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.

  • Kings ready to quickly reset after another short turnaround

    LOS ANGELES — No NHL team had ever won three Game 7s en route to the Stanley Cup Final until the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. The playoffs are a grind for every team that reaches this point of the season, but one side has played the maximum amount of hockey through three rounds, 21 games.

    The Kings rallied for a historic comeback after being down 0-3 in opening round versus the San Jose Sharks. In Round 2, they lost three in a row to the Anaheim Ducks before rebounding and winning Games 6 and 7 to take home the Calfornia State Championship. Against Chicago in the conference final, they lost a 3-1 series lead to the Blackhawks before Alec Martinez’s overtime goal in Game 7 sent them to their second Cup Final in three seasons.

    The ups and downs of series take a toll, mentally and physically. Kings captain Dustin Brown called the seven games against Chicago “probably the most emotional series I’ve been a part of.” Through three rounds, LA

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  • LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings won the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as Western Conference champions, captain Dustin Brown accepted the trophy from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. Three nights earlier, when the New York Rangers took home the Prince of Wales Trophy after winning the Eastern Conference, there was no captain to take the ceremonial photo with Daly, and that’s suited the team just fine.

    On March 5, the Rangers dealt captain Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Martin St. Louis. It wasn’t an unexpected move with Callahan a pending unrestricted free agent and negotiations on an extension having reached a standstill.  

    For some teams, dealing the player who wears the ‘C’ over his heart could have an affect on a locker room, but not the Rangers; and general manager Glen Sather didn't have any second thoughts about any repercussions because he was confident he was only adding to a strength of his team.

    “I knew that when we got Marty that he would be

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  • Leading up to Wednesday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers — on the ice and off the ice.

    One of the storylines in Round 2 as the New York Rangers fell behind to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 was the lack of production from their power play. At one point, the streak reached 36 chances without a goal, but eventually New York figured things out and a comeback was completed.

    But after three power play goals in Game 1 against the Montreal the Canadiens, the Rangers have slipped back into that man advantage funk, finishing the Eastern Conference Final 1-for-16 and coming in with a 13.6-percent success rate.

    No Ranger has more than two power play goals, with Ryan McDonagh, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider each scoring twice through three rounds. With LA’s penchant for finding themselves in the box — they lead all teams in times shorthanded (80) and power play goals allowed (15) — here is an

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  • The Los Angeles Kings became the first NHL team to win three road Game 7s en route to the Stanley Cup Final with their 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night. All three featured contributions from a man who knows a thing or two about chipping in in those moments: Justin Williams.

    When the Kings completed their historic comeback in Round 1 against the San Jose Sharks, Williams assisted on what would stand as the game-winning goal during their 5-1 rout. In disposing of the Anahem Ducks in Round 2, Williams scored the opening goal on the power play and assisted on LA's final one in a 6-2 victory. 

    Finally, with their season on the line for a third time and a chance to play for their second Cup in three years at stake, Williams again came up big, helping erase Chicago's 2-0 lead with a goal late in the first period and later assisting on the overtime winner:

    If you have one game to decide your season, you want Justin Williams on your side. He's now 7-0 in his career

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  • At some point Sunday night — or maybe even Monday morning — we’ll know who the New York Rangers are facing in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday. While we wait, the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings will finish their glorious series off in proper fashion with a Game 7.

    In Game 2, the Kings became the first team this postseason to defeat the Blackhawks at United Center. LA then won the next two games at Staples Center to build up a 3-1 series lead, putting them on the cusp of a second trip the Final in three seasons. But a double overtime goal from Michal Handzus in Game 5 and the Patrick Kane Show in Game 6 brought us to this final game.

    With the Blackhawks hoping to keep their repeat hopes alive by winning another game at home and the Kings trying to not blow a 3-1 series lead, is either team facing pressure?

    “I don't look at it as pressure,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “I think it's been fun."

