Sean Leahy

  • Sidney Crosby participates in full-contact practice with Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Your Twitter feed may have been full of pictures of Sidney Crosby skating Monday morning. The significance? The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was not wearing a non-contact jersey as he moves closer to a return to the lineup after experiencing another concussion.

    Working on a line with Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist – which brought about the reunion of the famed HBK line – as well as the No. 1 power play unit with Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz, Crosby participated in a full practice with his teammates.

    He reported afterward that he’s not experiencing any symptoms and there were no limitations on contact for Monday’s practice. “I feel good,” he said. “Hopefully build from here.”

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    After suffering a concussion during an Oct. 7 practice, Crosby had not skated with his teammates. Three days later he was diagnosed and has missed the first six games of the Penguins season.

    Crosby has gone symptom-free for two weeks after skating on his own.

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  • Jon Blum suffers injury while scoring shootout goal in KHL (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Jon Blum scored the only shootout goal for the KHL’s HC Admiral in their loss to Salavat Yulaev on Friday. While the goal was nice, the end result — aside from the loss — for Blum was not a good one.

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    The 27-year-old defenseman, who’s played 110 NHL games between the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild, got tripped up by Salavat goaltender Niklas Svedberg and crashed hard into the end boards.

    Blum knew immediately something was wrong and was later diagnosed with an arm injury and will miss 5-6 weeks according to the team.

    Thanks for all the well wishes, should be back soon. ⚓️⚓️ ???????? #admiral

    A photo posted by Jonathon Blum (@jonblum7) on Oct 21, 2016 at 7:39am PDT

    Through 22 games Blum is third on the team in scoring with a goal and 11 assists. He tallied 8 goals and  30 points last season, his first in the KHL.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Boychuk's shorty leads Isles; Bob beats Blackhawks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Johnny Boychuk, New York Islanders

    Tied 2-2 in the third period, the Islanders defenseman fired home a shot directly off an offensive zone face-off to help give New York a 3-2 win. The goal was Boychuk’s first shorthanded tally of his career. He had earlier assisted on Ryan Strome’s second of the season and finished with two points.

    No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 34 shots faced as the Blue Jackets edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 for their first win of the season. Nick Foligno and rookie blue liner Zach Werenski recorded a goal and an assist. Werenski became the first Blue Jackets player to record at least a point in each of his first three NHL games.

    No. 3 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

    Gustav Nyquist had two points and 10 other Red Wings were on the scoresheet as Detroit downed Nashville 5-3. Mrazek, meanwhile, made 30 saves, including this stop on James Neal:

    Did You Know?

    — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 22, 2016

    TvR right arm injury

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  • Michigan trio pull off greatest Score-O performance ever (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The University of Michigan men’s hockey team is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 NCAA title-winning team this weekend.

    Members of the team were in attendance Friday night for the Wolverines’ game against Michigan Tech at Yost Ice Arena. Three notable former players took part in the Score-O game during the second intermission and put on quite the show.

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    Marty Turco, Brenden Morrison and Mike Legg each scored on their attempts from across the ice. Legg, who you might recall popularized the move we know as “The Michigan,” scored his in unique fashion.

    — Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) October 22, 2016

    Is that not the greatest edition of Score-O we’ve seen?

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  • Clarke MacArthur 'not ready for the next chapter,' wants to keep playing

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Clarke MacArthur says he still has “logs burning on the fire,” and that he’s not ready to walk away from hockey after suffering yet another concussion that’s sidelined him.

    One month after taking a hit in an intrasquad game from Patrick Sieloff, MacArthur spoke to reporters Friday and said while he’s feeling better, he still is experiencing concussion symptoms. He’s feeling well enough to skate and is waiting on doctors to give him the green light to return. He’ll even join the Senators on their three-game road trip beginning this weekend. That post-hockey career will have to remain on hold.

    “I’m going to set up a landscaping company at some point here, but not yet, so I’m going to keep going,” MacArthur said.

