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.

  • Much more for Stars to worry about than a Ryan Reaves smooch

    According to Jamie Benn, the Dallas Stars won’t forget about Ryan Reaves' kiss blown their way at the end of Game 3.

    This time of year teams will take any bulletin board material they can get. Did the St. Louis Blues tough guy provide some for a Stars team that’s been outscored 10-4 in the last two games and is a loss away from a 3-1 series deficit? Maybe. But Reaves’ public display of affection for his opponents should be way at the bottom on the list of concerns for Lindy Ruff’s team.

    Who gets the call in net?

    Kari Lehtonen was first off the ice after Thursday’s skate making him the likely Game 4 starter following a relief appearance in Game 3. He has a .926 even strength save percentage in seven games this postseason. Neither Dallas netminder has played well-enough consistently to inspire much confidence in the position. Ruff, however, has rotated his goaltenders pretty equally during the season and isn’t worried that there is no clear-cut No. 1.

    "I know that's hard for you guys to

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  • NHL Three Stars: Hornqvist plays hero as Pens-Caps work OT again

    No. 1 Star: Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Hornqvist scored his fifth of the postseason 2:34 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals and a 3-1 series lead.

    No. 2 Star: Matt Cullen, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Cullen tallied his third goal of the playoffs and gave the Penguins their first lead of Game 4 in the second period.

    No. 3 Star: John Carlson, Washington Capitals

    That Penguins’ lead lasted 13 minutes when the Capitals took advantage of a Derrick Pouliot defensive zone turnover and Carlson beat Matt Murray to even the score.

    Honorable Mention: Murray stopped 34 shots, while Braden Holtby made 30 saves … Pittsburgh snapped an eight-game playoff overtime losing streak with the win … Trevor Daley scored his first playoff goal since 2014.

    Did You Know? 

    Dishonorable

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  • Patric Hornqvist's OT goal puts Capitals on brink of elimination

    Patric Hornqvist pounced on a loose puck and beat Braden Holtby five-hole 2:34 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4. The Penguins now head to D.C. on Saturday holding a 3-1 series lead.

    In the overtime, Conor Sheary’s floater from the point was knocked down by Capitals defenseman Mike Weber, who was making his first appearance in the series. As Weber swiped at the puck trying to clear it to the corner he didn’t get all of it, and it went straight to Hornqvist who sent the CONSOL Energy Center crowd home happy. 

    Prior to Game 4, the Penguins had lost eight straight playoff overtime games.

    "We have the game of our lives coming up,” Capitals forward Jay Beagle said afterward.

    It started bright for Washington as they got on the board early when Beagle roofed a backhand past Matt Murray 2:38 into the game. But seven minutes later Trevor Daley would answer for Pittsburgh. 

    Much like the first

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  • Jonathan Drouin's impact with Lightning growing each game

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Everything that went down during the Jonathan Drouin saga earlier this season was quickly put in the past by the Tampa Bay Lightning. If there are grudges by his behavior in taking his puck and going home, they aren’t being shown.

    What’s being shown is how valuable a productive Drouin can be to a Lightning offense that is missing Steven Stamkos.

    After torching the AHL with nine goals in 10 games upon his return, Drouin has gotten over not being dealt at the trade deadline and been nothing but an asset for the Lightning. He scored twice in his first two NHL games after being recalled in April and followed that up with four assists in Tampa’s first-round series with the Detroit Red Wings.

    It’s been the Round 2 series against the New York Islanders where Drouin has made the biggest impact. Through three games he has a goal and three assists as the Lightning have built up a 2-1 series lead.

    It appeared Drouin’s positive progression was in question in Game 3 following a big

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  • Jori Lehtera, thespian, shows acting range in ad for chips (Video)

    Jori Lehtera hasn’t registered a point yet against the Dallas Stars in Round 2, but the St. Louis Blues forward will earn plenty of points for his performance in this commercial for Finnish bakery Linkosuo.

    Lehtera Tweeted out the video on Wednesday, and in selling the chips, he goes topless in a scene featuring his wife, Lotta; stars as an action hero; becomes internationally famous; and gets his Star Wars on by going into space.

