Sean Leahy

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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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  • Jay Beagle gets stick stuck in visor, hilarity ensues (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Here’s something you don’t see every night in the NHL: an entire stick getting caught in a player’s visor. That’s what happened to Jay Beagle of the Washington Capitals Thursday night.

    During Game 1 of their series against the Penguins, Beagle collided with Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang, with Letang's stick getting lodged in the Capitals forward's visor. 

    Beagle, as you see, tried to pry it loose and remain in the play, but realized that wasn't going to happen and needed to skate back to the Washington bench to get some assistance from an equipment manager. Fortunately, he was OK and eventually got free from the giant splinter.

    I think we all know now what will be the most popular Halloween costume in the D.C. area later this year.

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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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  • NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2016 Round 2 schedule, TV listings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Now that the Nashville Predators have eliminated the Anaheim Ducks, the Round 2 schedule for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is officially set. 

    While the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning opened things up Wednesday night, the second round will continue with the second playoff meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin on Thursday.

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders Wed 4/27, 7pm: 5 NYI @ TBL 3 Sat 4/30, 3pm: NYI @ TBL |  NBC, TVA Sports Tue 5/3, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Fri 5/6, 7pm: TBL @ NYI |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sun 5/8, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  TBL @ NYI |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  NYI @ TBL |  TBD  

    Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Thu 4/28, 8pm: PIT @ WSH |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Sat 4/30, 8pm: PIT @ WSH |  NBC, TVA Sports Mon 5/2, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports Wed 5/4, 8pm: WSH @ PIT |  NBCSN, TVA Sports *Sat 5/7, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD *Tue 5/10, TBD:  WSH @ PIT |  TBD *Thu 5/12, TBD:  PIT @ WSH |  TBD

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

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  • Jack Capuano takes puck to nose, returns to see Isles win (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The New York Islanders took Game 1 of their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning witha 5-3 victory. They did so, however, without head coach Jack Capuano behind their bench for most of the final half of the third period. 

    Alex Killorn’s wrister into the Islanders’ zone deflected off of Ryan Strome’s shin pad and into the New York bench, striking Capuano in the face. 

    Assistant coach Doug Weight took over while Capuano got checked out by the team's trainers. But it wasn't long before Capuano returned to the Islanders bench sporting a small nick on the beak:

    Capuano's return must have brought some good luck as Cal Clutterbuck put home the empty-net insurance goal a short while after getting back into the game.

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  • Flyers' Evgeny Medvedev arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Evgeny Medvedev of the Philadelphia Flyers was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to NBC Philadelphia

    Police say that the 33-year-old Medvedev was pulled over for a traffic violation and later arrested.

    No charges have been filed and toxicology reports are not in yet. Medvedev was later released from custody.

    Medvedev signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Flyers in the summer after spending the last eight seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL. In 45 games this season, the Russian defenseman recorded 12 points and averaged 18:49 of ice time per game. He did not appear in any of Philadelphia’s six playoff games against the Washington Capitals.

    Flyers general manager Ron Hextall had no commenton Medvedev's arrest while speaking with the media on Wednesday.

    Stick-tap Sons of Penn

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  • Panthers logo leak; Preds, Ducks Game 7; Tavares vs. Hedman (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

    • What do you think of what's likely the new Florida Panthers logo? [sportslogos.net]

    • In other jersey news, the logo for the Czech Republic’s World Cup of Hockey sweaters will be undergoing a bit of a change. [sportslogos.net]

    • The Anaheim Ducks will look to exorcise some Game 7 demons tonight. [OC Register]

    • The Ducks and Predators claim they won’t play “safe” hockey. [National Post]

    • Finally, here’s episode 1 of “The Road,” following NHL prospects as they prepare for the draft:

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