Sean Leahy

  • Alain Vigneault rips NHL for not suspending Wayne Simmonds

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The New York Rangers will be without captain Ryan McDonagh at least through Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced. The defenseman suffered a concussion after he mixed it up with Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and took a punch to the face.

    McDonagh left the game and didn’t return after being assessed a pair of double minors. Simmonds, meanwhile, was ejected and given a game misconduct and match penalty. He’s feeling fine after taking the Rangers’ defenseman’s stick to the head prior to the punch. 

    Despite the penalty handed Simmonds, Dave Isaac of the Courier Post reported on Sunday that the NHL decided against both rescinding the game misconduct and suspending the Flyers forward. That didn’t sit too well with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault after Monday’s morning skate.

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • NHL Three Stars: Okposo tricks Oilers; Habs win second straight

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders

    Okposo tallied his second career hat trick and second four-point game as the Islanders routed the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee. Two of Okposo’s three goals came via the power play. Nick Leddy chipped in three helpers and John Tavares also recorded three points in the win. Thirteen Islanders recorded at least a point. Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for his 50th career NHL win.

    No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens

    Scrivens made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all five shots he faced in the shootout as the Canadiens edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Montreal has now won two in a row for the first time since late November. Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal of the shootout. In two starts this weekend, Scrivens has made 57 saves out of 59 shots and won both games.

    No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    Holtby made 33 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season as the Capitals edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Matt Niskanen’s goal 5:24 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie as the Capitals became the first team to hit the 80-point mark.

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • Malcolm Subban hospitalized after puck fractures larynx in AHL

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    Malcolm Subban was expected to start Saturday night’s Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates, but during warmups he was hit in the throat with a puck. He immediately left the game and was taken to a local hospital where he remained overnight.

    On Sunday, the Bruins released a statement on his condition:

    Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warmups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available. 

    Subban was sent down to the AHL on Thursday after Jonas Gustavsson was activated from injured reserve. He’d won eight of his last 10 starts with the AHL Bruins.

    Best wishes to Subban as he takes his time to recover.

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • Jason LaBarbera's new mask smells what The Rock is cooking (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Jason LaBarbera is an unabashed wrestling fan. In the past, he’s featured such stars as CM Punk, The Undertaker, Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior and Shawn Michaels, among others on his mask.

    "I was a huge wrestling fan growing up," LaBarbera told WWE.com in 2010. "When I was a kid, I was never allowed to get the pay-per-views. I'd always go to someone else's house. I couldn't wait for Saturdays and (Superstars of Wrestling) ... It was always part of me growing up.” 

    Now in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, LaBarbera has created one of the most electrifying masks in hockey by featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on his latest bucket.

    Created by the great Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, with The Rock on one side, the mask also features the Flyers logo on the other.

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • NHL Three Stars: Karlsson leads Blue Jackets; Lightning keep rolling

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: William Karlsson, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Karlsson scored midway through the second and early in the third period as the Blue Jackets edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves and won for the fourth time in five starts. Coming into Friday night’s game, Karlsson had scored only once in his previous 30 games. Columbus have taken points from five of their last six games. 

    No. 2 Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Johnson scored what would stand as a game-winning goal and added two assists as the Lightning doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. Anton Stralman and Ondrej Palat each added two goals as Tampa won their eighth straight at home. Nikita Kucherov chipped in a pair of assists and now has points in 21 of his last 25 games. The Lightning have won 10 of their last 11.

    No. 3 Star: Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes 

    Carolina scored four times in the opening 10:04 en route to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Staal recorded three points, while Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil added two goals apiece. Cam Ward made 33 saves in his first start since Jan. 15. 

    Did You Know? 

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • John Scott's unforgettable week ends with birth of twin girls

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The best week of John Scott’s life continued on Friday when his wife, Danielle, gave birth to twin girls, Estelle and Sofia, which she announced on social media.

