Sean Leahy

  • NHL Three Stars: Karlsson leads Blue Jackets; Lightning keep rolling

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    No. 1 Star: William Karlsson, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Karlsson scored midway through the second and early in the third period as the Blue Jackets edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves and won for the fourth time in five starts. Coming into Friday night’s game, Karlsson had scored only once in his previous 30 games. Columbus have taken points from five of their last six games. 

    No. 2 Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Johnson scored what would stand as a game-winning goal and added two assists as the Lightning doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. Anton Stralman and Ondrej Palat each added two goals as Tampa won their eighth straight at home. Nikita Kucherov chipped in a pair of assists and now has points in 21 of his last 25 games. The Lightning have won 10 of their last 11.

    No. 3 Star: Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes 

    Carolina scored four times in the opening 10:04 en route to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Staal recorded three points, while Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil added two goals apiece. Cam Ward made 33 saves in his first start since Jan. 15. 

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  • John Scott's unforgettable week ends with birth of twin girls

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The best week of John Scott’s life continued on Friday when his wife, Danielle, gave birth to twin girls, Estelle and Sofia, which she announced on social media.

    They're GIRLS!! 👑 Our hearts and hands are overflowing with love for these two, they're healthy, happy and beautiful

    “poor @jhs_32 just sprung a few more grey hairs,” her message added. 

    Despite being “very pregnant,” as she put it, Scott’s wife and two daughters made the trip to Nashville for All-Star Weekend after getting a doctor’s note to travel. An already surreal experience for the family was made even more unbelievable when Scott scored on his first shift and later added a second goal before getting MVP honors.

    “I jumped up when he scored his second goal holding my two kids and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I better stop and relax,” Danielle said after Sunday's 3-on-3 tournament.

    Now home in Michigan, Scott has been given time off to spend his his family before resuming his hockey career with the AHL’s St. John’s Ice Caps.

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  • Joni Pitkanen signs with Finland's Karpat, returns to ice Saturday

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Joni Pitkanen last played hockey nearly three years ago. On Saturday, after a long, arduous recovery, he’ll finallyreturn to the ice. 

    Karpat of Finland’s Liiga, where Pitkanen played from 1998-2003, announced on Friday that the 32-year old Pitkanen has signed with them for the remainder of the season.  

    Pitkanen last played on April 2, 2013 when he broke his left heel during a game with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    While rehabbing, Pitkanen continued to try and get back on the ice, but the heel just wouldn’t allow him to feel 100-percent. In November, he spoke about making a comeback bidafter training with Karpat. On Saturday, he’ll suit up for their game against KalPa.

    In 535 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes, Pitkanen averaged 23:38 of ice time, even as he battle injury throughout his career.

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  • High schooler scores OT winner hours after father's death (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Hours after losing his father on Wednesday, Doug Caliendo found a reason to smile.

    The Notre Dame-West Haven (CT) senior scored the overtime winner to help beat Northwest Catholic 3-2 on the same day his father, Lou, lost his battle with colon cancer.

    Down 2-0 in the third period, the Lions rallied to tie the game and force overtime. It was there that Caliendo, a defenseman, pounced on a loose puck 25 seconds into the extra frame and fired it home for the winner. 

    Despite the tragedy earlier in the day, Caliendo said he had no doubt he would play.

    “Knowing my father for so long, he really loved the sport and always wanted me to play,” Caliendo said via “He would have said, ‘Just get out there and do what I do best.’”

    Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support to my family. My dad had a long hard battle with colon cancer and is no longer in pain.

    You couldn’t really write a better script to this story. 

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  • Amanda Kessel, concussion-free, set to return to Minnesota lineup

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    One of the best players in college hockey is set for a return this weekend.

    The University of Minnesota announced on Wednesday that Amanda Kessel will be back in the Golden Gopher’s women’s team lineup after missing two years after suffering a concussion.  

    Winners of their last eight games, Kessel will re-join the team for their two-game series against North Dakota this weekend.

