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.

  • Chicago Blackhawks fans are collectively holding their breath after captain Jonathan Toews was forced from their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday with an upper-body injury. 

    Toward the end of the second period, with the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead, Toews took control of the puck along the boards when Brooks Orpik drilled him.

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    Toews looked to be holding his arm when he went back to the bench. He eventually went back into the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game. 

    Pittsburgh would win the game 4-1.

    Afterward, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is "day-to-day" and will be checked out on Monday. He added he did not believe the injury was serious.

    The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot, but at the moment they are in a battle for home ice advantage in the first round with the Colorado Avalanche. Already without Patrick Kane for at least the rest of the regular season, losing Toews for any extended period of time would really put the

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  • There is no hotter player in the NHL at the moment than Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings. He was named the no. 1 star last week and has put in an effort this week that will likely make him a back-to-back receipient of the award.

    Having scored three goals in three games this week, Nyquist added to that total Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the score knotted at one late in the opening period, he was sent in on a breakaway and somehow managed to not allow Matt Carle to knock the puck away:

    There was already a delayed penalty (penalty shot?) coming to Carle, but how many other infractions did you count during that goal? Five? Six? Seven? And on top of that, Nyquist had the ability to stay with the puck and whip it past Ben Bishop from the bad angle behind the goal line.

    The tally improved Nyquist's point streak to nine games, with 11 goals over that stretch. Fox Sports Detroit put up the stat that his 12 goals in the month of March is third best on the Red

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  • The name Lokomotiv Yaroslavl evokes a lot of emotions for hockey fans. It's a name synonymous with tragedy, as a Sept. 2011 plane crash took the lives of the entire team roster and coaching staff, forcing the franchise to miss that KHL season. It's also a name synonymous with the underdog spirit, as the team reformed and became a consistent playoff contender the last three seasons.

    This postseason, they were an underdog again, both in opponent and with some late-season adversity.

    When he replaced Pyotr Vorobyov as Lokomotiv head coach with four games to go in the KHL regular season, Dave King didn’t have much time to fulfill his orders. His new team was hanging on to the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. They won all four games and next found themselves facing a monumental hill to climb: Overcoming two-time defending champion Dynamo Moscow in the first round.

    The series didn’t start well, as Lokomotiv quickly found themselves in an 0-2 hole. Then came the comeback that

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  • Earlier this week on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast, the boys asked listeners about their "I feel so old" moments in hockey. One of those moments for me is every year at the NHL Draft when we see the list of former player's sons who have now entered the league.

    Case in point, Kasperi Kapanen. The 17-year old Finn will be available in the Draft this June in Philadelphia. If his last name sounds familiar it's because he's the son of Sami, who retired last week from hockey. You might be of the age where you remember the entirety of Sami's career, so seeing his son prosper at a high level certainly will make you feel even older.

    Last week, while playing in the bronze medal game of the Finnish U-18 league with KalPa, the younger Kapanen won the game in overtime with an amazing individual effort ending with a between-the-legs finish:

    Takes out the guy carrying the puck with a hustle on the backcheck. Then goes the other way to score? What an effort.

    There is a very, very good chance that

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  • NHL Three Stars: Oshie notches first trick; Rask blanks Blackhawks

    APNo. 1 Star: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues

    A week after his daughter was born, Oshie provided a nice gift with his first career hat trick as the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1. St. Louis won for the ninth straight time over the Wild and have points in their last 10 games. David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester each had two assists and Ryan Miller made 27 saves in the win.

    No. 2 Star: Anton Khudobin, Carolina Hurricanes

    Jiri Tlusty put home two goals and Khudobin made 35 saves as the Hurricanes blanked the Florida Panthers 3-0. Khudobin's shutout was his first of the season and third of his career.

    No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

    With 28 saves, Rask helped the Bruins blank the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 in a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The shutout was Rask's NHL-leading seventh this season and 23rd of his career. Patrice Bergeron scored twice as the Bruins have now outscored their opponents 51-19 over the last 14 games, according to the AP.

    Honorable mention: A pair of goals

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  • Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy lost their lives battling a blaze in Boston on Wednesday. Thirteen other firefighters were injured as the 9-alarm fire raged through a brownstone.

    Ahead of Thursday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins stepped up once again to help the city deal with a tragedy. The team raffled off four seats on the glass benefiting the Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund and held a 50/50 with proceeds going to the same cause. And during warmups, players wore Boston Fire Department hats.

    Before puck drop, there was a moment of silence:

    Via the Boston Globe:

    “We lost two heroes here today,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said. “Today is just a sad day in the city of Boston.”

    Richard Paris, the president of the Firefighters Local Union 718, said he knew both men and was proud of them.

    “Two great firefighters. All those firefighters that worked there today—people were saved for their actions that they did in this

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  • 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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    Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m. EST

    Preview: New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST

    Preview: Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. EST

    Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. EST

    Preview: Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. EST

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

    1) Penguins,

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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. @kuzy092 • Here's Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and NBA legend Gheorghe Muresan during Wednesday night's Washington Wizards game. [Kuzy092]

    • Anthony Stolarz, the goaltender who swung his stick and hit an opponent in the head, had been suspended for eight games. [London Free Press]

    • Taking a deeper look at Gustav Nyquist's recent scoring spree. No goaltender is safe. [The Hockey Writers]

    • Katie Baker talks to Mike Keenan, whose hockey career has taken him to the KHL and Mettalurg Magnitogorsk. [Grantland]

    • Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that Rob Blake will be the general manager of their 2014 World Championships entry. Ron Hextall will be one of their three assistant GMs. [Hockey Canada]

    • Yeah, Claude Giroux has been awesome for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but how about some love for Wayne Simmonds? [

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  • Riddick Bowe vows to KO Maple Leafs coach after loss

    Riddick Bowe is a former two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world who was famously the first fighter to both defeat and knock out Evander Holyfield. (He also had those two victories over Andrew Golota, but let's forget how they both ended.)

    Bowe is on Twitter and is outspoken for his love of Everton of the Barclays Premier League and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Why the Leafs? According to the former champ, he's lived in the city for 20 years. He bleeds blue so much that he hasn't forgotten Kerry Fraser's missed call during the 1993 Western Conference Final.

    So, as you can imagine, the current state of the Maple Leafs has Bowe all riled up. This past week has been especially tough with the team in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Tuesday night's loss to St. Louis all but ended their season, according to Bowe, a feeling he's gotten accustomed to every year.

    As the Maple Leafs prepare for a big game on Friday night in Philadelphia, Bowe has offered a challenge, nay, a

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  • Kris Letang gets to decide if and when he plays again

    It's been just over a week since Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang rejoined his teammates at practice after suffering a stroke on Jan. 29. After finishing a blood-thinner treatment and being further evaluated by doctors, he's been cleared to play again; but the decision on when he returns to the lineup is now solely with him.

    From the Tribune-Review:

    “It's going to be my call,” he said. “It's all about when I feel ready.”

    Letang, 26, said he will “still have to meet with the doctors” — as a precautionary checkup — before entering game action but said he will play when he feels comfortable.

    Although Letang has been skating hard in daily practices with the team, he said he is not sure when he would return.

    “It's not a case of your shoulder or something like that,” he said. “When I'm ready, I'm ready.”

    Letang spoke last month for the first time since his stroke and said he wasn't sure when he'd be able to play again. He told the Tribune-Review that he feels "back to

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