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.

  • Cruel bounce dooms KHL team in triple OT playoff game (Video)

    Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod are currently tied 2-2 in their KHL quarterfinal series. Behind goals from Igor Mirnov and Arturs Kulda, Ufa evened the series on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory. The day before, their march to tying things up began after a fortunate bounce.

    Game 3 couldn't be decided in regulation so the teams went to overtime. Then another overtime. And then, in the third extra period, Ufa finally ended the game at 113:24 when Alexander Stepanov's shot went off goaltender Ivan Kasutin's mask and up in the air before dropping right in front of the goal line and bouncing into the net:

    The cruelest thing is all five Torpedo players see the puck in the air and realize there's a pretty good chance that thing could drop in their crease and possibly go into the net. Give Roman Konkov (No. 19) credit, he made an attempt to swipe it away, but whiffed like Roger Dorn playing third base.

    According to the KHL, the game was the second longest in league history, five

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  • How John Tavares helped 11-year old bullied fan from Winnipeg

    Jake Lotocki is an 11-year old New York Islanders fan who lives in Winnipeg. When the team visited the Jets last week, Lotocki and his family attended, with the youngster donning the jersey of his favorite player, John Tavares.

    Wearing the jersey of the opposing team at MTS Centre would certainly bring some heckling, that comes with fandom, and Lotocki's parents warned him prior to heading to the game that might happen. But after the Islanders won 3-2 in overtime, he soon became a target of a handful of fans' anger.

    From the Winnipeg Sun:

    Mom got him away from the crowd, where she thought they’d be able to leave the arena in relative peace.
    “And then there was this man who just sort of bolted out of nowhere and ran right up to him, in his face, and shouted at him,” she said.
    I don’t know what kind of person can scream ‘You suck!’ or ‘Go home, loser!’ into an 11-year-old’s face. But I imagine they’d yell similar sentiments at teenaged refs or opposing kids at a youth game.
    In tears,
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  • The Calgary Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night by a surprising 7-2 score. The home side had built up a 5-0 lead by early in the second period, so the game was over very early into the night.

    Mikael Backlund was the game's first star with a three-point effort, but the highlight was Corban Knight's first NHL goal, which gave the Flames their final tally of the night. Whether it was the first or last one, Knight didn't care.

    “It was the seventh goal but, for me, it felt like an overtime winner with how I felt after that,” Knight said afterward.

    He might have felt a little down had Backlund not come to the rescue a little later. You see, after Knight scored his goal, linesman Lonnie Cameron tossed the puck into the Saddledome stands to a young fan, unaware of the milestone for the Flames rookie. Oops.

    Last summer, during the floods in Calgary, Knight's home was destroyed and he lost much of his hockey memorabilia, including awards, trophies and milestone pucks from his youth.

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  • Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Mikael Backlund, Calgary Flames

    With two goals and an assist, Backlund and Flames routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-2. The Flames built up a 5-0 lead by early in the second period on a shorthanded marker by Backlund, the team's league-leading 11th of the season. Backlund now has four shorties on the season, tying him for the NHL lead with Tyler Johnson and Brad Marchand.

    No. 2 Star: Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

    In 35 games this season, Burrows had not scored a goal. In one night, he scored two. The Canucks downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 after a shootout as Burrows helped with a pair of goals. Chris Higgins netted the only goal in the shootout as Vancouver bounced back from a 7-4 drubbing Monday night against the Islanders. Eddie Lack made 32 saves.

    No. 3 Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

    A three-goal first period helped the Bruins snap a five-game losing streak to the Montreal Canadiens during their 4-1 win. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, while Brad Marchand recorded

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Create-a-Caption: "Referee Rob Martell hands the helmet back to goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers after it was knocked off during a collision with David Moss."

    Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Why have the Bruins lost five in a row to the Canadiens?. According to head coach Claude Julien, it's "a mental thing." Tuukka Rask is 2-10-2 in his career against Montreal.

