Sean Leahy

  • Lightning look to ‘go for the jugular,’ grab 3-0 series lead on Habs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning know exactly how the Montreal Canadiens feel right now. 

    A year ago, the Lightning dropped the opening two games at home in their first-round series against the Canadiens. They headed to Montreal ‘not dead to rights yet,’ as defenseman Matt Carle put it then, and despite losing goaltender Ben Bishop, felt they could turn things around.

    They didn’t, and Montreal won a pair of one-goal games to complete the sweep.

    Ahead of Game 3 Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, the Lightning know what kind of Canadiens team they will see. They will likely have to weather a first period storm from a Montreal side desperate not to be facing elimination Thursday night. 

    Meanwhile, the Lightning know how they need to start. Just look at Game 3 a year ago when Rene Bourque gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 11 seconds into the first period.

    Experience could be beneficial for the Lightning in Wednesday’s Game 3.

    “We’ve played some pretty good games here so far and got ourselves a lead,” said Tampa defenseman Anton Stralman, “and now it’s just a matter of how we take care of it. We’ve got a big chance to take another step and [we] won’t let it slip away.”

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  • Coy Kovalchuk; Preds, Fisher want extension; Franzen's future (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 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 

    • We already miss Bon Jovi Ron Duguay after he received a makeover Wednesday morning. [MyFoxNY]

    • Ilya Kovalchuk on a possible return to the NHL: “I have two more years on my contract. Then, we’ll see.” Scandalous! []

    • Ted Leonsis has promised to shave his head if both his Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards make the finals in their respective leagues. [Washington Post]

    • Judging by their postseason record, it’s a good sign for the Capitals that Game 4 is at night. [Japers’ Rink]

  • Guy Boucher on NHL return: 'I’ve been approached, so it’s a possibility'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL’s 2015 coaching market is currently a deep one, with the likes of Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, among others, looking for work. It could get deeper if Mike Babcock, Dave Tippett, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien become available, which is possible.

    Another name that has jumped into the pool, and one we haven’t heard from in two years, is Guy Boucher. The former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach has been in Switzerland coaching SC Bern since Jan. 2014.

    While on TSN 1050 with Dave Naylor Tuesday, Boucher said that NHL teams have contacted him to express their interest.

    Boucher has turned SC Bern around in his season and a half in Switzerland, improving them from a 70-point team that finished out of the playoffs in 2013-14 to a 96-point team (finishing second overall during the regular season) and guiding them to the National League A semifinals this season.

    His contract with SC Bern runs through the end of next season, but as Boucher pointed out, his out-clause kicks in this off-season.

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  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust fined $5K by NHL, apologizes for comments about ref

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Brandon Prust went off on referee Brad Watson after Sunday’s Game 2 between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, the Montreal forward apologized and was fined $5,000 by the NHL.

    On Tuesday, Prust said that he was emotional and “crossed the line” with his comments about Watson. 

    Via Pierre LeBrun of

    Prust was called for roughing late in the first period of Game 2 and earned an extra minor for unsportsmanlike conduct when he gave Watson a piece of his mind.

    After the game, Prust explained what happened. 

    Via the National Post:

    The NHL announced a $5,000 fine for Prust on Tuesday evening. Here is a statement from NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell:

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  • Voynov update; 0-2 deficit survival guide; rejected North Dakota nicknames (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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at  

    • Well, I guess that’s it.

    • Rich Hammond on Monday’s Slava Voynov trial proceedings, which featured the court attempting to compel the Kings defenseman’s wife to testify against her husband. [OC Register]

    • The Wild, Flames and Canadiens are all down 2-0 in their respective series. Here’s a survival guide for them, courtesy Sean McIndoe. [Grantland]

    • Being down 2-0 in a playoff series is nothing new for the Minnesota Wild. Can they overcome the deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks? [Star Tribune]

    • These 111 days turned around the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Sportsnet]


  • Flames get Hudler back for Game 2; Giordano cleared for limited contact

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Two bits of good news for the Calgary Flames coming off their 6-1 rout by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 Friday night.

    First, Jiri Hudler, who left the game in the second period and didn’t return, will be good to go for Game 2 on Sunday. Bob Hartley also sounded optimistic at the possibility of Micheal Ferland's return after he was also injured.

