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.

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    The Los Angeles Kings won their seventh game in a row Sunday night with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. They'll go for their eighth Monday night against the Calgary Flames likely missing one of their regular forwards.

    Late in the second period, after LA has built up a three-goal lead, a scrum ensued in front of Jonathan Quick and Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu shoved Drew Doughty. Jordan Nolan took exception, grabbing Joensuu, then delivering two punches to his head:

    Nolan was assessed a double minor for roughing and will likely see supplemental discipline as the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that they will have a phone hearing with him on Monday.

    As NHL executives gather in Boca Raton, Florida this week for the annual GM meetings, Brendan Shanahan and his crew can pretty much tell Nolan he'll be sitting for 2-3 games in between holes on the golf course. This one is easy.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bozak beats Rangers in OT; Ortio backstops Flames

    Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Maple Leafs spoiled Martin St. Louis' first game as a New York Ranger as Bozak's second goal of the night won it in overtime 3-2. New York scored twice shorthanded in a 1:19 span in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit, but with two Rangers caught below the goal line in OT, it was Bozak who capitalized:

    No. 2 Star: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers captain continued his torrid scoring pace with a pair of goals and an assist as Philadelphia dispatched the Washington Capitals 6-4. After building up a 4-0 lead in the second period, the Capitals clawed back to cut it to 4-3. But Jakub Voracek scored his second of the night two minutes later and the Flyers eventually held on for their seventh win in eight games. Giroux's first of the night came in pretty fashion:

    No. 3 Star: Joni Ortio, Calgary Flames

    Making only his second career NHL start, Ortio made 30 saves as the Flames dumped the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Markus Granlund

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  • The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals have met three time since their big brawl on Nov. 1 that saw Ray Emery go after Braden Holtby. Each of those games have featured plenty of physicality, some fights and proof that there's still lots of hatred left over from their first meeting of the season.

    Wednesday night's matchup was their second meeting in four days and emotions boiled over in the first period after a clean hit by Luke Schenn on Ryan Stoa:

    The resulting penalties were game misconducts for Vincent Lecavalier and John Erskine. Tom Wilson was given a 10 minute misconduct, five for fighting and two minutes for instigating, while Schenn received a fighting major.

    The most curious decision was the double minor for cross-checking and slashing on Wayne Simmonds, who clearly jumps Erskine as he's scrumming with Lecavalier. How he escaped a game misconduct over Lecavalier is a mystery.

    You'll note that Steve Mason and Braden Holtby were in no rush to leave their creases and

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    Four years ago, the Washington Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy and then proceeded to be eliminated in seven games by Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens. But they appear to have put that behind them, or decided it's better to have him on their side this time.

    Halak will be Washington's hope in goal as they battle for a postseason spot.

    In one of the late-breaking deals of the day, the Capitals acquired Halak from the Buffalo Sabres along with a third round pick for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and Rusty Klesla.

    The problem is here is that goaltending isn't the issue for the Capitals; their defense is. Halak had better get used to seeing some extra rubber, as Washington has allowed 33.4 shots per game this season. Halak faced 25 shots per game during his 40 games with St. Louis this year.

    In grading this deal, we give it two Milburys.

    Neuvirth still has a year and $2.5 million coming to him, and while he may not have had a future in Washington, GM George McPhee could

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 7

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    3:40 p.m. ET -- Jaroslav Halak to the Washington Capitals. Where does that leave Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth? Is one heading to Buffalo?

    3:30 p.m. ET -- David Legwand, the first draft pick in Nashville Predators history, has finally moved on. After waiving his no-trade clause, Legwand will go home to Detroit and finish the year with the Red Wings. He grew up there and played junior hockey with Plymouth of the OHL, so you can imagine it was an easy decision to say yes to.

    Nashville will receive Patrick Eaves, a prospect and and a third rounder, per TSN's Gord Miller.

    The Red Wings were hoping for some center depth and they got it in Legwand. With Pavel Datsyuk banged up and Henrik Zetterberg out until the playoffs, this move should help. Nashville sends a respected veteran off to go attempt to win a Stanley Cup. One Milbury.

