Sean Leahy

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor of Puck Daddy since the blog started in April 2008. Having covered Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Games and NHL Drafts, his highlight might have been getting blown out playing Ryan Kesler in NHL2K11 on Nintendo Wii. That, or coercing an All-Star Game goal judge to let him control the goal light for a period. He currently resides on Long Island.

  • Peoria Journal Star / video
    Peoria Journal Star / video

    A charter bus carrying the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League rolled over on I-74 as they were en route to Illinois for this weekend’s games against the Peoria Rivermen.

    According to the Rivermen, there were 24 members of the organization on board, from players to coaches to staff, and all were brought to a local hospital for examination.

    From the Peoria Journal Star:

    All 24 were transported to the hospital, an Illinois State Police spokesman said. Two had to be extricated from the vehicle and were transported immediately to the hospital, while the others followed later in another bus. Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley said his firefighters had to cut out holes in the top of the bus to remove the two. The rest were able to get out on their own.

    According to Andy Kravetz, three people are in serious condition with the rest dealing with minor injuries.

    The Cottonmouths released a statement on Thursday afternoon:

    The Columbus

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  • YouTube
    YouTube

    Friends has been off the television airwaves for the last 13 years, but there’s not a day that goes by that you can’t find a re-run somewhere on television or find our pal Dave Lozo talking about it on Twitter.

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now]

    Now we have videos from fans that create their own opening to the show set to the famous Rembrandt’s tune “I’ll Be There For You” using NHL players. YouTube user “Polish Thrasher” has created one featuring the antics of the likes of Auston Matthews, Sidney Crosby, Brent Burns, Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban.

    Of all the hockey clips and commercials out there, there has to be one that features several NHLers dancing around in a fountain, right? We get naked Zdeno Chara but no fountain hijinks?

    Stick-tap Sportsnet

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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!

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  • Islanders hoping to find consistency under Doug Weight

    CALGARY, AB - FEBRUARY 25: Doug Weight of the New York Islanders watches from the bench during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 25, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
    CALGARY, AB – FEBRUARY 25: Doug Weight of the New York Islanders watches from the bench during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 25, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

    EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – The day after the New York Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano the magic number was 40. Whether it was interim head coach Doug Weight, defenseman Travis Hamonic or captain John Tavares, the number 40 was brought up in their responses to questions about how the change behind the bench will affect the team going forward.

    There are 40 games left in the Islanders season. They sit dead last in the Eastern Conference. They’re 17 points behind the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division, so any playoff dreams will need to come via a wild card spot, which they’re eight points out of.

    The Islanders have some games in-hand on teams ahead of them, but those are only good if you can win them, and the

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  • Penguins' Matt Cullen to miss 3-4 weeks with foot injury

    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 13: Matt Cullen #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins prepares for a face-off in the second period during the game against Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on October 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
    PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 13: Matt Cullen #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins prepares for a face-off in the second period during the game against Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on October 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    As the Pittsburgh Penguins get one member of their blue line back, they’ll be without one of their forwards for a few weeks.

    Matt Cullen is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks after taking a shot off his right skate during Monday night’s wild win over the Washington Capitals. The 40-year-old center, who has 8 goals and 17 points in 43 games, hasn’t missed an NHL game since the 2014-15 season

    Like Kris Letang, who is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, Cullen is a key special teamer for the Penguins leading their forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:30) per game. This means that Eric Fehr, who GM Jim Rutherford signed because of his versatility, will move to center.

    Meanwhile, defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who’s been out

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  • Coyotes' Shane Doan would need 'perfect' situation to consider trade

    Arizona Coyotes' Shane Doan skates during pre-game warm up before an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
    Arizona Coyotes’ Shane Doan skates during pre-game warm up before an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    If there was a time for Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan to agree to waive his no-movement clause in search of a Stanley Cup, it would have been last season when he was in the middle of a 28-goal, 47-point campaign.

    Now? Well, the number of suitors may not be as large and, as Doan put it on Monday to reporters in Edmonton, it would have to be a “perfect” situation.

