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.

  • Patrick Kane scores as Blackhawks have too many men on ice (Video)

    That circled Chicago Blackhawks player is Patrick Kane coming off the bench for a line change. Seconds later he did this: 

    But the first goal of these playoffs for the Blackhawks star shouldn’t have counted, as Chicago muffed a line change and should have been called for too many men. Heck, even six guys were involved in the post-goal celebratory circle.

    Via Eye on Hockey:

    Peter Laviolette was obviously livid following the goal, but the call isn't reviewable and still won't be next season when the league likely implements a coach's challenge

    Despite the controversial goal, the Predators came out on top 6-2 after scoring three times in a 2:19 span in the third period to send the series to Chicago even at one.

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Mark Stone played for Ottawa. Max Pacioretty returned for Montreal. But the story coming out of Senators-Canadiens Game 2 will be Alex Galchenyuk, whose overtime goal sends the series to Ottawa with the Habs up 2-0. 

    There was no controversy this time around, only two highlights from the Canadiens.

    Late in the second period, P.K. Subban fired a laser that had it hit Senators netminder Andrew Hammond, it may have gone straight through him. 

    That goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. It would last until late in the third when Patrick Wiercioch’s power play tally tied the game, which would eventually head to overtime. In the extra period, it was Galchenyuk picking up a rebound, spinning and firing one by Hammond:

    Hammond faced 42 shots and didn’t look great on Pacioretty’s opening goal or Galchenyuk’s winner. Down 0-2 and heading home, does Senators head coach Dave Cameron turn to Craig Anderson? That will be the big question over the next 48 hours.

    According to TSN’s Ian Mendes, Ottawa has

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  • Capitals' Game 2 comeback evens series vs. Islanders

    It had to turn eventually for the Washington Capitals, and it did. 

    Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to win Game 2 4-3 and even their series with the New York Islanders.

    Philipp Grubauer was announced was Washington’s surprise starter minutes before puck drop after Braden Holtby was ruled out due to illness. And like in Game 1 against Holtby, the Islanders didn’t wait long to grab the lead as Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 in.

    The Capitals kept firing, though, but could only beat Jaroslav Halak once through late in the second period. Despite what the possession stats showed, the Islanders held a 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time before things swung Washington’s way. 

    Via War on Ice:

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    It began late in the second period when the Capitals took advantage of extra space created by a stickless Kyle Okposo, which resulted in Alex Ovechkin notching his first of the playoffs:

    There were only two penalties in the game, one for each team. Ryan

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  • Before the season, the one Dallas Stars youngster who was garnering some buzz was forward Valeri Nichushkin. He played only eight games this season. In November, Swedish defenseman John Klingberg was called up and played his way into a full-time job with the team and into the Calder Trophy conversation. 

    After a campaign that saw Klingberg lead the Stars and all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 11 goals and 40 points, he was rewarded with a seven-year, $29.75 million extension on Friday.

    "John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," said Nill. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman."

    Via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News

    Klingberg could have become a restricted free agent on July 1, meaning the Stars had the right to match
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  • The IIHF Div. 1 Group B World Championships are taking place in the Netherlands with Great Britain topping the table after three games. The winner of the group advances to Group A next year.

    On Thursday, the Brits edged Jim Paek’s Korea squad 3-2 after coming back from a 2-0 deficit. The winning goal came via a penalty shot in the third period by Ben O’Connor. And boy, was it pretty:

    "I do this at practice every week," O’Connor said afterward, via the IIHF website. "This move was on my mind all the time, but I just haven't done it in a game yet.” 

    What a perfect time to break it out…and be successful.

    Stick-tap Matt M.

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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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.  

