Sean Leahy

  • Swedish league player scores OT goal, celebrates with moonwalk (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago

    One of the key parts in scoring a memorable goal is the celebration. You have to pull it off perfectly, unless your jump against the glass results in your actually going through said glass.

    Daniel Erlich of Sweden’s Östersunds IK overtime goal earlier this week was pretty smooth, so of course he decided to celebrate the only way he should have — by moonwalking.

    Via Kenny Erlich:

    There's probably an Östersunds IK fan coming up with Erlich/Michael Jackson songs in light of this, so we figured we'd help out using "The Way You Make Me Feel":

    Hey Daniel Erlich with the hockey skates on

    You give me fever

    Like I've never, ever known

    You're just a product of Canada

    I like the groove of your (moon)walk,

    Your talk, your zest

    I see your celly

    From miles around

    I'll pick you up in my Zamboni

    And we'll paint the town

    Just reminisce, baby

    And tell me twice

    The way you make me feel…

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  • NHL Three Stars: Paquette tricks Red Wings; Lander leads Oilers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Sergeant Slaughter & Mike Rathje are in the Shark Tank tonight. @SanJoseSharks pic.twitter.com/vqkNgIzej6

    No. 1 Star: Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning rookie recorded his first career NHL hat trick during a 5-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings. The win set a franchise record with their ninth straight win at Amalie Arena.  

    No. 2 Star: Anton Lander, Edmonton Oilers

    Lander had a hand in all three Oiler goals in their 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the “McDavid Bowl.” After recording a pair of helpers, Landers put home the eventual game-winner 7:52 into the third period: 

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Behind Zach Parise’s 20th of the year and 30 saves from Dubnyk, the Wild shutout the Calgary Flames 1-0. It was the 11th shutout of Dubnyk’s career and his third straight win.

    Birthday boy Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winning goal in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues edged the Nashville Predators 5-4:

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  • Lightning help Air Force airman with surprise family reunion (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Katelyn and C.J. Mckeen were under the impression they were about to participate in an intermission game at Thursday’s Tampa Bay Lightning game. The brother and sister were slated to take a shot on goal of some sort, but little did they know they were in store for a huge surprise. 

    Just before they were to attempt their shots, the Lightning game-night emcee Greg Wolf introduced their father, Master Sergeant Chris Mckeen of the U.S. Air Force:

    “I’m just extremely grateful that I get to come back to my family safe and get to see them,” said Mckeen, who was on tour in South Korea.

    These military reunions are always the best, and the family reactions really make you want to grab the tissues.

    Welcome back home, Master Sergeant Mckeen.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

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  • Jonathan Bernier allows shorthanded goal from 120-feet away (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs held a 1-0 lead on the Arizona Coyotes and were on a power play as the third period began. Things were looking good.

    Five seconds later, Jonathan Bernier channeled Vesa Toskala and oh, no:

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson will never get a luckier goal in his career, especially shorthanded. He also entered the NHL record books in the process. The goal was the fastest shorthanded tally to start a period ever at five seconds.

    That’s a rough one for Bernier. That puck dipped just as he thought he was about to catch it. And now he joins Vesa Toskala with his own Maple Leaf memory to forget.

    The goal was the start of a bad third period for the Leafs. Martin Hanzal would score three minutes later and the Coyotes would add on an empty-netter  another one for a 3-1 victory.

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  • Spezza back in Ottawa; Sportsnet wins World Cup TV rights; Kings to meet POTUS (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.

    Dollar beer night at the Cincinnati Cyclones game... @LanceMcAlister @darrenrovell @KariVanHorn @MoEgger1530 pic.twitter.com/rK5W7Mid7z

    • "Dollar Beer Night" in Cincinnati ends with a monstrous beer pyramid. [Sporting News]

    • “Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too.” Jason Spezza returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Dallas Star. [Ottawa Citizen]

  • Martin Brodeur named Blues' Senior Advisor to GM, retires with 'big smile'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Martin Brodeur stood in front of a St. Louis Blues backdrop and announced his retirement on Thursday. It wasn’t the scene we had pictured it would be while watching his 22-year NHL career; but after splitting with the New Jersey Devils last season, he didn’t want to say goodbye just yet. 

