Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Anderson, Lehtonen, Svedberg make goalie union proud

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

    Anderson posted his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career during a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. He turned aside 34 shots to earn his second win in three starts. Kyle Turris scored early in the first period and put the game away with an empty-netter with one second left in the game. Anderson almost got in on the scoring himself with attempt at the empty net late in the game:

    No. 2 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

    The Stars opened up a three-game western Canada road trip with a 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Colton Sceviour opened the scoring early in the second period and then Antoine Roussel turned off the lights with an empty-netter late in the third period. Lehtonen made 27 saves and recorded his second shutout of the season and 29th of his career.

    No. 3 Star: Niklas Svedberg, Boston Bruins

    Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime helped the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 and earn their first win in four games. Svedberg was excellent between the pipes, stopping 35 shots for his second win in three starts.  

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  • Watch AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms score three goals in 21 seconds (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    Binghamton Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond had a short night on Wednesday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. After facing three shots in the game's opening 36 seconds, he allowed three goals. If that wasn’t bad enough, the three goals came in a span of 21 seconds. 

    Yes, three goals. Twenty-one seconds. Petr Straka, Jason Akeson and Andrew Gordon were the history makers.

    Said Gordon afterward, via the Phantoms' YouTube page: "I've never even done it in a videogame!"

    The rest of the period was dominated mostly by the Senators, who finished the first out-shooting the Phantoms 15-6, but remained off the scoreboard until late in the second period.

    The feat set the AHL record for fastest three goals scored by a single team that the league knows of. The record for fastest three goals in an AHL game is 20 seconds, set by the Worcester IceCats and Springfield Falcons in 1997

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  • Bob Hartley’s extension with Flames comes at a great time for Bob Hartley

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL’s feel-good stories during the first two months of the 2014-15 season. The scrappy bunch have posted a 17-14-2 record and are tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the last wild card spot in the Western Conference. Mark Giordano is again in the Norris Trophy conversation; youngsters Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are producing; and Jonas Hiller is providing quality goaltending, something the team hasn’t seen since Miikka Kiprusoff retired.

    If you’re Bob Hartley, despite a current six-game losing streak, then you’d want to parlay that early-season success into a contract extension. And that he did.

    The Flames announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed Hartley to a multi-year extension after guiding the team to a 71-79-13 record over the last three seasons. 

    As their PDO drops, their possession numbers remain poor under Hartley, currently hovering around a 47-percent Fenwick, which measures shots on net and missed shots. That number hasn't improved during Hartley's tenure.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hat tricks for Galchenyuk, Tarasenko; Bob blanks Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    The young Hab netted his first career hat trick as Montreal downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. All three goals were assisted by Max Pacioretty. Galchenyuk’s opening goal was definitely the prettiest one of the night after some slick passing in the Carolina zone:

    No. 2 Star: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues 

    After Marian Gaborik helped the Los Angeles Kings race out to a 2-0 lead, Tarasenko and Blues answered five times en route to a 5-2 victory. The forward netted his second career hat trick and reached the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season:

    No. 3 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t solve Bob as the Blue Jackets grabbed the extra point after a 1-0 shootout win. Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10th of his career. Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen scored Columbus’ only goals in the shootout. 

    Did You Know? "Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first and 13-0 after leading through two periods. The Leafs also haven't lost to Anaheim since Oct. 21, 2008, a 3-2 shootout decision." (AP)

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  • Panthers, Capitals make NHL history with 20-round shootout (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Forty shooters. 11 goals. Nearly 20 minutes worth of shootout action. NHL history.

    The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals made NHL history on Tuesday night when they took part in the longest shootout ever. In the 20th (!) round, Nick Bjugstad beat Braden Holtby and sent Panthers fans home happy with a 2-1 victory. 

    Because of how long it went, Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Jussi Jokinen and Bjugstad were all able to take two shots apiece. The Panthers, meanwhile, staved off defeat five times to extend the proceedings.

    Here is the shootout in its entirety: 

    Look at this box score:

     

    Roberto Luongo, your thoughts?

    I blacked out what just happened???

    The Capitals and Panthers set three other records during this shootout: 

    • Most goals (11)

    • Most goals by a single team - Florida (6)

    • Most saves by a goaltender - Roberto Luongo (15)

    Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann were part of that record-setting evening as well.

