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.

  • Lundqvist game-time decision; Fleury, Malkin remain 'day-to-day'

    New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said he needed to see goaltender Henrik Lundqvist practice on Friday in order to consider naming him his Game 2 starter against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    After taking teammate Marc Staal’s stick to the face during Game 1, there was concern about swelling around Lundqvist’s eye. Well, he participated in Friday’s skate at CONSOL Energy Center and looked fine. Vigneault said that he’ll be a game-time decision as they wait to see how he reacts to practice.

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    Lundqvist said he felt "pretty good" and that the swelling is what's making things uncomfortable.

    On the other side of this series, Marc-Andre Fleury, who’s been sidelined since March 31 due to a concussion, also practiced on Friday. There was speculation he would return for Game 1, but the team decided caution was best and Jeff Zatkoff was handed the start. 

    Also joining Fleury during the skate was Evgeni Malkin, who’s been out since March 11

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  • NHL Three Stars: Tavares leads Isles; Holtby blanks Flyers

    No. 1 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders

    Tavares was in beast mode as the Islanders took Game 1 5-4 over the Florida Panthers. The Islanders captain scored once and assisted on two others to open his postseason in style. He got things going with a great deke to set up Frans Nielsen’s first-period goal: 

    Tavares would later pick Brian Campbell’s pocket and set up Kyle Okposo to snap a 3-3 tie in the third period:

    No. 2 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

    Holtby recorded his third career postseason shutout as the Capitals blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 in Game 1 of their series. After facing 11 shots in the first period, Holtby wasn't tested too heavily the rest of the way as he finished with 19 saves. John Carlson and Jay Beagle provided the goals for Washington.

    No. 3 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    Pavelski’s goal 17 seconds into the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and helped give the Sharks a Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. The goal was Pavelski’s

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  • Sean Couturier reportedly out for series with upper-body injury

    The Philadelphia Flyers began the third period of Game 1 against the Washington Capitals down 1-0 and without center Sean Couturier. The 23-year-old pivot was absent from their bench after a second period hit from Alex Ovechkin. 

    As you see, Couturier got up favoring his left arm and went straight to the locker room to get checked out.  Ovechkin was not penalized on the play.

    Couturier was ruled out of the game and will be re-evaluated on Friday. But it sounds like bad news is coming.

    Couturier’s absence would be a huge loss for the Flyers, who need to him to not only contribute on the penalty kill, but also help shut down Ovechkin, a task he’s been pretty successful at.

    Game 2 is Saturday night.

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  • Mike Keenan on coaching again, that infamous proposed Blues jersey

    Six months after being fired by the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Mike Keenan still wants to coach.

    “I wouldn’t mind. I don’t know if its in the cards for me,” Keenan told Puck Daddy during a Thursday phone interview.

    Since his October dismissal, Keenan has been working as an advisor for the KHL club that is currently tied 2-2 in the Gagarin Cup Final, the title the former long-time NHL bench boss won in his first year with Metallurg in 2013-14. As part of his duties, he travels to Russia regularly and attends games, giving feedback to the current coaching staff.

    Keenan’s contract expires after this season and already there’s been speculation about him returning to coaching next season. Reports out of Switzerland had him exploring the ZSC Lions gig, which opened up following Marc Crawford’s departure. But at the moment, Keenan says he has not been contacted by anyone regarding any open position.

    After his firing, there was talk that Keenan was pursuing Russian citizenship. He says that

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  • The Poutine Stanley Cup is the greatest trophy in sports (Photo)

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    It’s that time of year. The smell in the air isn’t that of playoff hockey, but of food crafted in the shape of the Stanley Cup.

    With the NHL’s playoffs under way, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a Stanley Cup made from sweet, juicy, delicious poutine.

    Josh Elkin, host of the Cooking Channel's Sugar Showdown, teamed up with Smoke’s Poutinerie, which has locations in Canada and the U.S., including Amalie Arena in Tampa and Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona., and created a poutine Stanley Cup. 

    Behold!

    Wipe that drool off your chin.

    That delicious Cup made from fried potatoes stuffed with cheese curds and gravy took Elkin four hours to create and definitely would be better than any meal you'll have this postseason.