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    • There is now a Hamburglar cake. Yep. [Ottawa Citizen

    • It didn’t take long for the drama to set in between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. [Yahoo

    • Scott Darling was fantastic in relief for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1. What does that mean going forward? [Bleacher Report]

    • It means nothing, for now, as Joel Quenneville says Corey Crawford will start Game 2. [CSN Chicago]

    • “Beer robots are coming to the United Center” You are so lucky, Chicago. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    • If the Tampa Bay Lightning are to challenge for the Stanley Cup, Ben Bishop will need to be their rock. [Tampa Bay Times]

    • Ahead of Game 1, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he saw this match-up coming for a long time. [Detroit News]

    • Good read on Devan

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  • (Ed. Note: There are five Canadian teams in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trying their hardest to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup and return it to the Great White North after it’s been in the grimy, unworthy hands of American teams since 1994. Here is Puck Daddy’s Playoff Preview for the first round, complete with a celebration of their Canadian elements.)

    Thanks to the NHL’s new Stanley Cup Playoffs format, along with realignment, we finally get the Yzerman Cup.

    The Detroit Red Wings legend and now Tampa Bay Lightning general manager will garner a lot of attention during this series, but the team he’s assembled will draw even more as they have high hopes for a second championship.

    Tampa finished second in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Montreal Canadiens. Eight points behind the Lightning were the Red Wings, who head into Game 1 with big-time goalie issues; for now, at least. 

    Is this the start of a deep Lightning run or will Mike Babcock lead his charges to a first-round

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  • AHL game features goalie fight, seven-goal third period (Video)

    The Utica Comets are attempting to wrap up the AHL’s Western Conference No. 1 seed. The Binghamton Senators are already looking toward next year as they currently stand nine points out of a playoff spot in the East. 

    The two teams met in a wild game on Wednesday night that featured a goalie fight along with seven goals in the final period.

    Late in the second period, Darren Kramer mixed it up with Utica forward Frank Corrado, which set off a scrum between the teams. Comets netminder Jacob Markstrom apparently wanted to stay busy, so he skated toward Senators goalie Peter Mannino and the two danced. 

    Only one word to describe that: disappointing. Markstrom and Mannino both commit to the fight, so why not go all the way through with it? You're already getting ejected, might as well make the most of the experience.

    Markstrom exited the game with 29 penalty minutes, while Mannino was handed 27. Mannino had already entered the game replacing starter Chris Driedger, who was injured in the

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  • Cam Neely and Charlie Jacobs weren’t there to get into specifics. 

    The Boston Bruins President and team CEO didn’t quite reveal the reasons why general manager Peter Chiarelli was fired on Wednesday, only to say that it came after an annual audit of the organization and the result of wanting to improve the team going forward.

    The Bruins last missed the playoffs in 2007, which cost then-head coach Dave Lewis his job. That’s when Chiarelli hired head coach Claude Julien. Eight years later, Chiarelli is out and Julien’s future will be decided on by the next GM.

    In January, Jacobs called the idea of the Bruins missing the playoffs “unacceptable” and what would amount to “a failure.” One reason why that came to fruition, according to Neely, was he believed the Bruins got away from their “identity."

    Despite the early start to their off-season, Neely doesn’t believe a total overhaul of the roster is needed. 

    “I don’t think we’re looking at a large or a complete rebuild,” Neely said. “We’ve

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  • (Ed. Note: There are five Canadian teams in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, trying their hardest to recapture Lord Stanley’s Cup and return it to the Great White North after it’s been in the grimy, unworthy hands of American teams since 1994. Here is Puck Daddy’s Playoff Preview for the first round, complete with a celebration of their Canadian elements.)

    The last time the New York Islanders won a playoff series was 1993 when they upset the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins on David Volek’s overtime goal in Game 7. To get to Round 2 that year they had to go through the Washington Capitals, which they did in six games. We all know what happened in that final game, so 22 years later prepare to hear many Pierre Turgeon/Dale Hunter references.

    Fast forwarding to 2015, the Islanders had a hot start, inspiring hopes that the final season in Nassau Coliseum could end in glory once again. But the team sputtered in the second half, losing 13 of their last 19 games, and ended with 101 points, good

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