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.

  • 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.

    • What kind of an effect has Ralph Krueger had on Southampton FC since he became chairman? They’re playing hockey now. Well, OK, just as a team-bonding event in Switzerland. [ProSoccerTalk]

    • Led by a Hilary Knight hat trick, the Boston Blades clinched a spot in the CWHL's Clarkson Cup with a 7-3 win over the Toronto Furies. They'll face either the Montreal Stars or Calgary Inferno in the Final. Montreal took Game 1 of the other semifinal series. [CWHL]

    • Happy third birthday, You Can Play! [YCP]

    • Richard Panik of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $2,000 for diving. [NHL

    • Newest Boston Bruins acquisition Brett Connolly will miss up to six weeks after breaking a finger while

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  • Roberto Luongo to miss at least two games for Panthers

    The Florida Panthers summoned Sam Brittain from ECHL Cincinnati and Dan Ellis from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday in preparation for the news head coach Gerard Gallant delivered after Thursday’s morning skate. 

    After getting injured Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Al Montoya will be out at least two weeks with a groin injury, while Roberto Luongo will miss the next two games and then be considered “day-to-day,” according to Gallant, who added he doesn't believe it’s a long-term injury.

    “Whew!” said Panthers fans. Luongo has been a game-changer since he arrived back in South Florida a year ago and big part of why they're in contention for a playoff spot this season.

    For all the silliness that went down at BB&T Center the other night, it was a big two points lost by the Panthers. With 18 games to go, they trail the Boston Bruins by two points. In Florida’s favor is the fact that the two teams play three times over the final month of the regular season, a great opportunity to

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  • Marc Crawford is no stranger to going off on an opposing coach while on his team’s bench. Remember the 1997 Western Conference Final against the Red Wings?

    Nearly 20 years later, Crawford still has that edge and the ZSC Lions head coach took out some frustrations on EHC Biel head coach Kevin Schläpfer during a Swiss League playoff game on Saturday.

    With Biel holding a 5-0 lead in the third period, things started to bubble over, and a dust-up ensued between Henrik Tallinder and Spylo Ahren. Via Bardown, when Schlapfer said something to Tallinder, Crawford had enough.  

    WARNING: VERY NSFW language (unless you have a really cool boss):

    "If Schläpfer wants to mess with me, let him. But with a player? That will not do," Crawford said.

    "I did not know what Crawford wanted. I've seen that he's jumped up [on] the plexi, and [was] a little frightened," Schläpfer joked afterward, referencing the 1997 incident.

    "Those who know me know so that he had a point with Hollywood," he told 20 Minuten.

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  • Matt Martin to have DoPS hearing after kneeing Trevor Daley

    The Dallas Stars’ playoff hopes are already slim — nine points out of a wild card spot — and losing one of their top defensemen Tuesday night won’t help matters.

    Early in the first period of their 2-1 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders Tuesday, Matt Martin collided knee-on-knee with Trevor Daley, sending the Stars blueliner to the ice in pain. 

    It was nothing malicious from Martin, as you can see from his immediate response, just clumsy, and unfortunately Daley was on the receiving end. Still, just like players have to be in control of their sticks, Martin needs to be in control of his body if he's going to lay a lick on an opponent.

    Daley was done for the game and Martin was given a five-minute major for kneeing and an automatic game misconduct. The NHL announced Wednesday morning that the Islanders forward will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety.

    "From my view he was planted, there wasn't intent," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano told Arthur Staple

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  • No. 1 Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

    The rookie netminder made 28 saves and recorded his first NHL shutout as the Lightning blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Steven Stamkos scored his 36th of the year as Tampa won for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Amalie Arena. 

    No. 2 Stars: Trevor Lewis / Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings forwards each had a goal and two assists as LA beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. LA has won seven of their last eight meetings against Edmonton and since 2008 are undefeated on the road in regulation against them. Lewis and Kopitar ended up connecting on two goals, like this one to give LA a 2-0 lead:

    No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 

    Ovechkin continued his march toward another Rocket Richard Trophy with a pair of goals as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Nick Backstrom and Jason Chimera each recorded a pair of assists. Joel Ward reached the 500-game plateau.