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    The hit from Sieloff drew an angry response from teammate Bobby Ryan, who went after the rookie. MacArthur, who now has suffered four concussions in the last year and a half and played only four games in 2015-16, said he spoke to the rookie a few days later and understands he was playing hard to make the team.

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  • Douglas Murray on hockey future: 'It's over now'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Douglas Murray, defenseman for three NHL teams over 518 games, has retired.

    “30 general managers do not want me,” Murray told Aftonbladet. “I know that I can still play, but it’s over now.”

    The 36-year-old Murray last played during the 2014-15 season for Kolner Haie when he dressed for eight games. Two months after injury ended his time in Germany, he joined the Calgary Flames on a tryout for the final month of the season but never played a game.

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    Drafted in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Draft out of Cornell University, Murray, sometimes known by his nickname of Crankshaft, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the San Jose Sharks. The 6’3, 245 lbs. blue liner may not have been the most fleet of foot but could deliver a big hit as the brick [poop]house that he was.

    Good thing he didn’t go into massage therapy:

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  • Bergeron's back; GMs on the hot seat; Flyers to honor Snider (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

    • Things are coming along nicely for this weekend’s Heritage Classic.

    • Patrice Bergeron will make his season debut tonight during the Boston Bruins’ home opener. [NESN]

    • Patrik Laine is settling in nicely in Winnipeg thanks to his mom. [Winnipeg Sun]

    • That tough-angle late goal by Steven Stamkos the other night wasn’t a product of luck, just hard work. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Jarmo Kekalainen, Garth Snow and Ken Holland are just a few GMs currently on the hot seat. [The Hockey News]

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  • Carey Price to make season debut Thursday night vs. Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    When the Montreal Canadiens host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night, there will be a familiar face back in their net.

    Carey Price will make his first start for the Habs since Nov. 25, 2015. He missed the final five months of last season due to a lower-body injury and has been sidelined for the start of the 2016-17 NHL campaign with the flu.

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    After skating and taking shots on his own for the last several days, Price took part in a full practice on Wednesday with his teammates and said he felt good. He told reporters that he lost 7-8 pounds while being quarantined in his basement battling the flu. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said it was the netminder’s “best day” on the ice and was optimistic for his return Thursday night.

    This won’t be Price’s first action of the year. He played five games for Canada while helping them to the World Cup of Hockey title last month and also made one preseason start for the Canadiens.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Laine nets first hat trick; Howard stands tall for Detroit

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets rookie recorded his first NHL hat trick as Winnipeg came back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. After chants of “Laine’s better’ echoed inside MTS Centre in the third period, Laine forced OT with a goal with 54.5 left and then potted the winner moments after Auston Matthews was denied on a breakaway.

    No. 2 Star: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

    Making his season debut, Howard was strong in net for the Wings as they edged the New York Rangers 2-1. Howard stopped 32 shots, including this flurry late in the second period:

    No. 3 Star: Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

    Other than Laine, Scheifele played a big role in Winnipeg’s comeback assisting on their first two goals before cutting Toronto’s lead to 4-3 early in the third period with this great shot:

    Honorable Mention: Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, better known as The Hot Line, were inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame:

    Did You Know?

    28 per cent of the skaters in tonight's Leafs-Jets game are Calder eligible.

  • Patrik Laine's OT goal completes first hat trick, caps Jets' comeback (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night in the first meeting of last June’s No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine have already been given the manufactured Crosby vs. Ovechkin “rivalry” treatment, which means if the two were playing for American teams NBC would have shoved the matchup down our throats already.


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    As is tradition in Winnipeg, the Jets fans let Matthews know what they think of the Maple Leafs young star in the third period after Laine scored his second of the season.

    In the end it would be a very memorable night for Laine and the Jets. Winnipeg fought back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime. The hero? Mr. Laine himself, who scored the game-tying goal with 54.5 seconds left in the regulation and then the overtime winner moments after Matthews was denied on a breakaway.

    We are so spoiled with the amount of young talent in this league right now.

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