Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Galchenyuk, Tarasenko; Bob blanks Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    The young Hab netted his first career hat trick as Montreal downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. All three goals were assisted by Max Pacioretty. Galchenyuk’s opening goal was definitely the prettiest one of the night after some slick passing in the Carolina zone:

    No. 2 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues 

    After Marian Gaborik helped the Los Angeles Kings race out to a 2-0 lead, Tarasenko and Blues answered five times en route to a 5-2 victory. The forward netted his second career hat trick and reached the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season:

    No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t solve Bob as the Blue Jackets grabbed the extra point after a 1-0 shootout win. Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career. Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored Columbus’ only goals in the shootout. 

    Did You Know? "Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first and 13-0 after leading through two periods. The Leafs also haven't lost to Anaheim since Oct. 21, 2008, a 3-2 shootout decision." (AP)

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  • Panthers, Capitals make NHL history with 20-round shootout (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    Forty shooters. 11 goals. Nearly 20 minutes worth of shootout action. NHL history.

    The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals made NHL history on Tuesday night when they took part in the longest shootout ever. In the 20th (!) round, Nick Bjugstad beat Braden Holtby and sent Panthers fans home happy with a 2-1 victory. 

    Because of how long it went, Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Jussi Jokinen and Bjugstad were all able to take two shots apiece. The Panthers, meanwhile, staved off defeat five times to extend the proceedings.

    Here is the shootout in its entirety: 

    Look at this box score:

     

    Roberto Luongo, your thoughts?

    I blacked out what just happened???

    The Capitals and Panthers set three other records during this shootout: 

    • Most goals (11)

    • Most goals by a single team - Florida (6)

    • Most saves by a goaltender - Roberto Luongo (15)

    Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann were part of that record-setting evening as well.

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  • Puck Daddy’s Unofficial 'Road to the Winter Classic' Blackhawks-Capitals Drinking Game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    Let’s just hope that with a new network and two new teams this “all-access” Winter Classic show trumps the sleep-inducing one we watched for four weeks last year. Yeah, you can only work with the cards you’re dealt, so EPIX should be able to put together an entertaining run here with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals and their cast of characters.

    No drinking game is worthwhile without interaction, so it's your job to add to our list in the comments. For entertainment purposes only, here is Puck Daddy's Unofficial EPIX Blackhawks/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic Drinking Game, in the classic 1-2-3 drink format.

    There are many options here. Rather than see you catatonic after 10 minutes, print this out and pick and choose the ones you want to follow. 

    Here ... we ... go. 

    ONE DRINK

    • If you can't find EPIX on your cable system.

    • Every time Alex Ovechkin is missing his tooth during an interview segment.

    • We hear the words "Tazer" or "Kaner" or "Sharpie" or “Ovie.”

    • Marian Hossa is called a “veteran.”

    • You see an exterior shot of Nationals Park.

    • Every time a Washington Nationals player makes an appearance.

    TWO DRINKS

    CHUG

  • Bishop 'day-to-day'; Ekblad embracing stardom; 'Metallica Night' in San Jose (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.

    Expect those guys at next @NHLFlyers games. Some of them are former Czech league soccer players. pic.twitter.com/nsaQsOxzv6

    • It's the Traveling Voraceks! Meet your rivals, Traveling Jagrs. [@jedli]

    • While the Tampa Bay Lightning are saying Ben Bishop’s injury isn’t serious and he's day-to-day, they’ve recalled Andrei Vasilevskiy from Syracuse. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Dallas Eakins is out in Edmonton, but the Edmonton Oilers shouldn’t stop there. [Cotsonika

  • Jacob Trouba sidelined until February; will Jets' GM make a move?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The rumor read that the Winnipeg Jets were searching to boost their defense corps. On Tuesday morning, we learned exactly why general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was dipping his toe into the trade market.

    The Jets announced that Jacob Trouba, who originally was “probable” for Monday’s game against Buffalo, will be out of the lineup until at least February with an upper-body injury. 

    Via the Winnipeg Sun:

    “What you’re hopeful for is it heals ... and he had the opposite experience,” Maurice said this morning. “Things started to get progressively worse on him. It just got to the point where the only and best way to get him back to 100% was we had to shut him down.” 

