Sean Leahy

  • Matt Murray's 47 saves helps Penguins to Game 3 win over Capitals

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 30 mins ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed a 2-1 series over the Washington Capitals with a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 3 Monday night. 

    Washington fired 49 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, but the 21-year-old netminder stood tall and stopped 47 of them while Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help give the Penguins a jumpstart on the Capitals.

    The Capitals peppered Murray with 21 shots over the final 20 minutes while trying to claw back from a 3-0 deficit. Only Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams managed to beat him during a furious late rally.

    Murray improved his even strength save percentage to .956 in six playoff games. That should keep the Marc-Andre Fleury — who served as Pittsburgh’s Game 3 backup — quiet for now.

    Despite outshooting them in the first period, the Capitals fell into a quick hole in the span of 60 seconds. Hornqvist opened the scoring by registering his fourth of the playoffs after tipping home Trevor Daley’s shot from the point 6:37 into the game.

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  • Will Kris Letang be suspended for hit on Marcus Johansson? (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    What was hyped as the Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin series has quickly turned into a second-round matchup highlighted by controversial hits. 

    One day after Brooks Orpik was handed a three-game ban for his hit head on Olli Maatta, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be without defenseman Kris Letang for at least Game 4 after his late check on Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals Monday night.

    Johansson enters the Penguins zone and dishes off a pass. As he’s getting himself upright, Letang comes in late and lays a shoulder/elbow to the Capitals forward’s chest/head area. The head doesn’t appear to be the principle point of contact, but the hit is late and Letang launches himself upward.

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  • Calder Trophy Finalists: Gostisbehere vs. McDavid vs. Panarin

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition."

    Who wins the Calder, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association? 

    Why Shayne Gostisbehere deserves the Calder  

    The NHL says: 

    Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in goals (17), assists (29), points (46), power-play goals (8), power-play points (22) and game-winning goals (5) while playing in 64 contests. He also scored four overtime goals, setting a League record for any rookie while matching a single-season record for any defenseman. Gostisbehere posted a 15-game point streak Jan. 19 – Feb. 20 (5-13—18), an NHL record for a rookie defenseman as well as a franchise record for any rookie. He is Philadelphia’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 1993-94 (Mikael Renberg) and is vying to become the first player in team history to capture the award.

    Why Connor McDavid deserves the Calder

  • Quiet Crosby, Ovechkin; Jones leading Sharks; Raanta re-signs (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

    #TOSunFront: What does landing the No. 1 pick mean for the Maple Leafs? https://t.co/jwVrLqFJef pic.twitter.com/ffYZfAk0II

    • Today marks the 49th anniversary since Toronto’s last Stanley Cup championship.

    • The Washington Capitals were outplayed in the opening two games by the Pittsburgh Penguins. What’s in store for Game 3? [Washington Post

    • Through two games, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been quiet. [Pens Initiative]

    • “I think Laine has the biggest upside in the draft because he is already so effective.” [Buzzing the Net]

  • Masterton Trophy Finalists: Dupuis vs. Jagr vs. Zuccarello

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

    Who wins the Masterton, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association?

    (A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.) 

    Why Pascal Dupuis deserves the Masterton 

    The NHL says:

    Dupuis definitely meets the “perseverance” and “dedication” parts of this award. Despite some scary ailments, he continued to try and keep playing until ultimately another blood clot forced him off the ice for good. He hasn’t “retired” as the NHL description states since he still has another year remaining on his contract. But he hasn’t disappeared as a presence in the Penguins’ room, sticking around and helping out the coaching staff.

    Why Jaromir Jagr deserves the Masterton 

    The NHL says: 

    Why Mats Zuccarello deserves the Masterton

    The NHL says:

  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 11 keys to victory in Blues vs. Stars

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    (Ed. Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with 11 keys to each series. Enjoy!)  

