Sean Leahy

  • Patrick Marleau drills Bryan Rust with hit to the head (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Bryan Rust, who opened the scoring in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, left the game in the third period after he was hit in the head by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks.

    With the score tied at two, Rust carried the puck into the Sharks zone and attempted to dump it behind the San Jose defense. As he finished his unsuccessful attempt, Marleau came skating over and delivered a shoulder to the Pittsburgh Penguins forward’s jaw. 

    Here are two angles via @MyRegularFace:

    Marleau minor for hit to the head pic.twitter.com/a19dYmXeTR

    another angle pic.twitter.com/3ew6K3W1XV

    Marleau was given a minor for a hit to the head, a power play the Sharks ended up killing. Rust would go to the Penguins dressing room for a few minutes, but returned minutes later only to leave again.

    Marleau didn't think his hit warranted further punishment. “I don’t think so. I kept my shoulder in and elbow in and everything in,” he said.

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  • Dainius Zubrus hoping third trip to Stanley Cup Final is the charm

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – While Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks are experiencing their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, teammate Dainius Zubrus is back for a third time.

    A year after he was taken in the first round of the 1996 NHL Draft, Zubrus was playing in the Final as a fresh-faced rookie for the Philadelphia Flyers. The series ended in a sweep for the Detroit Red Wings. Three teams and fifteen years later, he was back playing for the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils. The Los Angeles Kings prevailed in six games.

    Will the third time be the charm for the soon-to-be 38-year-old Zubrus?

    After the first trip, Zubrus’ teams failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs for over a decade. It didn’t take him long to realize just how hard it is to win the Stanley Cup. 

    Getting to this point of the season is great for any player, but the ultimate goal is reaching that 16th win that only one team gets to celebrate. Despite years of prolonged success, the Sharks have continually fallen short for various reasons. In the cases of Marleau and Thornton, this first crack at the Cup has been a long time coming.

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better goaltending?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.

    PITTSBURGH

    As of early February, Matt Murray was still playing AHL hockey for the Penguins’ minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. A little over two months later he was the team’s starting goalie in the playoffs. Now he’s potentially dethroned Marc-Andre Fleury as the team’s No. 1 going forward.

    It’s been an interesting year for the Penguins in net. Fleury started 58 games and had another solid season posting five shutouts and a .927 even strength save percentage. But in early April he suffered his second concussion of the season, an injury that lingered into the postseason. 

    Murray backed up for the team’s opening round playoff game against the New York Rangers, but eventually assumed the starting job and ran with it, all while Fleury recovered. But when Fleury was fully healthy, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan stuck with the 21-year-old rookie as he guided the team through three rounds.

    SAN JOSE

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  • Pascal Dupuis, the Penguins' heartbroken cheerleader

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    PITTSBURGH – Injuries limited Pascal Dupuis’ final three seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and over that time he’s become better at one thing: being a cheerleader.

    “Well, I’ve got a lot of practice doing it. I’ve been doing it for three years basically,” joked Dupuis to Yahoo! Sports on Sunday during Stanley Cup Final Media Day.

    Issues related to blood clots forced the 37-year-old Dupuis to step away from the game for good in December. But despite his career ending, he’s been a constant presence around the team as they marched their way to the Stanley Cup Final.

    Who was the first person to greet Sidney Crosby in the dressing room following his Game 2 overtime goal in the conference final? That was Dupuis.

    Who was on the ice after the Penguins celebrated a fifth Prince of Wales Trophy conquest after Game 7? Dupuis was there, too.

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  • Trevor Daley adjusting to life as a spectator for Stanley Cup Final

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    PITTSBURGH – Game 7 was tense for every Pittsburgh Penguins player, including those who weren’t involved. 

    Trevor Daley was one of those players. He hadn’t watched a game of the series since breaking his ankle in Game 4, but with the season on the line the defenseman was inside the Penguins’ trainer’s room watching his teammates beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

    Six days earlier, Daley’s season came to an end after a collision with Ryan Callahan along the boards while retrieving a puck.

