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.

  • Ted Nolan, Latvia shock the world at Sochi Olympics

    Getty ImagesThey didn't win a game during the group stage, but thankfully for Latvia, they got their first win when it counted, scoring an upset 3-1 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. The victory now sets up a quarterfinal date with Canada on Wednesday evening.

    The Swiss were heavy favorites entering their qualification round game, having allowed just a single goal through their three group stage games. But they had only scored two themselves, and that lack of offense cost them, as Latvia took a 2-0 lead within the opening 11 minutes of the game and never looked back.

    Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller, one of the best players in the tournament coming out of the group stage, admitted his team may have been thinking about a quarterfinal match-up with Canada and overlooked the Latvians. That proved to be deadly.

    Latvia's win not only gives the country a gigantic hockey memory to look back on, but it also validates the kind of approach their head coach wanted to instill when he arrived three years ago.

    After

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  • Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Alex Radulov, Russia

    Russia advanced to the quarterfinals and will meet Finland after shutting out Norway 4-0. After a game to forget against the U.S. on Saturday, Radulov rebounded with two goals and an assist. Guess there won't be any question about whether or not he will be scratched going forward.

    No. 2 Star: Robert Kristan, Slovenia

    The Slovenes continued their remarkable run with a 4-0 shutout of Austria. They will now face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Jan Mursak and Sabahudin Kovacevic each recorded a goal and an assist, while Kristan stopped all 30 shots he faced. Kristan has allowed only six goals on 93 shots faced through four games.

    No. 3 Star: Edgars Masalskis, Latvia

    Two goals in the opening 11 minutes and 32 saves from Masalskis helped lead the Latvians to a 3-1 upset of Switzerland. Lauris Darzins scored twice, including the empty-netter that sealed things. The win was the first in the tournament for Latvia, setting up a quarterfinal match-up

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    • U.S./Czech Republic will be shown on USA Network and TSN2, while Canada/Latvia can be found on CBC and MSNBC.

    • Latvia and Canada will meet in the Olympics for the first time since 1936. Does Ted Nolan's men have a bigger upset in them after eliminating the Swiss?

    • We might all be looking ahead to a U.S.-Canada semifinal, but how many of us expected the Swiss to get by Latvia today?

    • Dan Bylsma sees U.S. still able to be better. “I would say there are opportunities that we have missed that we can play quickly, play north, push the pace up the ice,” he said. “That’s something we did well at times; I just think we can be better at realizing that.”

    • Russia has not surrendered a goal in 140 minutes and 11 seconds.

    • No word yet on whether or not Sergei Bobrovsky or Semyon Varlamov will get the start for Russia against Tuukka Rask and Finland. We have two goal keepers. Both have played very well. It's difficult to say who's is No. 1," said head coach Zinetula

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  • during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    The U.S. victory over Russia in the group stage of the men's Olympic hockey tournament is still a hot topic among many, what with fans making memes, journalists asking president Vladimir Putin his opinion on the controversial no-goal call and students holding protests where they want to make soap out of the ref.

    The disallowed Russian goal in the third period allowed the U.S. to eventually win the game after T.J. Oshie's shootout heroics. The call itself was the correct one, according to Rule 471a article 5 from the IIHF rulebook, but players and coaches admitted they had no idea why it was disallowed.

    According to IIHF president Rene Fasel, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, international play will soon see the call go the way it does in the NHL: good goal.

    Via Igor Rabiner of Championat.ru:

    What can you say about the disallowed goal because of the dislodged net?
    “We will change that rule. To disallow a goal because of two centimeters? That’s nonsense. But that is the existing rule,
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  • Goalie fight-filled weekend for AHL, ECHL, SPHL teams (Video)

    Nearly all of the hockey world has had their eyes on the Sochi Olympics the past two weeks, and they'll continue to do so for six more days leading up to the men's and women's gold medal games. But while the NHL is on break, there are still other hockey leagues soldiering on.

    Suffice it to say, it's going to be tough for them to get some attention. But what better way than with a goalie fight? It's a great idea, which is why nearly every other league going right now decided to try it this weekend.

    Sure, one is great, but how about three goalie fights? That's what went down this past weekend. No, not in one game, but in three different games in three different professional levels: the AHL, ECHL and SPHL.

    Let's start in the Southern Professional Hockey League where the Columbus Cottonmouths and Louisiana IceGators did battle on Saturday night. The IceGators ended up with the 7-4 victory, but no one was talking about the final score.

    With 10:13 left in the third period, Greg Brown and

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  • 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.

    AP

    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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