Sean Leahy

  • What went wrong for Sharks; Vegas free agent plans; unsafe hockey helmets (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 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.

    Russian goalie Maria Sorokina dedicates mask to the late Alexei Cherepanov. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images pic.twitter.com/NJDxEAddZZ

    • Nice Alexei Cherepanov tribue mask by Russia netminder Maria Sorokina.

    • The U.S. women are 2-0, including a 4-2 defeat of Canada, as the Women’s World Championships got underway in Sweden over the weekend. [USA Hockey

    • Canada, meanwhile, is 1-1 as they prepare for Finland tomorrow. [Hockey Canada]

    • The San Jose Sharks will likely be missing the postseason for the first time since 2003. How did it all go so wrong? [Mercury News]

    • Devan Dubnyk, Cam Atkinson and Ryan O’Reilly are your NHL Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

  • Swedish team terminates contract of Andre Deveaux after vicious pre-game slash

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    Andre Deveaux reportedly had a contract with Swedish side Rogle stating that it would be extended through the 2015-16 season should they be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. They were, but after video surfaced on Sunday of his vicious slash to the leg of Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson before a HockeyAllsvenskan playoff game, Deveaux no longer has a future at the club.

    Rogle announced on Monday that they have terminated Deveaux’s contract.

    “We as a club condemn the incident,” a statement team chairman Hakan Eriksson read on the team website. “It is an unacceptable behavior and nothing we as a club [stand] behind … We have talked to Andre today about the incident and jointly decided to go [our] separate ways … His actions are indefensible.” 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jagr nets a pair; Tavares hands out three helpers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers

    He may be 43-years old, but Jagr still has it. No. 68 scored twice, including the eventual game-winner as the Panthers doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2. Jagr is now two points away from Ron Francis for 4th all-time (1,796) & 11 goals from Marcel Dionne for 4th all-time (731). His second goal came in vintage Jagr fashion: 

    No. 2 Star: Jason Chimera, Washington Capitals

    Chimera scored twice 2:59 apart in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and guide the Capitals to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Chimera hadn’t scored in 21 games for Washington. Alex Ovechkin had a pair of his own and now sits one goal away from his sixth consecutive 50-goal season. The Capitals have now won four of their last six games.

    No. 3 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders 

    Honorable Mention: David Pastrnak’s goal 4:23 into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a crucial second point in their 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Pastrnak assisted earlier on Ryan Spooner’s seventh of the season. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Bruins now sit three points ahead of Ottawa and four ahead of Florida for the East’s final wildcard spot:

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  • Andre Deveaux viciously slashes opponent before Swedish league playoff game (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Cowardly. Utterly indefensible. Ugly.

    Those are just some of the words being used to describe Rogle forward Andre Deveaux’s actions before a Thursday game against Vasteras in Sweden’s Hockeyallsvenskan.

    While both teams were warming up before the game, Deveaux viciously attacked Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson:

    The teams were involved in a playoff series to determine who would be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. Deveaux played Thursday night, despite what happened before the game. And he also played in Sunday’s final game of the series. Video of the incident didn't surface until afterward.

    According to Uffe Bodin, Helmersson laid a hard hit on Deveaux in a previous game, so that could what provoked the slash.

    “Embarrassing, so f——— embarrassed that he played today,” Helmersson said, via Sportbladet. “He should [be] shutdown [for] the rest of the season and next season as well. He should be locked up."

  • Finnish goalie scores goal, play-by-play man goes nuts (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Goalie goals are always fun. Announcers who wildly call goals are also incredibly fun. On Saturday, the Finnish second-tier Mestis league playoff game between TUTO and KooKoo — amazing team names, eh? — provided us with both.

    As TUTO held a 2-0 lead in the third period, KooKoo pulled their goaltender to try and get back into the game. KooKoo won the center ice face-off and their defenseman dumped the puck in. Minnesota Wild goalie prospect Kaapo Kahkonen corralled it behind his net and saw he had all the time in the world. 

    That’s when the play-by-play man realized what was about to happen: 

    Now, goalie goals are pretty rare, and we usually see a wilder celebration than what Kahkonen and his teammates did; but the call of the goal was definitely on the level of Reto Berra’s celebration when he scored one himself in the AHL in January.

