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  • Jack Capuano unhappy with hit that led to Lightning OT winner

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

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    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jack Capuano’s frustration was evident following the New York Islanders’ Game 3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The build up for Brian Boyle’s winning goal was aided by a headshot that went uncalled, he believes. 

    Early in overtime, Boyle took out Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a high hit along the boards. Hickey’s intended pass was intercepted by the Lightning and when Tampa transitioned and entered the offensive zone, Hickey was down on the ice as Boyle took possession of the puck as part of a 3-on-2. 

    Hickey was just getting to his skates as Boyle corralled Victor Hedman’s wide shot off the back boards and scored his second of the playoffs to give Tampa a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead.

    The Islanders and their fans were obviously unhappy with the no call. Afterward, Capuano was predicting a coming suspension for Boyle.

     Capuano didn’t have any update on Hickey’s after the game.

    On the other side, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper didn’t think the hit deserved much discussion.

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  • Hockey bet between Dallas, St. Louis zoos involves elephant poop

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the rivalries in many cities. Sometimes those rivalries extend to off the ice. Sometimes they involve zoos and elephant poop.

    OK, maybe they don't involve elephant poop all the time, but for the Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues series, there’s definitely some of that involved. 

    The respective zoos of St. Louis and Dallas agreed to a friendly wager on Twitter last week where the loser’s vice president would have to travel to the winner’s zoo, don a jersey and hat of the victorious team and shovel 250 pounds (!) of elephant poop.

    The smack talk was in full effect prior to Game 1.

    How about a friendly bet as @dallasstars take on @StLouisBlues in the #StanleyCup playoffs, @stlzoo? #DALvsSTL pic.twitter.com/gXh0AD9qDP

    What a crappy bet.

    Bravo to the St. Louis and Dallas zoos for finding a way to involve poop in a playoff series wager.

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  • Islanders look to continue enjoying comforts of home in Game 3

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After a second two-day break, the New York Islanders return home to Barclays Center Monday night hoping to swing momentum in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Coming off a 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, the Islanders will look to continue enjoying the comforts of home that they’ve experienced during their rookie year in Brooklyn. In the regular season, New York finished with a 25-11-5 record at Barclays Center, tied for the fifth-most wins at home in the NHL. They're 2-1 with a pair of overtime victories in the postseason.

    The last time Islanders fans saw their team in person they were euphorically celebrating John Tavares’ Game 6 overtime winner against the Florida Panthers that sent the team into the second round for the first time since 1993. Now that that ghost has been exorcised, a new beginning starts with Game 3.

    “This is a game now where we’re by the first round. We realize that when you’re looking up at the TV and you see only eight teams left and you’re one of them, you’re pretty proud of that,” said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano. “It’s exciting and you want to keep playing.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Murray stops 47; Ovechkin factors in both Caps goals

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Murray was fantastic for the Penguins as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. The 21-year-old goaltender stopped 47 shots, including 19 in the third period. The rookie has now won five of his first six Stanley Cup playoff starts.

    No. 2 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    The Washington captain did all he could to help the Capitals come back from a 3-0 third period deficit. His wrister midway through the final period broke Murray's shutout bid as Ovechkin finished with 18 shot attempts, nine hits and a goal and an assist.

    No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Hagelin's third goal of the playoffs would stand as the game winner following a third period Capitals rally. The Swedish forward now has three goals and five points in his last four games.

    Honorable Mention: Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help the Penguins pounce early ... According to the AP, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby played in their 108th playoff game, moving past Mario Lemieux for second on the franchise's list behind Jaromir Jagr's 140. 

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  • Matt Murray's 47 saves help Penguins to Game 3 win over Capitals

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed a 2-1 series over the Washington Capitals with a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 3 Monday night. 

    Washington fired 49 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, but the 21-year-old netminder stood tall and stopped 47 of them while Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help give the Penguins a jumpstart on the Capitals.

    The Capitals peppered Murray with 21 shots over the final 20 minutes while trying to claw back from a 3-0 deficit. Only Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams managed to beat him during a furious late rally.

