Sean Leahy

  • Lee Stempniak scores Winnipeg's first Stanley Cup playoff goal since 1996 (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 41 mins ago

    That sound you heard earlier Monday night? It was probably eminating from MTS Arena in Winnipeg, where the Jets hosted a Stanley Cup Playoff game for the first time since 1996 when they faced off against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Scoring the first playoff goal for Jets 2.0? That would be Lee Stempniak, who gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead midway through the first period of Game 3 and caused the decibel levels to spike.

    Nineteen years ago next Tuesday, Norm McIver scored the final goal in the history of Jets 1.0 before the franchise moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes. Since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipe in 2011, Jets 2.0 failed to reach the playoffs until this season.

    Despite the franchise history not connecting, the Jets and their fans brought back the whiteout tradition (even as the team wore their blue jerseys) and the arena looked like Winnipeg Arena of the 1990s. 

    Fans got creative in their whiteout attire, like this guy, who dressed as the Queen:

    Even Her Royal Majesty embraces the #WPGWhiteout - a friend at the game found the Queen in the upper bowl.

  • Wild blank Blues 3-0, take 2-1 series lead

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Since Devan Dubnyk took over the starting job in Minnesota on Jan. 15, he hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation. That streak has continued into the playoffs.

    Behind Dubnyk’s 24 saves, the Wild took a 2-1 series over the St. Louis Blues with an impressive 3-0 victory Monday night.  

    After a scoreless first period, the Wild blitzed Jake Allen with a pair of goals in 2:05 after some solid work by the line of Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund: 

    The shutout was the result of a big bounce-back performance by the Wild, who lost Game 2 4-1, thanks to a Vladimir Tarasenko hat trick. The Russian sniper didn’t get a shot off Monday night as the Blues lost their ninth straight playoff road game.

    Game 4 is Wednesday night back at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.

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  • Hagelin, Kreider help give Rangers 2-1 series lead over Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    The New York Rangers took a 2-1 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night with a 2-1 victory. 

    For the third straight game New York scored the opening goal. Keith Yandle took advantage of the Penguins while on a line change midway through the first period and sprung the speedy Carl Hagelin:

    The Rangers kept the Penguins’ big guns at bay, holding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to a combined two shots. Pittsburgh's only goal came via Patric Hornqvist during a third period press where they put 13 shots on Henrik Lundqvist, who ended with 23 saves.

    New York had a 2-0 lead by that point, thanks to Marc Staal's perfectly placed shot wide of Marc-Andre Fleury, which bounced right to Chris Kreider, who was in front to bat it home:

    Game 4 is Wednesday night back at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

    For the 16th time in their past 24 games the Penguins failed to score more than two or more goals. The disappearance of their offense was a key factor in their 4-9-2 finish to the regular season and a reason why they've dropped Games 1 and 3 against the Rangers.

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  • Todd McLellan, Sharks 'mutually agree to part ways'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    David Pollak was on to it. Todd McLellan won’t be fired from the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the team announced on Monday that they’ve “mutually agreed to part ways" with the head coach.

    From the Sharks:

    McLellan compiled a 311-163-66 record in seven seasons in San Jose, making the postseason every year but 2014-15. In the playoffs, however, the Sharks could never live up to the high Stanley Cup expectations. They reached the Western Conference Final in consecutive years, but only won one game. And three first-round exits were highlighted by the disastrous collapse against the Los Angeles Kings a year ago, which has turned out to be the beginning of the end.

    Wilson's the general manager, for now, and we'll see if owner Hasso Plattner goes forward with other front office changes.

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  • John Tavares' quick overtime goal lifts Islanders over Capitals in Game 3

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders wasted little time in grabbing a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 Sunday afternoon. They only needed 15 seconds of overtime.

    John Tavares’ goal in the extra period helped give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Tuesday night.

    “I didn’t have much room,” said Tavares, who admitted the anticipation ahead of Sunday’s game caused him a restless night of sleep. “I recognized that [Braden] Holby wasn’t quite on his post and I was just hoping it got through him, and it did.”

    After being unable to hold back the Islanders through 40 minutes and behind in shots 33-13, the Capitals pushed in the third and were rewarded. Washington was finally able to get traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, allowing Nicklas Backstrom’s shot to get through and tie the game with 6:06 to go.

