Sean Leahy

  • Las Vegas NHL franchise has its colors: black, gold and gray

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Prospective NHL Las Vegas owner Bill Foley held a meet and greet with hockey fans earlier this week and while he didn’t reveal much, his confidence about getting a team remained high. 

    “The league has been supportive and positive with our efforts,” he said. “We feel like we're on the 1-yard line with this thing.”

    On Monday, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reported that the Las Vegas ticket drive had surpassed the 11,000 sold mark, an impressive feat considering there's no guarantee that the NHL will be coming.

    "I'm not prepared to say how many tickets we've sold,” Foley said, “but it's been awesome in terms of response from the market.”

    If the league does put a team in Las Vegas, Burnside reports it’s not expected to happen until the 2017-18 season.

    Foley did say, however, there will be a “Name the Team” contest with season-ticket holders where the field will be narrowed down to 10 finalists. So for those of you who support "Las Vegas Aces" option, there's still hope.

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  • Tyler Johnson's OT goal completes Tampa comeback, evens series vs. Detroit (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Tyler Johnson needed only 2:25 of overtime to complete the Tampa Bay Lightning comeback in their 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4.

    When Joakim Andersson scored a fluky goalon Ben Bishop late in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead, it just seemed like we were on our way to a 3-1 series lead for Detroit. Andersson’s first of the playoffs only came thanks to Bishop’s bad luck batting the puck away:

    But a funny thing happened in the third period. In the span of 1:17, the game was tied, thanks to Johnson’s first of the night and Ondrej Palat’s tying goal. Suddenly, Tampa had life.

    "As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

    In overtime, Johnson sent the fans inside Joe Louis Arena home unhappy when his tough angle shot found a wide-open net to win the game. 

    What a great little set up by Victor Hedman. 

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  • Capitals win Game 5, put Islanders on brink of elimination

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Washington Capitals took a 3-2 series lead on the New York Islanders Thursday night after a decisive 5-1 victory in Game 5. This sets up an interesting Game 6 on Saturday where a Washington win would not only eliminate the Islanders, but also close out Nassau Coliseum for good.

    For the fourth time in the series, the Islanders struck first when Josh Bailey beat Braden Holtby 5:48 into the opening period. But that would be the only highlight for New York’s offense. While Jaroslav Halak (30 saves) did all he could, the Capitals’ push was too great and Washington woud score five unanswered goals, including a pair from rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov.

    With the Capitals holding a 3-1 lead early in the third period, Kuznetsov put the game out of reach with his second on the night after a lovely backhand: 

    Washington’s fifth and final goal from Jason Chimera just summed up the entire night for the Islanders and was the the final bit of action for Halak:

    Midway through the third, two seconds after Matt Martin was tossed, Cal Clutterbuck was given a minor and 10-minute misconduct after this slash on Brooks Laich:

    Via Steph:

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  • Canadiens fan creates ultimate goal celebration in living room (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Imagine sitting in your living room watching your favorite NHL team playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You’re probably on the edge of your seat reacting to each moment of the game. The big hits. The big saves. The scoring chances.

    Now imagine, since you can’t be at the arena, when your team scores a goal you can still feel the experience and celebrate in your own unique way. This is the idea Francois Maillet, a Montreal-based computer scientist, had in mind when he created a goal celebration light show in his living room. 

    A Montreal Canadiens fan, Maillet trained a machine learning model to know when a goal was scored just by the sound of the announcer yelling GOAL! . Once the Canadiens scored and the announcer did his thing, this is what happened:

    Maillet originally planned to create a light show like this that was triggered by someone pushing a button after a goal was scored. But wrrying about finding a button to push while celebrating is too much to remember, so Maillet went the automatic route and the final result is awesome. 

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  • Taco cannon is real, and it's firing at NCAA hockey games (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Let’s put aside the question of how the tacos will stay together for a moment. Instead, let’s celebrate the idea of a taco cannon existing in the first place.

    The University of Nebraska-Omaha is having a pretty good 2015 so far. The team won its first NCAA tournament game in program history last month and advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to eventual champion Providence. In the fall, the Mavericks will move into a brand new state-of-the-art $81.6 million arena with one awesome way to get some food during a game.

