Sean Leahy

  • Meghan Duggan on Women's Worlds, CWHL’s future, playing outdoors (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    The U.S. women’s national team wrapped up their pre-World Championships camp on Wednesday at Twin Rinks on Long Island, not far from Nassau Coliseum. There wasn’t much time, however, to catch an Islanders game or hop on the Long Island Rail Road and check out New York City. It was a business trip, as captain Meghan Duggan described it. Aside from a team dinner one night, the focus was on their two practices a day and the challenge that lay ahead in Malmo, Sweden. 

    Beginning Saturday, the U.S. women look to defend their 2013 gold medal at the Women's World Championships. There was no top division competition involved last year due to the Sochi Olympics, so the Americans are hoping to continue their run of taking home gold, which they’ve done in five of the last seven tournaments. 

    Even with the vast experience on the roster, there are a number of first-timers involved for the 2015 tournament. 

    We chatted with Duggan about the upcoming Worlds, the CWHL’s future and playing outdoors.

    Enjoy.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Pavelec stops 39; Marleau leads Sharks over Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets stayed in the playoff hunt with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pavelec was excellent again, stopping 39 shots for his sixth straight victory. Mark Scheifele and Jim Slater each had a goal and an assist. The win puts Winnipeg three points up on the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. 

    No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

    Three third period goals helped the Sharks upend the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. Marleau scored twice and assisted on another as San Jose won for the first time in three games. Chris Tierny had a pair of points and Antti Niemi made 30 stops.

    No. 3 Star: Reto Berra, Colorado Avalanche

    Colorado scored three goals in the opening 12:56 of the second period and coasted to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Reto Berra made 33 stops, while Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each recorded two points. The win was Berra's first in a game he started since Nov. 25.

    Did You Know? 

    Last #Caps player to score OT GWG vs NJ? Adam Oates.

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  • Mike Weber expresses frustration after Sabres fans cheer loss to Coyotes (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Coyotes were victorious in Part I of the Connor McDavid Bowl Series Thursday night in Buffalo. Sam Gagner was the hero for both Arizona and Sabres fans with his overtime goal in the 4-3 victory.

    After all four Coyotes goals, there were noticeable cheers inside First Niagara Center, where the Sabres call home. With both Arizona and Buffalo in the hunt to finish last overall in the NHL and earn the best draft lottery odds to take McDavid first overall in June, it was quite the scene, especially after Gagner’s winner:

    Sounds a bit like a Coyotes home game.

    While executives of both teams might not be shedding tears after losses this season, the players and coaching staffs are still playing the games with full effort. Jobs are on the line for many. So when Sabres defenseman Mike Weber heard the cheers for each Coyotes goal, he took exception and voice his frustration after the game.

    Via the Sabres:

    For the video-impaired:

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  • Watch Ilya Kovalchuk hack down Alex Radulov during KHL playoffs (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs have reached the conference finals and in the West it’s SKA versus CSKA, which you could describe as Ilya Kovalchuk against Alex Radulov. 

    Radulov and CSKA took Game 1 on Thursday 3-0, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy involving the former NHLers.

    Late in the third period, Kovalchuk and Radulov tangled in what appeared to be a little harmless contact as CSKA exited the SKA zone. As the puck was turned over in the neutral zone, Radulov collected it, skated it back and dropped it off to a teammate. That’s when Kovachuk gave him a chop to the back of the leg:

    Radulov, who scored the game’s opening goal, is expected to play in Game 2 on Saturday. Kovalchuk was given two minutes for slashing and didn’t have time for questions afterward:

    Via Pavel Lysenkov

    Said Radulov, via (translated)  sport.ru : “With me everything is fine, I will play. Kovalchuk act? Sometimes, people are psycho. What can you do?"

    Indeed, Alex. Indeed.

  • Watch Cam Ward rob David Perron with magnificent glove save (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Cam Ward has shown over his career that he’s pretty good with the glove. On Thursday night, during Carolina’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, David Perron was his latest victim. 

    With the Canes holding a 2-1 first period lead, Sidney Crosby found Perron, who slipped behind the Carolina defense. The Penguins forward took the pass while on one knee and had the entire net open as Ward was moving across the crease. But, no, the Penguins would not tie the game right then and there.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

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  • Watch Patrick Kane's stickhandling brillance in new GoPro video

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Before last season, Patrick Kane stickhandled his way into viral immortality with a video showcasing his tremendous hands. Dangling through a sea of pucks to promote Bauer’s Vapor stick, the Chicago Blackhawks star needed only about 20 minutes to complete it flawlessly. "At first I didn't think I was going to be able to do it with all the pucks in there,” he told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

    The trick was later mimicked (poorly) by former Blackhawk Brandon Bollig and (fantastically) by 9-year old Tommy Murray.

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  • Timonen returns to Philly; Canucks' empty-net success; Berenson back at Michigan (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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    Skates on a plane!!! Sweden bound for The World Championships! #gocanada @AirCanada @pou29 @RJohnst6 @KTerr10 pic.twitter.com/sy6Tn37iMM

    • That's one way to fight for extra leg room on a long flight.

    • Here’s a look at Team USA’s entry that looks to win gold again at the Women's World Championships this weekend. [Hockey Wilderness]

    • Kimmo Timonen returns to Philadelphia tonight, where Flyers fans will welcome him back warmly. [Broadstreet Hockey]

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hartnell tricks Ducks; Dubnyk wins again for Wild

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets 

    Hartnell tallied his eighth career NHL hat trick as the Blue Jackets dispatched the Anaheim Ducks 5-3. Hartnell’s goals came at even strength, on the power play and finally, into an empty net to give the Blue Jackets their fourth win in a row. 

    No. 2 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    In his 32nd consecutive start, Dubnyk made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and another two in the shootout as the Wild edged the New York Islanders 2-1. The win was Minnesota’s 10th straight away from Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise tied the game in the second period with his 29th of the season and scored his 39th career shootout goal to earn the bonus point.

    No. 3 Star: Mark Arcobello, Arizona Coyotes

    David Moss scored twice and Mike Smith made 33 saves as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Arcobello was the hero, potting his second goal of the night 3:08 into overtime. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave the Coyotes their first non-shootout victory since Feb. 3.

    Then Forsberg, who drew the tripping penalty in OT on P.K. Subban, put home the winner later in the game:

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  • Watch Carey Price rob Kevin Fiala with backwards skate save (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Kevin Fiala of the Nashville Predators made his NHL debut Tuesday night, an evening that was made almost even more memorable in the second period..

    Early in the second frame, Fiala nearly scored his first career goal after a fortunate bounce behind the Montreal Canadiens net, but Carey Price did a Carey Price thing with a fantastic stop:

    Notice how in true Carey Price fashion there was no panic as he cooly slid across the crease to made the skate save.

    The Predators would get the last laugh, however, winning 3-2 in overtime after Filip Forsberg's winner 1:54 into the extra frame. Despite the loss, the charity point makes Montreal the first team to reach 100 points this season.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

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  • Thomas Vanek: Isles' move to Brooklyn was deterrent in re-signing

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    When Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild last summer, it put an end to hockey’s worst-kept secret that the forward would end up in the “State of Hockey.”

    But New York Islanders GM Garth Snow felt he could sell Vanek on Long Island after trading for him last October. It was a long-shot, but worth it for a franchise desperate to turn around their fortunes. 

    With Vanek and the Wild visiting the Islanders Tuesday night, the question of ‘What happened?” was asked:

    From NHL.com:

    Charles Wang announced the deal with Barclays Center a little over a year before the Islanders acquired Vanek, so he was basically already out the door once they traded for him.

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