    Via the Arizona Republic:

    “I never said that I wouldn’t go anywhere,” he said. “(But) that’s never been the plan. I’ve always kind of wanted to stay here. If there was ever an opportunity or whatever, the Coyotes have always been incredible to me and respectful to me in every way to be honest with me. I’ve talked about it with my family to make a decision on it if it was going to come up, but it’d have to be so perfect and so right. That’s pretty

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, right, celebrates his second goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, right, celebrates his second goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Oh, where to begin with this game. Well, Malkin recorded his 11th career hat trick in a 10:51 span during a crazy second period against the Washington Capitals. The Penguins would win 8-7 in overtime, thanks to second Conor Sheary goal, and the game would see nine goals in the second period. Of the 40 players involved, 27 recorded at least a point. Sidney Crosby would finish with a goal and three assists.

    No. 2 Star: Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

    Greiss picked up his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career as the Islanders blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0 in a Monday matinee. Nikolay Kulemin scored twice and Jason Chimera chipped in with a shorthanded tally. New York blew the game wide open in the first period when

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  • Two of the NHL’s top teams met again on Monday night and wouldn’t you know it, they both had a hankerin’ for some offense.

    The Washington Capitals built up a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins after the first period, but it was the middle frame that was, to borrow a phrase from Gary Bettman, “absolutely bizonkers” and saw the game go from 2-0 to 6-5.

    Evgeni Malkin scoring a hat trick would have been the big highlight if not for the fact that the Capitals and Penguins combined for NINE goals in the second period. That’s right, nine in a span of 20 minutes.

    Justin Williams gave Washington a 3-0 lead 1:17 in and then it was all Penguins. Malkin (twice), Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust scored in a span of 8:09 to turn the game on its head. But then the Capitals answered with a pair of their own from Brett Connolly and Lars Eller 1:47 apart. And then finally, because it had to come to an end at some point, Malkin capped off his 11th career hat trick – after a review for

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  • NHL
    NHL

    There’s no doubt that every hockey goalie wants to score a goal. From their end of the ice they watch their teammates make great plays for 60 minutes and celebrate together when the opponents’ red light goes on.

    Martin Jones is a goaltender, and he sure wanted to score a goal Monday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets.

    With the San Jose Sharks up 4-1 late in the third period and the Winnipeg net empty, Jones gloved a Dustin Byfuglien shot from center ice and saw his opportunity. He calmly put the puck on the ice and readied his shot even with Mark Scheifele in pursuit.

    But Jones’ attempt to wing the puck up ice and toward the Jets’ goal was cut short when Scheifele got his body in front of it, knocked it down, spun and scored.

    Can we expect Jones to make the most out of his next goal opportunity? Don’t count on it.

    “[T]hat’s the first time I’ve tried, and probably the last, too,” he said via the Mercury News.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo

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  • 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.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Winnipeg Jets fans watch the warm-ups prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 14, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
    LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 14: Winnipeg Jets fans watch the warm-ups prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings on January 14, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

    • Intermission entertainment in Winnipeg includes performances by this barbershop quartet, the Auld Laine Synes.

    • Derek Boogaard’s father, Len, is trying to get the NHL to listen to his pleas for removing fighting from the game. [Globe and Mail]

    • The fun continues: “Despite the committee being quoted in October as saying Jan. 15 was a deadline for a decision on NHL participation in South Korea, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said Friday there is, in fact, no firm deadline.” [TSN]

    • Nick Backstrom, Brad

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  • Kris Letang out week-to-week as Penguins' blue line takes another hit

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 23: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Once again, the Pittsburgh Penguins are dealing with an injury to their blue line after Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury Saturday night in Detroit.

    Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said on Monday that Letang is on injured reserve and considered “week-to-week.” Chad Ruhwedel has been recalled to help out on the back end.

    Here’s how the lower-body injury happened, via Steph:

    Letang’s absence leaves a huge hole on the Penguins blue line. The 29-year-old plays over 25 minutes a night, which includes significant time on the power play and penalty kill. He’s also been a big source of offense from the back, along with Justin Schultz, with his four goals and 23 points this season.

    “He’s

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