made, and naturally our imaginations ran off since we were basically in a bunker a few blocks from the White House.


    And, of course, this young lady in the Patrick Kane Team USA sweater.


    My favorite thing from that night was this photo:



  • Can Vladimir Tarasenko breakthrough for Blues in Game 2?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Ken Hitchcock asked the assembled media how many minutes Vladimir Tarasenko played in Game 1 of the St. Louis Blues’ series against the Dallas Stars. 

    The answer: 21 minutes, 4 seconds.

    “Oh, did he? Quite a bit, eh? Can we maybe shut that story up now?” asked Hitchcock.

    This was an all-too-obvious reference to the controversy that roared in the Blues’ opening-round win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Fans fretted over Tarasenko’s ice time. Hitchcock explained the reasons behind it, and the basic message was “leave the driving to me.”

    Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera were shut down in the Stars’ Game 1 win. Tarasenko as a plus-1 with seven shot attempts and played 19:38 at even strength, tops among Blues forwards.

    So how did the Stars contain the 40-goal scorer?

    "We closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he's a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when he came to the physical front."



  • Brooks Orpik gets NHL suspension hearing for Olli Maatta hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The NHL’s Department of Players Safety will have a phone hearing with defenseman Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals for his hit that took out defenseman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    It was in the first period of Game 2, just 4:13 into the game. Well after Maata released the puck in the Capitals’ zone, Orpik lunged at him in an effort to take him out the play. It was clearly interference – but Orpik’s left shoulder connected with Maatta’s head and dropped the Penguins D-man. Maata was woozy leaving the ice, and didn’t return to the game.

    Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference.

    Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik thought the puck was coming back to Maatta after a shot and a rebound. “There’s a real size difference, and Maata leaned into it a little bit.”

    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told NBC in an interview that the hit deserved a major. He said after the game that Maatta is “obviously out” and that "I think it's the type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game."

    And that’s why Orpik will be suspended.


  • Maple Leafs draft lottery win doesn't validate tank, says Shanahan

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs finished with the worst record in the NHL and the League’s lowest point total. This was, of course, by design, as team decided to rid itself of veteran players in attempt to tank the season for a high draft pick. 

    “We explained to our fans beforehand that we were going to move some players, move some contracts, and we were going to struggle a bit,” explained team president Brendan Shanahan.

    Sure, whatever.

    It was a tank, and the majority of Maple Leafs fans were behind it, even with the acknowledgement that literally nothing ever goes right for the franchise and neither would the draft lottery. In fact, the new NHL Draft Lottery rules made it more difficult than ever for the worst team in the draft to secure the first overall pick.

    “It wasn’t, in my mind, the best year to have three separate lotteries,” Shanahan said. “But the rules were the rules, and there were no complaints on our part.”

    So the NHL Draft Lottery commenced on Saturday night before the Washington Capitals’ Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. One by one, the teams with low odds were told they didn’t hit the lottery. The Winnipeg Jets, slated to pick sixth, moved up to the top three.

  • Puck Daddy's NHL 2016 Draft Lottery Live Chat!

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    It’s Christmas morning in Canada, as the NHL Draft Lottery finally arrives. 

    We broke down which teams most deserved to win the lottery, which basically means everyone but Edmonton. We’ll be live-chatting the Draft Lottery beginning at 7:45 p.m., with the draft going off around 8:05 p.m. on NBC (the real one, not the cable one) and CBC in Canada.  

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

  • Hockey player breaks leg, gets amazing painted-skate cast (Photos)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    When one breaks a limb, one gets a cast. Usually that cast gets covered with illegible scribbles from friends, as we all realize that Sharpies aren’t exactly made for writing on plaster. 

    But when one hockey player recently broke their leg during play – getting their foot stick between the boards and the ice, snapping it when attempting to clear the puck – their cousin decided to properly decorate the cast: as a Washington Capitals-influenced hockey skate.