    In overtime, Tavares won the opening face-off, and after Johnny Boychuk fired the puck on net, Holby left it for John Carlson, who then sent the puck up the boards before it was kept in the zone by Nick Leddy. Nikolay Kulemin then re-directed Leddy’s pass on goal and the puck bounced around before Tavares got his stick on it from a tough angle:

  • Blackhawks turn to Scott Darling in goal for Game 3 vs. Predators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Scott Darling was one reasons the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind and won Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators. He wasn’t rewarded for being the savior and was in his familiar position as backup in Friday's Game 2. But Corey Crawford faltered again and head coach Joel Quenneville decided to make a change.

    “Scotty is coming off a spectacular outing,’’ Quenneville said ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, via the Sun Times. “I think his play is deserving of getting the start here at home.’’

    Darling relieved Crawford after the first period in Game 1 and stopped all 42 shots he faced during Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win. Crawford allowed three goals in the opening period of Game 1 and all six in Game 2. This is either a change to wake up the guys playing in front of Darling and Crawford, a potential changing of the guard, or both.

    But is it too early to turn to Darling? The series is only 1-1 and Game 2 was a one-goal game in the third period until a disastrous 2:19 span for the Blackhawks when Nashville scored three times.


  • NHL Three Stars: Backstrom aids Caps' comeback; Galchenyuk nets OT winner for Habs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Backstrom played abig part in Washington’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2. After assisting on the Capitals’ first tally, he helped set up Alex Ovechkin’s goal late in the second period. Early in the third, Backstrom’s power play goal tied the game at three:

    No. 2 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    Galchenyuk’s goal 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 series lead.  

    No. 3 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators

    Smith scored twice and assisted on another as the Predators evened their series with the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-2 win. The win was Nashville’s first since March 28. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each recorded two points.

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  • Patrick Kane scores as Blackhawks have too many men on ice (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    That circled Chicago Blackhawks player is Patrick Kane coming off the bench for a line change. Seconds later he did this: 

    But the first goal of these playoffs for the Blackhawks star shouldn’t have counted, as Chicago muffed a line change and should have been called for too many men. Heck, even six guys were involved in the post-goal celebratory circle.

    Via Eye on Hockey:

    Peter Laviolette was obviously livid following the goal, but the call isn't reviewable and still won't be next season when theleague likely implements a coach's challenge

    Despite the controversial goal, the Predators came out on top 6-2 after scoring three times in a 2:19 span in the third period to send the series to Chicago even at one.

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  • Alex Galchenyuk's OT goal gives Canadiens 3-2 win, 2-0 series lead over Senators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Mark Stone played for Ottawa. Max Pacioretty returned for Montreal. But the story coming out of Senators-Canadiens Game 2 will be Alex Galchenyuk, whose overtime goal sends the series to Ottawa with the Habs up 2-0. 

    There was no controversy this time around, only two highlights from the Canadiens.

    Late in the second period, P.K. Subban fired a laser that had it hit Senators netminder Andrew Hammond, it may have gone straight through him. 

    That goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. It would last until late in the third when Patrick Wiercioch’s power play tally tied the game, which would eventually head to overtime. In the extra period, it was Galchenyuk picking up a rebound, spinning and firing one by Hammond:

    Hammond faced 42 shots and didn’t look great on Pacioretty’s opening goal or Galchenyuk’s winner. Down 0-2 and heading home, does Senators head coach Dave Cameron turn to Craig Anderson? That will be the big question over the next 48 hours.

    ”When have we ever made things easy on ourselves this year?"

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  • Capitals' Game 2 comeback evens series vs. Islanders

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    It had to turn eventually for the Washington Capitals, and it did. 

    Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to win Game 2 4-3 and even their series with the New York Islanders.

    Philipp Grubauer was announced was Washington’s surprise starter minutes before puck drop after Braden Holtby was ruled out due to illness. And like in Game 1 against Holtby, the Islanders didn’t wait long to grab the lead as Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 in.

    The Capitals kept firing, though, but could only beat Jaroslav Halak once through late in the second period. Despite what the possession stats showed, the Islanders held a 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time before things swung Washington’s way. 

    Via War on Ice:

    It began late in the second period when the Capitals took advantage of extra space created by a stickless Kyle Okposo, which resulted in Alex Ovechkin notching his first of the playoffs:

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