    They're GIRLS!! 👑 Our hearts and hands are overflowing with love for these two, they're healthy, happy and beautiful pic.twitter.com/a1Muy8GfG4

    “poor @jhs_32 just sprung a few more grey hairs,” her message added. 

    Despite being “very pregnant,” as she put it, Scott’s wife and two daughters made the trip to Nashville for All-Star Weekend after getting a doctor’s note to travel. An already surreal experience for the family was made even more unbelievable when Scott scored on his first shift and later added a second goal before getting MVP honors.

    “I jumped up when he scored his second goal holding my two kids and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I better stop and relax,” Danielle said after Sunday's 3-on-3 tournament.

    Now home in Michigan, Scott has been given time off to spend his his family before resuming his hockey career with the AHL’s St. John’s Ice Caps.

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • Joni Pitkanen signs with Finland's Karpat, returns to ice Saturday

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Joni Pitkanen last played hockey nearly three years ago. On Saturday, after a long, arduous recovery, he’ll finallyreturn to the ice. 

    Karpat of Finland’s Liiga, where Pitkanen played from 1998-2003, announced on Friday that the 32-year old Pitkanen has signed with them for the remainder of the season.  

    Pitkanen last played on April 2, 2013 when he broke his left heel during a game with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    While rehabbing, Pitkanen continued to try and get back on the ice, but the heel just wouldn’t allow him to feel 100-percent. In November, he spoke about making a comeback bidafter training with Karpat. On Saturday, he’ll suit up for their game against KalPa.

    In 535 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes, Pitkanen averaged 23:38 of ice time, even as he battle injury throughout his career.

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • High schooler scores OT winner hours after father's death (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Hours after losing his father on Wednesday, Doug Caliendo found a reason to smile.

    The Notre Dame-West Haven (CT) senior scored the overtime winner to help beat Northwest Catholic 3-2 on the same day his father, Lou, lost his battle with colon cancer.

    Down 2-0 in the third period, the Lions rallied to tie the game and force overtime. It was there that Caliendo, a defenseman, pounced on a loose puck 25 seconds into the extra frame and fired it home for the winner. 

    Despite the tragedy earlier in the day, Caliendo said he had no doubt he would play.

    “Knowing my father for so long, he really loved the sport and always wanted me to play,” Caliendo said via GameTimeCT.com. “He would have said, ‘Just get out there and do what I do best.’”

    Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support to my family. My dad had a long hard battle with colon cancer and is no longer in pain.

    You couldn’t really write a better script to this story. 

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • Amanda Kessel, concussion-free, set to return to Minnesota lineup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    One of the best players in college hockey is set for a return this weekend.

    The University of Minnesota announced on Wednesday that Amanda Kessel will be back in the Golden Gopher’s women’s team lineup after missing two years after suffering a concussion.  

    Winners of their last eight games, Kessel will re-join the team for their two-game series against North Dakota this weekend.

    “We're excited to have Amanda returning to the lineup," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said via a statement. "Her recovery and overall health have always been most important, and we weren't sure if she would have the opportunity to play college hockey again. Knowing that Amanda and the team of doctors working with her have determined she is healthy and ready to resume playing is certainly great news. She has always been a part of our program, and we're happy she has a chance to finish out her college career on the ice along with completing her coursework and getting her degree this spring.”

    - - - - - - -

    MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

  • No hearing for Gudas; Regier leaves Coyotes; King Byfuglien? (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.  

    The Don Cherry first-pitch card from Topps is also pretty perfect. pic.twitter.com/w7UyADOAVy

    • Don Cherry gets his own baseball card as part of Topps’ first-pitch set. 

    • The NHL has rescheduled those three games that were postponed by snowstorms on the east coast. Two of them will be played April 10, which means the regular season is extended by one day. [NHL.com]

    • The NHL All-Star Game was also big hit on Canadian televisions. [Eh Game]

    • LA Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery on Tuesday. [LA Kings Insider