Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Price, Parise help respective clubs advance to Round 2

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Montreal eliminated the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 thanks to a 2-0 win Sunday night. Price made 43 stops, including 9 in the final 3:14, for his first shutout of the playoffs. He’s currently second among goaltenders with a .957 even-strength save-percentage through the first round.

    No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

    Parise scored the opening goal and the insurance marker as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to advance to Round 2. His first goal came shorthanded and from a tough angle, beating Jake Allen to open the scoring: 

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Dubnyk continued his amazing run since January by stopping 30 shots in Game 6 and 67 total in the final two games of the series. Minnesota will now face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight year.

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  • Canadiens end Senators' fairy-tale season, advance to Round 2

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    Only one team during the 2014-15 NHL regular season and playoffs had avoided being shut out before Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens made sure to finally add the Ottawa Senators to that list. 

    The Canadiens advanced to the second round after a 2-0 win in Game 6 against the Senators Sunday night. Montreal now waits to play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Detroit Red Wings series.

    After storming out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canadiens failed to close out Ottawa in Games 4 and 5, thanks to some stellar netminding from Craig Anderson. In Game 6, Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring 13:26 into first period and never looked back:

    Once the Canadiens grabbed the lead, they sat on it. Over the game’s final 40 minutes, Montreal recorded only six shots, while the Senators pressed for an equalizer, throwing 30 at Carey Price, who stopped them all and finished with 43 saves.

    The even strength scoring chances differed by a wide margin beginning in the second period. Here’s what it looked like in graph form, via War on Ice:

  • Quick whistle costs Ottawa Senators tying goal in Game 6 (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Ottawa Senators are playing for their season in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. Down 1-0 in the second period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau thought he had tied the game after pouncing on a loose puck in front of Carey Price, but a quick whistle cost them a goal:

    That’s a bad call, for sure, and referee Chris Lee knew it. He was in a tough position to spot the puck squirting out, and Lee was already raising his arm to blow the whistle as soon as Mark Borowiecki’s shot hit Price.

    The blown call would cost Ottawa as they fell 2-0 to Montreal, ending their season in six games.

    "I think the referee there just had bad puck luck," said Senators coach Dave Cameron afterward.

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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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  • Zach Parise's pair leads Wild over Blues, into second round

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots as the Minnesota Wild eliminated the St. Louis after a 4-1 win in Game 6. 

    The Wild now move on to Round 2 where they’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third consecutive postseason. 

    The backbreaking goal was Parise’s first of the game, which came shorthanded 7:56 into the opening period. Blues goalie Jake Allen didn’t look comfortable from the start and Parise’s goal was evident of that. 

    Those are the kind of road goals that can turn a game, and it certainly didn't help the Blues.

    While Allen recovered and the Blues kept scraping away to get back into the game, St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock did a bench interview with NBC’s Brian Engblom during the second period. When asked if he thought about pulling Allen after that Parise goal, Hitchcock replied, "No. He's a young guy. He's learning. Gotta stick with him.”

    Thirty-one real-time seconds later Justin Fontaine doubled Minnesota’s lead: 

    That was enough for Hitchcock to change his mind and bring on Brian Elliott to finish the game.

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  • Islanders force Game 7 vs. Caps with 3-1 victory

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. —New York Islanders fans left Nassau Coliseum Saturday afternoon unsure if they’d be back, but happy they could hold their goodbyes for now.

    The Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 Monday night at Verizon Center.

    A loss would have meant not only the end of the Islanders’ season, but also Nassau Coliseum, their home for the past 43 years. Beginning with the 2015-16 season, New York will play their home games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    After both teams scored in the first period, the red light remained off until midway through the third when a wild sequence that began between the benches ended with what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

    Capitals and Islanders players started a scrum during a line change and it appeared as if the officials would stop play to sort things out. They didn’t, and Islanders captain John Tavares raced the puck into the Washington zone on a 2-on-3 with Nick Leddy.  

    “It was a war zone in front of the bench there,” said Tavares. “[I] just realized I had a lot of room and there was a lot more ice because of what was going on.”

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  • Las Vegas NHL franchise has its colors: black, gold and gray

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Prospective NHL Las Vegas owner Bill Foley held a meet and greet with hockey fans earlier this week and while he didn’t reveal much, his confidence about getting a team remained high. 

