Sean Leahy

  • Watch Patrick Kane's stickhandling brillance in new GoPro video

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Before last season, Patrick Kane stickhandled his way into viral immortality with a video showcasing his tremendous hands. Dangling through a sea of pucks to promote Bauer’s Vapor stick, the Chicago Blackhawks star needed only about 20 minutes to complete it flawlessly. "At first I didn't think I was going to be able to do it with all the pucks in there,” he told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

    The trick was later mimicked (poorly) by former Blackhawk Brandon Bollig and (fantastically) by 9-year old Tommy Murray.

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  • Timonen returns to Philly; Canucks' empty-net success; Berenson back at Michigan (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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    Skates on a plane!!! Sweden bound for The World Championships! #gocanada @AirCanada @pou29 @RJohnst6 @KTerr10 pic.twitter.com/sy6Tn37iMM

    • That's one way to fight for extra leg room on a long flight.

    • Here’s a look at Team USA’s entry that looks to win gold again at the Women's World Championships this weekend. [Hockey Wilderness]

    • Kimmo Timonen returns to Philadelphia tonight, where Flyers fans will welcome him back warmly. [Broadstreet Hockey]

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hartnell tricks Ducks; Dubnyk wins again for Wild

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets 

    Hartnell tallied his eighth career NHL hat trick as the Blue Jackets dispatched the Anaheim Ducks 5-3. Hartnell’s goals came at even strength, on the power play and finally, into an empty net to give the Blue Jackets their fourth win in a row. 

    No. 2 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    In his 32nd consecutive start, Dubnyk made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and another two in the shootout as the Wild edged the New York Islanders 2-1. The win was Minnesota’s 10th straight away from Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise tied the game in the second period with his 29th of the season and scored his 39th career shootout goal to earn the bonus point.

    No. 3 Star: Mark Arcobello, Arizona Coyotes

    David Moss scored twice and Mike Smith made 33 saves as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Arcobello was the hero, potting his second goal of the night 3:08 into overtime. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave the Coyotes their first non-shootout victory since Feb. 3.

    Then Forsberg, who drew the tripping penalty in OT on P.K. Subban, put home the winner later in the game:

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  • Watch Carey Price rob Kevin Fiala with backwards skate save (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Kevin Fiala of the Nashville Predators made his NHL debut Tuesday night, an evening that was made almost even more memorable in the second period..

    Early in the second frame, Fiala nearly scored his first career goal after a fortunate bounce behind the Montreal Canadiens net, but Carey Price did a Carey Price thing with a fantastic stop:

    Notice how in true Carey Price fashion there was no panic as he cooly slid across the crease to made the skate save.

    The Predators would get the last laugh, however, winning 3-2 in overtime after Filip Forsberg's winner 1:54 into the extra frame. Despite the loss, the charity point makes Montreal the first team to reach 100 points this season.

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  • Thomas Vanek: Isles' move to Brooklyn was deterrent in re-signing

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    When Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild last summer, it put an end to hockey’s worst-kept secret that the forward would end up in the “State of Hockey.”

    But New York Islanders GM Garth Snow felt he could sell Vanek on Long Island after trading for him last October. It was a long-shot, but worth it for a franchise desperate to turn around their fortunes. 

    With Vanek and the Wild visiting the Islanders Tuesday night, the question of ‘What happened?” was asked:

    From NHL.com:

    Charles Wang announced the deal with Barclays Center a little over a year before the Islanders acquired Vanek, so he was basically already out the door once they traded for him.

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  • Bruins' Dougie Hamilton out indefinitely as team fights for playoff spot

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Dougie Hamilton has been the Boston Bruins’ best defenseman this season. He’s their second-leading scorer with 10 goals and 41 points and is the best possession player among their defense corps.

    So that’s why when Claude Julien revealed Tuesday that Hamilton would be out “indefinitely” with what’s believed to be a shoulder injury, the Bruins’ already teetering playoff hopes took a shot to the gut. Zach Trotman, who partnered with Matt Bartkowski during practice, will draw into the lineup. 

    The Bruins play again Thursday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

  • Mountie in viral mountain-top hockey photo now has 'keepsake for life' (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Two Canadians, one a British Columbia Mountie, playing hockey on a mountain-top ice rink. It truly is the “most Canadian photo ever”.

    This is the Tweet that the B.C. Royal Canadian Mounted Police feed sent out last week:

    We may be Mounties, but we are all still kids at heart with @NHL dreams pic.twitter.com/8dm7sQ9NA6

    Cpl. Shaun Begg, the Mountie in the photo, didn’t imagine the Tweet would turn into a viral sensation, but it did. He thought the photo could serve as a screen saver or be used as a picturesque Christmas card. Instead, the shot of the game of shinny on Shamrock Lake has been retweeted nearly 4,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

    So how did it all come together?

    From the CBC

    Whatever becomes of the photo from here on out Begg has a memory for a lifetime.

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  • NCAA men's field set; Gopher women champs again; Preds waiting on Vesey (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

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    Hometown hero @Logancouture holding court in Ottawa while @TomasHertl48 tries to steal the spotlight #sjsharks pic.twitter.com/mVSxcgPyw6

    • Hertl best. 

    • The NCAA men’s tournament kicks off Friday with 16 teams. Minnesota State, North Dakota, Boston University, and Miami are your top seeds. Here’s the full bracket. [College Hockey News

    • For the third time in four years, the Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s team are national champions after beating Harvard 4-1 in Sunday’s title game. [AP via Yahoo]

    • The NHL has fined Craig Smith of the Predators $5,000 for a high stick on Jerry D’Amigo Saturday night. [NHL]

  • NHL Three Stars: Stepan leads Rangers rout; Edler's late goal beats Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers 

    Eleven Rangers registered a point as New York routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-2. Stepan led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, his first points in a month. Keith Yandle handed out three helpers and Cam Talbot made 36 saves for his sixth win in seven starts. New York improved to 11-1-1 against the Pacific Division this season.

    No. 2 Star: Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks

    Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL win since April 13, 2014 with a 24-save night in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Edler's power play goal snapped a 1-1 tie with 3:13 left in the third period. Henrik Sedin put the game out of reach with an empty netter two minutes later.

    No. 3 Star: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings

    Afro Gator was part of two fortunate bounces for the Red Wings as they beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in overtime. His shot early in the third period went off defenseman Chris Butler’s face and to Erik Cole, who poked the puck by Jake Allen to even the score. In overtime, he scored the winner despite breaking his stick during the goalmouth scramble:

    Did You Know? 

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  • Justin Abdelkader scores OT winner vs. Blues with broken stick (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon, padding their cushion ahead of Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic Division's third spot.

    The Wings prevailed with a couple of fortunate breaks. Their first goal occurred after the puck hit Blues defenseman Chris Butler in the face, allowing Erik Cole to poke it by Jake Allen. The winner came in controversial fashion.

    Justin Abdelkader ended the game 24 seconds into the extra frame on the power play, but he did so using a broken stick, which is a no-no:

    Here's part of NHL Rule 10.3:

    “A broken stick is one which, in the opinion of the Referee, is unfit for normal play.

    Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock obviously thought the goal should have not counted and gave one of the lines of the season when asked if that is a play that can be looked at by the officials:

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