    “I knew it was bad. I was just hoping to get back to the front of the net and I knew that the whistle wasn’t going to be blown until we had the puck,” Daley said during Stanley Cup Final Media Day on Sunday. “I don’t know what I was gonna do, but maybe I was going to help the goalie or something, I don’t know.”

    “You do feel sorry for yourself, but I try to control what I can control and I can’t control this situation,” he said. “I’m going to have to try to make the best of it.”

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better coach?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.

    PITTSBURGH  

    Aside from a six-game spell filling in for a suspended John Tortorella in 2014, Mike Sullivan had not been the man behind an NHL bench since 2005-06 season before he was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in December. He’d spend nearly the last decade as an assistant around the league and in a player development role with the Chicago Blackhawks a couple of seasons ago.  

    Last June, Sullivan was given the opportunity by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford to run the bench for their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. When Mike Johnston was fired in December, Rutherford decided to promote Sullivan instead of any his NHL assistants because he wanted a new face in the room, someone the players didn’t know.  

    Sullivan's system has allowed the Penguins to showcase their team speed, which has allowed them to expose opponents. What the head coach preaches clicked with his group and a season that was looking dire blossomed into one with Stanley Cup dreams.

    SAN JOSE

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  • Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better special teams?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Leading up to Monday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks — on the ice and off the ice.

    POWER PLAY  

    As you’d suspect, the special teams for both of the Penguins and Sharks have done pretty well in the three rounds leading up to the Final. The Penguins’ power play (23.4 percent) comes in just behind the Sharks’ unit (27 percent), with both having been lethal at time this postseason.  

    Pittsburgh rolls out a talent-laden top unit featuring four forwards — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel — and one defenseman, Kris Letang. That crew has scored 12 of the Penguins’ 15 goals with the man advantage. The second unit took a blow when Trevor Daley fractured his ankle in the conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning and saw his season come to an end. Justin Schultz stepped in and picked up two power play points in his first three games re-entering the lineup.

    ADVANTAGE : Sharks, by a slight edge.

    PENALTY KILL

    ADVANTAGE : Penguins

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  • Stanley Cup Final conflict forces Andrea Bocelli to reschedule concert

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Arena availability during playoff time is always a tricking thing when trying to schedule games. So it comes as no surprise that the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks is forcing the rescheduling of an event from San Jose’s SAP Center.

    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was set to perform on Saturday, June 4, but when the NHL released its schedule for the final round, the concert conflicted with Game 3.

    As a resolution, Bocelli has moved the concert from Saturday to Friday and he “congratulates the San Jose Sharks for reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and wishes them success in the best of 7-game series," according to a statement.

    This isn’t the first time the Penguins have been involved in a series where a big concert forced a change in scheduling.

    During the Penguins’ 2009 second-round series against the Washington Capitals, a scheduled Yanni concert at Mellon Arena forced the NHL to schedule Games 4 and 5 back-to-back in Pittsburgh and Washington. That upset Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, as the Penguins won both games.

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  • Czech Republic names Jagr-less final World Cup of Hockey roster

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Jaromir Jagr will not be playing the Czech’s at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey so he can rest up for the Florida Panthers’ season. Without the 44-year-old legend, they'll have to make do with a mostly NHL roster in a tough Group A with Canada, USA, and Team Europe.

    Here’s who the Czechs will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    D Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes * D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes * D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames * D Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars * F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars * F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues * F David Krejci, Boston Bruins F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs * F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL) F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers 

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  • Russia names final World Cup of Hockey roster; NHL to ban Voynov?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Russians went heavy on forward for their initial World Cup of Hockey roster, naming only three defenseman. So that left a few spots up front available and a bevy on the back end.

    Here’s who Russia will be bringing to Toronto in September:

    (Ed. note: Bolded names are final additions.)

    G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets G Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens * D Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings * D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals D Slava Voynov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) * D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs *

    • You may have scanned the forward group twice looking for a pair of specific names, but you’re not going to find them. Yes, The Russians are leaving both Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Radulov home. Did Kovalchuk’s behavior during the Gagarin Cup playoffs and Radulov’s desire to return to the NHL play a part in them being left off? 

    UPDATE: 

    Previously released final rosters: