Sean Leahy

  • John Brophy, legendary hockey coach, dead at 83

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    John Brophy, the long-time hockey coach who spent three years behind the bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs, has passed away at the age of 83, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

    Brophy coached just like his played: with toughness. One glance at his career playing statistics will show you that he wasn’t one who would back away from a fight. You couldn’t fill out the “PIM” column on his hockey card without using three digits.

    His playing career in the Eastern Hockey League took him from Baltimore to Charlotte to New Haven and to Philadelphia before he settled in for parts of eight seasons with the Long Island Ducks.

    How intense did Brophy get at times? Val James, who played under him on Long Island detailed in his book.

    From the Toronto Sun:

    No matter where he went, Brophy tried to instill his no-nonsense mentality into his teams.

    Brophy would leave the game of hockey with 1,027 professional coaching wins, second to only Scotty Bowman.

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  • Georges Laraque helps detain suspect in alleged kidnapping

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    A 24-year-old man who allegedly attempted to abduct a seven-year-old child in a Montreal park was thwarted by a group of family members and former NHLers Georges Laraque.

    According to police, the young girl was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park when a man came up and spoke with her. Moments later, he allegedly grabbed her and began to walk away before he was tackled by family members and restrained until police arrived. 

    Laraque was playing in a celebrity baseball game nearby when the game was stopped and the former NHL tough guy came over to help.

    "I just wanted to make sure that if he got up that I was going to tackle him right away," Laraque told CBC.

    Having a 6-foot-3, 240 lbs. ex-hockey enforcer stand guard is a perfect way to ensure that a criminal won't be eluding police.

    Police are now questioning the man and said he may undergo a psychological evaluation.

    A father to twins, the incident hit close to home for Laraque.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Vasilevskiy big again as Tampa takes Game 4

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Tampa netminder made 35 saves as the Lightning hung on for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to even their conference finals series at two. Game 4 was the third straight game that Vasilevskiy made at least 35 saves. One of those saves came in the second period denying a good scoring opportunity by Kris Letang. 

    No. 2 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Kucherov had the primary assist on Andrej Sustr’s first period goal and Tyler Johnson’s second period tally, which would hold up as the game winner. He’s now up to fourth overall in scoring this postseason.

    No. 3 Star: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Hedman tallied a pair of assists and led all Lightning players in ice time with 26:15 in Game 4. The two points move him into second in scoring among defensemen, five behind Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. Hedman now has 30 career playoff assists, passing Brad Richards (29) and Vincent Lecavalier (28) for second in franchise history.

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  • Penguins' Trevor Daley exits Game 4 with lower-body injury (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Game 4 of their conference final series 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and may have lost Trevor Daley for an extended period of time.

    While retrieving a puck in the Penguins’ zone midway through the second period, Daley injured his left leg along the boards in a collision with Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.

    Head coach Mike Sullivan had no update after the game, but Daley was spotted on crutches after the game.

    Trevor Daley left the arena on crutches. His left foot looked to be in a cast.

    “He obviously has a lower-body injury. We'll have more updates tomorrow, but he's an important  player on our team,” Sullivan said. “So when we lose him for the rest of this game, he's a hard guy to replace.  He plays a lot of minutes. He plays in key situations. So when you lose him halfway through the game like we did and you get down to five -- it's hard enough going down to five, but when you  lose someone like Trevor that plays important minutes for us, it just makes it that much tougher.”

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  • Marc-Andre Fleury replaces Murray in third period; who starts Game 5?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    A 4-0 deficit after two periods was enough for Mike Sullivan to make a change in net for the final period.

    Leading out the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third period of Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning was Marc-Andre Fleury, not Matt Murray. The appearance was Fleury’s first since March 31 after he was sidelined with a concussion. He would stop all seven shots he faced in relief of Murray, who allowed four goals on 30 shots.

    "I thought he was solid," Sullivan said afterward. "I thought he looked good. He was moving well. He made a couple of saves. So I thought it was solid."

    Whether it was desperation or the change in goal, the Penguins responded in the final 20 minutes against Tampa, scoring three times but ultimately falling short 4-3. The two sides will head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 with the series tied at two.

