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.

  • BOSTON – Nebraska-Omaha thought they had life. But their hopes of a come back and a shot at a national title were quickly dashed during a 4-1 Providence victory in the first semifinal of Thursday’s Frozen Four at TD Garden. 

    Providence’s possession over the course of the game’s opening 30 minutes paid off when Noel Acciari pounced on a loose puck that squirted through bodies and Mavericks netminder Ryan Massa to take a 1-0 lead.

    Three minutes later, the Friars would double their lead when UNO failed to exit their zone cleanly, an issue they had all night. Nick Saracino found Mark Jankowski behind the defense and the Calgary Flames prospect went top shelf after a beautiful move.

    Via Chris Abraham:

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    Despite Providence controlling the game (shots finished 48-26 in PC's favor), UNO clawed one back midway through the third period, thanks to Jake Guentzel. The ice was slowly beginning to tilt the Mavericks’ way, but Trevor Mingoia answered 24 seconds later for the Friars to end any hope.

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  • NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota puts stunning 2014 exit behind them

    BOSTON – There were 9.6 seconds remaining in the third period and North Dakota was even with Minnesota 1-1 in the 2014 Frozen Four semifinal. UND was on the power play with an offensive zone face-off. 

    Nine seconds later, their season was over. Justin Holl’s shorthanded goal had stunned North Dakota.

    Nearly a year to the day since that game, North Dakota is back at the Frozen Four with the defeat to Minnesota far in their rearview.

    “You know, as far as how things ended last year, I think we kind of put that behind us,” said senior defenseman Nick Mattson. “But, again, I think this weekend is pretty unique from others, and it's really easy to kind of lose touch of the fact that it's still the same game. 

    “There's so many things surrounding this event, and I think last year just going through that, it was probably a little overwhelming at times, and I think we handled it well, but especially this year I think there's just a lot more confidence and just a much bigger sense of calm in the

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  • BOSTON – Jack Eichel has brought a lot of press to Boston University’s hockey program this season, and his linemates, Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues, have done their share by forming the best trio in the nation (176 points).

    But one big reason why the Terriers have reached the Frozen Four for the first time since they won the national title in 2009 has been their defense, backboned by goaltender Matt O’Connor.

    A 6-foot-5 junior from Toronto, O’Connor has played his way on to the radars of a number of NHL clubs, with the likes of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames pursuing the undrafted free agent. 

    O’Connor started 33 games for BU this season, going 24-3-4 with a 2.10 goals against average and .928 save percentage. Between O’Connor and the Terriers’ defense, they’ve limited opponents to 2.26 goals per game, even as the team’s wide-open style helped rank them 29th in shots allowed (29.95 per game).

    “I think OC has been the backbone to our team all year long,

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  • NCAA Frozen Four: Nebraska-Omaha not done making history

    BOSTON -- If you’re reading this anytime before Thursday’s first national semifinal between Providence and Nebraska-Omaha, there are two buses of UNO students en route to Boston for the Frozen Four.

    That’s right, the students, along with the band, cheerleaders and mascot are making the nearly 24-hour journey to TD Garden to experience history: UNO’s first ever appearance in the Frozen Four. 

    Two weeks ago, the Mavericks made the first bits of history during this memorable run when they won their first ever games in the NCAA tournament, knocking out Harvard and RIT to book their trip to Boston.

    This weekend is about gunning for a national championship, but also introducing the program to those who may not be aware of UNO.

    “[T]his program is up and coming, and for the people that don't know about UNO hockey, we're hoping that weekends like this will help get the word out,” said senior defenseman Brian O’Rourke. “Coach [Dean Blais] mentioned it earlier, winning is the best way to do

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  • BOSTON – A year ago, Jon Gillies had a decision to make: Stay at Providence College or sign with the Calgary Flames, the team that drafted him in 2012.

    The Friars’ trip to the 2014 NCAA tournament was their first since 2001, a big step in the program’s rebirth under head coach Nate Leaman. Providence lost only three seniors in the off-season, so the idea of reaching a Frozen Four in 2015 wasn’t out of the question.

    It was with that that Gillies put aside the allure of signing a professional contract and announced he would be returning for his junior season. He saw what Leaman had built since the coach arrived in 2011 and felt future success was still to be had. 

