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.

  • NHL Three Stars: Brassard's 5-point night; Atkinson gets hat trick

    No. 1 Star: Derick Brassard, New York Rangers

    Brassard set a career high with five points as the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3. Four of his five points came in the third period as he scored twice and assisted on two others as New York earned their eighth straight win over the Sabres.

    No. 2 Star: Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Atkinson recorded his third career hat trick and earned a young fan a dog as the Blue Jackets downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Brandon Saad tallied a pair and Brandon Dubinsky and Booner Jenner each recorded three assists.

    No. 3 Star: Louis Domingue, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes netminder made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout during a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Down 1-0 with 1:13 left in regulation, Antoine Vermette took advantage of a Devan Dubnyk braincramp and tied the game with a shorthanded goal:

    Honorable Mention:

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  • It really wasn’t a good night for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. They lost 5-2 at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets and their one highlight of the night immediately turned into a penalty kill.

    P.K. Subban fired a shot from center ice that beat Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to tie the game 2-2 midway through the second period. Columbus captain Brandon Dubinsky didn’t seem to take too kindly to Subban’s exuberant celebration. As he skated by the Canadiens defenseman, Subban gave him a shove and barked right back .

    Whatever Subban said, the officials weren’t fans of and he was given a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Fortunately for the Canadiens they killed it off, but couldn’t manage anything offensively in the third period as the Blue Jackets scored three times to take the two points.

    "It's a bad penalty," Subban said afterward. "I can argue with the ref all I want... Personally, I didn't think it should have been a penalty. If anything, maybe he blows the whistle

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  • Cam Atkinson nets a hat trick and another kid gets a puppy (Video)

    One day after Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators made one young fan happy by scoring a goal and ensuring a puppy for their household, the trick worked Monday night in Columbus.

    A Columbus Blue Jackets fan thought, “Why not me?” and brought a sign to Nationwide Arena that read “Dad Said If 13 Scores On My Birthday We Get A Dog.” No. 13 for the Blue Jackets is Cam Atkinson.

    Well, whatever magical powers these signs hold, it worked as Atkinson scored late in the first period.

    Atkinson wasn't done there. He might have won the girl a litter of puppies as he finished the night with a hat trick during a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

    These "puppy goal" signs now have a 100-percent track record. We're looking forward to some fan tripling down Tuesday night because the more puppies, the better.

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  • Jaromir Jagr hits 45-game mark, earns $1.5 million bonus

    Saturday’s 5-2 win by the Florida Panthers over the Tampa Bay Lightning was their 48th game of the season, one that gave them two points and a continued lead in the Atlantic Division.

    The win was also pretty big for Jaromir Jagr, who suited up for his 45th game of the season. With the 43-year old hitting the ice against the defending Eastern Conference champions, he triggered a clause in his contract that gave him an extra $1.5 million as part of the one-year extension he signed last April.

    But that’s not the only bonus Jagr could earn this season.

    From TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

    That brings his guaranteed salary for 2015-16 to a total of $5 million and his career earnings north of $130 million. He can earn an additional $200,000 this season for hitting set point plateaus and $205,000 if the Panthers win two playoff rounds - the latter of which seems infinitely more possible now than it did when he signed the deal last April.

    The bonus structure is similar to one he had while with the

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  • Damien Brunner took goalie in Swiss league to Dangle City (Video)

    Damien Brunner didn’t last very long in the NHL playing 121 games with the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils, but he’s found a home with Lugano of the Swiss league. 

    While he was over on this side of the pond, Brunner did have some pretty nice shootout skills. He showed them off again on Saturday during a 3-2 win over SC Bern.

    With the game on his stick, Brunner deked and dangled the pants off of Bern netminder Jakub Stepanek, and then promptly celebrated like someone who just pulled off that move successfully to win a game should.

