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.

  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Qualification round gets under way

    Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Create-a-Caption: "A hockey fan cheers for Finland before a men's ice hockey game against Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics."

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    Austria vs. Slovenia, 3 a.m. EST

    Norway vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Switzerland vs Latvia, 12 p.m. EST

    Slovakia vs. Czech Republic, 12 p.m. EST

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    Five things to know about today's Olympic games ...

    1. Vladimir Putin sympathizes with referees. Asked about the no-goal controversy from the U.S.-Russia game on Saturday, the Russian president said, "Even referees sometimes makes mistakes, here I wouldn't tar anybody with any brush, but I thought that we would win by a big margin."

    2. Anze Kopitar returns for Slovenia. After missing the third period of their game against the U.S. with a stomach bug, Kopitar said Monday he was feeling better and he will be in the

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  • @BrianTHansenThe cool thing about the athletes' village at the Olympic Games is the inter-mingling of the competitors from the various sports. Skiiers hanging out with lugers. Figure skaters chilling with curlers. Speed skaters kickin' it with hockey players. It's one big happy environment.

    For U.S. speed skater Brian Hansen, other than leaving with a medal or two, his goal in Sochi has been to meet every player there from his favorite NHL team: the Chicago Blackhawks. With less than a week to go before the Games close, Hansen is close to fulfilling his mission.

    There are 10 Blackhawks in Sochi and Hansen has so far met and taken a picture with seven of them.

    It started with Marian Hossa...

    ... and continued with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya:

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  • 5 things we learned from U.S. win over Slovenia

    Getty ImagesThe United States defeated Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday and have won Group A. Here are five things we learned:

    The Kessels are enjoying Sochi. Phil and Amanda have been wreaking havoc on opposing goaltenders in the men’s and women’s tournaments. With a hat trick against Slovenia Phil has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in three games as the men advanced to the quarterfinals with a bye. Meanwhile, Amanda heads into the women’s semifinal on Monday against Sweden with 2 goals and 2 assists. Phil's hat trick was the first by a U.S. Olympian since John LeClair tallied one in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

    U.S. will finish no. 2 or 3 overall. Because they needed a shootout on Saturday to defeat Russia, the U.S. did not earn maximum points from their three games. That means Sweden’s three regulation wins give the top spot for now. The no. 1 overall seed will go to either the Swedes, Canada or Finland. The bottom six are set with Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Latvia and

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  • Click the image to see more pictures of Team USA beating Russia in men's hockey. (AP Photo)

    If T.J. Oshie wasn't a household name in the United States on Friday, he certainly became one on Saturday morning when his four goals in the shootout helped beat Russia 3-2 in a dramatic second game for both teams at the Olympics.

    The game was tight throughout regulation and overtime, and in the shootout, thanks to IIHF rules, Oshie was able to have six shootout attempts versus Sergei Bobrovsky. The American hockey world was elated when he final attempt secured the win. Some even filmed their reactions.

    First up, here's the Banshee Pub in Boston:

    Moving down south, the moment of silence just before Oshie's shot at Diesel Filling Station in Atlanta, Georgia really brings the dramatic effect:

    The R Bar in Columbus, Ohio is popular destination for hockey fans, so it's no surprise the place was packed and ready to celebrate:

    Not far from the home of the New Jersey Devils, a Hoboken, New Jersey soccer bar turned into USA Hockey central:

    Staying in Hoboken, here was the scene at Texas

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during today's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Create-a-Caption: "Russia forward Alexander Semin has his helmet knocked from his head during a scuffle with the USA."

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    Austria vs. Norway, 3 a.m. EST

    Russia vs. Slovakia, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Slovenia vs. United States, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Finland vs. Canada, 12 p.m. EST

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    Five things to know about today's Olympic games ...

    1. Barkov done for the Finns. After suffering a knee injury, Aleksander Barkov was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

    2. No. 1 overall seed on the line. The winner of Canada/Finland will determine the top seed as we enter the elimination round. Meanwhile, the U.S. can earn a bye into the quarterfinal with a win over Slovenia.

    3. Slovenian hockey to get a boost. Slovenia has only 148 registered male players and seven indoor rinks. Participating in the 2014 Games will

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    No. 1 Star: Jonas Hiller, Switzerland

    Hiller continued his stellar tournament with a 26-save shutout as the Swiss beat the Czech Republic 1-0. Simon Bodenmann's goal in the first period was more than enough. It was Hiller's second shutout of the tournament and helped Switzerland finish second in Group C behind Sweden. Hiller has stopped all 47 shots he's faced.