    Murray improved his even strength save percentage to .956 in six playoff games. That should keep the Marc-Andre Fleury — who served as Pittsburgh’s Game 3 backup — quiet for now.

    One minute later, Kuhnhackl and Matt Cullen entered the Washington zone on a 2-on-1. Cullen’s pass deflected off of Matt Niskanen’s stick and hit Kuhnhackl in the numbers and fell into the Capitals net.

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  • Will Kris Letang be suspended for hit on Marcus Johansson? (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    What was hyped as the Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin series has quickly turned into a second-round matchup highlighted by controversial hits. 

    One day after Brooks Orpik was handed a three-game ban for his hit head on Olli Maatta, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be without defenseman Kris Letang for at least Game 4 after his late check on Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals Monday night.

    Johansson enters the Penguins zone and dishes off a pass. As he’s getting himself upright, Letang comes in late and lays a shoulder/elbow to the Capitals forward’s chest/head area. The head doesn’t appear to be the principal point of contact, but the hit is late and Letang launches himself upward.

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  • Calder Trophy Finalists: Gostisbehere vs. McDavid vs. Panarin

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition."

    Who wins the Calder, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association? 

    Why Shayne Gostisbehere deserves the Calder  

    The NHL says: 

    Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) while playing in 64 contests. He also scored four overtime goals, setting a League record for any rookie while matching a single-season record for any defenseman. Gostisbehere posted a 15-game point streak Jan. 19 – Feb. 20 (5-13—18), an NHL record for a rookie defenseman as well as a franchise record for any rookie. He is Philadelphia’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 1993-94 (Mikael Renberg) and is vying to become the first player in team history to capture the award.

    Why Connor McDavid deserves the Calder

  • Quiet Crosby, Ovechkin; Jones leading Sharks; Raanta re-signs (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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. 

    #TOSunFront: What does landing the No. 1 pick mean for the Maple Leafs? https://t.co/jwVrLqFJef pic.twitter.com/ffYZfAk0II

    • Today marks the 49th anniversary since Toronto’s last Stanley Cup championship.

    • The Washington Capitals were outplayed in the opening two games by the Pittsburgh Penguins. What’s in store for Game 3? [Washington Post

    • Through two games, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been quiet. [Pens Initiative]

    • “I think Laine has the biggest upside in the draft because he is already so effective.” [Buzzing the Net]

  • Masterton Trophy Finalists: Dupuis vs. Jagr vs. Zuccarello

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

    Who wins the Masterton, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association?

    (A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.) 

    Why Pascal Dupuis deserves the Masterton 

    The NHL says:

    Dupuis definitely meets the “perseverance” and “dedication” parts of this award. Despite some scary ailments, he continued to try and keep playing until ultimately another blood clot forced him off the ice for good. He hasn’t “retired” as the NHL description states since he still has another year remaining on his contract. But he hasn’t disappeared as a presence in the Penguins’ room, sticking around and helping out the coaching staff.

    Why Jaromir Jagr deserves the Masterton 

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    Why Mats Zuccarello deserves the Masterton

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  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 11 keys to victory in Blues vs. Stars

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days 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!)  

    1. Tyler Seguin’s presence 

    After missing a month with a sliced Achilles, Seguin returned for Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild before irritating something related his to injury. He hasn’t played since and it’s unknown when he’ll begin skating again. Should he return at some point during this series, will Lindy Ruff shelter him? How cautious will he be with Seguin’s minutes? GM Jim Nill said Seguin would need at least four or five days on the ice before returning to game action.

    2. Vladimir Tarasenko’s ice time

    The Russian sniper’s ice time in the final two games of Round 1 became an issue because the Blues were losing. Everyone seemed to forget that in Games 2-4 Tarasenko played 16:05, 16:33 and 15:14, respectively, which was down from the 18:38 he averaged during the regular season.

    3. Fight the power (play)

    4. Contain the top lines

    5. Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi… or both?

    7. Coaching