Sean Leahy

  • Stanley Cup Final conflict forces Andrea Bocelli to reschedule concert

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Arena availability during playoff time is always a tricking thing when trying to schedule games. So it comes as no surprise that the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks is forcing the rescheduling of an event from San Jose’s SAP Center.

    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was set to perform on Saturday, June 4, but when the NHL released its schedule for the final round, the concert conflicted with Game 3.

    As a resolution, Bocelli has moved the concert from Saturday to Friday and he “congratulates the San Jose Sharks for reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and wishes them success in the best of 7-game series," according to a statement.

    This isn’t the first time the Penguins have been involved in a series where a big concert forced a change in scheduling.

    During the Penguins’ 2009 second-round series against the Washington Capitals, a scheduled Yanni concert at Mellon Arena forced the NHL to schedule Games 4 and 5 back-to-back in Pittsburgh and Washington. That upset Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, as the Penguins won both games.

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  • Czech Republic names Jagr-less final World Cup of Hockey roster

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Jaromir Jagr will not be playing the Czech’s at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey so he can rest up for the Florida Panthers’ season. Without the 44-year-old legend, they'll have to make do with a mostly NHL roster in a tough Group A with Canada, USA, and Team Europe.

    Here’s who the Czechs will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes * D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes * D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames * D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars * F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars * F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues * F David Krejci, Boston Bruins F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs * F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL) F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers 

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  • Russia names final World Cup of Hockey roster; NHL to ban Voynov?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Russians went heavy on forward for their initial World Cup of Hockey roster, naming only three defenseman. So that left a few spots up front available and a bevy on the back end.

    Here’s who Russia will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets G Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens * D Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings * D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals D Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) * D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs *

    • You may have scanned the forward group twice looking for a pair of specific names, but you’re not going to find them. Yes, The Russians are leaving both Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Radulov home. Did Kovalchuk’s behavior during the Gagarin Cup playoffs and Radulov’s desire to return to the NHL play a part in them being left off? 

    UPDATE: 

    Previously released final rosters:

  • Chris Phillips announces retirement after 17 NHL seasons

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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 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.

    • 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 1 day 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 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 3 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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