Sean Leahy

  • A hockey fan's farewell to Nassau Coliseum

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    “Say something,” my dad uttered with a nudge.

    I couldn’t. I was 7-years old. Paralyzed in awe. The game was still going on on the ice, but all my young eyes were trained on were the larger than life numbers sewn on the back of Mario Lemieux’s jersey.

    It was Jan. 17, 1989 and I was fortunate to be sitting six rows from the ice at Nassau Coliseum — Section 113x, Row F, Seat 4 — right near the railing by the Pittsburgh Penguins’ tunnel. It was my first live hockey game and the Islanders and Penguins players were larger than life in person, not quite the tiny little comets screeching across the screen of our 27-inch standard definition TV at home.

    Lemieux had to leave the ice at one point during the game because of an equipment issue. The tunnel hood was up when he skated off, but when he finally emerged a few minutes later it was rolled back. Play was still going on so No. 66 had to wait by the door until the next whistle.  

    And there, mere feet away, stood Lemieux, who was in the middle of a ridiculous 85-goal, 199-point season, which would win him his first scoring title and second straight Hart Trophy.

    “Say something.”

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  • NHL Three Stars: Kuznetsov steps up for Caps; Johnson leads Bolts to Game 7

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals 

    The rookie forward’s goal with 7:18 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 7. They now advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round, the fifth time the two franchises will meet in the postseason since 2009.

    No. 2 Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Johnson scored twice as the Lightning forced Game 7 Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The center is now tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for the goal scoring lead with six. 

    No. 3 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    Kucherov had a hand in three Lightning goals, including both of Johnson’s. 

    Did You Know? “This was the eighth time in 10 playoff series involving Ovechkin that went to a Game 7, and his team was only 2-5 in such contests until Monday.” (AP) 

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  • Lightning hold off Red Wings to force Game 7

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning live to see another game. Their 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Monday night forces a Game 7, which will be back home at Amalie Arena. 

    Leading up to Game 6, the focus was on the banter between head coaches Jon Cooper and Mike Babcock. The Lightning bench boss complained about the Red Wings getting away with interference calls throughout the series. There were no calls of that sort during the game, and Cooper’s qualms will likely be quieted as he prepares his team for a do-or-die Game 7 Wednesday night.

    Tampa didn’t wait long to take the lead. Just 3:47 into the opening period, Victor Hedman sent a homerun pass to Nikita Kucherov, who dropped the puck to a speeding Tyler Johnson. The Lightning’s leading scorer didn’t waste his opportunity and beat Petr Mrazek.

    Eight minutes later the Tampa doubled their lead when Jason Garrison took advantage of the extra time and space in the Detroit zone: 

    The backbreaker came via the stick of Alex Killorn with 5:09 left to give Tampa a 4-2 lead.

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  • Watch Petr Mrazek make unbelievable stick save on Brian Boyle (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning had a great start in the face of elimination Monday night in Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison gave the visitors a 2-0 as they try to force a Game 7.

    Brian Boyle had a golden opportunity in the second period to give Tampa a commanding 3-0 lead, but Petr Mrazek made an unbelievable stick save to deny the Lightning forward.

    You know you've just made an amazing save when you fool both the announcer and opposing team.

    Minutes later, with Steven Stamkos alone right in front of the Detroit net, Mrazek again came up with a big save to keep the score 2-0 Tampa.

    Mrazek has done everything he can so far to give the Red Wings hope for a comeback and to close out the series. Can his teammates find a way to beat Ben Bishop?

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  • RIP Marcel Pronovost; Isles-Caps Game 7; Price gets pranked (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

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    Accurate depiction of this #Flames/#Canucks series @Sean_Leahy pic.twitter.com/buU1f3n6Em

    • You can't stop the power of Scorch.

    • Five-time Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost has passed away at the age of 84. [Windsor Star

    • Facing elimination tonight, can the Lightning’s big guns come through? [Raw Charge

    • Time to give up the dream of having NHL hockey, Houston. [Houston Press]

  • Calgary Philharmonic salutes Flames' first-round win during encore (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The city of Calgary spent Saturday night celebrating the Flames’ series-clinching win over the Vancouver Canucks. Fans took to the streets with giant cut-out heads of Bob Hartley, Brian Burke and players as the party on the Red Mile went all night.

