Sean Leahy

  • Blackhawks turn to Scott Darling in goal for Game 3 vs. Predators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Scott Darling was one reasons the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind and won Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators. He wasn’t rewarded for being the savior and was in his familiar position as backup in Friday's Game 2. But Corey Crawford faltered again and head coach Joel Quenneville decided to make a change.

    “Scotty is coming off a spectacular outing,’’ Quenneville said ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, via the Sun Times. “I think his play is deserving of getting the start here at home.’’

    Darling relieved Crawford after the first period in Game 1 and stopped all 42 shots he faced during Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win. Crawford allowed three goals in the opening period of Game 1 and all six in Game 2. This is either a change to wake up the guys playing in front of Darling and Crawford, a potential changing of the guard, or both.

    But is it too early to turn to Darling? The series is only 1-1 and Game 2 was a one-goal game in the third period until a disastrous 2:19 span for the Blackhawks when Nashville scored three times.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Backstrom aids Caps' comeback; Galchenyuk nets OT winner for Habs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Backstrom played abig part in Washington’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2. After assisting on the Capitals’ first tally, he helped set up Alex Ovechkin’s goal late in the second period. Early in the third, Backstrom’s power play goal tied the game at three:

    No. 2 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    Galchenyuk’s goal 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 series lead.  

    No. 3 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators

    Smith scored twice and assisted on another as the Predators evened their series with the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-2 win. The win was Nashville’s first since March 28. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each recorded two points.

    Did You Know? 

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  • Patrick Kane scores as Blackhawks have too many men on ice (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    That circled Chicago Blackhawks player is Patrick Kane coming off the bench for a line change. Seconds later he did this: 

    But the first goal of these playoffs for the Blackhawks star shouldn’t have counted, as Chicago muffed a line change and should have been called for too many men. Heck, even six guys were involved in the post-goal celebratory circle.

    Via Eye on Hockey:

    Peter Laviolette was obviously livid following the goal, but the call isn't reviewable and still won't be next season when theleague likely implements a coach's challenge

    Despite the controversial goal, the Predators came out on top 6-2 after scoring three times in a 2:19 span in the third period to send the series to Chicago even at one.

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  • Alex Galchenyuk's OT goal gives Canadiens 3-2 win, 2-0 series lead over Senators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Mark Stone played for Ottawa. Max Pacioretty returned for Montreal. But the story coming out of Senators-Canadiens Game 2 will be Alex Galchenyuk, whose overtime goal sends the series to Ottawa with the Habs up 2-0. 

    There was no controversy this time around, only two highlights from the Canadiens.

    Late in the second period, P.K. Subban fired a laser that had it hit Senators netminder Andrew Hammond, it may have gone straight through him. 

    That goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. It would last until late in the third when Patrick Wiercioch’s power play tally tied the game, which would eventually head to overtime. In the extra period, it was Galchenyuk picking up a rebound, spinning and firing one by Hammond:

    Hammond faced 42 shots and didn’t look great on Pacioretty’s opening goal or Galchenyuk’s winner. Down 0-2 and heading home, does Senators head coach Dave Cameron turn to Craig Anderson? That will be the big question over the next 48 hours.

    ”When have we ever made things easy on ourselves this year?"

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  • Capitals' Game 2 comeback evens series vs. Islanders

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    It had to turn eventually for the Washington Capitals, and it did. 

    Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to win Game 2 4-3 and even their series with the New York Islanders.

    Philipp Grubauer was announced was Washington’s surprise starter minutes before puck drop after Braden Holtby was ruled out due to illness. And like in Game 1 against Holtby, the Islanders didn’t wait long to grab the lead as Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 in.

    The Capitals kept firing, though, but could only beat Jaroslav Halak once through late in the second period. Despite what the possession stats showed, the Islanders held a 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time before things swung Washington’s way. 

    Via War on Ice:

    It began late in the second period when the Capitals took advantage of extra space created by a stickless Kyle Okposo, which resulted in Alex Ovechkin notching his first of the playoffs:

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  • Stars give John Klingberg 7-year, $29.75 million extension after stellar rookie year

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Before the season, the one Dallas Stars youngster who was garnering some buzz was forward Valeri Nichushkin. He played only eight games this season. In November, Swedish defenseman John Klingberg was called up and played his way into a full-time job with the team and into the Calder Trophy conversation. 

    After a campaign that saw Klingberg lead the Stars and all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 40 points, he was rewarded with a seven-year, $29.75 million extension on Friday.

    "John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," said Nill. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman."

    Via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News

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  • Watch Ben O'Connor's between-the-legs penalty shot goal at IIHF Worlds (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    TheIIHF Div. 1 Group B World Championships are taking place in the Netherlands with Great Britain topping the table after three games. The winner of the group advances to Group A next year.

    On Thursday, the Brits edged Jim Paek’s Korea squad 3-2 after coming back from a 2-0 deficit. The winning goal came via a penalty shot in the third period by Ben O’Connor. And boy, was it pretty:

    "I do this at practice every week," O’Connor said afterward, via the IIHF website. "This move was on my mind all the time, but I just haven't done it in a game yet.” 

    What a perfect time to break it out…and be successful.

    Stick-tap Matt M.

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  • Bishop is Tampa's rock; Dubnyk's rise; Crawford gets Game 2 start (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 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.  

    • There is now a Hamburglar cake. Yep. [Ottawa Citizen

    • It didn’t take long for the drama to set in between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. [Yahoo

    • Scott Darling was fantastic in relief for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1. What does that mean going forward? [Bleacher Report]

    • It means nothing, for now, as Joel Quenneville says Corey Crawford will start Game 2. [CSN Chicago]

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  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    (Ed. Note: There are five Canadian teams in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trying their hardest to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup and return it to the Great White North after it’s been in the grimy, unworthy hands of American teams since 1994. Here is Puck Daddy’s Playoff Preview for the first round, complete with a celebration of their Canadian elements.)

    Thanks to the NHL’s new Stanley Cup Playoffs format, along with realignment, we finally get the Yzerman Cup.

    The Detroit Red Wings legend and now Tampa Bay Lightning general manager will garner a lot of attention during this series, but the team he’s assembled will draw even more as they have high hopes for a second championship.

    Tampa finished second in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Montreal Canadiens. Eight points behind the Lightning were the Red Wings, who head into Game 1 with big-time goalie issues; for now, at least. 

    Is this the start of a deep Lightning run or will Mike Babcock lead his charges to a first-round upset? 

    ADVANTAGE: Lightning 

    Kyle Quincey (19:38 TOI), Marek Zidlicky (3 goals, 11 points since trade from New Jersey) and Danny DeKeyser (31 points, 20:55 TOI) round out the back end.

  • AHL game features goalie fight, seven-goal third period (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Utica Comets are attempting to wrap up the AHL’s Western Conference No. 1 seed. The Binghamton Senators are already looking toward next year as they currently stand nine points out of a playoff spot in the East. 

    The two teams met in a wild game on Wednesday night that featured a goalie fight along with  seven goals in the final period.

    Late in the second period, Darren Kramer mixed it up with Utica forward Frank Corrado, which set off a scrum between the teams. Comets netminder Jacob Markstrom apparently wanted to stay busy, so he skated toward Senators goalie Peter Mannino and the two danced. 

    Only one word to describe that: disappointing. Markstrom and Mannino both commit to the fight, so why not go all the way through with it? You're already getting ejected, might as well make the most of the experience.

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