Sean Leahy

  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2016 Round 2 schedule, TV listings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Now that the Nashville Predators have eliminated the Anaheim Ducks, the Round 2 schedule for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is officially set. 

    While the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning opened things up Wednesday night, the second round will continue with the second playoff meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin on Thursday.

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders Wed 4/27, 7pm: 5 NYI @ TBL 3 Sat 4/30, 3pm: NYI @ TBL |  NBC, TVA Sports Tue 5/3, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Fri 5/6, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sun 5/8, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  TBL @ NYI |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD  

    Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Thu 4/28, 8pm: PIT @ WSH |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Sat 4/30, 8pm: PIT @ WSH |  NBC, TVA Sports Mon 5/2, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Wed 5/4, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sat 5/7, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  WSH @ PIT |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

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  • Jack Capuano takes puck to nose, returns to see Isles win (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The New York Islanders took Game 1 of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning witha 5-3 victory. They did so, however, without head coach Jack Capuano behind their bench for most of the final half of the third period. 

    Alex Killorn’s wrister into the Islanders’ zone deflected off of Ryan Strome’s shin pad and into the New York bench, striking Capuano in the face. 

    Assistant coach Doug Weight took over while Capuano got checked out by the team's trainers. But it wasn't long before Capuano returned to the Islanders bench sporting a small nick on the beak:

    Capuano's return must have brought some good luck as Cal Clutterbuck put home the empty-net insurance goal a short while after getting back into the game.

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  • Flyers' Evgeny Medvedev arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Evgeny Medvedev of the Philadelphia Flyers was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to NBC Philadelphia

    Police say that the 33-year-old Medvedev was pulled over for a traffic violation and later arrested.

    No charges have been filed and toxicology reports are not in yet. Medvedev was later released from custody.

    Medvedev signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Flyers in the summer after spending the last eight seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL. In 45 games this season, the Russian defenseman recorded 12 points and averaged 18:49 of ice time per game. He did not appear in any of Philadelphia’s six playoff games against the Washington Capitals.

    Flyers general manager Ron Hextall had no commenton Medvedev's arrest while speaking with the media on Wednesday.

    Stick-tap Sons of Penn

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  • Panthers logo leak; Preds, Ducks Game 7; Tavares vs. Hedman (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. 

    • What do you think of what's likely the new Florida Panthers logo? [sportslogos.net]

    • In other jersey news, the logo for the Czech Republic’s World Cup of Hockey sweaters will be undergoing a bit of a change. [sportslogos.net]

    • The Anaheim Ducks will look to exorcise some Game 7 demons tonight. [OC Register]

    • The Ducks and Predators claim they won’t play “safe” hockey. [National Post]

    • Finally, here’s episode 1 of “The Road,” following NHL prospects as they prepare for the draft:

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  • Florida Panthers' 'Spacey in Space' sweatshirt to be retired

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Florida Panthers season is over and during Tuesday's exit interviews we learned the fate of the team’s popular player of the game award

    The “Spacey in Space” sweatshirt, which began earlier in the season and became so big that the actual Kevin Spacey got involved and even attended a game in March, will be retired, according to Shawn Thornton.

    Speaking with reporters during locker clean out day, Thornton said, via George Richards, that the quirky sweatshirt will be retired and he may auction it off to benefit his charity

    Barkov was actually the first Panthers player to wear the sweatshirt after a December game and Spacey got involved shortly after with this Tweet:

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  • Joel Lundqvist leads club to Swedish title, gets painted gold (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    While Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers bowed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, his twin brother Joel celebrated a championship.

    Captaining Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, Joel Lundqvist led the side to a 4-1 series win over Skelleftea for the club’s fourth Le Mat Trophy and was given the honor of being painted up gold for a post-win photoshoot.

    Via Aftonbladet, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Lundqvist getting ready for his close-up:

    The title was Lundqvist’s third with Frolunda, but first as team captain. 

    Joel wasn’t the first Lundqvist to get the gold paint treatment, however. Henrik got his Goldmember on after Frolunda’s 2005 title, which now forces us to ask the all-important question: “Who wore it better?”

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  • IIHF president: IOC won't pay costs to send NHL players to Olympics

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The negotiations to have the NHL send its players to a sixth straight Winter Olympics has become “even more difficult” than before, says IIHF president Rene Fasel.

    Speaking to Inside the Games, Fasel revealed that the International Olympic Committee has decided against paying transportation and insurance costs to have NHL players participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Games in Korea. Instead, they're leaving the tab to the IIHF and NHL.

    According to Nick Butler of Inside the Games, it’s believed the IOC paid approximately $14 million on top of $18 million contributed by the IIHF on transportation and insurance to have NHL players attend the Sochi Games in 2014. Fasel believes those costs could be reduced to $10 million for PyeongChang.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Neuvirth saves Flyers; Koivu powers Wild

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Michael Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers

    Neuvirth was outstanding in helping the Flyers force a Game 6 with a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals. As the team in front of him mustered only 11 shots, Neuvirth stood on his head stopping all 44 Capitals shots. Neuvirth has now stopped 75 of 76 shots since replacing Steve Mason beginning with Game 4. 

    No. 2 Stars: Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

    Koivu tied the game late in the third period and was the overtime hero as the Wild kept their season alive with a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 5.

    Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks

    The young Sharks forward opened the scoring against the Los Angeles Kings and later snapped a 3-3 tie en route to a 6-3 win, eliminating their Pacific Division rivals in five games. Brent Burns and Logan Couture recorded three assists as the Sharks ended the Kings’ seven-game winning streak when facing elimination.

    No. 3 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

    Alan Quine netted the winning goal in double overtime and Greiss stopped 47 shots as the Islanders took a 3-2 series lead over the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 victory. 

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  • Mikko Koivu keeps Wild alive with Game 5 OT winner (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The Minnesota Wild stayed alive with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 5 Friday night.

    The Wild got off to a hot start scoring twice in the opening 5:16 of the first period; but the Stars offense roared back, scoring three time in the third period, including a pair 28 seconds apart to put themselves in solid position to finish Minnesota off. But after coming into Game 5 with one goal in his last 12 games, captain Mikko Koivu stepped up.

    With 3:09 left in the third period, Koivu took a neat Mikael Granlund pass from behind the Dallas net and beat Antti Niemi to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra period, the captain found some space in front of the Stars net and tipped home a Ryan Suter shot to keep the Wild’s hopes alive.

    Minnesota will now head home for Game 6 on Sunday afternoon and look to stave off elimination for a second straight game. The Stars will again look to advance out of Round 1 for the first time since 2008.

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  • Alan Quine's double OT goal gives Islanders Game 5 victory (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Alan Quine’s goal in double overtime helped the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers and a 3-2 series lead.

    There was a bit of mystery priorto Game 5 involving Quine as either he or Ryan Strome were going to be healthy scratched. Quine ended up playing and Islanders head coach Jack Capuano started him on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

    After the Frans Nielsen opened the scoring in the first period, Aleksander Barkov answered back early in the third period to help send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Barkov had a chance to be a hero following Calvin de Haan gloving the puck in the Islanders’ crease and Florida being awarded a penalty shot. 

    Game 6 is Sunday night at Barclays Center where the Islanders will look to win their first playoff series since 1993. Florida is still searching for their first playoff series win since 1996, and will get that opportunity if they can force a seventh game.

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