    While the celebrations were on-going, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra had a sold out show of their own minutes away from the Saddledome and congratulated the Flames in their own special way during the encore of Carmina Burana.

    Via Damian Gillies:

    Did you ever think in your life you’d hear the names of Deryk Engelland, Josh Jooris or Brandon Bollig during a performance of O Fortuna ?

    Aside from showing some city pride, a number of the Philharmonic’s musicians and staff are big hockey fans, even competing in an annual playoff pool where Lord Stanley’s Nacho Platter has been handed out every postseason since 1989.

     

  • NHL Three Stars: Price, Parise help respective clubs advance to Round 2

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Montreal eliminated the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 thanks to a 2-0 win Sunday night. Price made 43 stops, including 9 in the final 3:14, for his first shutout of the playoffs. He’s currently second among goaltenders with a .957 even-strength save-percentage through the first round.

    No. 2 Star: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

    Parise scored the opening goal and the insurance marker as the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 to advance to Round 2. His first goal came shorthanded and from a tough angle, beating Jake Allen to open the scoring: 

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Dubnyk continued his amazing run since January by stopping 30 shots in Game 6 and 67 total in the final two games of the series. Minnesota will now face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight year.

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  • Canadiens end Senators' fairy-tale season, advance to Round 2

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Only one team during the 2014-15 NHL regular season and playoffs had avoided being shut out before Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens made sure to finally add the Ottawa Senators to the list of those who had. 

    The Canadiens advanced to the second round after a 2-0 win in Game 6 against the Senators Sunday night. Montreal now waits to play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Detroit Red Wings series.

    After storming out to a 3-0 series lead, the Canadiens failed to close out Ottawa in Games 4 and 5, thanks to some stellar netminding from Craig Anderson. In Game 6, Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring 13:26 into first period and never looked back:

    Once the Canadiens grabbed the lead, they sat on it. Over the game’s final 40 minutes, Montreal recorded only six shots, while the Senators pressed for an equalizer, throwing 30 at Carey Price, who stopped them all and finished with 43 saves.

    It was a tough break for Ottawa, but it was also an MVP performance by Price.

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  • Quick whistle costs Ottawa Senators tying goal in Game 6 (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Ottawa Senators are playing for their season in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. Down 1-0 in the second period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau thought he had tied the game after pouncing on a loose puck in front of Carey Price, but a quick whistle cost them a goal:

    That’s a bad call, for sure, and referee Chris Lee knew it. He was in a tough position to spot the puck squirting out, and Lee was already raising his arm to blow the whistle as soon as Mark Borowiecki’s shot hit Price.

    The blown call would cost Ottawa as they fell 2-0 to Montreal, ending their season in six games.

    "I think the referee there just had bad puck luck," said Senators coach Dave Cameron afterward.

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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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  • Zach Parise's pair leads Wild over Blues, into second round

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots as the Minnesota Wild eliminated the St. Louis after a 4-1 win in Game 6. 

    The Wild now move on to Round 2 where they’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks for the third consecutive postseason. 

    The backbreaking goal was Parise’s first of the game, which came shorthanded 7:56 into the opening period. Blues goalie Jake Allen didn’t look comfortable from the start and Parise’s goal was evident of that. 

    Those are the kind of road goals that can turn a game, and it certainly didn't help the Blues.

    While Allen recovered and the Blues kept scraping away to get back into the game, St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock did a bench interview with NBC’s Brian Engblom during the second period. When asked if he thought about pulling Allen after that Parise goal, Hitchcock replied, "No. He's a young guy. He's learning. Gotta stick with him.”

    Thirty-one real-time seconds later Justin Fontaine doubled Minnesota’s lead: 

    That was enough for Hitchcock to change his mind and bring on Brian Elliott to finish the game.

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