Sean Leahy

  • Chris Phillips announces retirement after 17 NHL seasons

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    After 1,179 NHL games, Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips has announced his retirement. 

    Phillips, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft and longest-serving player in Senators history, has been hounded by back issues since Feb. 2015, when he last played an NHL game. After several attempted comebacks, including one this past training camp that ended when he suffered a cracked vertebrae during rehabilitation, the time to hang up his skates had arrived.

    “I’d be lying if I haven’t thought about [retiring] for a while just given the past season and how it unfolded,” Phillips said during a Thursday news conference. “I remember we thought at the start of last year I was going to be ready to go at some point and just continually having setbacks and really just going through that basically back to normal life routine, not traveling, still going to the rinks in the morning, but being home and really kind of getting a taste of what life might look like post-hockey career.

    "He represents loyalty and what it means to be an Ottawa Senator,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

  • Bolts, Pens Game 7; Girardi's future; Peter Stastny sounds off (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs 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.

    • P.K. Subban shows up and that’s how you play, Toronto Raptors? 

    • From Max Talbot to Mike Rupp, Game 7 heroes aren’t always the superstars coming through. [Post-Gazette]

    • Why did Mike Sullivan go to Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5? He had a pretty good reason. [Sporting News

    • Matt Carle should sit in favor of Slater Koekkoek for Game 7. [Raw Charge]

    • Canadian university hockey players lend a helping hand to Fort McMurray residents. [Yahoo Eh Game]

  • NHL conference finalists get Jimmy Fallon superlative treatment (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    As the Stanley Cup Playoffs move from the conference finals to the Stanley Cup Final, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon has returned for more NHL superlatives.

    Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning get the treatment this time, with Valtteri Filppula and Victor Hedman among the players once again in the late night host’s crosshairs.

    This was Hedman and Filppula’s third time being featured. The Lightning defenseman had won “Most Likely To Be Every Brad Pitt Character Combined Into One” and  “Most Likely To Be The Love Child Of Brad Pitt And Benicio Del Toro” previously.

    Filppula can add this one to “Most Likely To Be Draco Malfoy If He Became a Hockey-Themed Wrestler” and “Most Likely To Spin Around In A Chair And Reveal His Plan While Petting A Hairless Cat.”

    Poor Mirco Mueller. The 21-year-old Swiss defenseman will show everyone in about five years when his peach fuzz finally comes in.

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  • How a Nikita Kucherov goal helped Tampa couple name their child

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Sports fans are known to name things after their favorite athletes. Whether it’s car, a pet or a child, the names stick and provide a backstory. (Remember Malkin Crosby Long?)

    So it’s no surprise that a Tampa area newborn, who entered the world early on Tuesday morning, shares a name with one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s biggest stars.

    No, not Steven after captain Steven Stamkos. No, not Ben after goaltender Ben Bishop. No, not even Victor, after stud defenseman Victor Hedman.

    At 8:48 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nikita Annette Franklin was born, named after forward Nikita Kucherov.

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    How did Laine and Eric Franklin land on Nikita as a name for their daughter? While attending a game last season, Laine informed Eric that she was pregnant. Jokingly, Eric told her that they should name the child after the Lightning player who scored the first goal in that game. Sure enough, it was Kucherov. 

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  • Jim Craig on selling 'Miracle' gold medal, hockey inspirations (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Second thoughts? Jim Craig hasn’t had any.

    The goaltender for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team isn’t getting cold feet about deciding to part with some cherished memorabilia from the Team USA's gold medal winning run in Lake Placid, New York 36 years ago.

    After trying to sell a 19-piece lot that included his gold medal and iconic goalie mask last summer, Craig has decided to put 17 items up for auction individually through Lelands, a Long Island-based auction house. The gold medal and mask are joined by the jerseys he wore versus the Soviet Union and Finland, his “lucky” stick, and the American flag that was draped around his shoulders following the team’s final game of the tournament. 

    Do you have any items on display at home that you’ve decided against selling?

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  • NHL Three Stars: Crosby, Murray lead Penguins in Game 6

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Crosby scored what would end up being his third game-winning goal of the postseason to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the second period. It was the 49th postseason goal of his career. He also added an assist on Kessel’s opening tally. 

    No. 2 Star: Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    The third period was all Boyle as he recorded his first career multi-goal playoff game with a pair to help Tampa cut the Pittsburgh lead from 3-0 to 3-2.

    No. 3 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Back in the Penguins’ net, Murray made 28 stops to help force a Game 7 Thursday night. According to Elias, Murray became the first Penguins rookie netminder to record a win when facing elimination. He's now 4-0 following a loss.

    Honorable Mention: Phil Kessel opened the scoring with his ninth of the playoffs, most by a Penguins player since Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009 … Nick Bonino recorded his third multi-point game of the playoffs … Bryan Rust blazed in on a breakaway to score his third playoff goal:

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  • Sidney Crosby slices through Tampa defense, scores beauty (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    After tallying a late first period goal to take a 1-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the most out of the middle 20 minutes of Game 5.  

    Facing elimination in Tampa, the Penguins scored twice to put the Lightning in position facing a 3-0 deficit as the final period approached. Topping off the two-goal second period was Sidney Crosby, who beat a pair defenders with 26 seconds to go to notch his sixth goal of the playoffs.

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    According to the NHL, the goal was Crosby’s 49th postseason tally and helped Pittsburgh build up a big lead after 40 minutes, something they’ve been dominant at keeping secure all season long (47-1-0). It was also the Penguins captain's third game-winner of the postseason as they would go on to win 5-2 and force a Game 7.

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  • Jonathan Drouin goal ruled offside as Penguins win early challenge (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning thought they had grabbed the lead 5:12 into Game 6, but a wise challenge by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wiped the goal off the scoreboard. 

    Jonathan Drouin would have had his fifth goal of the postseason after pouncing on a loose puck in front of the Pittsburgh net, but the review showed that the young Lightning forward’s skate caused the offside.

    From the NHL Situation Room blog:

    Sullivan said afterward his video coach, Andy Saucier, radioed the bench to let them know the play was close enough for them to challenge.

    As we saw in Game 4, getting the first goal early helped power the Lightning to a victory. The coach’s challenge by Sullivan was huge in quieting a frenzied Amalie Arena crowd and Pittsburgh would go on to win 5-2 win.

    According to Sportsnet, this was the eighth goal in these playoffs overturned after an offside ruling.

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  • Brian Elliott back in Blues' goal for Game 6 facing elimination

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Blues head coach announced on Tuesday that Brian Elliott will start Game 6, one day after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis heads back out west with their season on the line Wednesday night facing a 3-2 series deficit. 

    "It's his turn. It's his turn for Game 6," said Hitchcock.

    Elliott had been the man in goal for the Blues this postseason, winning them a pair Game 7s in the opening two rounds. Now in the conference fina versus the Sharks, St. Louis took Game 1, but responded by being shutout in back-to-back games, leading Hitchcock to make the switch to Allen.

    Hitchcock's reasoning for the swap was that Allen was the better puck mover and he wanted to give San Jose a different look in net. The plan worked in Game 4 with a 6-3 win, but not so much Monday night, and so here we are.

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    “Unfortunately, we didn't get the win yesterday but this has been Brian's playoffs and we'd like him to finish the job." 

  • John Brophy, legendary hockey coach, dead at 83

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days 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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