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.

  • With dad watching, Troy Brouwer wins Winter Classic for Capitals

    WASHINGTON —Troy Brouwer didn’t see his Winter Classic-winning goal beat Corey Crawford. The roar from the Nationals Park crowd and the reaction from his teammates on the ice was what tipped the Capitals forward off to the fact that he had just won the game with 12.9 seconds left in the third period. 

    The Capitals edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the 2015 Winter Classic on Thursday. It was a win that almost slipped through the home side’s grasp after they blew a 2-0 lead and later were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 power play after Tom Wilson and John Carlson were called for penalties 29 seconds apart in the second period.

    The ebb and flow of the game culiminated late in the third period, with the Capitals on a power play. Alex Ovechkin’s shot attempt ended with a broken stick inside the face-off circle to Crawford’s right. With the puck loose, Brouwer spun around, lifted Brandon Saad’s stick and beat the Blackhawks netminder glove side. 

    “It was one of those where you just know the

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  • Nick Foligno inks 6-year, $33 million extension with Blue Jackets

    Nick Foligno is leaving behind 2014 on a high note. Wednesday's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild will be his 500th in the NHL, and when he steps on the ice he'll be a richer man.

    Before the game the Blue Jackets announced that they've extended the 27-year old Foligno with a six-year deal worth $33 million.

    From the Blue Jackets:

    “Nick has been an important contributor to the growth of our team over the past two years and keeping him in the Blue Jackets family has been a priority,” said [GM Jarmo] Kekalainen. “The fact that we were able to get this deal done is a testament to Nick’s commitment to our team and this community and we couldn’t be more excited that he will be a Blue Jacket for many years to come.”

    Foligno currently leads Columbus in scoring with 17 goals and 31 points. He's only breached the 40-point mark once in his career, 2011-12, and last season he set a career high in goals with 18. Safe to say, he picked a good year to be on the cusp of

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — When Brad Richards and Daniel Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks skate out on to the Nationals Park ice from the faux Reflecting Pool in centerfield before Thursday’s Winter Classic they’ll be making a bit of history. The two forwards, along with potentially Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, will be playing in their fourth NHL outdoor game.

    (Orpik will be a game-time decision after suffering a lower-body injury on Monday.)

    Richards and Carcillo are undefeated through three games, including two last year when they were teammates with the New York Rangers. Despite finding themselves playing outside yet again, the experience hasn’t gone stale. 

    “In an 82-game schedule, when you’ve played a lot of the same thing,” said Richards, “it’s nice to have a little different change, bring excitement and have the day here today [with] the practice, hanging out in these venues. It brings something different to the schedule that we all can look forward to.”

    “Not many

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every NHL team wants to play host to an outdoor game, and there’s plenty of reason why between the added publicity, the experience for the players and staff and, most importantly, the sound of cash registers ringing non-stop throughout the venue. (Ted Leonsis has been smiling all week.)

    But there’s a cost to playing host, and it comes with the result on the ice.

    In the 13 NHL outdoor games dating back to the 2003 Heritage Classic, the only home teams to win are the Boston Bruins (2010 Winter Classic), Calgary Flames (2011 Heritage Classic) and 2014 Chicago Blackhawks (2014 Stadium Series). Visiting sides hold a 10-2-1 overall record.

    When you’re playing host to an outdoor game, you’re also playing host to family and friends. You’re worrying about tickets, people staying at your house, making sure they’re being taken care of during that time. It’s a lot for a player to deal about, and while team’s do their best to help, it can all serve as a distraction from the task

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  • Guy Boucher goes off on Spengler Cup referee (Video)

    The Canadian team entry into the 2014 Spengler Cup was knocked out on Tuesday by Swiss side Geneve-Servette after clawing back from a 5-0 deficit.

    With Geneve-Servette holding a 6-5 lead with 35 seconds left in the game, Canada was called for a too many men on the ice penalty before a face-off. That ended Canada’s hopes, and head coach Guy Boucher (yes, that one) was none too pleased after the game with the official who made the call.

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    “You’re an idiot. You’re the star here. People came here to watch hockey, not you!”

    Who ya got? Intimidating Guy Boucher or the guy wearing a uniform with a cow’s face (the tournament's milk sponsor) on them?

    The call was due to IIHF Rule 412: "Change of Players Procedure During Stoppage of Play – five-second time limit applies throughout the entire game." It's the same rule in the NHL except that it's not enforced in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.