    1. Tyler Seguin’s presence 

    After missing a month with a sliced Achilles, Seguin returned for Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild before irritating something related his to injury. He hasn’t played since and it’s unknown when he’ll begin skating again. Should he return at some point during this series, will Lindy Ruff shelter him? How cautious will he be with Seguin’s minutes? GM Jim Nill said Seguin would need at least four or five days on the ice before returning to game action.

    2. Vladimir Tarasenko’s ice time

    The Russian sniper’s ice time in the final two games of Round 1 became an issue because the Blues were losing. Everyone seemed to forget that in Games 2-4 Tarasenko played 16:05, 16:33 and 15:14, respectively, which was down from the 18:38 he averaged during the regular season.

    3. Fight the power (play)

    4. Contain the top lines

    5. Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi… or both?

    7. Coaching

  • Tom Wilson fined, not suspended for kneeing Conor Sheary

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Tom Wilson will be fined, not suspended by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for kneeing Conor Sheary of the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night. 

    The Washington Capitals forward will be docked a whopping $2,403.67 for the hit, which should certainly teach Wilson lesson. That dollar amount, of course, is the maximum allowable under the current NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement.

    Via NHL.com’s Katie Brown, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said he thought the hit was “OK, but not necessary.” Sheary was not injured on the play and remained in the game.

    Will Wilson face repercussions in Game 2 Saturday night? It doesn't sound like it if you're asking Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. “I didn’t get an explanation. I’m not concerned," he said. "We’re going to play hockey.”

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  • Bruce Boudreau fired by Ducks after early playoff exit

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Less than 48 hours after the Anaheim Ducks were eliminated in Game 7 by the Nashville Predators, the team announced the firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau.

    "I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise,” said Ducks GM Bob Murray in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

    In four and a half seasons in Anaheim, Boudreau posted a 208-104-40 record and led the team to four straight Pacific Division titles. The regular-season success, however, didn’t translate into the postseason as his Ducks teams only advanced beyond the second-round once, in 2015, before they blew a 3-2 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. 

    [READ: Five reasons Bruce Boudreau spectacularly fails in Game 7s]

    Murray apparently feels there’s a coach out there that can put the Ducks over the postseason hump. 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Oshie's trick leads Capitals in Game 1

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

    The Capitals forward tallied his first career playoff hat trick as Washington took Game 1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. After tying the game in the second period and giving the Capitals the lead early in the third, Oshie turned a neutral zone turnover into the overtime winner.

    No. 2 Star: Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Bonino helped the Penguins stay in the game by recording two points — a goal and an assist — that evened the score both times with the Capitals. Down 1-0 midway through the second period Bonino set up Ben Lovejoy’s first of the postseason after a nice dangle through the Washington defense.

    His goal came with Pittsburgh trailing 3-2 with 10:18 left in the third period.

    No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    The Penguins outshot the Capitals 45-35 and 36-29 at even strength. Holtby would stop 42 shots overall on the night, which included 27 combined in the second and third periods. Game 1 was only the third game all season Holtby was forced to make 40-plus stops. 

    Did You Know? Washington is now 8-1 all-time in Game 1s against the Penguins. (AP)

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  • T.J. Oshie finishes hat trick in OT, gives Capitals Game 1 win

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    T.J. Oshie completed his hat trick to help give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of their divisional semifinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    With the score tied 3-3 in overtime, Oshie, who tied the game in the second period and gave the Capitals the lead early in the third, took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and drove into the Penguins' zone. Skating around Brian Dumoulin, he wrapped around the Pittsburgh net and stuffed the puck under the pad of goaltender Matt Murray. 

    As hats rained down to the Verizon Center ice, officials reviewed the goal to ensure the puck had completely crossed the line. It was very, very close.

    In the end, video review confirmed the call on the ice as a good goal as the Capitals took Game 1.

    The goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, saw Oshie join Nicklas Backstrom and Dino Ciccarelli as the only players in Capitals franchise history to finish off a playoff hat trick in overtime.

    Game 2 is Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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