Sean Leahy

  • Modano, Roenick headline North Stars/Wild vs. Blackhawks Stadium Series alumni game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    The NHLannounced the alumni game rosters for February’s Stadium Series game between the Minnesota North Stars/Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks.

    First, here’s who will be on the TCF Bank Stadium ice come Feb. 20:

    Good to see big names like Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Denis Savard, Mike Modano and Dino Ciccarelli there. But we can’t help but notice a lack of players that could be involved who are currently not listed.

    For the Blackhawks, we'd love to see  Al Secord, currently an airline pilot, or San Jose Sharks scout Dirk Graham; or how about Steve Larmer? Doug Wilson? Ed Belfour? Ed Olczyk? Darren Pang?

    As for Tony Amonte, he’s the varsity coach at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts and the team is slated to play in one of their final regular season games that day so that could explain his absence.

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  • Watch 7,908 teddy bears fly during AHL team's annual promotion (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The holidays are here, which means it’s time for our favorite promotion in all of hockey: The Teddy Bear Toss! 

    The Bakersfield Condors fell to the Stockton Heat 3-2 in AHL action Saturday night, but fortunately the home side got on the scoreboard to allow the 8,212 in attendance to make it rain with teddy bears on the Rabobank Arena ice. 

    What a scene. The amazing thing is that the last two videos are nearly four minutes long and the teddy bears are still flying when they end.

    (On my bucket list is someday dive bombing into one of those piles of teddy bears.) 

    Members of the Condors organization helped count the bears on Monday morning’s Eyewitness News broadcast and the total came to 7,908 stuffed animals, topping last year's total of 7,358.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Campbell's OT goal lifts Panthers over Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers

    Campbell started the transition behind the Florida net in overtime and then beat Petr Mrazek while trailing the play to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. 

    According to the NHL, that was the second overtime of Campbell’s career. The first came nearly a decade ago (Dec. 1, 2005).

    No. 2 Star: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers

    Luongo made 28 saves for his second straight win and allowed two goals or less for the fourth time in five starts. The Panthers netminder also played in 883rd career NHL game, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for eighth place on the all-time list.

    No. 3 Star: Reilly Smith, Florida Panthers

    Smith tallied his sixth goal of the year late in the second period to even the score. It was Smith's first goal in nine games.

    Honorable Mention: Florida’s win was their fifth in a row in Detroit and sixth out of their last seven at Joe Louis Arena … Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season. He now leads all rookies in that category.

    Did You Know? Florida hasn't lost in regulation at Detroit since Dec. 15, 2007. (AP)


  • KHL player 'fine', needs only stitches after taking skate blade to throat (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    There was an incredibly frightening scene during Sunday’s KHL game between Slovan and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk

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    Early in the third period, former long-time NHLer Ladislav Nagy ripped a shot and then fell over Yugra forward Vitaly Sitnikov’s stick. As Nagy fell, his skate came up and caught Sitnikov in the throat.

    WARNING: It’s not pretty to watch and there is some blood.

    Fortunately for Sitnikov, the immediate medical attention he received helped the incident from becoming a tragedy. It's amazing we don't see stuff like that in hockey on a regular basis.

    According to Yugra head coach Pavel Yezovskikh, Nagy’s blade did not cut an artery and the damage to Sitnikov was minimal.

    “Vitaly had the surgery and everything sewn up. Now everything is fine,” he said, via the team website.

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  • Colorado Eagles-Florida Everblades brawl features goalie fight (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Colorado Eagles beat the Florida Everblades handily 5-1 in ECHL action Saturday night. As is tradition, tempers flared late in the dying seconds of the game and a brawl erupted, which featured a goalie fight. 

    A brief disagreement between Colorado’s Darryl Bootland and Florida goaltender Anthony Peters set things off which led to Peters skating down ice and drop the gloves with Eagles netminder Kris Lazaruk.

    In all, 106 penalty minutes were handed out during that stoppage. The emotions remained high 11 seconds later when another exchange of pleasantries occurred and 46 more PIMs were distributed.

    The evening was also "Stick Up For Kids Night" with Eagles fans raising $57,000 through a game used stick auction benefiting four local kids charities

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  • Brandon Dubinsky suspended 1 game for cross-check on Sidney Crosby (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The rivalry between Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby continued Friday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. During the second period, Dubinsky cross-checked Crosby in the neck and then broke his stick on a second blow after the Penguins captain fell to the ice.

    Those actions were enough for the Department of Player Safety to hold a hearing with Dubinsky on Saturday and later hand him a one-game suspension.

    (So I guess this means Matthew Barnaby is out a grand?)

    “I'm not surprised,” Crosby said afterward, via the Tribune-Review. “If I was going to get one of those shots, it would probably be from him.”

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  • Alain Vigneault wonders who you'd prefer as a son: Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins was called for goaltender interference during Friday’s matinee against the New York Rangers when he collided with Henrik Lundqvist. 

    Bruins head coach Claude Julien, dubious that it was the correct call, had some advice for the Rangers netminder after the game.

    "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice,” he said, via WEEI’s DJ Bean.

    In response, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault defended his netminder Saturday morning with one simple question. 

    Via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:

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  • NHL Three Stars: Getzlaf records five assists for Ducks; Pageau leads Senators

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

    The Anaheim captain had a hand in all five of the Ducks’ goals in their 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Getzlaf recorded five assists for the first time since Oct. 2008, tying a franchise record. 

    No. 2 Star: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators 

    The size of the nets in Dallas were no problem Tuesday night as the Ottawa Senators downed the Stars 7-4 at American Airlines Center. Pageau led the offensive rush for the Senators scoring twice and assisting on another for his first multi-point game since Jan. 15. One of Pageau’s two third period goals came shorthanded to give him the NHL lead with three:

    No. 3 Stars: Rickard Rakell / Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Rakell and Perry each scored twice in the Ducks win, thanks in part to Getzlaf assists. 

    Honorable Mention: Craig Anderson made 33 saves, including this diving stop on Jamie Benn which then led to a Mike Hoffman empty net goal: 

    Did You Know? 

    The @AnaheimDucks improved to 21-0-0 in their last 21 regular-season home games vs. CGY dating to April 4, 2004.

  • The Brothers Benn hook up for pretty alley-oop shorthanded goal (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    There were a lot of goals in Dallas tonight as the Stars fell to the Ottawa Senators 7-4. The prettiest one of the eleven came early in the third period when Jordie and Jamie Benn hooked up for a shorthanded tally.

    Down a man, Jordie took the puck in the defensive zone, saw brother Jamie shooting up ice and flipped a perfect pass that took one bounce and landed on the reigning MVPs stick, who then proceeded to beat Craig Anderson with a great move.

    Via SomeHockeyVideos:

    (“This is double Bennetration” is a call only Daryl Reaugh could make.)

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    Notice as soon as the puck leaves Erik Karlsson’s stick at the blue line and heads toward Jordie, Jamie starts making his move up ice and calls for it.

    The Stars’ eventually came up short, but the Benns did their best to try and jumpstart a comeback.

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  • Howe in good health; Gallagher out 6 weeks; Norris Trophy debate (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 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 

    • John Tortorella’s shot-blocking clinics aren’t limited to just us humans. [Blue Jackets]

    • Gordie Howe’s health is getting better and better, according to his sons Mark and Marty, and that’s great news. []

    • Nathan Gerbe will miss six weeks as he nurses a lower-body injury. [Hurricanes]

    • Also gone for six weeks is Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens, owner of that gnarly finger. [Canadiens]

    • More love for Klingberg. [TSN]