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.

  • Wild blank Blues 3-0, take 2-1 series lead

    Since Devan Dubnyk took over the starting job in Minnesota on Jan. 15, he hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation. That streak has continued into the playoffs.

    Behind Dubnyk’s 24 saves, the Wild took a 2-1 series over the St. Louis Blues with an impressive 3-0 victory Monday night.  

    After a scoreless first period, the Wild blitzed Jake Allen with a pair of goals in 2:05 after some solid work by the line of Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund: 

    The shutout was the result of a big bounce-back performance by the Wild, who lost Game 2 4-1, thanks to a Vladimir Tarasenko hat trick. The Russian sniper didn’t get a shot off Monday night as the Blues lost their ninth straight playoff road game.

    Game 4 is Wednesday night back at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota.

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  • Hagelin, Kreider help give Rangers 2-1 series lead over Penguins

    The New York Rangers took a 2-1 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night with a 2-1 victory. 

    For the third straight game New York scored the opening goal. Keith Yandle took advantage of the Penguins while on a line change midway through the first period and sprung the speedy Carl Hagelin:

    The Rangers kept the Penguins’ big guns at bay, holding Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to a combined two shots. Pittsburgh's only goal came via Patric Hornqvist during a third period press where they put 13 shots on Henrik Lundqvist, who ended with 23 saves.

    New York had a 2-0 lead by that point, thanks to Marc Staal's perfectly placed shot wide of Marc-Andre Fleury, which bounced right to Chris Kreider, who was in front to bat it home:

    Game 4 is Wednesday night back at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

    For the 16th time in their past 24 games the Penguins failed to score more than two or more goals. The disappearance of their offense was a key factor in their 4-9-2 finish to the

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  • Todd McLellan, Sharks 'mutually agree to part ways'

    David Pollak was on to it. Todd McLellan won’t be fired from the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the team announced on Monday that they’ve “mutually agreed to part ways" with the head coach.

    From the Sharks:

    “I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said [GM Doug] Wilson. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”
    “San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,” said McLellan. “I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I’m proud of what we accomplished as an organization.”

    McLellan compiled a 311-163-66 record in seven seasons in San Jose, making the postseason every year but 2014-15. In the playoffs, however, the Sharks could never

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  • UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders wasted little time in grabbing a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 Sunday afternoon. They only needed 15 seconds of overtime.

    John Tavares’ goal in the extra period helped give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Tuesday night.

    “I didn’t have much room,” said Tavares, who admitted the anticipation ahead of Sunday’s game caused him a restless night of sleep. “I recognized that [Braden] Holby wasn’t quite on his post and I was just hoping it got through him, and it did.”

    After being unable to hold back the Islanders through 40 minutes and behind in shots 33-13, the Capitals pushed in the third and were rewarded. Washington was finally able to get traffic in front of Jaroslav Halak, allowing Nicklas Backstrom’s shot to get through and tie the game with 6:06 to go.

    In overtime, Tavares won the opening face-off, and after Johnny Boychuk fired the puck on net, Holby left it for John Carlson, who then sent the puck up the boards

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  • Blackhawks turn to Scott Darling in goal for Game 3 vs. Predators

    Scott Darling was one reasons the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind and won Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators. He wasn’t rewarded for being the savior and was in his familiar position as backup in Friday's Game 2. But Corey Crawford faltered again and head coach Joel Quenneville decided to make a change.

    “Scotty is coming off a spectacular outing,’’ Quenneville said ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, via the Sun Times. “I think his play is deserving of getting the start here at home.’’

    Darling relieved Crawford after the first period in Game 1 and stopped all 42 shots he faced during Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win. Crawford allowed three goals in the opening period of Game 1 and all six in Game 2. This is either a change to wake up the guys playing in front of Darling and Crawford, a potential changing of the guard, or both.

    But is it too early to turn to Darling? The series is only 1-1 and Game 2 was a one-goal game in the third period until a disastrous 2:19 span for the

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  • No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Backstrom played a big part in Washington’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2. After assisting on the Capitals’ first tally, he helped set up Alex Ovechkin’s goal late in the second period. Early in the third, Backstrom’s power play goal tied the game at three:

    No. 2 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens

    Galchenyuk’s goal 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 series lead.  

    No. 3 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators

    Smith scored twice and assisted on another as the Predators evened their series with the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-2 win. The win was Nashville’s first since March 28. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each recorded two points.

    Honorable Mention: Max Pacioretty returned to the Canadiens’ lineup and scored the game’s opening goal … Mark Stone played Game 2 for Ottawa, recording a pair of assists … P.K. Subban’s second-period goal nearly

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  • 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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  • 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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