    No. 2 Star: T.J. Oshie, U.S.A.

    Oshie was the American hero during their 3-2 win over Russia. He didn't play much in regulation or overtime (9:38), but the forward scored four times on six chances in the shootout to give the U.S. the victory. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more in the shootout. The U.S. faces Slovenia on Sunday with a bye into the quarterfinal the prize with a victory.

    No. 3 Star: Pavel Datsyuk, Russia

    Datsyuk scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout in a losing effort for Russia. He also created a shorthanded chance in overtime

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  • 5 things we learned from the U.S. win over Russia

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    The United States defeated Russia 3-2 after a eight-round shootout on Saturday. Here are five things we learned:

    T.J. Oshie fulfilled his duties. Oshie’s certainly a good enough player to have warranted consideration on the U.S. roster, but it was his shootout ability that gave him an edge. Currently 7-for-10 in the NHL this season and 25-for-46 (54.3-percent) all-time, it’s no surprise Dan Bylsma channeled his inner Herb Brooks and kept telling Oshie, “AGAIN!” during the shootout. He ended up going 4-for-6. "I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves,” he said afterward.

    Pavel Datsyuk is incredibly awesome when he’s injured. There was concern entering the tournament that the Russian captain may have to withdraw due to a lower-body injury. He chose to stay in, and against the U.S. on Saturday he didn't look injured at all. He looked dangerous. He scored both Russian goals in regulation, threatened to win the game in overtime after a great defensive play

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  • Getty ImagesThere have already been enough unnecessary “Miracle on Ice” references ahead of Saturday’s match-up between the U.S. and Russia. An American win in their second game of the Olympic tournament won’t help end any Cold Wars; it will, however, provide further confidence in a side that expects to leave Sochi with a gold medal — four years after coming within an overtime goal of winning one.

    The U.S. has known since July that their second game would be against the Russians and likely would be 60-minute battle with the top seed in Group A on the line. Seven months later, that’s still the case. And after an impressive 7-1 win over Slovakia on Thursday, the Americans know what’s in store for them.

    “They have extraordinary skill and talent, Malkin and Ovechkin and Datsyuk, Semin and Kovalchuk,” said U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma. “They have extraordinary skill, elite skill, and that's something that we have to be keenly aware of and know about their team. We'll be seeing maybe a situation where we

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  • 5 things we learned from the U.S. win over Slovakia

    Getty ImagesThe United States defeated Slovakia 7-1 in their opening game of the Olympic tournament on Thursday. Here are five things we learned:

    Amanda Kessel’s brother is pretty good. Phil Kessel matched his goal total and surpassed his point total from the 2010 Olympics in the span of one period for the U.S. His goal and two assists led all players offensively and his four shots tied with Max Pacioretty for the team lead. He was everywhere playing on a line with Toronto Maple Leaf teammate James van Riemsdyk and Joe Pavelski.

    The U.S. counterattack is dangerous. Milan Bartovic had a glorious opportunity for Slovakia in the first period as he streaked down the ice to Jonathan Quick’s right. But the forward put a slap shot wide of the U.S. net and the Americans counterattack ended with a goal after Kessel’s drop pass to John Carlson beat Jaroslav Halak.

    It happened again in the second period after Tomas Tatar tied the game at one. The U.S. struck back 1:02 later with a Ryan Kesler goal to

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  • Russia gets past Slovenia 5-2 after second period scare

    Getty ImagesIt looked over early, but Slovenia rallied to put a scare into Russia before eventually falling 5-2 in the opening game of the Olympic tournament for both teams.

    Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin gave Russia a 2-0 lead by the time four minute had passed in the first period. The Slovenian players admitted they were in a bit of awe at the start playing their country's first ever Olympic game. It was looking like it was going to be a Russian romp, especially after shots were 18-4 in favor of the leader after 20 minutes, but Slovenia rallied in the second period to provide hope for an upset.

    Ziga Jeglic, who plays for ERC Ingolstadt in Germany's DEL, cut the lead to 2-1 1:43 into second period, but later watched from the penalty box as Ilya Kovachuk scored to double the Russian lead.

    “I was really mad at myself because I made a stupid penalty and we know that their power play is top of the world," Jeglic said afterward. "We were really preparing for them, but you can’t really prepare."

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