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.

  • The Philadelphia Flyers held a comfortable 4-0 third period lead over the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night when Zac Rinaldo decided to do this for some reason:

    Rinaldo launches himself into the head of Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Why did he do that? Who knows. 

    The game was already in hand and Rinaldo was given a five-minute match penalty, attempt to injure for the head hit and the Sabres would ruin Steve Mason's shutout on the ensuing power play. The Flyers would hang on for a 5-2 victory. Ruhwedal left the game and did not return.

    Rinaldo had himself quite the night. Along with the match penalty, he had already picked up three minors and scored Philadelphia's second goal of the game. Missed out on the hat trick after failing to record an assist.

    It's been over two years since the NHL Department of Player Safety has fined or suspended Rinaldo, but this one is a lay-up for Brendan Shanahan and his crew. 

    UPDATE: Ruhwedel was diagnosed with a concussion, as per Sabres head coach Ted

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bob blanks Isles; Fleury denies Avs in shootout

    No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Power play goals from Boone Jenner, Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray, and 31 stops from Bobrovsky helped the Blue Jackets blank the New York Islanders 4-0. The shutout was the ninth of Bob's career and fifth of the season, a career high. His last two wins have now come via the shutout.

    No. 2 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Without a number of their star players, including Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins held off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 after a shootout. Fleury made 39 saves in regulation and overtime and didn't allow a goal in the shootout for his fourth win in five starts. Brandon Sutter scored both Pittsburgh goals 3:22 apart in the second period. 

    No. 3 Star: Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers

    Three second period goals helped pace the Oilers past the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Hall scored a goal and assisted on another in that second period, then added a helper on Jordan Eberle's empty-netter to seal the

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  • The New York City Police Department and Fire Department of New York have played one another in a charity hockey game for 41 years. There's a lot of pride involved and obviously both sides want to win the game and own bragging rights over their fellow first responders.

    This year's edition got even more heated than usual, as both sides were involved in a bench clearing brawl Sunday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.

    According to the New York Post, there was a 25-minute delay to cleanup the ice and figure out what the penalties would be. 

    Things would eventually cool off before the NYPD would claim an 8-5 victory and snap a five-game losing streak to the firefighters. Maybe they were just trying to recreate that episode of "Rescue Me"?

    Stick-tap Deadspin

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  • While netting at NHL arenas provides protection for those fans sitting behind it, if you're sitting on either side of the penalty boxes or benches, there's the still the chance a puck could fly your way.

    A young Montreal Canadiens fan learned that recently when P.K. Subban attempted to fire a shot off the high glass and into the Ottawa Senators' zone, but instead ended up hitting him. The puck deflected off his dad's arm and hit the young boy in the ear.

    Not a fun memory for a young fan, but the Canadiens and Subban made up for the accident by surprising Thomas and his dad for a recent episode of the 24CH reality show: That's going to be some memory for the kid when he gets older, whether it was his first hockey game or not.

    We've seen the kind of damage that can happen when a puck goes into the crowd. Luckily, this one was just a minor bump on the ear and the kid got to meet a star in the end.

    Stick-tap Eye on Hockey

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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.

    • Well, if The Rock approves...

    • After suffering an upper-body injury Thursday night. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty did travel with the team to Vancouver. [LA Kings Insider]

    • Before he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Mason considered walking away from the game. "It had definitely crossed my mind to consider other options. I was just so beat up mentally that hockey was becoming more of a chore than a passion and something that was fun." [NHL.com]

    • According to Chris Botta, the New York Islanders' price tag is at $370 million. Finding someone to come up with that kind of dough is another story. [Sports Business

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  • By now, you probably have seen the selfie that Grand Rapids Griffins forward Mitch Callahan Tweeted on Wednesday night after taking a puck to the mouth. If you haven't consider yourself lucky. Extremely lucky.

    The photo went viral as the Griffins finished off the Iowa Wild 6-1. 

    While setting up in front of Wild goaltender Johan Gustafsson during a power play, Callahan's roommate, defenseman Ryan Sproul, took a slapper from the point which drilled him right in the grill.

    The total damage? A fractured jaw, ten lost teeth, a bunch of stitches and one unforgetttable selfie.

