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.

  • 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.

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    • A Bruins fan offers a recommendation to Toronto's mayor. [AP]

    • Now that the 2013 inductions are over with it's time to look toward the 2014 class. Who has the best shot? Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano are locks, right? [Toronto Star]

    • Tony Danza, John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Cindy Crawford and Cuba Gooding Jr., among other Hollywood celebs, were in attendance for Chris Chelios' Hockey Hall of Fame speech Monday night. [Yahoo]

    • Nail Yakupov's agent, Igor Larionov, is heading to Edmonton to discuss his unhappiness with the Oilers' use of his client. "I asked Craig [MacTavish], I said, 'If you guys [are] not happy with him or you have no room for him ... we're willing to make a move. Any team.' That happens and that's part of life. Let's move on." Here comes the circus! [ESPN]

    • The NHL released the logos for the Stadium Series teams this afternoon. Hope you like chrome! [NHL.com]

    • The Wild are really enjoying the change from a dump-in team to one that looks for better puck possession. [CBC]

    • The man behind the Alex Ovechkin tribute beard talks about his two years of work. [RMNB]

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  • Narvik Hockey, a.k.a the Arctic Eagles, is a second division side in Norway. On Saturday, they disposed of last place Viking Hockey (every Norwegian hockey team has an awesome name, apparently) 8-3, but while there was cause for celebration thanks to the victory, the real highlight came after the game.

    As both teams were heading to their respective locker rooms, Narvik forward Adrian Alvarstein felt a little more celebrating needed to be done. So when the arena started playing DJ Contiez's "Trumpsta", Alvarstein got bumpin':

    As you can imagine, Alvarstein has practiced these moves before. He told NRK.no that showing them off was limited to only the Narvik locker room. "I'm trying to get it out to all of Norway. When people hear the song, they should know that there is this dance that apply," he said.

    "I do not dance much myself, but [I promise] to practice it before the season is over," joked Narvik head coach Magnus Skogfält.

    Alvarstein comes with an interesting background, as he

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  • Steven Stamkos has broken tibia, will require surgery (Updated)

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins Monday afternoon, but their biggest blow came in the second period.

    During a backcheck, leading scorer Steven Stamkos lost his balance and crashed into a goal post, suffering a serious leg injury. After being taken to a local hospital for X-rays, the diagnosis was not good. The Lightning confirmed that it was a broken right tibia and he'll be out indefinitely.

    Here's the play again:

    The medical staff of the Lightning decided to go forward with surgery.

    From the Lightning:

    “At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” Yzerman said.  “The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action.”

    It's unknown if

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  • Midway through the Lightning-Bruins matinee on Monday, the NHL's leading scorer, Steven Stamkos, left the game on a stretcher with a leg injury. While backchecking during a Boston scoring chance he lost his balance while fighting for position with Dougie Hamilton and his right leg collided awkwardly with the goal post.

    The Bruins would score twice in 20 seconds minutes later to take a 2-0 lead and later added an empty-netter to seal a 3-0 victory.

    No word yet on the severity of the injury, but given the way Stamkos reacted, it doesn't look good. Everything's gone right for the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning in the opening month of the season and missing their leading scorer for any period of time would be a huge blow.

    You can also imagine Team Canada officials are concerned as well. Stamkos was left off the 2010 roster and, if healthy, would be a shoo-in for the Sochi Games.

    The last update from the Lightning was that Stamkos was undergoing X-rays at a local hospital. He has

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    • Waldorf's thoughts on the Winnipeg Jets: "They aren’t half bad ... Nope, they’re all bad!" [YouTube]

    • A veteran speaks on the nightly military tributes at hockey games. [Octopus Thrower]

    • On Sunday, the Predators released the following statement on Pekka Rinne: "Pekka Rinne underwent a MRI earlier this week and he continues to progress in his recovery from a bacterial infection in his hip which was initially identified and addressed with arthroscopic hip surgery on October 24. There have been no setbacks – and we and the doctors are thankful they have identified the infection – so now it is simply a matter of time for recovery and allowing treatment to take its course. Pekka will remain on crutches and antibiotics for at least the next couple weeks before a follow-up MRI in late November. We expect a full and complete recovery and will provide additional updates when appropriate." [Predators]

    • Ilya Bryzgalov spoke for the first time after signing with the Oilers. On how his tenure in Philadelphia ended: “I just can tell you when the time right. I will write the book. You can read it then.” [Edmonton Sun]

    • Here's the fantasy hockey spin on Bryz to the Edmonton. [Dobber Hockey]

    • Now that Fred Shero is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Larry Brooks turns his eyes toward both Eric Lindros and Pat Burns. [NY Post]

    • Getting in the middle of a fight is a dicey proposition for any referee. Take for example this poor chap who ended up getting popped in the face during a BCHL game. [Buzzing the Net]

    • Robin Lehner, Frederik Andersen and Patrick Sharp are your Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

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  • From our Playoff Beard Watch to Emil Kaberg to the Sasquatch-tastic facial fuzz that Brent Burns used to have dangling from his face, we've featured a ton of great hairy hockey players around here. But this fan at Sunday night's Capitals-Avalanche game takes all the awards with his Alex Ovechkin tribute beard.