    Poor Stepanek. The damage done to his ankles on that goal caused him to need assistance getting back to the Bern dressing room afterward.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Malkin tricks Canucks; Varlamov denies Stars

    No. 1 Star: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Malkin recorded his 10th career hat trick as the Penguins overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-4. He now has 19 points over his last 15 games for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang recorded a pair of assists and Sidney Crosby scored his fourth goal in four games and now has nine points in his last six games.

    No. 2 Star: Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

    Varlamov won his fourth straight start and seventh in his last nine as the Avalanche defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1. Carl Soderberg and Gabriel Landeskog both scored shorthanded goals as Colorado beat the Stars for the 11th time in their last 12 meetings. Varlamov’s 42 saves were a season high. 

    No. 3 Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    Pavelski’s third point of the night turned out to be the game winning goal as the Sharks edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3. With 1:24 left in the third period, Pavelski put home his 23rd of the season to help give San Jose their seventh win in eight

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  • Milan Lucic criticizes referee Brad Meier following ejection

    Milan Lucic’s night ended early in the third period during the Los Angeles Kings' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He was assessed a roughing minor and game misconduct for slashing and then sucker-punching defenseman Kevin Connauton.

    During a goal-mouth battle, Connauton slashed Lucic on the wrist, which set off the Kings forward: 

    Lucic said afterward, via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, that x-rays came back negative on his wrist and that his entire hand went numb at one point. He also saved his sharpest words for referee Brad Meier: 

    I mean, if I don’t react, I don’t think he even calls a penalty. Same guy – Brad Meier. I think this is the fourth time he’s kicked me out of a game. It’s always the same thing with him, It’s if guys can take liberties on me and it’s not a penalty. If I do something, then I’m automatically kicked out of the game. It’s just unfortunate that it is that way with him, and I’ve just got to move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game.

    If you

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  • During last year’s NHL Skills Competition in Columbus, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames wanted to light his stick fire during one of the events. Sadly, the idea was nixed.

    On Saturday, the KHL held their All-Star Skills Competition and shootout specialist extraordinaire Linus Omark managed to actually make Gaudreau’s idea come to life. 

    During the shootout trick shot competition, the Salavat Yulaev Ufa forward missed his first attempt then went to the bench for some assistance. There, Omark had his stick lit on fire and the twig remained ablaze during his attempt. 

    Despite missing on both attempts, Omark was named the winner of the contest for his creativity -- mostly because no other competitor decided to one-up him and light themselves on fire as they skated in on goal.

    “It was an idea of my teammate, Vladimir Denisov”, Omark told, via Alessandro Seren Rosso of The Hockey Writers. “He gave me his stick. It was all really hot. I never seen such a fire on a stick.

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  • Charlotte AHL game closed to the public as winter storm arrives

    While a number of sporting events like Friday’s Anaheim Ducks vs. Washington Capitals tilt and two Saturday NBA games have been postponed due to Winter Storm Jonas hitting the east coast, there are still some that are going forward.

    In Raleigh, the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes will face off as the snow falls. A few hours west, the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and Chicago Wolves will drop the puck as scheduled at 7 p.m. ET inside the Bojangles’ Coliseum. There will be one slight difference in those two hockey games in Carolina, however. While the Hurricanes might take a hit in attendance Friday night, the Checkers won’t have to worry about that whatsoever. 

    You see, due to the weather conditions in the area, the Checkers announced for the safety of their fans and with the Wolves already in town that the game will be played in front of an empty arena.

    Fans have been given the option to exchange tickets for Friday’s game for another one later in the season. The game will still be

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  • After a delay in receiving a work permit, Adam Burish made his debut for the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League on Friday. They lost 3-0 to Djurgarden, and the former NHLer learned what not to do when losing equipment during a game. 

    In the second period, Burish was shoved along the bench, and according to the forward a couple of Djurgarden players pulled his stick and glove of of his hand.

    When play stopped, he went to try and retrieve it, believing he had an open invite to peruse the area. “I wanted to see if they wanted to do something about it,” he said afterward.

    Well, guess the Djurgarden players weren't so welcoming.

    Stick-tap Robert Soderlind

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