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  • Lightning hang on for 4-3 win over Penguins, even series at two

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night to even their conference finals series at two.

    Tampa struck early when Ryan Callahan tipped in a Victor Hedman shot 27 seconds into the game, sending the Amalie Arena crowd into a frenzy. Pittsburgh tried to fight back, but the Lightning continued to counter.

    The Penguins’ best chance came late in the period when Sidney Crosby found Kris Letang in the slot, but Andrei Vasilevskiy’s pad denied his backhand opportunity.

    Not long after that big save the Lightning doubled their lead following a Penguins' defensive zone mixup, which allowed Andrej Sustr to slip in through the backdoor to finish off a Nikita Kucherov pass.

    The Lightning’s 2-0 lead was doubled by the end of 40 minutes with goals from Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson. Pittsburgh took another hit during the period when defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a leg injury going for a puck along the boards with Callahan.

    It was a big response by the Lightning, one they needed to keep themselves in the series.

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  • Mike Hoffman's history with Boucher a 'bonus' in contract talks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Mike Hoffman has scored 56 times for the Ottawa Senators over the past two seasons and recorded 107 points. Heading into next season he might be the happiest player to see Guy Boucher take over the head coaching job.

    Despite being one of Ottawa’s top even strength scorers since 2014-15, via War on Ice, Hoffman’s name surfaced as a potential player headed out of town this summer as restricted free agency approaches. Surely he’s earned a raise from his $2 million salary this season, and with the Senators in transition, he’s a piece you want to keep in your top six.

    But it wasn’t looking that way under Dave Cameron, who had Hoffman paying rent in his doghouse over parts of the last two seasons thanks to some defensive lapses and down possession numbers. So when Cameron was canned and Boucher was brought in, there was hope for a future in Ottawa for the 26-year-old forward.

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  • Bishop ‘doubtful' for Game 4; Stamkos remains in ‘holding pattern’

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Don’t expect Ben Bishop to be back in the Tampa Bay Lightning net for Game 4 Friday night. Head coach Jon Cooper labeled the netminder as “doubtful” and added he doesn’t expect him to play with the team facing the prospect of a 3-1 series deficit.

    “[Andrei] Vasilevskiy has been outstanding for us. Unfortunately, we're the ones that kind of let him down,” Cooper said Thursday. “But I don't think -- first of all, it's not a question for right now anyway because there is no -- Bish isn't available to really come back right now. That's what makes it kind of a moot point, but I guess in the end, when you've got two outstanding goaltenders, whatever decision you do go with is probably not going to matter.”

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    Someone who could help in some of those areas is Steven Stamkos, who skated in a regular jersey at practice on Thursday but is still in place where he may or may not return this postseason.

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  • U.S. advances at Worlds; Blues out of sync; Rose leaves Islanders (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 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. 

    • Aces wild for Don Cherry.

    • Behind Auston Matthews’ goals in regulation and the shootout, and Keith Kinkaid’s 31 saves, the U.S. advanced to the semifinals of the World Championships with a win over the Czech Republic. They’ll face the winner of Sweden-Canada. [NBC Sports]

    • Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun are quite the 1-2 combo on the San Jose blue line. [Fear the Fin]

    • What can the St. Louis Blues do to get back in sync for Game 3? [Post-Dispatch]

    • Finally, here’s a sneak peak at Friday’s premiere of NHL All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup on Showtime:

  • Young boy does radio call of Blues playoff game for blind dad (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    It was only for a few minutes, but Wyatt Nelson’s time behind the mic calling Game 2 of Tuesday night’s St. Louis Blues-San Jose Sharks game was a hit.

    Last week, a video featuring 12-year-old Wyatt and his father, Gerry, went viral as part of the “Discover Card Day with the Cup” campaign. It showed how hockey was a bond between father and son with Wyatt acting as play-by-play man for Gerry, who lost his eye sight 28 years ago due to diabetes. 

    The video ended with the two getting a chance meeting with the Stanley Cup after a Saskatoon Blades game.

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    Former Blues player and current KMOX radio analyst Kelly Chase saw the video and he and general manager Doug Armstrong called the Nelson’s recently to invite them to an upcoming playoff game.

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