Sean Leahy

  • Team Europe's memorable World Cup run has 'heartbreaking' end

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    TORONTO – They gathered in Quebec City in early September as 23 players representing eight countries from 21 different NHL clubs. They leave Toronto as a team that surprised everyone in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

    Team Europe’s World Cup dreams fell apart in a span of 129 seconds late in the third period of Game 2 of the final against Canada. An Anze Kopitar penalty led to a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal, igniting a very, very red Air Canada Centre crowd. Ralph Krueger’s squad still had a chance with a late power-play opportunity, but their hopes for a dramatic finish in their favor was dashed when Jonathan Toews found a streaking Brad Marchand for the eventual shorthanded winner.

    “Heartbreaking. It’s a very, very tough loss,” said Team Europe defenseman Mark Streit. “It’s tough to find the right words right now.”

    Canada had only trailed for 2:41 the entire tournament; and behind Jaroslav Halak, Team Europe threatened to ensure there would be more hockey Saturday night.

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  • Team Europe needs ‘perfect game’ to beat Canada in Game 2

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    TORONTO – Canada played their worst game of the World Cup of Hockey in Game 1 and won. Team Europe played their best game of the tournament but was on the wrong side of the 3-1 scoreline. So what’s the mood among Ralph Krueger’s men with Game 2 Thursday night?

    “We feel good. I think we played arguably the best game so far in this tournament but we just fell short,” said Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar. “Because of that, we can’t get discouraged. Our backs are against the wall now. We’ve gotta win two games now to win the thing. We’ve got to come, play with confidence. There’s no reason for us to be nervous about anything. Come out, play hard and we’ll see what happens.”

    Team Europe pressed Canada for much of Game 1, which included a good scoring chance on the opening shift, but could only beat Carey Price once after a fortunate bounce landed on Tomas Tatar’s stick. Against a powerful opponent, they know they cannot waste any of their opportunities.

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  • Canada aiming for improvement with World Cup title in their sights

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO – One day after they downed Team Europe 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup of Hockey final series Canada’s players could only talk about how much better they need to play.

    Ralph Krueger’s troops were much better in Game 1 than when the two sides met in the final game of group play, a 4-1 win for Canada. Europe came out firing, challenging Carey Price on the first shift of the game and forcing their opponents to play sloppy at times.

    Now one win away from a second straight World Cup title, Canada knows they have to be better to close out Team Europe. They’ve dominated this tournament, averaging 4.4 goals per game, but after a so-so Game 1 performance where they still came out on top, they know there’s a lot to work on ahead of Thursday night.

    Canada needed Price more than they have in this tournament in Game 1. From the opening minute to the third period before Patrice Bergeron’s tally regained a two-goal lead, Team Europe threatened to perform an upset in Game 1, but in the end they just couldn’t find a way to claw back.

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  • Dennis Seidenberg joins Islanders with one-year, $1 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    TORONTO — While Dennis Seidenberg looks to help topple Canada in the World Cup of Hockey final, he won’t have to worry about his job prospects for the 2016-17 NHL season any longer.

    According to TSN’s Darren Dreger and Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the 35-year-old Seidenberg has signed a one-year, $1 million deal to join the New York Islanders’ blue line.

    With Johnny Boychuk dealing with an injury, Seidenberg’s presence will provide depth for the Islanders. A handful of teams were reportedly interested in his services but were waiting until the World Cup’s conclusion before talking deal. GM Garth Snow apparently didn’t feel like waiting.

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  • Watch Avs' Nathan Lieuwen make amazing behind-the-back save (Video)

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    The Colorado Avalanche downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in Tuesday night preseason action. There wasn’t much to note from the game other than one save from netminder Nathan Lieuwen.

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    Late in the third period with the Wild on the power play, a Jared Spurgeon shot deflected off a stick in front and headed Lieuwen’s way. The puck hit off his body and was looking like it was going to drop into the net, but he swung his glove behind him and was able to swat it away.

    “I thought it was going in,” Wild forward Jason Pominville said via NHL.com. “I actually raised my hands [in celebration].”

    Pominville probably wasn’t alone.