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  • Puck Daddy’s Unofficial 'Road to the Winter Classic' Blackhawks-Capitals Drinking Game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Let’s just hope that with a new network and two new teams this “all-access” Winter Classic show trumps the sleep-inducing one we watched for four weeks last year. Yeah, you can only work with the cards you’re dealt, so EPIX should be able to put together an entertaining run here with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals and their cast of characters.

    No drinking game is worthwhile without interaction, so it's your job to add to our list in the comments. For entertainment purposes only, here is Puck Daddy's Unofficial EPIX Blackhawks/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic Drinking Game, in the classic 1-2-3 drink format.

    There are many options here. Rather than see you catatonic after 10 minutes, print this out and pick and choose the ones you want to follow. 

    Here ... we ... go. 

    ONE DRINK

    • If you can't find EPIX on your cable system.

    • Every time Alex Ovechkin is missing his tooth during an interview segment.

    • We hear the words "Tazer" or "Kaner" or "Sharpie" or “Ovie.”

    • Marian Hossa is called a “veteran.”

    • You see an exterior shot of Nationals Park.

    • Every time a Washington Nationals player makes an appearance.

    TWO DRINKS

    CHUG

  • Bishop 'day-to-day'; Ekblad embracing stardom; 'Metallica Night' in San Jose (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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.

    Expect those guys at next @NHLFlyers games. Some of them are former Czech league soccer players. pic.twitter.com/nsaQsOxzv6

    • It's the Traveling Voraceks! Meet your rivals, Traveling Jagrs. [@jedli]

    • While the Tampa Bay Lightning are saying Ben Bishop’s injury isn’t serious and he's day-to-day, they’ve recalled Andrei Vasilevskiy from Syracuse. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Dallas Eakins is out in Edmonton, but the Edmonton Oilers shouldn’t stop there. [Cotsonika

  • Jacob Trouba sidelined until February; will Jets' GM make a move?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The rumor read that the Winnipeg Jets were searching to boost their defense corps. On Tuesday morning, we learned exactly why general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was dipping his toe into the trade market.

    The Jets announced that Jacob Trouba, who originally was “probable” for Monday’s game against Buffalo, will be out of the lineup until at least February with an upper-body injury. 

    Via the Winnipeg Sun:

    “What you’re hopeful for is it heals ... and he had the opposite experience,” Maurice said this morning. “Things started to get progressively worse on him. It just got to the point where the only and best way to get him back to 100% was we had to shut him down.” 

    Trouba’s absence is in addition to injuries keeping Zach Bogosian and Tobi Enstrom out of the lineup. It also means that Dustin Byfuglien will remain back on defense, where he’s played the last five games.

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  • Oilers to hand Todd Nelson interim coaching job for rest of season

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    The Edmonton Oilers signed Todd Nelson to a three-year deal last June, not long after he had interviewed for the open head coach position with the Carolina Hurricanes. After spending four years behind the bench for the team’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, Nelson’s success there (four straight playoff berths, two conference final appearances) meant that NHL opportunities would be opening up, and the Oilers knew that.

    The Oilers locked Nelson up for day’s like Monday, when general manager Craig MacTavish announced that Dallas Eakins had been fired. Going forward, MacTavish and Nelson will run the show, eventually transitioning the head coach position to Nelson in an interim role for the remainder of the season.

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  • Tomas Vokoun announces retirement after 15 NHL seasons

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    After 700 NHL games over the course of 15 seasons, 38-year old Tomas Vokoun has announced his retirement.

    "My family is priority. I had some offers but it was like: Maybe. We will see. I didn´t want to travel round the clubs and wait,” Vokoun told iSport, via Zdenek Janda

    Vokoun was the Nashville Predators' fifth choice in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft after the Montreal Canadiens, who drafted him 226th overall in 1994, left him unprotected. He waited for his chance behind Mike Dunham, and when he finally took on the no. 1 job he turned into a workhorse, averaging 68 appearances over the next three seasons.

    As part of the small club of right-handed goaltenders in the NHL, Vokoun blossomed into a steady no. 1 under the tutelage of Mitch Korn with the Predators. helping the team make the playoffs twice. After eight years, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where his work would only increase.

    Vokoun would never play again. 

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