    According to Linkosuo, Lehtera’s favorite flavor of these chips is roasted corn chip sour cream, which actually sounds pretty good.

    Lehtera's acting skills aren't quite up to par with that of Teemu Selanne selling milk, but at 28, he's got plenty of time work on that part of his game.

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  • Jack Capuano unhappy with hit that led to Lightning OT winner

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Jack Capuano’s frustration was evident following the New York Islanders’ Game 3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The build up for Brian Boyle’s winning goal was aided by a headshot that went uncalled, he believes. 

    Early in overtime, Boyle took out Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a high hit along the boards. Hickey’s intended pass was intercepted by the Lightning and when Tampa transitioned and entered the offensive zone, Hickey was down on the ice as Boyle took possession of the puck as part of a 3-on-2. 

    Hickey was just getting to his skates as Boyle corralled Victor Hedman’s wide shot off the back boards and scored his second of the playoffs to give Tampa a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead.

    The Islanders and their fans were obviously unhappy with the no call. Afterward, Capuano was predicting a coming suspension for Boyle.

     “It’s a direct shot to the head. [He’s] probably going to get suspended a game,” Capuano

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  • Hockey bet between Dallas, St. Louis zoos involves elephant poop

    The Stanley Cup Playoffs bring out the rivalries in many cities. Sometimes those rivalries extend to off the ice. Sometimes they involve zoos and elephant poop.

    OK, maybe they don't involve elephant poop all the time, but for the Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues series, there’s definitely some of that involved. 

    The respective zoos of St. Louis and Dallas agreed to a friendly wager on Twitter last week where the loser’s vice president would have to travel to the winner’s zoo, don a jersey and hat of the victorious team and shovel 250 pounds (!) of elephant poop.

    The smack talk was in full effect prior to Game 1.

    What a crappy bet.

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  • Islanders look to continue enjoying comforts of home in Game 3

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After a second two-day break, the New York Islanders return home to Barclays Center Monday night hoping to swing momentum in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Coming off a 4-1 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, the Islanders will look to continue enjoying the comforts of home that they’ve experienced during their rookie year in Brooklyn. In the regular season, New York finished with a 25-11-5 record at Barclays Center, tied for the fifth-most wins at home in the NHL. They're 2-1 with a pair of overtime victories in the postseason.

    The last time Islanders fans saw their team in person they were euphorically celebrating John Tavares’ Game 6 overtime winner against the Florida Panthers that sent the team into the second round for the first time since 1993. Now that that ghost has been exorcised, a new beginning starts with Game 3.

    “This is a game now where we’re by the first round. We realize that when you’re looking up at the TV and you see only eight teams left and

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  • No. 1 Star: Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Murray was fantastic for the Penguins as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. The 21-year-old goaltender stopped 47 shots, including 19 in the third period. The rookie has now won five of his first six Stanley Cup playoff starts.

    No. 2 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    The Washington captain did all he could to help the Capitals come back from a 3-0 third period deficit. His wrister midway through the final period broke Murray's shutout bid as Ovechkin finished with 18 shot attempts, nine hits and a goal and an assist.

    No. 3 Star: Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Hagelin's third goal of the playoffs would stand as the game winner following a third period Capitals rally. The Swedish forward now has three goals and five points in his last four games.

    Honorable Mention: Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help the Penguins pounce early ... According to the AP,

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  • Matt Murray's 47 saves help Penguins to Game 3 win over Capitals

    The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed a 2-1 series over the Washington Capitals with a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 3 Monday night. 

    Washington fired 49 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray, but the 21-year-old netminder stood tall and stopped 47 of them while Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period to help give the Penguins a jumpstart on the Capitals.

    The Capitals peppered Murray with 21 shots over the final 20 minutes while trying to claw back from a 3-0 deficit. Only Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams managed to beat him during a furious late rally.

    Murray improved his even strength save percentage to .956 in six playoff games. That should keep the Marc-Andre Fleury — who served as Pittsburgh’s Game 3 backup — quiet for now.

    Despite outshooting them in the first period, the Capitals fell into a quick hole in the span of 60 seconds. Hornqvist opened the scoring by registering his fourth of the playoffs after

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