Sean Leahy

  • Islanders hoping extra rest can turn around fortunes vs. Lightning

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning will finally reach Game 4 of their second-round series on Friday night nine days after it began. You can blame a radio station rock concert and Justin Bieber for that – though the Lightning, specifically Vladislav Namestnikov, didn’t mind seeing the Biebs perform. 

    Concerts at both Amalie Arena in Tampa and Barclays Center in Brooklyn have been the reason why there’s been two full days off between the first four games of the series. The extra day’s rest has been good for the Lightning considering they’ve won the last two games and look to take a 3-1 series lead Friday night.

    “It’s a little unordinary. You don’t see that a lot in the playoffs,” said Islanders forward Matt Martin. “Usually it’s a day between games. Obviously they’re going through the same thing. It’s a good opportunity to capitalize on some rest, and at this point in the year a lot of guys have little nagging things or are a little banged up and we can use that to our advantage to get healthier and get some rest along the way.”

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  • Much more for Stars to worry about than a Ryan Reaves smooch

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    According to Jamie Benn, the Dallas Stars won’t forget about Ryan Reaves' kiss blown their way at the end of Game 3.

    This time of year teams will take any bulletin board material they can get. Did the St. Louis Blues tough guy provide some for a Stars team that’s been outscored 10-4 in the last two games and is a loss away from a 3-1 series deficit? Maybe. But Reaves’ public display of affection for his opponents should be way at the bottom on the list of concerns for Lindy Ruff’s team.

    Who gets the call in net?

    “Do they stumble every now and then? Yeah, they do. But the alternative is I have another guy to go to all of the time. They've bought into the way we're doing it, and it's led us to this point. What we do from this point on will be determined by (Thursday) night."

    How does the defense stop leaking goals?

    What adjustments need to be made on the power play?

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hornqvist plays hero as Pens-Caps work OT again

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Hornqvist scored his fifth of the postseason 2:34 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals and a 3-1 series lead.

    No. 2 Star: Matt Cullen, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Cullen tallied his third goal of the playoffs and gave the Penguins their first lead of Game 4 in the second period.

    No. 3 Star: John Carlson, Washington Capitals

    That Penguins’ lead lasted 13 minutes when the Capitals took advantage of a Derrick Pouliot defensive zone turnover and Carlson beat Matt Murray to even the score.

    Honorable Mention: Murray stopped 34 shots, while Braden Holtby made 30 saves … Pittsburgh snapped an eight-game playoff overtime losing streak with the win … Trevor Daley scored his first playoff goal since 2014.

    Did You Know? 

    5 of the last 9 playoff games between @washcaps and @penguins have required OT dating to Game 3 of 2009 CSF (both teams are 2-2). #WSHvsPIT

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  • Patric Hornqvist's OT goal puts Capitals on brink of elimination

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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    Patric Hornqvist pounced on a loose puck and beat Braden Holtby five-hole 2:34 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4. The Penguins now head to D.C. on Saturday holding a 3-1 series lead.

    In the overtime, Conor Sheary’s floater from the point was knocked down by Capitals defenseman Mike Weber, who was making his first appearance in the series. As Weber swiped at the puck trying to clear it to the corner he didn’t get all of it, and it went straight to Hornqvist who sent the CONSOL Energy Center crowd home happy. 

    Prior to Game 4, the Penguins had lost eight straight playoff overtime games.

    "We have the game of our lives coming up,” Capitals forward Jay Beagle said afterward.

    It started bright for Washington as they got on the board early when Beagle roofed a backhand past Matt Murray 2:38 into the game. But seven minutes later Trevor Daley would answer for Pittsburgh. 

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  • Jonathan Drouin's impact with Lightning growing each game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Everything that went down during the Jonathan Drouin saga earlier this season was quickly put in the past by the Tampa Bay Lightning. If there are grudges by his behavior in taking his puck and going home, they aren’t being shown.

    What’s being shown is how valuable a productive Drouin can be to a Lightning offense that is missing Steven Stamkos.

    After torching the AHL with nine goals in 10 games upon his return, Drouin has gotten over not being dealt at the trade deadline and been nothing but an asset for the Lightning. He scored twice in his first two NHL games after being recalled in April and followed that up with four assists in Tampa’s first-round series with the Detroit Red Wings.

    It’s been the Round 2 series against the New York Islanders where Drouin has made the biggest impact. Through three games he has a goal and three assists as the Lightning have built up a 2-1 series lead.

