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.

  • Getty ImagesAfter formally being charged with one count of third-degree assault last week by the Denver District Attorney, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov next faces a Dec. 2 court date.

    Depending on how the case is resolved will affect Varlamov's status with the Russian Olympic team, which has already seen a politician claim an American conspiracy with all this.

    Now comes Russian Olympic general manager Alexei Kasatonov chiming in believing that the netminder's play since the arrest shows that he's innocent.

    From R Sport:

    “Semyon’s in good form now, continuing to show that he’s one of the best goaltenders in the NHL and showing with his game that the truth is on his side,” Russian national team general manager Alexei Kasatonov said on the website of the SKA St. Petersburg KHL team.

    In another apparent reference to the domestic abuse charge, Kasatonov said that Varlamov “is not that kind of guy and would not be capable of such a dirty deed.”

    In his nine appearances since being

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  • APFree from his 15-year, $67.5 million contract after a buyout from the New York Islanders, Rick DiPietro found no suitors over the summer and ended up latching on with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL a month ago.

    The farm club of the Carolina Hurricanes saw their goaltending depth take a hit with injuries, so DiPietro was brought in on a tryout. Things didn't go so well for the 32-year old netminder.

    In five games with the Checkers, DiPietro posted a 5.18 goals against average and .846 save-percentage. On Tuesday, he was released from his tryout agreement.

    From the Checkers:

    “He called Jim Rutherford last night and thanked him for the opportunity,” said [GM Jeff] Daniels. “He just didn’t think it was going to go anywhere.

    “I talked to him last week and said right now we have three goalies here and we’re waiting for one of them to step up and be the guy. The opportunity was there for him to do that, but he didn’t feel that it was going to go his way.”

    Upon watching him in person

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  • Watch Swedish team give up own goal during 5-on-3 power play (Video)

    The year 2013 in Chinese culture is known as the Year of the Snake. In the world of hockey, it's been known as the Year of the Own Goal. It's only November and we've already featured enough own goals from across the hockey world to cover a full season or two.

    The latest comes from Sunday's Swedish Hockey League game between AIK and Brynas. Early in the first period, with AIK already killing a 5-on-3, they took another. With the delayed call and Brynas still holding possession of the puck, they attempted to take advantage, but a pass from the goal line back out to the point ended in disaster:

    If you're scoring at home, Jonas Liwing was given credit with the goal for AIK.

    It wasn't even like it was that much of an errant pass by Greg Scott or took a deflection on its way out to the point; it just appeared to be a combination of a hard pass and Simon Bertilsson a half second too slow to receive it.

    But the early shock wouldn't throw Brynas off their game. Scott would make up for it

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  • Early in the third period of Anaheim's 1-0 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler propped himself up on the bench getting ready for a line change. When the puck came in his direction, he went to move his feet back onto the bench to avoid any interference with the play.

    Well, balance is a funny thing, and Fowler must have misjudged things as he would fall onto the ice:

    No referee in his right mind would have thought to call "too many men" in that situation. Fowler suffered enough embarrassment with that display.

    And we can all rest assured that Fowler will never hear the end of that thanks to Hampus Lindholm, who had a front row seat to the hilarity.

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    Wayne Gretzky chilled with Ted Leonsis tonight.

    No. 1 Star: Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks

    Behind Hiller's 31 saves and Ryan Getzlaf's overtime goal with 5.2 seconds left, the Ducks edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. The shutout was Hiller's first second of the season and 18th of his career. In the extra frame, Getzlaf got a little help from Richard Panik to make sure his shot went over the goal line (Keep an eye out for Corey Perry hip-checking the ref afterward):

    No. 2 Star: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Kunitz was denied a goal for a first period natural hat trick, but two power play tallies 3:51 apart and an assist on Sidney Crosby's late go-ahead goal was good enough for a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Crosby finished with two points, including his 250th career goal which ended up as the winner:

    No. 3 Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    As it usually is when the Canucks score a bunch of goals, it was the Henrik and Daniel show. During their 6-2 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Daniel finished with a goal and two assists, while Henrik put home his fifth and sixth goals of the year. It was the first time in six games that the Canucks scored more than two goals.

    Honorable mention: Deserving of plenty of praise is Ben Bishop, who made 41 saves giving the Lightning a chance to take two road points in Anaheim ... Evgeni Malkin broke his 15-game goal drought with a second period marker .. Thomas Vanek had a pair of goals for the Islanders in his first game back from an upper-body injury ... Congratulations in order to Jeremy Welsh for scoring his first NHL goal ... Sean Monahan's goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave the Calgary Flames a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Joe Colborne had a goal and an assist ... David Desharnais and Travis Moen each scored their first goals of the season as the Montreal Canadiens fended off a Washington Capitals to hang on for a 3-2 victory. Peter Budaj made 25 stops for his fourth win in his five starts on the season ... Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 18th and 19th goals for the Capitals in a losing effort ... Big scrap between Bran McGrattan and Krys Barch:

    Did You Know? Florida has the most all-time losses in the shootout with 60.