    TUTO would hold on for a 3-0 win and now lead the series three games to one.

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  • Meghan Duggan on Women's Worlds, CWHL’s future, playing outdoors (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The U.S. women’s national team wrapped up their pre-World Championships camp on Wednesday at Twin Rinks on Long Island, not far from Nassau Coliseum. There wasn’t much time, however, to catch an Islanders game or hop on the Long Island Rail Road and check out New York City. It was a business trip, as captain Meghan Duggan described it. Aside from a team dinner one night, the focus was on their two practices a day and the challenge that lay ahead in Malmo, Sweden. 

    Beginning Saturday, the U.S. women look to defend their 2013 gold medal at the Women's World Championships. There was no top division competition involved last year due to the Sochi Olympics, so the Americans are hoping to continue their run of taking home gold, which they’ve done in five of the last seven tournaments. 

    Even with the vast experience on the roster, there are a number of first-timers involved for the 2015 tournament. 

    We chatted with Duggan about the upcoming Worlds, the CWHL’s future and playing outdoors.

    Enjoy.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Pavelec stops 39; Marleau leads Sharks over Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets stayed in the playoff hunt with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pavelec was excellent again, stopping 39 shots for his sixth straight victory. Mark Scheifele and Jim Slater each had a goal and an assist. The win puts Winnipeg three points up on the Calgary Flames for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. 

    No. 2 Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

    Three third period goals helped the Sharks upend the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. Marleau scored twice and assisted on another as San Jose won for the first time in three games. Chris Tierny had a pair of points and Antti Niemi made 30 stops.

    No. 3 Star: Reto Berra, Colorado Avalanche

    Colorado scored three goals in the opening 12:56 of the second period and coasted to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Reto Berra made 33 stops, while Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each recorded two points. The win was Berra's first in a game he started since Nov. 25.

    Did You Know? 

    Last #Caps player to score OT GWG vs NJ? Adam Oates.

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  • Mike Weber expresses frustration after Sabres fans cheer loss to Coyotes (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Coyotes were victorious in Part I of the Connor McDavid Bowl Series Thursday night in Buffalo. Sam Gagner was the hero for both Arizona and Sabres fans with his overtime goal in the 4-3 victory.

    After all four Coyotes goals, there were noticeable cheers inside First Niagara Center, where the Sabres call home. With both Arizona and Buffalo in the hunt to finish last overall in the NHL and earn the best draft lottery odds to take McDavid first overall in June, it was quite the scene, especially after Gagner’s winner:

    Sounds a bit like a Coyotes home game.

    While executives of both teams might not be shedding tears after losses this season, the players and coaching staffs are still playing the games with full effort. Jobs are on the line for many. So when Sabres defenseman Mike Weber heard the cheers for each Coyotes goal, he took exception and voice his frustration after the game.

    Via the Sabres:

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  • Watch Ilya Kovalchuk hack down Alex Radulov during KHL playoffs (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs have reached the conference finals and in the West it’s SKA versus CSKA, which you could describe as Ilya Kovalchuk against Alex Radulov. 

    Radulov and CSKA took Game 1 on Thursday 3-0, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy involving the former NHLers.

    Late in the third period, Kovalchuk and Radulov tangled in what appeared to be a little harmless contact as CSKA exited the SKA zone. As the puck was turned over in the neutral zone, Radulov collected it, skated it back and dropped it off to a teammate. That’s when Kovachuk gave him a chop to the back of the leg:

    Radulov, who scored the game’s opening goal, is expected to play in Game 2 on Saturday. Kovalchuk was given two minutes for slashing and didn’t have time for questions afterward:

    Via Pavel Lysenkov

    Said Radulov, via (translated)  sport.ru : “With me everything is fine, I will play. Kovalchuk act? Sometimes, people are psycho. What can you do?"

    Indeed, Alex. Indeed.

  • Watch Cam Ward rob David Perron with magnificent glove save (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Cam Ward has shown over his career that he’s pretty good with the glove. On Thursday night, during Carolina’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, David Perron was his latest victim. 

    With the Canes holding a 2-1 first period lead, Sidney Crosby found Perron, who slipped behind the Carolina defense. The Penguins forward took the pass while on one knee and had the entire net open as Ward was moving across the crease. But, no, the Penguins would not tie the game right then and there.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

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