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.

  • No. 1 Star: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Crosby scored what would end up being his third game-winning goal of the postseason to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the second period. It was the 49th postseason goal of his career. He also added an assist on Kessel’s opening tally. 

    No. 2 Star: Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning 

    The third period was all Boyle as he recorded his first career multi-goal playoff game with a pair to help Tampa cut the Pittsburgh lead from 3-0 to 3-2.

    No. 3 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Back in the Penguins’ net, Murray made 28 stops to help force a Game 7 Thursday night. According to Elias, Murray became the first Penguins rookie netminder to record a win when facing elimination. He's now 4-0 following a loss.

    Honorable Mention: Phil Kessel opened the scoring with his ninth of the playoffs, most by a Penguins player since Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009 … Nick Bonino recorded his third multi-point game of the playoffs …

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  • After tallying a late first period goal to take a 1-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the most out of the middle 20 minutes of Game 5.  

    Facing elimination in Tampa, the Penguins scored twice to put the Lightning in position facing a 3-0 deficit as the final period approached. Topping off the two-goal second period was Sidney Crosby, who beat a pair defenders with 26 seconds to go to notch his sixth goal of the playoffs.

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    According to the NHL, the goal was Crosby’s 49th postseason tally and helped Pittsburgh build up a big lead after 40 minutes, something they’ve been dominant at keeping secure all season long (47-1-0). It was also the Penguins captain's third game-winner of the postseason as they would go on to win 5-2 and force a Game 7.

    Meanwhile, hopefully Sid’s goal was enough to cool some of those post-Game 5 hot takes.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning thought they had grabbed the lead 5:12 into Game 6, but a wise challenge by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wiped the goal off the scoreboard. 

    Jonathan Drouin would have had his fifth goal of the postseason after pouncing on a loose puck in front of the Pittsburgh net, but the review showed that the young Lightning forward’s skate caused the offside.

    From the NHL Situation Room blog:

    After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been

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    Ken Hitchcock, like Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is going back on a Game 5 decision regarding his goaltender.

    The Blues head coach announced on Tuesday that Brian Elliott will start Game 6, one day after Jake Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. St. Louis heads back out west with their season on the line Wednesday night facing a 3-2 series deficit. 

    "It's his turn. It's his turn for Game 6," said Hitchcock.

    Elliott had been the man in goal for the Blues this postseason, winning them a pair Game 7s in the opening two rounds. Now in the conference fina versus the Sharks, St. Louis took Game 1, but responded by being shutout in back-to-back games, leading Hitchcock to make the switch to Allen.

    Hitchcock's reasoning for the swap was that Allen was the better puck mover and he wanted to give San Jose a different look in net. The plan worked in Game 4 with a 6-3 win, but not so much Monday night, and so here we are.

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  • John Brophy, legendary hockey coach, dead at 83

    John Brophy, the long-time hockey coach who spent three years behind the bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs, has passed away at the age of 83, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

    Brophy coached just like his played: with toughness. One glance at his career playing statistics will show you that he wasn’t one who would back away from a fight. You couldn’t fill out the “PIM” column on his hockey card without using three digits.

    His playing career in the Eastern Hockey League took him from Baltimore to Charlotte to New Haven and to Philadelphia before he settled in for parts of eight seasons with the Long Island Ducks.

    How intense did Brophy get at times? Val James, who played under him on Long Island detailed in his book.

    From the Toronto Sun:

    James tells of the short-fused Brophy getting so incensed at the Sherbrooke AHL team’s effort one day that he smashed a chalkboard over his own head during a dressing room rant and continued to berate the players while covered in white dust,

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  • Georges Laraque helps detain suspect in alleged kidnapping

    A 24-year-old man who allegedly attempted to abduct a seven-year-old child in a Montreal park was thwarted by a group of family members and former NHLers Georges Laraque.