    Dishonorable mention: Reto Berra regretted his decision to come out for this puck:

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Habs visit Caps; Canucks shake up lines

    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: "Kings mascot Bailey holds up pictures of characters from the reality show Jersey Shore as New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider looks on..." (AP)

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    Preview: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. ET

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET

    Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1. Vanek returns for Islanders. After missing five games with an upper-body injury, Thomas Vanek will be in the lineup against the Penguins. He's played only six games since being dealt from the Sabres.

    2. Erat moves to center. Not wanting to shake up his

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  • Gustav Nyquist’s big night helps him earn stay with Red Wings

    APIt was a numbers game that kept Gustav Nyquist in the AHL. So when he finally got his opportunity Thursday night, he put home a pair of goals, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

    It was the numbers game with the Red Wings' salary cap situation and their roster size that handcuffed general manager Ken Holland from recalling the 24-year old Swede. When Danny DeKeyser went down with a separated shoulder earlier this week, the door opened for Nyquist and he didn't waste any time proving his case to stay:

    On Friday, Holland made it official by saying that Nyquist would remain up with the Red Wings and play Saturday night against the Senators.

    "He's here for the year."

    That was a key point in the debate over Nyquist's future. By playing Saturday night, he will have to pass through waivers if the Red Wings are to send him back to Grand Rapids of the AHL. His combination of speed and skill would most certainly be scooped up by another NHL team should he

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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.

    Getty Images• It's been 10 years since Jose Theodore introduced us to his mask toque at the 2003 Heritage Classic in Edmonton. Here's an oral history of the event from NHL.com.

    • One of the 57,00-plus fans in attendance at Commonwealth Stadium that day? 12-year-old Taylor Hall. [Edmonton Journal]

    • Thomas Vanek will return to the Islanders' lineup Friday. [@StapeNewsday]

    • Jaromir Jagr keeps humming along at age 41. He's feeling so good he said he'd like to play in the next two Olympics. Imagine a 46-year old Jagr in Pyeongchang. [Star-Ledger]

    • Rangers owner James Dolan on GM Glen Sather's future: "As long as he’d like to stay I’d like to have him." [NY Post]

    • The Sabres continued doing Sabre-y things in Thursday's loss to the Flyers, and Ted Nolan has seen enough: “The gloves are officially off. Now we got to do certain things in order to play. If you don’t, you’re not.” [Bill Hoppe]

    • Predators GM David Poile has reached out to Pat LaFontaine to ask he interview his assistant, Paul Fenton, for the Sabres' gig. Fenton is really, really interested. [The Hockey News]

    • A teaser was released showing a piece of the jersey the Senators will wear during the Heritage Classic, which could end up look like a reverse version of their current third jerseys. [Icethetics]

    • Remember the Old Spice guy? He's a big hockey fan and plays the game as well. “I just want to play, I want to challenge myself to see how good I can get. Honest-to-God, I think I’m getting better, but I’ve got a ways to go.” [Color of Hockey]

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  • Devils come back to beat Ducks thanks to overtime own goal (Video)

    APAs of right now, the New Jersey Devils are in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. This is the same squad that started the season 0-4-3 and heard the rumblings of head coach Peter DeBoer's future in question. Oh, the benefits of being in the Metropolitan Division!

    On Wednesday night, the Devils used dramatics and luck to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime.

    First, down 3-2 late in the third period, New Jersey got a goal from Jaromir Jagr with 61 seconds left to force overtime:

    Then in overtime, Martin Brodeur robbed Mathieu Perreault on the doorstop with a great glove save:

    Minutes later, the game ended on a freak play. After Jonas Hiller denied Travis Zajac's kicking attempt, the puck was left just outside the Anaheim crease when Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy attempted to clear it, only to see it deflect off Corey Perry and into his own net:

    Zajac would get credit for the goal.

    Tough way to lose for the Ducks as they have now gone 0-3-2 in their last five games, but hold

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  • NHL Three Stars: Koivu plays hero again for Wild; Fleury blanks Caps

    Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

    The Wild captain continued his recent torrid pace scoring a goal and assisting on two others during Minnesota's 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. In his last eight games Koivu has posted 12 points. He put home his second game-winning goal in three games with this snipe with 2:57 left in the third period:

    No. 2 Star: Nikita Nikitin, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Nikitin picked a great time to score his first goal of the season as his tally 2:25 into overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames:

    No. 3 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    It was a light workload for Fleury as he faced 18 shots during a 4-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals. The Penguins netminder recorded his 25th career shutout and third win in his last four starts.

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