    Two big deals just before the deadline: Matt Moulson heads to Minnesota and Thomas Vanek has been dealt to the Montreal Canadiens. More on those in a bit.

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  • Tim Thomas dealt to Stars as dream tandem with Luongo dies

    Getty ImagesThe idea that Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas could co-exist on a team was probably a far-fetched dream anyway.

    A day after the Florida Panthers made a huge splash in acquiring Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, Thomas is on his way to the Dallas Stars.

    Thomas will backup Kari Lehtonen as the Stars try to find a way back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As of Wednesday, they sit in the second wild card spot, seven points behind the Minnesota Wild with the Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks right behind them.

    Dan Ellis, who served as Lehtonen's backup this season, is heading the other way, so bringing on Thomas and his experience is an upgrade for Stars GM Jim Nill. Ellis still has another year left on his deal, while Thomas is a UFA this summer and will likely fetch plenty of interest.

    After Tuesday night's game against the Boston Bruins, Thomas didn't want to comment on Luongo's arrival until after speaking with Panthers GM Dale Tallon. Thomas even joked, "It looks like

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 5

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    1:55 p.m. ET -- Needing to boost their forward depth, the Penguins have acquired Marcel Goc from the Panthers for a third and fifth. Goc is a guy who drives possession, has a 52.8 percent success rate in the face-off circle and will fill a huge need on the Penguins' bottom two lines.

    Goc is a center. So is Brandon Sutter, who centers Pittsburgh's third line. For now. Should the Penguins acquire Kesler, there could be a move to the wing in his future, with Goc keeping his role down the middle.

    The Panthers collect some picks for the future and the Penguins help fill a need they desperately were searching for. One Milbury here.

    1:35 p.m. ET -- Less than 90 minutes left until the deadline and still some big names available. Thomas Vanek, Chris Stewart, Ryan Kesler, Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri are Jaroslav Halak haven't been told they've been traded just yet.

    One name rumored to be on the move is Tuomo Ruutu. According TSN's Darren Dreger, Ruutu will be dealt before 3 p.m. ET today.

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    Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray got a good view Tuesday night of just what Ales Hemsky can bring to a team as he scored twice in a 3-2 win for the Edmonton Oilers.

    That showcase was enough for Murray to pull the trigger as the Senators acquired the 30-year old forward in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2014 and a third rounder in 2015.

    According to Pierre LeBrun, the Oilers will retain half of Hemsky's remaining salary this season.

    Hemsky has 26 points in 55 games this season and is a UFA this summer. It's nice to see the Oilers finally deal him away after years and years of his name being out there on the trade block.

    The Oilers had to deal Hemsky and get something for him. The salary Edmonton will retain is minimal with only a month left in the season. Ottawa gets a top-6 forward to help them make a run to a playoff spot. No big loser here.

    We'll dub this one a single Milbury:

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 3

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    11:50 a.m. ET -- Word is that the Rangers are trying hard to get St. Louis to New York in time for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That should be a fun media scrum after the game.

    11:25 a.m. ET -- Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports is reporting that Martin St. Louis will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2014 second rounder and a 2015 1st round pick. Here's Wysh's take.

    11:20 a.m. ET -- Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings? It's close, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo and Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet. The Kings were rumored to be in the market for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. Gaborik's been limited to 21 games this season after injuries to his collarbone and knee. He was also dealt from the Rangers to Blue Jackets right before the 2013 deadline.

    Checking the waiver wire, Cory Conacher will be heading to familiar locale as the Canisius grad was picked up by the Buffalo Sabres.

    11:05 a.m. ET -- The news out of Winnipeg is that forward

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  • Steven Stamkos cleared to play Thursday vs. Sabres

    Getty ImagesWhether Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman deals Martin St. Louis before Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, or makes another move, his acquisition of a 60-goal scorer will be one of the biggest moves of the day.

    Almost four months after breaking his leg during a game, Steven Stamkos underwent a final evaluation and given the OK to return Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.

    Stamkos began skating in December, just a little over a month after the injury. He had to pull out of Team Canada's lineup right before the Olympics, citing his doctor being uncomfortable in allowing him to play.

    The Lightning didn't fall apart after Stamkos' injury and currently sit third in the Atlantic

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