    According to police, the young girl was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park when a man came up and spoke with her. Moments later, he allegedly grabbed her and began to walk away before he was tackled by family members and restrained until police arrived. 

    Laraque was playing in a celebrity baseball game nearby when the game was stopped and the former NHL tough guy came over to help.

    "I just wanted to make sure that if he got up that I was going to tackle him right away," Laraque told CBC.

    Having a 6-foot-3, 240 lbs. ex-hockey enforcer stand guard is a perfect way to ensure that a criminal won't be eluding police.

    Police are now questioning the man and said he may undergo a psychological evaluation.

    A father to twins, the incident hit close to home for Laraque.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Vasilevskiy big again as Tampa takes Game 4

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    No. 1 Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Tampa netminder made 35 saves as the Lightning hung on for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to even their conference finals series at two. Game 4 was the third straight game that Vasilevskiy made at least 35 saves. One of those saves came in the second period denying a good scoring opportunity by Kris Letang. 

    No. 2 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Kucherov had the primary assist on Andrej Sustr’s first period goal and Tyler Johnson’s second period tally, which would hold up as the game winner. He’s now up to fourth overall in scoring this postseason.

    No. 3 Star: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Hedman tallied a pair of assists and led all Lightning players in ice time with 26:15 in Game 4. The two points move him into second in scoring among defensemen, five behind Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. Hedman now has 30 career playoff assists, passing Brad Richards (29) and Vincent Lecavalier (28) for second in

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  • Penguins' Trevor Daley exits Game 4 with lower-body injury (Video)

    The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Game 4 of their conference final series 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and may have lost Trevor Daley for an extended period of time.

    While retrieving a puck in the Penguins’ zone midway through the second period, Daley injured his left leg along the boards in a collision with Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.

    Head coach Mike Sullivan had no update after the game, but Daley was spotted on crutches after the game.

    “He obviously has a lower-body injury. We'll have more updates tomorrow, but he's an important  player on our team,” Sullivan said. “So when we lose him for the rest of this game, he's a hard guy to replace.  He plays a lot of minutes. He plays in key situations. So when you lose him halfway through the game like we did and you get down to five -- it's hard enough going down to five, but when you  lose someone like Trevor

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  • Marc-Andre Fleury replaces Murray in third period; who starts Game 5?

    A 4-0 deficit after two periods was enough for Mike Sullivan to make a change in net for the final period.

    Leading out the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third period of Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning was Marc-Andre Fleury, not Matt Murray. The appearance was Fleury’s first since March 31 after he was sidelined with a concussion. He would stop all seven shots he faced in relief of Murray, who allowed four goals on 30 shots.

    "I thought he was solid," Sullivan said afterward. "I thought he looked good. He was moving well. He made a couple of saves. So I thought it was solid."

    Whether it was desperation or the change in goal, the Penguins responded in the final 20 minutes against Tampa, scoring three times but ultimately falling short 4-3. The two sides will head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 with the series tied at two.

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    "We're down four goals. Sometimes when you make a change like that, it has an impact on your team," Sullivan said.

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  • Lightning hang on for 4-3 win over Penguins, even series at two

    The Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night to even their conference finals series at two.

    Tampa struck early when Ryan Callahan tipped in a Victor Hedman shot 27 seconds into the game, sending the Amalie Arena crowd into a frenzy. Pittsburgh tried to fight back, but the Lightning continued to counter.

    The Penguins’ best chance came late in the period when Sidney Crosby found Kris Letang in the slot, but Andrei Vasilevskiy’s pad denied his backhand opportunity.

    Not long after that big save the Lightning doubled their lead following a Penguins' defensive zone mixup, which allowed Andrej Sustr to slip in through the backdoor to finish off a Nikita Kucherov pass.

    The Lightning’s 2-0 lead was doubled by the end of 40 minutes with goals from Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson. Pittsburgh took another hit during the period when defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a leg injury going for a puck along the boards with Callahan.

    Penguins head coach

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