Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Bjugstad leads Panthers; Tatar's pair helps Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers

    Bjugstad did almost everything for the Panthers, scoring twice in regulation and later netting the deciding goal in the shootout as Florida got past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. The Panthers have now won four in a row in San Jose. The multi-goal game was the third of Bjugstad's career and second in three games.

    No. 2 Star: Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings

    Tatar scored Detroit’s first and last goals during their 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. His most important of the evening came 2:10 after Justin Abdelkader’s tying goal late in the third period to give the Red Wings the lead for good: 

    No. 3 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Two days after allowing nine goals to the Predators, the Maple Leafs put up a five spot and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. JVR netted his eighth and ninth goals of the year as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in the victory.  

    Did You Know?: "The Canucks (13-6-1) lost their first one-goal game this season, becoming the last in the NHL to do so." (AP)

  • 'Legion of Doom' reunite as Eric Lindros, John LeClair enter Flyers’ HOF

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    After all the drama that went down while Eric Lindros was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, time healed all wounds. He triumphantly returned to Philadelphia during the 2012 Winter Classic and received a roaring ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd.

    “The Big E” was back in Philadelphia on Thursday to join his fellow “Legion of Doom” linemate John LeClair in being inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame. Before their busts were unveiled, the two were greeted by the third member of that dominant ‘90s trio: Mikael Renberg.

    Over a three-season span Lindros, Renberg and LeClair posted a combined 305 goals and 666 points before being broken up in 1997 with the trading of Renberg to Tampa Bay. They were a monster of a line that helped Lindros win the Hart and Pearson Trophies, as well as lead the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.

    Who knows, maybe we'll see them reunited once more in a year's time if Lindros finally gets his due and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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  • Buffalo snowstorm causes postponement of Friday's Sabres-Rangers game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The massive storml in Buffalo earlier this week that dropped nearly six feet of snow on the city and snowed in Patrick Kaleta for Tuesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks has caused the postponement of Friday’s Sabres game.

    The New York Rangers were scheduled to fly to Buffalo on Thursday, but were told to unpack after the NHL made the decision. 

    "There's a lot more important things in life than a sporting event," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said, via the Buffalo News. "But sometimes when you're going through tough situations that sporting even takes you away from reality for a couple hours and gets you to think of something else."

    No makeup date for Sabres-Rangers has been announced yet.

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  • KHL fans arrested by arena police for tossing hats on ice after hat trick

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Tossing your hat onto the ice after a player records a hat trick is a time-honored tradition in hockey. (Remember that Ticketmaster commercial that ran on NHL Network every five minutes a few years ago?)

    The tradition exists overseas as well, but apparently no one told the police working Tuesday’s KHL game between Sibir and Ak Bars at the Ice Sports Palace Sibir. As Sibir romped to a 6-1 victory, Jarno Koskiranta recorded a hat trick, giving fans in attendance the opportunity to chuck their caps to the ice:

    Great scene, right? Well, the police didn’t think so and arrested three fans who littered the ice, along with a Sibir team employee. The reason? According to Dmitry, via SovSport, it was because those fans were “disrupting the peace in public places.”

    Boy, pretty harsh. You'd think by the police reaction that the crowd started doing The Wave; now that's something that warrants handcuffs.

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  • Teemu Selanne closes door on KHL move: 'My career is over, that much is certain'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    "I can think about it as long as I want, if I still find motivation to play," Selanne said in August. "Playing in Jokerit is tempting, that's for sure. We'll see."

    But sadly, there won’t be any sort of video from Selanne announcing “one more season."

    From the IIHF via MTV3 in Finland

    Via Juha Hiitela, the Finnish Flash was reportedly offered $10 million USD to join Jokerit and $5 million USD to play in only home games. But Selanne is at peace with his son's hockey careers taking up most of his time now compared to his own.

    We now will place "Teemu Forever" on pause for three years until his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame where he’ll be enshrined, forever.

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  • Harding clears waivers; Varlamov sidelined; dry scrape to be abandoned? (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. 