    Body paint or jersey tributes are one thing, but when you take your already long beard and groom into the number of your favorite player, that's dedication.

    A Tweet from a friend of his reveals this man is a D.C. transplant and a beard enthusiast, which makes sense considering when you see his entry photo into the 2013 Austin Facial Hair Club Competition. The irony here, of course, is that the fan's hero has a sponsorship deal with Gillette, therefore Ovechkin has his facial hair growing limited to only playoff time and Movember.

    The Stanley Cup playoffs last at most a little over two months. There's no way a player could come close to rocking a playoff beard like this fan is --

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  • Tampa Bay Lightning answering the Atlantic Division challenge

    Getty ImagesIt seems as if the Tampa Bay Lightning's victory over the St. Louis Blues last Saturday was the moment their early season surge finally reached eyes beyond the city limits. Taking their two points and heading into a four-day break, the Lightning currently sit atop the Atlantic Division with a 10-4-0 record as they host the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

    Out of the safety net that was the Southeast Division and dropped into one with the likes of the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators, the Lightning have held their own, especially against the Western Conference going 5-0-0, including two wins over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

    “Are we the perfect hockey team?,” head coach Jon Cooper asked after beating the Blues. “Not even close, but are we a team that responds to challenges? They do.”

    There’s the challenge of a newer, tougher division. The challenge of going to battle with two unproven netminders (more on that in a bit). And then there’s been the challenge of coming from behind, which has seen Tampa win two of the five games that they trailed entering the third period.

    Cooper had a 16-game evaluation period at the end of last season after Guy Boucher was fired. The man who has won at every level he’s coached at – AHL, USHL, NAHL – has been given an assist from the Lightning's organizational cupboard. Eight players who were on the ice celebrating the Calder Cup trophy in 2012 with him have played for the NHL club this season. Finding success in this league without developing your own talent is incredibly tough to do.

    The man who had four assists in Game 4 that June night for the Norfolk Admirals is no longer with the Lightning, but is tied to their current success.

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    It's been 16 long years since the Hartford Whalers graced our presence as an NHL team, but the love for them has not ceased. Merchandise sales still continue make cash registers ring and you can't involve yourself in a conversation about the Whale without "Brass Bonanza" being hummed.

    There's been a hope that the NHL will once again return to Hartford, but those dreams remain very, very slim. In the meantime, the Connecticut Lottery is getting in on the Whale game by creating scratch-off tickets featuring the team's glorious logo.

    According to The Hartfordite, the tickets will be available beginning next Tuesday and cost $3, which is also the minimum prize you can win. Back in 1992 the Connecticut Lottery did something similar with the winnings ranging from $2-$1,000.

    The

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    • Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello celebrate as young Penguins fan yearns to engage in his own hockey hug.

    • What's been the reason behind the Ducks' early season success? "Unfinished business" after a disappointing playoff exit last season. [ESPN]

    • Nick Cotsonika on Brendan Shanahan's journey to the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Yahoo]

    • Former NHLer Jody Shelley on fighting: "I wouldn't have even been on a roster. I wouldn't have made my major junior team. Not a chance. My career would've ended my first training camp with the Halifax Mooseheads in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Thanks for coming." [CP via Yahoo]

    • The step Matt Duchene has taken this year in his development can be defined as "enormous." [THN]

    • Rick DiPietro is getting back into the swing of things with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and should another injury arise in the Hurricanes' net, he'll be on the fast-track back to the NHL. [NHL.com]

    Read More »from Ducks have unfinished business; Duchene’s big year; Glencross out six weeks (Puck Headlines)
  • Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Colin Wilson, Nashville Predators

    Wilson was a beneficiary and contributor in a high scoring affair as the Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4. Wilson finished with four points and his two goals were big for Nashville. The first came on a power play early in the second period to give the Predators a 4-2 lead. After they squandered that lead, Wilson's second 7:34 into the third period would eventually stand as the game winner.

    No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

    Lundqvist won his third game in four starts with a 28-save night during a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Five different Rangers scored and Brian Boyle and Brad Richards each ended the night with two points. After seeing 20 shots through two periods, it took a while before Lundqvist saw action in the third period as the Penguins went without one for the opening 14 minutes of the final frame.

    No. 3 Star: Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks rookie scored his first NHL goal in the opening period and added an assist on a Corey Perry tally late in the second period as Anaheim rolled over Phoenix 5-2. Nick Bonino, Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf also had two points apiece as the Ducks won for the sixth time in seven games.

    Read More »from NHL Three Stars: Wilson’s 4-point night sinks Avs; Lundqvist bests Penguins

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