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  • If you didn’t watch the Florida Panthers-Toronto Maple Leafs game Tuesday night, you missed one of the oddest third periods in recent memory. 

    Roberto Luongo started for the Panthers but didn’t return after the first intermission after taking a shot to the shoulder/neck area. Al Montoya came on in relief, but then injured himself during a Toronto goal early in the third period. With Luongo still in the dressing room, Florida faced an interesting predicament: who would play goal?

    Officials halted the game as the Panthers attempted to figure out what to do. Scottie Upshall and Derek McKenzie ran back to the dressing room with everyone believing one of them would suit up. It turned out, they weren’t needed, as Montoya would re-enter the game, but it was obvious he was hurting.

    With Montoya back, the Panthers still wanted to have some insurance in case another change was needed, so they called upon 41-year old goaltending coach Robb Tallas, who last played in the NHL in 2001 and retired

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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.

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    • Even the rats from New York go to retire in South Florida.

    • Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky will make his first start since Jan. 21 tonight against the Washington Capitals. [Blue Jackets]

    • Were the Anaheim Ducks the biggest winners of the trade deadline? [The Hockey Writers]

    • The Boston Bruins have to be considered a trade deadline losers for failing to address their biggest needs. [Bruins Daily]

    • If you want to win the Stanley Cup, you may have to pay a price at the deadline. [Raw Charge]

    • The Ben Smith trade was a look to the future for GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks. [Bleacher Report]

    • Now that the NHL trade deadline is over, how are AHL teams affected? [FOHS Farm Report]

    • Have the Pittsburgh Penguins transformed themselves into a elite defensive squad? [The Pens Blog]

    • Mike

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  • Mark Giordano needs season-ending surgery on torn biceps tendon

    Mark Giordano attempted to play through an arm injury suffered last week, but after he took warmups against the New York Islanders on Friday night, he felt he just couldn’t go. The diagnosis? A torn biceps, a complete tendon tear. According to Flames GM Brad Treliving, that’s a four-to-five month recovery time.

    Calgary has dropped six of their last 10 games and are clinging to a playoff spot with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks right behind them.

    It’s a huge blow for both the Flames. They lose their best player and leading scorer as they slowly drop out of the Western Conference playoff picture. It’s also tough news for Giordano, who many had pegged as a Norris Trophy favorite and some had on a long list for the Hart Trophy. He missed a little over a month last season due to a broken ankle, an injury that likely cost him a spot on Team Canada’s entry at the Sochi Olympics.

    Despite the free-fall, Treliving stuck to his guns and didn’t mortgage the future to help claw out a

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 6

    3:35 p.m. ET: The Bruins have traded defenseman Jordan Caron to the Avalanche for Max Talbot. Sort of a minor move in general for both teams. Boston was done with Caron, and the Avalanche needed some defense depth. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to feel the desire to get a playoff-tested gritty forward like Talbot, who has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. 

    3:20 p.m. ET: Sven Baertschi goes from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick, according to TSN. The 22-year old Swiss forward has spent most of this season in the AHL where he's scored eight goals and recorded 21 points in 34 games. He'll reunited with Travis Green, who coached him in Portland. The move won't make Flames Nation happy, as Baertschi showed tremendous scoring ability in junior and is still young. It feels like Calgary is giving up on the forward, feeling he's moved in the wrong direction on their organizational depth chart.

    UPDATE: Trevling told reporters that Baertschi was unhappy

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  • Olli Jokinen playoff-bound again after being traded to Blues

    Olli Jokinen has played 1,223 games in his NHL career, but has only been involved in six playoff games. That number will increase this spring after the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the St. Louis Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom, a conditional 2016 sixth-round pick 15 days after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators.

    The condition, according to Pierre LeBrun, is that the pick becomes a fourth-rounder if the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final and Jokinen plays.

    Jokinen was not a happy camper to be traded to Toronto from the Cup-contending Predators last month. 

    “Years go by fast. Any year you go in, you always think any team’s got a chance. Maybe I will get lucky one of these days," he said last week.

    Jokinen played six games with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist in 14:17 of ice time.

    He's set to become a free agent this summer, so

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