    The other good news for Calgary, while it may not affect them for a little longer, is that Mark Giordano was cleared for limited contact. The Flames captain suffered a torn biceps in late February and was projected to miss five months. Despite his absence in the lineup, the team managed to clinch a playoff berth and beat the Vancouver Canucks in Round 1, setting off a bevy of excitement on the Red Mile.

    But hopes of Flames fans should be tempered with this news. Hartley noted this milestone was just part of the process of Giordano’s recovery. 

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  • Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: 12 things about Blackhawks vs. Wild

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild needed six games to advance out of Round 1, leaving the Nashville Predators and St. Louis, respectively, behind. Now it’s like an old-timey Norris Division match-up, if only the Wild had the franchise history of the North Stars…

    So are the Blackhawks in the middle of another Stanley Cup run to continue their half-decade of dominance or do the Wild have something special going on?

    1. So we meet again?

    This will be the third straight postseason postseason meetings between the teams. The Blackhawks have won both — 4-1 in the opening round in 2013 and 4-2 in last season’s second round. 

    2. Moving forward

    The usual suspects are leading the Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews is second among all active players in scoring with 8 points. Patrick Kane looks pretty much 100-percent recovered from his broken clavicle and recorded 2 goals and 7 points in Round 1. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have each chipped in five points.

    Hey, remember that Sean Bergenheim deadline deal? Yeesh.

    3. Let’s not get defensive here

    Both teams went with only six defenseman in Round 1 and both relied heavily on their top-four pairings. 

    6. Quenneville vs. Yeo

  • NHL Three Stars: Ward beats Rangers late; Perry, Getzlaf power Ducks

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Joel Ward, Washington Capitals

    Ward’s goal with 1.3 seconds left snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Capitals a 2-1 win in Game 1 against the New York Rangers:

    No. 2 Stars: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks 

    Anaheim’s offensive duo each recorded four points during their 6-1 win in Game 1 against the Calgary Flames. Perry had two goals and a pair of assists, while Getzlaf scored a goal and added three helpers.

    No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Ovechkin set up Ward's winner and earlier in the game opened the scoring with his third of the playoffs, a complete laser:

    Honorable Mention: Braden Holtby made 31 saves, including 10 in the final period during their Game 1 victory. After facing 11 shots in total during Monday’s Game 7 against the New York Islanders, the Rangers fired 12 on Holtby in the first period alone … Anaheim cashed in on two of their four power plays ... Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for his sixth straight win.

    Did You Know? 

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  • Joel Ward's buzzer-beater gives Caps 2-1 win over Rangers, 1-0 series lead (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Joel Ward’s goal with 1.3 seconds left in the third period helped give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their second round series.

    Braden Holtby had a much busier workload Thursday night then he did during Monday’s Game 7 against the New York Islanders. From needing to stop only 11 shots three days ago, the Capitals netminder made 31 saves as Washington took the opening game.

    A tight match-up began with a power play goal off the stick of Alex Ovechkin late in the first period. With Chris Kreider in the box for high sticking, the Washington captain fired a laser by Henrik Lundqvist for the 1-0 lead:

    The goal was Ovechkin’s third of the playoffs, leading to a warning to the Rangers’ goaltender.

    Via GRiZZY19:

    New York pressed for an equalizer in the third period and got it with 4:39 to go. Kevin Hayes skated out to the top of the Capitals’ zone and whipped a shot that ended up going off Jesper Fast’s leg and by a screened Holtby to tie the game.

    Things appeared to be headed to overtime, but Ward had other ideas. 

    Game 2 is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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  • John Tavares honored by Hart Trophy nomination as 'sting' of playoff exit lingers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ryan Strome lives with John Tavares, but he was unaware that the New York Islanders captain was nominated for the Hart Trophy until he overheard a phone conversation.

    “Nice guy,” Strome joked Thursday.

    “He’d have my vote every day,” he added. “I see how hard he works, how special he is and how much he means to this team. He does everything and a lot of stuff you might not see. He truly means a lot for us. I’m hoping he wins it. Hoping I get to celebrate with him this summer.”

    The Islanders completed their season-end exit interviews on Thursday, three days after their elimination in Game 7 to the Washington Capitals. It may have been 72 hours later, but the disappointment in how their season ended was still evident, especially knowing they won't be back at Nassau Coliseum next season.

    “It stings. It’s been a real hard last three days,” Tavares aid. “I think you carry this one forever, really … The people here deserved more. 

    “As fun as the year was, and as special as it was, we know we didn’t get to where we wanted to be.”

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