    Trouba’s absence is in addition to injuries keeping Zach Bogosian and Tobi Enstrom out of the lineup. It also means that Dustin Byfuglien will remain back on defense, where he’s played the last five games.

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  • Oilers to hand Todd Nelson interim coaching job for rest of season

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Edmonton Oilers signed Todd Nelson to a three-year deal last June, not long after he had interviewed for the open head coach position with the Carolina Hurricanes. After spending four years behind the bench for the team’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, Nelson’s success there (four straight playoff berths, two conference final appearances) meant that NHL opportunities would be opening up, and the Oilers knew that.

    The Oilers locked Nelson up for day’s like Monday, when general manager Craig MacTavish announced that Dallas Eakins had been fired. Going forward, MacTavish and Nelson will run the show, eventually transitioning the head coach position to Nelson in an interim role for the remainder of the season.

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  • Tomas Vokoun announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    After 700 NHL games over the course of 15 seasons, 38-year old Tomas Vokoun has announced his retirement.

    "My family is priority. I had some offers but it was like: Maybe. We will see. I didn´t want to travel round the clubs and wait,” Vokoun told iSport, via Zdenek Janda

    Vokoun was the Nashville Predators' fifth choice in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft after the Montreal Canadiens, who drafted him 226th overall in 1994, left him unprotected. He waited for his chance behind Mike Dunham, and when he finally took on the no. 1 job he turned into a workhorse, averaging 68 appearances over the next three seasons.

    As part of the small club of right-handed goaltenders in the NHL, Vokoun blossomed into a steady no. 1 under the tutelage of Mitch Korn with the Predators. helping the team make the playoffs twice. After eight years, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where his work would only increase.

    Vokoun would never play again. 

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  • Florida Everblades wear special teddy bear jerseys as thousands of stuffed animals fly (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    One day (we hope), the Teddy Bear Toss promotion will find itself in NHL arenas on annual basis. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the lower levels of hockey holding this fantastic event that benefits local charities. 

    On Saturday night, the ECHL’s Florida Everblades held their Teddy Bear Toss Night, which ended with a 5-4 win over the Indy Fuel. The home fans didn’t have to wait long to show off their arms as Adam Brace, who would end up netting a hat trick, opened the scoring 3:45 into the game. 

    Here’s what it looked like, via the Naples Daily News

    That wasn’t the only hightlight of the night. The Everblades wore special jerseys for the occasion, full of cute, cuddly teddy bears:

    Following the game, the jerseys were auctioned off benefiting the Golisano Children's Hospital of southwest Florida.

    And here’s the best part of the uniforms, via equipment manager Henning Svendsen:

    That’s some nice detail.

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  • San Jose Sharks unveil their own two-toned Stadium Series jersey (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    There’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic showing off what the San Jose Sharks will wear in February when they face the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL Two-Toned Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium.

    The jerseys the Kings will wear leakedearlier this month, with the Sharks’ designs not far behind them getting out there on the Internet. On Friday, though, the team officially unveiled them:

    From the Sharks:

    Take a drink for every buzz word! 

    There are elements to like in the Sharks jerseys. Take this neat shoulder patch, for instance:

    But then there's this on the inside collar:

    The fact that the NHL and Reebok have gone away from using chrome, something that was the focus of last year's Stadium Series jerseys, is a bonus, but where's the individuality in these designs? Why do they have the same design scheme? There couldn't have been some sort of modified vintage look used for both teams?

    The Kings, meanwhile, will officially reveal their jerseys on Tuesday night, and sadly, they won't be bringing back the Burger King.

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  • Cup dreams in Vegas; Drouin not going to WJCs; Ekblad surpassing expectations (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 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.

    • It’s Ugly Sweater weekend for the Saskatoon Blades, and boy, are those things special. Speaking of ugly hockey sweaters, be sure to check out Puck Daddy next week for the opportunity to win your own ugly hockey sweater that one ECHL team will wear this month. [@BladesHockey]

    • “Bill Foley's dream plan, then, is to be hoisting a Stanley Cup within eight years of seeing the first puck dropped on National Hockey League ice on Las Vegas' famous Strip.” [ESPN.com]]

    • Foley’s group has created a website for interested fans to leave their contact information ahead of the upcoming ticket drive. [Review-Journal]

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