    Bet Boucher can’t wait to get back to the NHL and

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  • Top 10 games of 2014 (Puck Daddy Year in Review)

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)

    A lot can happen in 60-plus minutes of hockey. We remember big moments, questionable decisions, memorable finishes. Some of those linger with us as time goes on. The hockey world in 2014 saw a number of fantastic games played. Alas, we could only select 10, so debate away!

    Here are our top 10 games of 2014:

    10. San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers (Jan. 29)

    The Oilers shutting out the Sharks 3-0 was surprising enough, but why the visitors were kept off the scoreboard became an historic event. Acquired two weeks earlier from the LA Kings, Edmonton netminder Ben Scrivens recorded 59 saves, an NHL record for most saves in a game without overtime. "I owe the shot-keeper a beer, I think,” he joked afterward. 

    9. Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers (Oct. 27)

    You could hear the groans inside Madison Square Garden when Jason Pominville’s goal late in the

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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.

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    • Nationals Park is coming along nicely. The players will skate in from the Capitol’s “reflecting pool” in centerfield.

    • Heading to D.C. this week for the Winter Classic? Here’s a fantastic visitor’s guide for the city, including a couple top-notch taco joints. [Puck Buddys

    • The New Jersey Devils will not face any punishment by the NHL for hiring Adam Oates without contacting the Washington Capitals, where he was still under contract, first. [Fire & Ice]

    • After breaking his leg in preseason, Jordan Staal will return to the Carolina Hurricanes’ lineup tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. [News Observer]

    • Dany Heatley has been placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks, while Derek Roy of the Nashville Predators clears and will report to the Milwaukee Admirals.

    • Another day, another injury for the Pittsburgh

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  • Kalamazoo Wings to ring in New Year with tuxedo jerseys (Photo)

    The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings have jumped head first into the holiday season. This past Saturday, they beat the Toledo Walleye 2-1 at Fifth Third Field in the league’s first ever outdoor game. On Wednesday, they'll ring in 2015 in style. Really in style.

    When the Wings face off with the Cincinnati Cyclones in their 13th annual New Year’s Eve game, the players will be dressed for the occasion. Not just in hockey equipment; but looking quite dapper in these tuxedo jerseys: 

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    That's center Justin Taylor playing model. 

    After the game fans can skate on the ice and mingle with players. Also, according to the Wings, there will even be keg curling! Sadly, there likely won't be anything like that at Nationals Park on Thursday.

    We would have loved to have to seen some champagne glass shoulder patches, but there's always next year. The team says the jerseys will be auctioned off at a later date.

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  • At this rate, Orebro goaltender Julius Hudacek is going to run out of ideas for post-win celebrations; so for the meantime, we’ll just sit back and enjoy his creative ways of expressing the joy of victory with fans. 

    After Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over Skelleftea, Hudacek got into the holiday spirit, tossing on a Santa Claus beard and hat, and then hopping on a “sleigh” while “Santa’s little helper,” Joonas Jalvanti, pulled him around the ice. He then went into his bag of gifts and tossed t-shirts to Orebro fans:

    Hudacek, you might remember, has delivered some memorable post-win performances recently, from leap-frogging with his partner, Henrik Lundberg, to pretending to go ice fishing to taking some young fans from the stands and performing an on-ice “Macarena.” He’s a showman and he knows how to entertain a crowd. He even has his own hashtag, #HudaShow, and his own t-shirt -- the very same shirt he was tossing into the crowd.

    "I have no children [to give] Christmas gifts to ... so

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  • (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)

    There’s a lot to be angry at in the world today. You can’t go a day without seeing something make you sad or upset in the news. But with that despair there are those moments that make you smile, make your heart warm up, and change your attitude completely. 

    We’ve compiled 10 moments from the past year that brought smiles and tears to many faces.

    Here are our top 10 heartwarming moments of 2014: 

    10. Rick Jeanneret beats cancer, returns to broadcasting.

    The long-time Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man was diagnosed with throat cancer over the summer. In November, he returned to the broadcast booth doing a period at a time, a week after the Sabres honoured him and fellow cancer survivor Jim Kelly during the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

    9. Federal Hockey League goalie makes wish come true for paralyzed fan.

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    Brenda St. Clair battles spinal

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