    "We've been in a real interesting situation the last two

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  • Eric Wellwood retires at 24 one year after gruesome skate cut

    It’s been over a year since  last played hockey. On April 7, 2013, while playing with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, he lost an edge chasing an opponent and crashed into the boards. His skate ended up cutting his ankle and the damage almost cost him his life.

    As Frank Seravalli detailed in a January story for the Philadelphia Daily News, Wellwood severed three tendons and cut through 70-percent of an artery and his Achilles. The blood loss was so great and serious that he was minutes from dying. (You might remember teammate Danny Syvret’s gruesome Twitter photo of the bloody skate.)

    "I've never seen anything like it,” then-Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told Seravalli. 

    After rehabbing, the 24-year old Wellwood finally made the decision on his future: he would retire; but it wasn’t officially known until Friday when it was announced he was taking an assistant coaching position with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

    From the Windsor Star:

    “I knew for a while I

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  • The New York Rangers haven't announced when tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden will go on sale, but you can imagine they won't last very long. So when fans who missed out attempt to get their hands on some ducats they'll have to resort to the secondary market, and that won't be cheap.

    According to TiqIQ, the average price for one of the three potential Rangers home games in the Final is north of $2,000 for seat. 

    The average cost for a seat for Game 3, the first Cup game at MSG since Game 7 in 1994, is currently sitting at $2,202.72. Game 4, a possible Cup-clinching game if a sweep is in the cards will set you back $2,419.57. For Game 6, which would potentially be both the last Rangers home game of the season and a game with the Cup on the line, the price rockets up to $2,737.35.

    Travis Hughes did some digging around StubHub and found some crazy prices as well, but if you're willing to sit in the cheap seats, you can save yourself some coin.

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  • Dominic Moore had previously been a part of two teams that fell short in the conference finals before this season. In his third attempt, he personally made sure the ride wasn't ending any time soon.

    Moore’s third goal of the playoffs with 1:53 left in the second period was all the New York Rangers would need as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the series 4-2 and advance to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. 

    In the hours leading up to Game 6, the Rangers did not want to look back on their disastrous 7-4 loss in Game 5. Instead, they were focusing on Thursday night’s task: a second attempt to eliminate Montreal. The game was completely opposite of the goal-fest that was Tuesday night. There were 10 less goals and Henrik Lundqvist reverted back to his standard elite form, making 18 saves, including this ridiculous blocker save just minutes before Moore’s goal:

    As the Rangers held possession the Montreal zone minutes later, the puck came to Brian Boyle behind the

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  • Henrik Lundqvist makes stunning blocker save on Thomas Vanek (Video)

    Henrik Lundqvist is good. We know this. As the New York Rangers tried to close out the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 Thursday night, King Henrik was back in form, two days after being pulled during their 7-4 loss.

    Late in the second period, Thomas Vanek attempted a cross-crease pass to Michael Bournival, but Dan Girardi's stick got in the way and deflected the puck in the air and toward the short side of Lundqvist's net. The Rangers' netminder adjusted his positioning, dropped his stick and knocked the puck away with his blocker:

    Definitely a sign that Montreal needs much more than luck to find a way to beat Lundqvist.

    Minutes later, Dominic Moore would score to give New York a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission. If the Rangers hang on for the win, you can bet that save by Lundqvist will receive plenty of credit.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Rangers look to put Game 5, Canadiens behind them in Game 6

    NEW YORK — In hockey, it’s often said goalies should have short memories after bad games. Hours before their second attempt to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers chose to make like goalies, and forget Game 5 as a team.

    They weren’t looking back 48 hours to what happened in their 7-4 loss.

    “That Game 5 was obviously disappointing for us,” said Anton Stralman, “but you can’t really look too much in the past. We have a tremendous opportunity tonight playing in our building, in front of our people and we really want to come out strong and play a totally different game than we did last time.”

    It’s hard to imagine seeing another 11-goal game with so much on the line at this point.

    The Rangers want to move on to the Final, while the Canadiens are once again trying to stave off elimination. Expect a tighter game. A focus on the little things and the attention to detail should lead to the opposite of the madness on ice that occured

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