    One of UNO's new partners is Voodoo Taco, and those great people will introduce a taco cannon for games next season. This is what it will look like:

    OK, let’s get to your main concern: How will the tacos stay together as they’re fired into the crowd? 

    Good enough for me!

    Let's watch.

    “You know, you just do.” 

    Amen, Mr. Newton. Amen.

  • Tom Wilson won't be disciplined for Visnovsky hit as Isles still fume

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Griffin Reinhart was on the ice for the New York Islanders during Wednesday’s practice. He’s expected to fill the skates of Lubomir Visnovsky, who left Game 4 after taking a big hit for the second straight game.

    On Sunday afternoon, Visnovsky was hit and left the game briefly, only to return a short while later. On Tuesday night, Capitals forward Tom Wilson laid a thunderous hit behind the Islanders’ net, knocking the defenseman from the game:

    According to ESPN.com's Katie Strang, Wilson, who was given two minutes for charging, will not be disciplined for the hit, a hit that stayed with the Islanders through Wednesday morning. 

    From the NY Post after Game 4:

    “He’s an idiot,” Kyle Okposo said of Wilson, who was hitting hard throughout the game and wound up being penalized twice nearly in succession in the second period. “That guy runs around, he hits reckless. He jumps, leaves his feet. There’s no place for that.” 

  • Chiarelli meets with Oilers; finding cheap goalies; Sabres sign Eichel's linemate (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.  

    Glad all went well with Papa's surgery, get well soon! @CPhillipsFour #Fridgematerial pic.twitter.com/Cgn1smdJOi

    • Smilin’ Curtis Lazar with an adorable get well card to Chris Phillips. 

    • Peter Chiarelli is meeting with the Edmonton Oilers for an unknown position. President of Hockey Ops, perhaps? [Sportsnet]

    • Want to have success in the NHL? Bet hard on finding a good, cheap goalie. [Globe and Mail

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  • Nicklas Backstrom's OT goal for Capitals evens series with Islanders

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Facing a 3-1 series deficit, the Capitals received contributions from their two biggest stars and beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime. Nicklas Backstrom scored for the third straight game as Washington evened the series 2-2 with Game 5 Thursday night in D.C.

    Star number one was captain Alex Ovechkin, who deflected a John Carlson shot for a 1-0 lead 13:06 into the game. The early lead was big for the Capitals, as they had failed to score first in each of the first three games of the series after posting a 37-2-2 record, tops in the NHL, during the regular season when doing so.

    In the second period, the Capitals opened the door time and time again, giving the Islanders every opportunity to take the lead. That door was the penalty box, and with the game tied at one after Casey Cizikas’ late first period goal, New York tried to get its struggling power play going.

    The game, according to Backstrom, was won in that second frame when the Capitals took three penalties in a 5:12 span. Washington killed each of them off, keeping the Islanders without a power play goal in 10 opportunities through four games.

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  • Dustin Byfuglien avoids discipline, channels Marshawn Lynch with media (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Dustin Byfuglien won’t be fined or suspended for his late punch on Corey Perry after the Anaheim Ducks forward scored a goal in Monday night’s Game 3, according to USA Today.

    Enough time had elapsed between the puck going into the net and Byfuglien’s punch on Perry that it wasn’t a case of being the Winnipeg Jets defenseman mistiming things:

    Byfuglien was given two minutes for roughing and the Ducks ended up winning 5-4 in overtime and grabbing a 3-0 series lead with Game 4 Wednesday night back at MTS Centre. 

    On Tuesday, Byfuglien met with the media and didn’t have much to say. In fact, he only had one thing to say, really.

    Via Sportsnet:

    "As long as we stick together as a team, we'll be all right."

    Ah, the Marshawn Lynch school of media relations.

  • Wild night in Winnipeg; Stoll update; Ferland's journey (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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.  

    Good morning from @Nassau_Coliseum. #Isles pic.twitter.com/htEC4rNdsP

    • This seems like a pretty good sign for the Islanders ahead of Game 4 after an overnight thunderstorm on Long Island.

    • Nick Cotsonika on a loud, wild night at MTS Centre as Stanley Cup playoff hockey returned to Winnipeg. [Yahoo]

    • That “Katy Perry” chant for Corey Perry last night, Jets fans? Not original and definitely not cool. [Eye on Hockey]

    • Finally, Teemu’s back! Kind of. 

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