    2) Avs looking to move up. A win for Colorado would see them pass the Blackhawks for second in the Central Division with 16 games to go.

    3) No.

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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.

    • Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger was officially named the new chairman of Barclays Premier League side Southampton. Maybe he can help Rickie Lambert out of his little goal slump and help a certain blogger's fantasy Premier League team. [CP via Yahoo]

    • Why the Canucks must resist making any moves out of panic given their current situation, and 30 thoughts from Elliotte Friedman. [CBC]

    • Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford, who was missing for over a week, was found dead Tuesday. Michigan State police are still investigating and a cause of death has not been determined. [Buzzing the Net]

    • A great read from Bruce Arthur on Rich Peverley and the insecurities of some hockey fans. [National Post]

    • The Peverley incident brought back memories of Alexei Cherepanov for Jaromir Jagr. [Star-Ledger]

    • Jiri

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  • NHL Three Stars: Fleury blanks Caps; Bob stands tall vs. Red Wings

    Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Fleury earned his fifth shutout of the season and 28th of his career with a 32-save night as the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 for the second time in as many nights. Goals from Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby were enough as Pittsburgh won their third straight game and eighth in a row over Washington.

    No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    A three-goal third period helped power the Blue Jackets over the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Bobrovsky made 39 saves for his fifth win in six starts. Columbus scored their three third period goals in a span of 5:48, kicked off by Boone Jenner's 12th of the season:

    No. 3 Stars: Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes / Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

    Vrbata is heating up for the Coyotes and now has six points in his last four games after a three-point night during a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. His goal was his 19th of the season, second on the Coyotes. Phoenix has now won two straight on the road for the first time since Nov. 27-Dec. 3, according to the AP. Mike Smith made 31 saves in the win.

    Three point nights from Joes Pavelski and Thornton helped the San Jose Sharks rout the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. Pavelski was also 13-for-15 in the face-off circle. Tommy Wingels finished with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick as 11 Sharks players recorded at least one point. Antti Niemi made 19 saves for his third win in a row.

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  • "That's intent to blow the call," was the way CSN Bay Area play-by-play man Randy Hahn described the no-goal decision by referee Dave Jackson to deny the San Jose Sharks a go-ahead tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.

    Midway through the opening period, Tommy Wingels deflected down a Matt Irwin shot from the point, followed his own rebound and put the puck behind James Reimer for a 2-1 San Jose lead. But it wasn't meant to be as Jackson intended to blow his whistle while he believed the puck was under Reimer's pad.

    Here's the video:

    As you see, the puck was live the entire time and was never covered by Reimer. Jackson explains he believes the puck was under Reimer's pad on Wingels' second poke, when it was already over the goal line at that point.

    Here's the NHL's Situation Room blog explanation:

    At 9:37 of the first period in the Toronto Maple Leafs/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Toronto net. The referee

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Create-a-Caption: "Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders scrambles to make a save with Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks on his doorstep."

    Preview: Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET

    • • • • •

    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Sabres likely without Stewart for rest of

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  • Finnish goalie Noora Raty signs 1-year contract with men's team

    After Finland’s women’s team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden at last month’s Olympic tournament in Sochi, goaltender Noora Raty announced that she was retiring from the national team. The 24-year old also noted she was retiring from club play, but only if she couldn’t find a competitive league to participate in.

    With the lack of professional women’s hockey leagues around the world, Raty will be taking her skills and facing off against men. The netminder will join Kiekko Vantaa of the Mestis League, Finland’s second highest division, next season after signing a one-year deal.

    From YLE:

    She has been an outspoken critic of the way Finland’s ice hockey association treats women players, demanding improved facilities and training conditions. She says that she will not be a big star for Kiekko Vantaa, but is likely to play a few minutes here and there to allow the number one goalie to take a breather.
    ”Even though the contract has been signed, that doesn’t guarantee anything,”
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