    “The league has been supportive and positive with our efforts,” he said. “We feel like we're on the 1-yard line with this thing.”

    On Monday, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reported that the Las Vegas ticket drive had surpassed the 11,000 sold mark, an impressive feat considering there's no guarantee that the NHL will be coming.

    "I'm not prepared to say how many tickets we've sold,” Foley said, “but it's been awesome in terms of response from the market.”

    If the league does put a team in Las Vegas, Burnside reports it’s not expected to happen until the 2017-18 season.

    Foley did say, however, there will be a “Name the Team” contest with season-ticket holders where the field will be narrowed down to 10 finalists. So for those of you who support "Las Vegas Aces" option, there's still hope.

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  • Tyler Johnson's OT goal completes Tampa comeback, evens series vs. Detroit (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Tyler Johnson needed only 2:25 of overtime to complete the Tampa Bay Lightning comeback in their 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4.

    When Joakim Andersson scored a fluky goalon Ben Bishop late in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead, it just seemed like we were on our way to a 3-1 series lead for Detroit. Andersson’s first of the playoffs only came thanks to Bishop’s bad luck batting the puck away:

    But a funny thing happened in the third period. In the span of 1:17, the game was tied, thanks to Johnson’s first of the night and Ondrej Palat’s tying goal. Suddenly, Tampa had life.

    "As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

    In overtime, Johnson sent the fans inside Joe Louis Arena home unhappy when his tough angle shot found a wide-open net to win the game. 

    What a great little set up by Victor Hedman. 

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  • Capitals win Game 5, put Islanders on brink of elimination

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 series lead on the New York Islanders Thursday night after a decisive 5-1 victory in Game 5. This sets up an interesting Game 6 on Saturday where a Washington win would not only eliminate the Islanders, but also close out Nassau Coliseum for good.

    For the fourth time in the series, the Islanders struck first when Josh Bailey beat Braden Holtby 5:48 into the opening period. But that would be the only highlight for New York’s offense. While Jaroslav Halak (30 saves) did all he could, the Capitals’ push was too great and Washington woud score five unanswered goals, including a pair from rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov.

    With the Capitals holding a 3-1 lead early in the third period, Kuznetsov put the game out of reach with his second on the night after a lovely backhand: 

    Washington’s fifth and final goal from Jason Chimera just summed up the entire night for the Islanders and was the the final bit of action for Halak:

    Midway through the third, two seconds after Matt Martin was tossed, Cal Clutterbuck was given a minor and 10-minute misconduct after this slash on Brooks Laich:

    Via Steph:

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  • Canadiens fan creates ultimate goal celebration in living room (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Imagine sitting in your living room watching your favorite NHL team playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You’re probably on the edge of your seat reacting to each moment of the game. The big hits. The big saves. The scoring chances.

    Now imagine, since you can’t be at the arena, when your team scores a goal you can still feel the experience and celebrate in your own unique way. This is the idea Francois Maillet, a Montreal-based computer scientist, had in mind when he created a goal celebration light show in his living room. 

    A Montreal Canadiens fan, Maillet trained a machine learning model to know when a goal was scored just by the sound of the announcer yelling GOAL! . Once the Canadiens scored and the announcer did his thing, this is what happened:

    Maillet originally planned to create a light show like this that was triggered by someone pushing a button after a goal was scored. But wrrying about finding a button to push while celebrating is too much to remember, so Maillet went the automatic route and the final result is awesome. 

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  • Taco cannon is real, and it's firing at NCAA hockey games (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Let’s put aside the question of how the tacos will stay together for a moment. Instead, let’s celebrate the idea of a taco cannon existing in the first place.

    The University of Nebraska-Omaha is having a pretty good 2015 so far. The team won its first NCAA tournament game in program history last month and advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to eventual champion Providence. In the fall, the Mavericks will move into a brand new state-of-the-art $81.6 million arena with one awesome way to get some food during a game.

    One of UNO's new partners is Voodoo Taco, and those great people will introduce a taco cannon for games next season. This is what it will look like:

    OK, let’s get to your main concern: How will the tacos stay together as they’re fired into the crowd? 

    Good enough for me!

    Let's watch.

    “You know, you just do.” 

    Amen, Mr. Newton. Amen.