Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Neuvirth blanks Panthers; Tavares, Moulson help deliver wins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers

    After the Flyers allowed seven goals to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, they rebounded in a strong way with a 1-0 shutout on Monday. Making his first start for the Flyers, Neuvirth, who started in place of Steve Mason after the goaltender was away from the team for a personal matter, stopped 31 shots, helping new head coach Dave Hakstol earn his first NHL win. The shutout was Neuvrith’s eighth of his career and first since 2012. Brayden Schenn scored the lone goal of the game.

    No. 2 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders

    The Islanders captain scored what ended up standing as the game-winning goal and recorded a pair of assists in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The win was New York's first at their new home at Barclays Center. Tavares could have had a second goal, but was denied by Ondrej Pavelec on a third period penalty shot.

    No. 3 Star: Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres

    Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the season, which also doubled as his 500th NHL point:

    Did You Know? 

  • Watch little Sabres fan patiently wait to wildly cheer for Evander Kane (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    We all had/have favorite players growing up. Those idols were larger than life in our young eyes and we cheered them just a little bit more than the other players on our favorite team. 

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    On Monday afternoon, one little Buffalo Sabres fan showed just how much Evander Kane is his favorite hockey player. During pre-game introductions he held back his cheering as the starting lineup was announced until Kane's name was reached.

    Via the NHL:

    Kane didn't score for his young fan, but he did record an assist on Rasmus Ristolainen's opening goal during Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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    We're a week into the season and that might already have won cutest moment of 2015-16.

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  • KHL player celebrates goal in penalty box after delayed call, video review (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Funny thing happened to Alexander Nesterov during Salavat Yulaev’s 5-1 win Monday against Jokerit. Early in the third period, he fired a shot by Riku Helenius, but the puck quickly bounced in and out of the net, leading to officials to continue play unsure if a goal had occurred. 

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    The play was eventually whistled dead after Niko Kapanen was given a minor for roughing Nesterov. Taking offense, Nesterov scrummed it up with the Jokerit forward and ended up with a double minor. But the officials still needed to review Nesterov’s shot from earlier, and when they did they ruled it a goal, leading to the Salavat forward celebrating in the penalty box with Enver Lisin:

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  • Blues' rookie Robby Fabbri out indefinitely after suffering a concussion

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri had a great NHL debut, scoring a goal in a 3-1 win over Edmonton. His second game didn’t go so well. He went pointless, the Blues lost and played only 3:27 after he suffered a concussion following an elbow to the head.

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    There is currently no timetable for his return. 

    What has already generated a bit of backlash is the following comment by head coach Ken Hitchcock Monday afternoon.

    Via the Blues:

    “We’re going to miss Robby. I was surprised on the concussion because he had three great shifts after the concussion. We’re going to miss his spunk, but (Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez) will be excellent replacements.”

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  • Daniel Briere returns to Philadelphia Flyers in part-time management role

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    Daniel Briere retired from the NHL in August, but his time away from hockey didn’t last very long. 

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    According to Randy Miller of, Briere is now working a part-time gig with the Philadelphia Flyers, the team he played 364 of his 973 career games with. He didn’t divulge exactly what his role is, but Briere said he’s working in management under team president Paul Holmgren and will be doing a “variety of things.”

    While contemplating his future over the summer, Briere said that he preferred signing with a team in the northeast to be closer to his three teenage sons. He'll now keep his 10-minute commute from his home in Haddonfield, N.J. to Philadelphia with this new job.

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  • Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor sentenced to jail time for DWI

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty and was convicted on Monday to second-degree driving while impaired. He was arrested in August on suspicion of driving drunk with his 12-year-old son in the car after having a blood alcohol level of 0.3.

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    Sydor will now serve 15 days in a county jail beginning on Friday.

    Sydor and the Wild released statements on Monday afternoon.

    From Sydor:

    From the Wild:

    The Minnesota Wild is aware of the plea agreement reached today by Assistant Coach Darryl Sydor and respects the decision made by the Anoka County District Court. The team will continue to support Darryl, and his family, as he continues with his recovery. His return to the organization will be addressed at a later date. 

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  • Condon's journey; Panthers help hurricane victims; Arizona State wins first game (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs 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 

    • Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne draped in the middle of a projected U.S. flag on the ice in Nashville.

    • Justin Abdelkader, Oscar Lindberg and Mike Smith are your NHL Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

    • The early returns on the NHL’s coach’s challenge: “Bye-bye, timeout.” [NY Post]

    • Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk talks for the first time since a May liver transplant. [Ottawa Sun]

    • Montreal Canadiens undrafted netminder Mike Condon has gone from Princeton to Wall Street to the minor leagues to finally reaching the NHL. [CP via Province]


  • NHL Three Stars: Plekanec's pair helps Condon earn first NHL win

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

    Plekanec helped spoil the Ottawa Senators’ home opener with a pair of first period goals en route to a 3-1 victory. The multi-goal night was the 23rd of Plekanec’s career. He was also 10-for-12 in the face-off circle.

    No. 2 Star: Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens

    The undrafted 25-year old netminder made 20 saves and earned his first win in his NHL debut against the Senators. He became the 571st player from the ECHL to play in the NHL. He also made this memorable save:

    No. 3 Star: Matt O’Connor, Ottawa Senators

    The Boston University product stopped 31 shots in his NHL debut.

    Did You Know? “Condon and O'Connor are the first goaltenders to make their first NHL start on the same night since October 14, 1967.” (AP)

    Dishonorable Mention: This is the first home opener Ottawa has dropped since 2010 … The Senators’ power play failed in their four opportunities, while Montreal’s couldn’t capitalize on any of their seven chances.


  • Jack Jablonski joins LA Kings as communications intern

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Friday was a big day for Jack Jablonski, the USC student who was paralyzed in 2011 during a high school hockey game in his sophomore year.

    He began working for an organization that's won two of the last three Stanley Cups: 

    First day on the job with the @LAKings! #rookie

    Jablonski is the new communications intern for the Los Angeles Kings and will work in the press box during games at Staples Center. As Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register writes, this gig is just the thing that further along his interest in the hockey industry:

    Since his injury, Jablonski has experienced an outpouring of support from the hockey world.

    Like many interns, Jablonski isn’t sure exactly what he wants to do in the field, but certainly this opportunity with the Kings will introduce him to the different roles that makeup a professional sports franchise.


  • NY Islanders begin new chapter in franchise history with first game in Brooklyn

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – At first it was just like old times.

    At 6 p.m., when fans where allowed to entered Barclays Center, the faithful crowd let loose with their first Let’s Go Islanders! chant of the evening. Later, during a ceremonial puck drop, legends Bryan Trottier, Bobby Nystrom, Mike Bossy and Billy Smith were at center ice donning jerseys, like they had done so many times before in the old barn 29 miles east.

    But once the puck dropped for real, a page was turned and a new era began for the New York Islanders franchise.

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    Despite five preseason games at Barclays Center over the last three years, being inside the arena was still a new experience for many fans. Even the Blackhawks, as they entered the ice for their morning skate, took a minute to look around and get a feel for the new rink after 43 years of playing at Nassau Coliseum.

    Following Friday's home opener, the hype beginning to die down about the Islanders move to Brooklyn is something the players have been looking forward to.