    • Here are the three jerseys the ECHL's Reading Royals will wearing during their Nov. 22 Army-Navy Hockey Day game. There will also be a game between the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, a skills competition and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. [Royals]

    • Josh Harding has cleared waivers and will be sent down to Iowa of the AHL to get some work in after an 11-month absence. [Star Tribune]

    • A groin injury has sidelined Semyon Varlamov, meaning the Colorado Avalanche have recalled Calvin Pickard. [Avs]

    • According to Darren Dreger, the pre-overtime dry scrape could be abandoned by this weekend as the league’s GMs discuss it this week. [TSN]

  • Olli Maatta returns to Penguins lineup two weeks after removal of cancerous tumor

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    It was only two weeks ago that 20-year old Olli Mattaa had a cancerous tumor removed from his neck. The outlook from the beginning was good, with doctors saying he would likely return to the lineup within a month.

    Maatta confirmed after the Penguins' morning skate in Montreal that he'll be back on the blueline Tuesday night versus the Canadiens.

    “I didn’t think it’d be this quick,” Maatta said, “but I have to thank the doctors and team staff for doing their best.”

    “I feel the same as I did two weeks ago, two months ago, a year ago. I feel normal.”

    Penguins head coach Mike Johnston said that Maatta could have returned a few days earlier, but wanted to regain his quickness before committing himself to play again. He skated with Christian Ehrhoff on the second pairing, meaning Robert Bortuzzo was back to being the odd-man out.

    “Now I don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he said. “I can just focus on hockey again.” 

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  • Female referees Erin Blair and Katie Guay to work SPHL game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Columbus Cottonmouths are no strangers to opening doors for women to play a role in men’s hockey. Last season they signed two-time Canadian gold medal-winning netminder Shannon Szabados to a contract and brought her back for the 2014-15 campaign.

    Their next effort will showcase two decorated women in a non-playing capacity.

    When the Cottonmouths host Girl Scouts Night on Friday, the game will be officiated by female referees Erin Blair and Katie Guay . 

    “We are extremely excited to be allowed the opportunity to showcase two of the top female referees in the world,” said SPHL Director of Officiating (and former NHL ref) Mark Faucette. “Shannon Szabados broke the barrier for female players in the SPHL last season, and we are confident that Erin and Katie can do the same for female officials.”

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bob's victorious return; Gigensons' big night for Sabres

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Bob returned to the Blue Jackets’ net after missing eight games with a broken finger and was victorious. He stopped 36 shots as Columbus beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1. Cam Atkinson’s goal in the second period increased their lead to 2-0 and would stand as the game winner. The win was also Bobrovsky’s 100th of his NHL career. You’re back on the case, Bobrovsky!

    No. 2 Star: Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo Sabres

    The young Latvian had a big night as the Sabres routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. It was Buffalo’s first regulation home win since Feb. 28. Girgensons scored twice to help Buffalo end a five-game slide. Tyler Ennis chipped in three points. Three minutes after Ennis scored his sixth of the season, Girgensons caught James Reimer way out of his net to put home an easy shorthanded goal:

    No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

    The Bruins rebounded after two big losses by shutting down the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Seth Griffth and Patrice Bergeron provided the goals and Rask made 33, including 15 in the final period.

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  • Rangers win, then lose after wild shootout vs. Penguins (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The New York Rangers poured off the bench to congratulate Dan Boyle for scoring the shootout winner over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal gave the visitors a 3-2 victory in a game that had a postseason feel to it at times with the aggressiveness and back-and-forth excitement.

    But not long after the Rangers began retreating to their locker room to continue the celebrations, the horn inside CONSOL Energy Center blew, meaning the officials wanted to review Boyle’s goal. Upon video review, the defenseman had a double touch on his attempt, meaning the goal didn’t stand and the teams would have come back on the ice and play a sudden death round.

    When the shootout resumed, Brandon Sutter beat Henrik Lundqvist five-hole and Rick Nash was denied by Marc-Andre Fleury, and it was the Penguins who were winners. For real this time.

    Here's the official ruling from the NHL's Situation Room:

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