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  • Steven Stamkos breaks through, scores when it mattered for Canada

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    TORONTO – Ryan Getzlaf had a glorious scoring opportunity as he entered the Team Europe zone after stripping Zdeno Chara of the puck. The way defenseman Andrej Sekera was positioned, the Team Canada forward could have taken the shot himself to try and double their lead to 2-0, but he chose to pass.

    “Unfortunately that’s kind of my mentality all the time,” Getzlaf said following Canada’s 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final.

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    Stamkos’ tally, his first, came on his 14th shot of the tournament, leaving Getzlaf and Ryan O’Reilly as the only Team Canada regulars remaining without goal.

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  • NHL may dump Team North America, Europe for 2020 World Cup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    TORONTO – The NHL and NHLPA aren’t ready to tell us how the 2020 World Cup of Hockey will be formatted, but the odds of seeing youthful Team North America and a veteran Team Europe again are pretty low.

    The concept certainly worked, what with Team North America playing exciting hockey featuring a roster of top draft picks and Team Europe surprising everyone to reach the final against Canada. But you can just sense that with four years until the next one, the traditional country vs. country format will return.

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    There has been plenty of support for the Team Europe concept from the Team Europe players themselves. Many of them have never tasted international success or, in some cases, never had an opportunity to play on such a high international level with their respective countries.

  • NHL announces its 2017 Centennial celebration schedule

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    TORONTO – The NHL announced plans for its centennial celebration beginning in 2017 with a number of events that will reach out to hockey fans in every market.

    Along with the celebration calendar, the league announced that Wayne Gretzky has been named NHL Centennial Ambassador and will appear at various events throughout 2017.

    The centennial party will end in November and December 2017 with events in the birthplace of the NHL, Montreal, and the site of the league’s first game, Ottawa.

    Here’s the full calendar:

    NHL Centennial Truck Tour (Jan. 1 – Dec. 2017) – This will visit all NHL markets throughout the year and include a 53-foot museum truck with “an interactive interior with original video content, exclusive memorabilia, and fan activations.” Also, there will be another 53-foot truck that will hold a big video screen for viewing parties and appearance from current and former players. A synthetic ice rink will be available for youth games and clinics. Toronto will get the first look at the Centennial Truck during the outdoor game on New Year’s Day.

    100 Iconic NHL Moments – Fall 2017 – The league will reveal the top events – goals, games, events, etc. — in its history.

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  • Vladimir Sobotka set to stay in KHL with Omsk

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    We finally have an answer as to whether Vladimir Sobotka will return to the NHL and St. Louis Blues this season.

    He’s not.

    According to Omsk of the KHL, the 29-year-old Sobotka will stay in Russia to fulfill the final year of his contract.

    “The situation is developing exactly as we expected. Sobotka has Omsk [have a] valid contract for next year and representatives of the KHL to the NHL signed a memorandum of respect for treaties,” said club president Vladimir Šhalaev in a statement on Omsk’s website.

    The Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are “still waiting to hear” from Sobotka’s camp.

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  • Carey Price gets Canada’s offense ‘well-prepared’ for World Cup Final

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    TORONTO – John Tavares has 207 career NHL goals, so it’s not too often a goaltender gets him frustrated. But seeing Carey Price make saves against your best efforts every day in practice would definitely result in a few whacks of the boards with one’s stick.

    “It’s really good for you and also can be a little frustrating,” Tavares said Tuesday of shooting on Price. “He makes some saves look so easy. You feel like you’ve made a really good shot, you got a lot on it, able to catch him off guard or pick the spot you’re hitting and he just swallows it up.”

    Despite Price’s frequent denials of good opportunities, there is a benefit, Tavares says.

    “As a player, going up against someone like him everyday in these past few weeks certainly makes you a much better shooter and helps you to develop many parts of your game trying to score goals,” he said. “[He’s] just so calm in net, he’s always so poised.”

    “Calm” has been a consistent words used to describe Price on and off the ice in his career. No matter the situation – Olympics, Stanley Cup Playoffs, World Cup – the Montreal Canadiens netminder is tough to take off his game.

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