    “We're excited to have Amanda returning to the lineup," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said via a statement. "Her recovery and overall health have always been most important, and we weren't sure if she would have the opportunity to play college hockey again. Knowing that Amanda and the team of doctors working with her have determined she is healthy and ready to resume playing is certainly great news. She has always been a part of our program, and we're happy she has a chance to finish out her college career on the ice along with completing her coursework and getting her degree this spring.”

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  • No hearing for Gudas; Regier leaves Coyotes; King Byfuglien? (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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  

    The Don Cherry first-pitch card from Topps is also pretty perfect.

    • Don Cherry gets his own baseball card as part of Topps’ first-pitch set. 

    • The NHL has rescheduled those three games that were postponed by snowstorms on the east coast. Two of them will be played April 10, which means the regular season is extended by one day. []

    • The NHL All-Star Game was also big hit on Canadian televisions. [Eh Game]

    • LA Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery on Tuesday. [LA Kings Insider

  • Florida Panthers playing in Super Bowl, says Canadian TV (Photo)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    It’s a pretty good time to be a Panther.  

    The NHL’s version sit atop the Atlantic Division and have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. They also employ hockey legend Jaromir Jagr.

    The NFL’s version will play in a pretty big football game on Sunday and look to finish their season 18-1. They also employ the likely NFL MVP in Cam Newton and the guy who the movie “The Blind Side” was based on, Michael Oher. 

    While the Carolina Panthers will face the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, one French-language TV show in Canada seems to want to see Jagr, Aaron Ekblad and Roberto Luongo play in “The Big Game” rather than Newton and Luke Kuechly. The Florida Panthers definitely took notice.

    Welp, this is news to us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    The image comes from Le Sportnographe which captured the mixup on Le Téléjournal.  

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  • David Poile says Jimmy Vesey can jump right to NHL if he signs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Nashville Predators GM David Poile is really going all-in on trying to convince Harvard senior winger Jimmy Vesey to sign with the team and avoid becoming an unrestricted free agent in August.

    Poile drafted Vesey in the third round in 2012 and has watched his offensive output grow in four years with the Crimson. Last season, Vesey was a Hobey Baker Award finalist after scoring 32 goals and recording 58 points in 37 games. When the Predators tried to sign him last spring, the forward said getting his degree was an important factor in his decision to stay. 

    With Harvard’s regular season ending later this month and the NCAA tournament beginning soon after, there is a chance if Vesey signs he could get in the Predators’ lineup right away. And appearing on 102.5 The Game in Nashvllle on Tuesday, Poile dangled an interesting carrot out there to try and sway the 22-year old’s mind.

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  • Corey Perry believes Ducks' tough start could help in playoffs

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    NASHVILLE -- Corey Perry doesn’t need to look at the standings in the Western Conference to know where the Anaheim Ducks are. After early-season struggles, they rebounded and won 10 of the 14 games heading into the All-Star break, leaving them two points behind the Arizona Coyotes for a playoff spot. 

    With 15 games left against Pacific Division opponents, Perry knows the importance of playing catch-up.

    “It’s a chance to gain points that we missed out on early in the season and keep pushing forward,” said Perry.

    A 12-15-6 start had many wondering if Bruce Boudreau would be canned and what kind of additional heat would be placed on general manager Bob Murray. The biggest surprise was thatthey couldn’t score, despite finishing in the top 10 last season.

    Perry didn’t have an answer to what contributed to the offensive issues early on. Could it have just been some bad luck?

    Can getting to that mindset early on in the season help in the second half? Perry believes so.

  • Canucks place disappointing Brandon Prust on waivers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    It’s official: the Brandon Prust-Zack Kassian trade was a stinker for both sides.

    First, Kassian was dealt by the Montreal Canadiens in December to the Edmonton Oilers. On Tuesday, as the NHL returns following the All-Star Break, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 31-year old Prust on waivers. In 35 games, he has one goal, seven points and 59 penalty minutes.

    According to General Fanager, if Prust clears and is assigned to Utica of the AHL that will mean the Canucks will have a $1.55 million buried cap hit. It also means he’ll join Chris Higgins, who was waived last month

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