    The image of seeing his good friend injured after one of his shots was quite traumatic for Sproul.

    Via Peter Wallner of MLive.com:

    “I pretty much almost broke down right there,” Sproul said after practice Thursday. “I was scared for him, and went right over to make sure he was all right because, like I said, he’s one of my best friends.”

    Callahan, the Griffins’ third-year forward, had surgery Thursday to repair his

    Read More »from Mitch Callahan's injury report: fractured jaw, 10 lost teeth after taking puck to mouth
  • NHL suspends Douglas Murray 3 games for head check (Video)

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray stepped up on Mike Kostka of the Tampa Bay Lightning as he entered the offensive zone, picked his head and gave him a concussion. There was no gray area on the hit and it gave the NHL's Department of Player Safety a pretty easy decision to ping Murray for three games.

    Here's Patrick Burke with the explanation:

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    Three games is pretty common for this kind of hit. Of the 31 "illegal check to the head" suspensions handed out since Brendan Shanahan took over in 2001, 13 have been for three games.

    There was no malicious intent on Murray's part, just a poor delivery on a hit. Kostka was diagnosed with a concussion and there's currently no timetable for when he will return.

    After the game Tuesday, Murray sent Kostka a text to apologize. Via the Lightning:

    "Classy move," Kostka said. "I don't think he had malicious intent, but needless to say it was a bad hit."

    Koskta said after leaving the ice for the trainers' room it took him about 20 minutes

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  • Josh Harding was a surprise guest on the ice at Minnesota Wild practice Wednesday in Chicago. He hadn’t practiced with his teammates since mid-January and hasn’t started a game since Dec. 31 when complications from his treatment for multiple sclerosis sidelined him indefinitely.

    Planned out a few days in advance, Harding knew he would be joining the Wild when they traveled to Chicago ahead of Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks. He's been skating on his own for a few weeks now, taking things day-by-day. “Whenever I can get ice I’ve been out there,” he said after practice.

    “This is the first step,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. “We’ll try and figure out a plan for him going forward.”

    After his last start on New Year’s Eve, Harding, who was the arguably the Vezina Trophy favorite at that time, hit a “rough patch” he said. “It’s one of those things that was out of my control.”

    Since news of his battle with MS was revealed last summer, Harding has never wanted the focus to be on what

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  • No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Down 2-0 in the third period, a pair of Perry goals helped begin the Anaheim comeback as they would end up beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Perry finished with a three-point night as his assist helped set up Francois Beauchemin's game-winning goal with 1:21 left in regulation. Fredrik Andersen made 30 stops as the Ducks won their 50th game of the season. Perry and Andersen hooked up for Anaheim's first goal:

    No. 2 Star: Anders Nilsson, New York Islanders

    They might be out of playoff contention, but the Islanders continue to roll on and their 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators gives them five wins in six games. Nilsson picked up his third win in a row with a 35-save night, including 15 stops in the final period. Casey Cizikas' power play goal with 10:29 left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Senators' faint playoff hopes a blow.

     

    No. 3 Star: Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings

    Nyquist just can't stop scoring. The young Red Wings

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  • AHL player takes puck to mouth, Tweets horrifying selfie (Photo)

    Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
    Mitch Callahan is a forward in the Detroit Red Wings organization. There is he above from prospect camp four years ago, probably with a full set of teeth — possibly a mix of real and fake ones.

    On Wednesday night, Callahan was playing for the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL when he was setting up shop in front of Iowa Wild goaltender Johan Gustafsson. A shot from the point by Ryan Spoul rose up and got him right in the choppers.

    After he and his teammates found whatever lost teeth they could on the ice, Callahan took a very, very, very awful looking selfie to show exactly what kind of damage was done.

    It’s bad.

    Really.

    You don’t have to look.

    We’re warning you. Put any food down if you’re going to look.

    You sure you wanna do this?

    OK then.

    Here it is:

    @Mcally15

    It's unsure the exact number of teeth Callahan lost, but it's probably north of the six goals the Griffins scored in their 6-1 win over Iowa.

    The Griffins are off until Friday and Saturday's two-game

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