    Brodeur felt he could still play, and after a long wait spent the final seven games of his career with the Blues. When Brian Elliott got healthy, the 42-year old netminder was relegated to third on the depth chart. That’s when the thought of the end began to creep into his mind.

    “I know I can play,” Brodeur said. “I know I still can have fun with this game. For me, just the fact that they got healthy was harder for me to stay around. I’m a competitive guy. It was hard to stay on the sideline. That’s why I decided to take my retirement.”

    The Blues had hoped that Brodeur would stick around and lend his veteran expertise, but it didn’t feel right. “I felt in a way a little bit,” he said.

    “For anybody that thinks that me and Lou are not on the same page,” Brodeur said, “everybody’s wrong.”

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  • Capitals worrying about who's ahead of, not behind them in Eastern Conference race

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — At this time last season the Washington Capitals were on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, a photo they wouldn’t get a chance to be in come mid-April. After a summer of change, they sit in a pretty comfortable position as the second half begins.

    The Capitals didn’t head out on their All-Star Weekend vacations on a good note. They lost three in a row, allowing 13 goals in that stretch after winning six of seven. Two of those losses came at the hands of the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, two teams not in playoff position in the West. The other defeat came against head coach Barry Trotz’s old team, the Nashville Predators. The homecoming ended with a sour taste after Matt Niskanen’s turnover allowed James Neal to pot the winning goal with 1:40 left in the game.

    But the the six-day break did allow for them to rest up, decompress and take their minds off those losses. Washington re-grouped Monday in Columbus ahead of their game against the Blue Jackets, a team desperate for points. 

    "We have to win our hockey games. Lately, we haven’t done that.”

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  • Blue Jackets facing tough hill to climb in second half playoff push

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets face a daunting task in their final 37 games. They sit 14 points out of a playoff spot. They have six players currently on injured reserved. Included on that list is goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss 4-6 weeks after injuring his groin last week. 

    Last season, the Blue Jackets had a reported 169 man-games lost to injury. This year they’re already at 170, as of last week, third-most in the NHL.

    Since before the regular season even began, starting with Nathan Horton, the hits have just kept coming for Columbus. Seemingly every week there’s a player getting dinged and needing to miss time. No team will ever use injuries as an excuse, but what’s happened to the Blue Jackets this year has definitely stalled the momentum built up from last season’s playoff appearance.

    Life Without Bob and The Big Climb begins Tuesday against the Washington Capitals with Curtis McElhinney in net. Richards and Blue Jackets players expressed confidence in the 31-year old netminder, noting his play last season when Bobrovsky was injured.

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  • Blue Jackets, Islanders lose Sergei Bobrovsky, Kyle Okposo to injury

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Sergei Bobrovsky was forced to pull out of the NHL All-Star Game last week after he suffered a groin injury during a loss to the Winnipeg Jets. And now that the weekend is over and players are returning to their teams, we’ve learned that this season for the Columbus Blue Jackets is definitely cursed. 

    The team announced on Monday that Bobrovsky will miss the next 4-6 weeksbecause of the injury. Goaltender Anton Forsberg has been recalled from Springfield.

    The Blue Jackets weren’t the only team hit by injury. New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano dropped a bombshell after practice on Monday when he announced forward Kyle Okposo would miss the next 6-8 weeks with an upper body injury.

  • Tavares, Voracek enjoy record-tying All-Star nights despite missing out on MVP

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — We need a recount! Just as Latvians and Chicago Blackhawks fans voted in droves for the NHL All-Star Game starting six, Columbus Blue Jackets fans inside Nationwide Arena on Sunday did the same for Ryan Johansen. 

    Even though Johansen and Team Foligno lost 17-12 to Team Toews, the Blue Jackets forward (four points) won Most Valuable Player honors after an in-arena Twitter vote. He's the first losing player to take home the car since Daniel Briere and his five-point night in 2007. He’s also the first player since Alex Kovalev in 2009 to win the award in front of the home fans.

    But if there are two fanbases who might have some beef with the results it’s those of the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. John Tavares joined Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Gartner and Dany Heatley as the only players with four goals in an All-Star Game. Voracek, meanwhile, tied Lemieux’s All-Star record of most points with six with a hat trick and three assists.

    “You certainly won’t forget a game like that.”