    “A few things (went through my mind),” said Gillies, “but where we’re sitting right now, I knew the team we had in our locker room and the type of character players on and off the ice that I would have the privilege of playing with once again. It was a couple day process, but at the end of the day, the reason you come back to

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  • NHL Three Stars: Stepan saves Rangers; Pavelec blanks Wild

    No. 1 Star: Derek Stepan, New York Rangers

    Stepan took on the role of hero Monday night as the Rangers came from behind to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime. Down a goal with under a minute left in the third period, Stepan put home a nice Chris Kreider pass with 28 seconds remaining to force overtime:

    In the extra period, Stepan picked up a loose puck in front and beat Sergei Bobrovsky to put the Rangers a win away from clinching the Presidents’ Trophy: 

    No. 2 Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

    Goals from Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford were enough as the Jets blanked the Minnesota Wild 2-0. Pavelec recorded his third shutout of the season with a 32-save night, including this denial of Zach Parise on the doorstep:

    No. 3 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars 

    The Stars' captain scored twice and added an assist as Dallas downed the San Jose Sharks 5-1. Benn’s three-point night puts him one behind Sidney Crosby for the NHL's scoring lead. Jhonas Enroth stopped 23 shots, while

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  • Henrik Sedin recorded his 700th NHL assist Monday night during the Canucks' win over the Los Angeles Kings. Like many of the Vancouver captain’s helpers over his career, it was magical and further emphasized the idea that the Sedins possess some form of ESP between them. You know, twins and all.

    Down 1-0 midway through the third period, Henrik was looking like he was going to curl around the LA net with the puck; but, nope, he no-looked a backhand pass to Daniel, who fired a great shot through a crowd and past Jonathan Quick to even the score. 

    Chris Higgins scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Canucks a 2-1 victory and warm the Kings' seat a little more. LA dropped to 2-8 in shootouts this season and the loss open the door for Calgary and Winnipeg to control their own destinies to the playoffs, leaving the defending champs to win out and hope results fall their way.

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  • The Buffalo Sabres aren’t doing a very good job at clinching the 30th seed in the NHL. With a regulation loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night, they could guarantee themselves either one of the top two picks in June’s draft depending on how next week’s lottery ends up. 

    Instead, the Sabres scored twice in the first period and two more in the second to take a 4-zip lead on the Hurricanes at one point.

    Carolina began their comeback two minutes after Tyler Ennis scored Buffalo’s fourth goal when Patrick Dwyer dipsy-dooed around Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson and got some help in the form of a screen by Rasmus Ristolainen. 

    Now, look, we don’t want to turn this goal into anything more than a “Hey, that was a pretty nice!” but you could say this was a poor man's version of Jaromir Jagr’s goal in the 1992 Stanley Cup Final against Chicago:

    Sure, there was less dipsy-dooing, but we've got to pump the tires of the Hurricanes in some fashion after the season they've had.

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    • “Cracked tooth tonite = my best Lloyd Christmas imitation.... #HeyHarry” Brooks Laich gets his Dumb and Dumber on. [Brooks Laich / Instagram

    • Uh oh. Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” for the Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. [WEEI]

    • Should the San Jose Sharks decide to fire GM Doug Wilson, head coach Todd McLellan reportedly has a clause in his contract allowing him to opt-out of his deal. [CSN Bay Area]

    • Good read from Brian Compton on Nassau Coliseum, which will watch the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn after the season. []

    • Newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, Rob Ford, claims hockey has been his no. 1 sport. Here’s a timeline showing his interest. [Faceoff Circle]

    • Andrew Hammond, Brayden Schenn

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  • The AHL's Manchester Monarchs fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 after a shootout Saturday night. The Monarchs had the last shot, but they wouldn't have had an opportunity to tie had Joey Crabb put his attempt by goaltender Patrik Bartosak.

    Bartosak denied Crabb his chance, but it was pure luck. You see, Bartosak didn't hear the referee's whistle signaling Crabb to begin his attempt and had his head down the entire time. The Wolf Pack forward just drilled his shot into the netminder's pad.

    Original video via Scott Sabourin on Instagram here in embeddable YouTube form:

    The post-save reaction from both players is fun. Bartosak seems pretty pissed about not hearing the whistle, while Crabb is incredulous he just missed a shot versus a goaltender who wasn't even aware what was going on.

    Bartosak has a good idea for the future now:

    Stick-tap Paul Bissonnette

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