    If you're wondering about the buttom of the cast, "It is indeed a piece of rubber that the doctor attached to the cast so I could walk on it after about four weeks," said the player, via Reddit.

    This is pretty awesome, ahem, breaking news.

    s/t Reddit Hockey for all of it.

  • Lightning bounce back, take puck and Game 2 away from Islanders

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    Ben Bishop was pulled in Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s series against the New York Islanders. Which was sort of embarrassing on several levels, since it was also a day on which he was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. 

    But here’s what happens when Ben Bishop gets pulled: His team usually wins the next game. And the Lightning bounced back to take Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-1, over the Islanders.

    “It’s a team thing. The guys played really well in front of me,” said Bishop, who improved to 12-3-1 after being pulled. “We just wanted to get pucks deep. Last game, we had too many turnovers, fed their transition."

    It was Tampa Bay’s transition game that fed the first goal, led by a reunited Triplets Line.

    It was set up by defenseman Victor Hedman thanks in part to having Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Leddy collide in the neutral zone. Ondrej Palat easily fed a puck to Tyler Johnson, with Matt Martin forced to play defense, and he converted for the 1-0 lead at 6:03 of the first period.

    Full marks to Nikita Kucherov, who forced the turnover that forced the Islanders to collide.



  • NHL Draft Lottery Preview: Who deserves 2016 top pick the most?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, a.k.a. Canada’s Stanley Cup Final, is scheduled for Saturday night.

    Please keep in mind that the lottery rules have changed, and that the worst team in the regular season is no longer guaranteed at least the second overall pick. The Toronto Maple Leafs could drop as low as fourth, which would be so very LOLeafs. 

    There are three draws: the first drawing will determine the club selecting first overall, the second drawing will determine the club selecting second overall and the third drawing will determine the club selecting third overall.

    Once a club is assigned a pick through the Draft Lottery Drawing, it is ineligible for further participation in the Drawing; there will be a re-draw for any pick that otherwise would be assigned to a team that already has been selected.

    Everyone got that?

    So which teams deserve to select first overall? Here’s a look at the lottery field this year. (Please keep in mind that we’re going with Auston Matthews as the first overall pick, although Patrik Laine could easily end up No. 1 overall here.)

    And here … we … go.

    14. Boston Bruins

    Lottery Odds: 1%

    13. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lottery Odds: 2%

    12. Ottawa Senators

  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 11 keys to victory in Sharks vs. Predators

    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 San Jose Sharks (46-30-6, 98 points) calmly eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in five games, ousting their arch rivals. The Nashville Predators (41-27-14, 96 points) rallied to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, costing Bruce Boudreau his job.

    The Sharks and Predators met in the first-round in 2006 and 2007, with the Sharks winning both series in five games. Not to say that was a while ago, but Paul Kariya was the leading scorer for the Preds.

    They meet again in the Western Conference Pacific Division Final, despite the Predators playing in the Central. Such is playoffs.

    Here are 11 keys to victory for the Sharks and Predators.

    1. The Top Line 

    They were also the only three Sharks forwards to out-possess the Kings in 5v5 score-adjusted Corsi, which is seriously impressive against the best possession team in the NHL.

    2. Josi and Weber

    Oh, and the goalie’s not bad, either.


  • Brian Burke bashes NHL Draft Lottery system, wants new rules

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Somewhere in Prague this weekend, Connor McDavid and his Edmonton Oilers teammates Taylor Hall and Cam Talbot will take a break from their IIHF world championships preparation to follow the NHL Draft Lottery. 

    One year ago, it was McDavid that went first overall to the Oilers. Six years ago, it was Hall. In between, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov were taken first overall by the Oilers, too.

    And Brian Burke thinks this is nauseating.

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    Burke’s Flames have an 8.5 percent chance of winning the first overall pick in Saturday's lottery. The Oilers have a 13.5 percent chance, while Burke’s former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have the best odds at 20 percent.

    “No one ever wanted that; no one ever imaged that.”