    “I feel confident more. As every game goes on I feel better and better,” Drouin said following Game 3. “Even today, I felt better. Definitely happy with the way it’s going.”

    Could what happened to him during this season end up being a great learning experience for Drouin? Perhaps.

     

  • Jori Lehtera, thespian, shows acting range in ad for chips (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Jori Lehtera hasn’t registered a point yet against the Dallas Stars in Round 2, but the St. Louis Blues forward will earn plenty of points for his performance in this commercial for Finnish bakery Linkosuo.

    Lehtera Tweeted out the video on Wednesday, and in selling the chips, he goes topless in a scene featuring his wife, Lotta; stars as an action hero; becomes internationally famous; and gets his Star Wars on by going into space.

    According to Linkosuo, Lehtera’s favorite flavor of these chips is roasted corn chip sour cream, which actually sounds pretty good.

    Lehtera's acting skills aren't quite up to par with that of Teemu Selanne selling milk, but at 28, he's got plenty of time work on that part of his game.

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  • Jack Capuano unhappy with hit that led to Lightning OT winner

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

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    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jack Capuano’s frustration was evident following the New York Islanders’ Game 3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The build up for Brian Boyle’s winning goal was aided by a headshot that went uncalled, he believes. 

    Early in overtime, Boyle took out Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a high hit along the boards. Hickey’s intended pass was intercepted by the Lightning and when Tampa transitioned and entered the offensive zone, Hickey was down on the ice as Boyle took possession of the puck as part of a 3-on-2. 

    Hickey was just getting to his skates as Boyle corralled Victor Hedman’s wide shot off the back boards and scored his second of the playoffs to give Tampa a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead.

    The Islanders and their fans were obviously unhappy with the no call. Afterward, Capuano was predicting a coming suspension for Boyle.

     Capuano didn’t have any update on Hickey’s after the game.

    On the other side, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper didn’t think the hit deserved much discussion.

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  • Hockey bet between Dallas, St. Louis zoos involves elephant poop

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the rivalries in many cities. Sometimes those rivalries extend to off the ice. Sometimes they involve zoos and elephant poop.

    OK, maybe they don't involve elephant poop all the time, but for the Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues series, there’s definitely some of that involved. 

    The respective zoos of St. Louis and Dallas agreed to a friendly wager on Twitter last week where the loser’s vice president would have to travel to the winner’s zoo, don a jersey and hat of the victorious team and shovel 250 pounds (!) of elephant poop.

    The smack talk was in full effect prior to Game 1.

    How about a friendly bet as @dallasstars take on @StLouisBlues in the #StanleyCup playoffs, @stlzoo? #DALvsSTL pic.twitter.com/gXh0AD9qDP

    What a crappy bet.

    Bravo to the St. Louis and Dallas zoos for finding a way to involve poop in a playoff series wager.

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  • Islanders look to continue enjoying comforts of home in Game 3

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After a second two-day break, the New York Islanders return home to Barclays Center Monday night hoping to swing momentum in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Coming off a 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, the Islanders will look to continue enjoying the comforts of home that they’ve experienced during their rookie year in Brooklyn. In the regular season, New York finished with a 25-11-5 record at Barclays Center, tied for the fifth-most wins at home in the NHL. They're 2-1 with a pair of overtime victories in the postseason.

    The last time Islanders fans saw their team in person they were euphorically celebrating John Tavares’ Game 6 overtime winner against the Florida Panthers that sent the team into the second round for the first time since 1993. Now that that ghost has been exorcised, a new beginning starts with Game 3.

    “This is a game now where we’re by the first round. We realize that when you’re looking up at the TV and you see only eight teams left and you’re one of them, you’re pretty proud of that,” said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano. “It’s exciting and you want to keep playing.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Murray stops 47; Ovechkin factors in both Caps goals

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Murray was fantastic for the Penguins as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. The 21-year-old goaltender stopped 47 shots, including 19 in the third period. The rookie has now won five of his first six Stanley Cup playoff starts.

    No. 2 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    The Washington captain did all he could to help the Capitals come back from a 3-0 third period deficit. His wrister midway through the final period broke Murray's shutout bid as Ovechkin finished with 18 shot attempts, nine hits and a goal and an assist.

    No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Hagelin's third goal of the playoffs would stand as the game winner following a third period Capitals rally. The Swedish forward now has three goals and five points in his last four games.

    Honorable Mention: Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help the Penguins pounce early ... According to the AP, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby played in their 108th playoff game, moving past Mario Lemieux for second on the franchise's list behind Jaromir Jagr's 140. 

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