    We’re hoping that restaurants creating Stanley Cups out of food becomes a postseason tradition on a level with playoff beards. Please recall last year when Montreal’s Bar Brutus debuted the Bacon Stanley Cup, which we still haven’t stopped thinking about.

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  • (The 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us. The good news for NBC: There are no Canadian teams to bring down the ratings. The bad news for Sportnet: There are no Canadian teams to bring up the ratings. Such is life. Who wins the Cup? Read our insightful and informative playoff previews!)

    How’d They Get Here? 

    After battling with the Florida Panthers for the Atlantic Division crown, the Lightning settled into the division’s No. 2 seed all while watching players drop like flies due to injury.

    They’ll be without Anton Stralman and Steven Stamkos for the foreseeable future, two huge losses at both ends of the ice. Tyler Johnson was banged up following a hit on Saturday night, but he’s been on the ice this week and looks to be good to go for Game 1.

    In their first season under Jeff Blashill, the playoff streak nearly ended for the Red Wings, but with some help from the Boston Bruins, Detroit was able to make it 25 straight seasons with postseason hockey.

    While the Zetterbergs and Datsyuks

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goaltender off the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but head coach Mike Sullivan said it's a game-time decision whether he starts. [Wes Crosby]

    • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford talks about the Penguins’ turnaround this season. [Sporting News]

    • The Tampa Bay Lightning will need Ben Bishop to help carry them if they’re to make the Stanley Cup Final again. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Jon Cooper is looking forward to battling his old pal Jeff Blashill. [MLive]

    • Pavel Datsyuk is hoping to make some more magic in his final NHL postseason appearance. [NHL.com]

    • Youth and depth up front could help the New York Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]

    • What do the St. Louis Blues need to do to get

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  • (The 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us. The good news for NBC: There are no Canadian teams to bring down the ratings. The bad news for Sportsnet: There are no Canadian teams to bring up the ratings. Such is life. Who wins the Cup? Read our insightful and informative playoff previews!)

    How’d They Get Here?

    The Capitals have been in cruise control for much of the season. They clinched a playoff spot on March 15 and became the earliest team to claim the Presidents’ Trophy since 2002. So, business as usual.

    Philadelphia hovered around the Eastern Conferences Wild Card spots since the All-Star break and finally got their dance ticket with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game No. 81.

    Their Last Playoff Meeting

    2008. The Flyers nearly blew a 3-1 series lead before Joffrey Lupul’s overtime goal in Game 7 helped them move on to Round 2.

    Schedule

    Thu 4/14, 7pm: PHI @ WSH | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
    Sat 4/16, 7pm: PHI @ WSH | CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports
    Mon 4/18, 7pm: WSH @ PHI | NBCSN, CBC, TVA

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  • Goalie, 45, makes ECHL debut after 25 years as emergency backup

    Jeff Barney turned 45 last week and the ECHL’s Alaska Aces gave him a birthday gift to remember. In their season finale Saturday night, the Aces handed him the start in goal against the Colorado Eagles. 

    The start was a long time coming for Barney, who’s served as the team’s local emergency backup for the last 25(!) years. 

    An executive director at Fur Rendezvous, a winter festival in Alaska, and a youth hockey coach, Barney has worked practices for the Aces for years and nearly made his debut during the preseason before the coaching staff decided to use the two contracted goalies they had on the roster at the time.

    Barney had a great start against Colorado, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the first period, but a four-goal second period helped power the Eagles to a 5-3 victory. “That first period was very nerve wracking, it was all adrenaline for sure,” he said via KTVA.

    Barney would stop 21 of 25 shots faced while battling through the rigors of a full professional game at age 45.

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  • Coyotes fire GM Don Maloney, retain Dave Tippett

    It’s firing season in the NHL now that the regular season has concluded. The first team to make a move? The Arizona Coyotes.

    The team has relieved general manager Don Maloney of his duties after nine seasons, leaving assistant GMs John Chayka and Chris O’Hearn to run the show while the search for a replacement begins.

    From the Coyotes:

    “On behalf of our ownership group and the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Don for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization during his tenure,” said Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. “The Coyotes had some success with Don, but we believe a change in leadership is needed in order to move our franchise forward in a new direction.”

    Maloney was hired in 2007 and guided the team through its turbulent off-the-ice issues while qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs three years in a row, including a Western Conference Final appearance in 2012. 

    Following four straight early

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