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Posted On Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 6:50 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Bruins to make decision on McQuaid soon

NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli's push to acquire a defenseman prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday may hinge on the pending decision the team has to make about the availability of Adam McQuaid.

McQuaid missed his 11th straight game Sunday against the New York Rangers with an injury that is located in his groin/hip area. Bruins coach Claude Julien said McQuaid had some tests done on the injury Friday and the team will decide within the next day or so if he needs more time to heal or if he is ready to return to the lineup.

The Bruins play their next game Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. They already know that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 1:45 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Busy week means no rest for Blackhawks' Olympians

NEW YORK -- If the Chicago Blackhawks' 10 Olympians are looking for a sense of normalcy in their lives, they better look to the future because it's not coming until next week at the earliest.

Days after Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the Blackhawks are opening their post-Olympic schedule Thursday with a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Roughly 48 hours later, they'll be competing outside at Soldier Field against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

The Blackhawks had their first full post-Olympic team practice Wednesday before traveling to New York. Their next practice will be Friday night at Soldier Field.

"Off to the races right away," Keith said Thursday morning. "That's a good thing; get back into the swing of things hard and fast."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Rangers brush aside trade talk, focus on Blackhawks

NEW YORK -- With rumors swirling around them about players that could be leaving and one that wants to join them, the New York Rangers are trying to keep the focus on getting their post-Olympic schedule started off the right way so they can quickly get back the feeling they had before the hockey world turned its attention to Sochi.

The Rangers play their first game since the Olympic break against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). It's the first of a stretch that features three games in four days, including a trip to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon and a home game against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.

New York won five of its past six games before the Olympic break and is second in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points.

"From our standpoint, games are so important and the points are so important," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We talked to our players [Wednesday] before practice and we had a good meeting here [Thursday] morning, and I think everybody understands that we can't take a couple of days here to get back into it here. We've gotta play well and we've gotta play well right now."

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Posted On Friday, 02.21.2014 / 7:58 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

Faulk in, Martin out for U.S. vs. Canada

SOCHI -- Defenseman Justin Faulk will make his debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on the United States blue line Friday against Canada (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC). Paul Martin, who played in the previous four games, is scratched from the semifinal. NBC reported Martin is ill.

Martin has no points, a plus-2 rating and has averaged 17:54 of ice time in four games.

Faulk, of the Carolina Hurricanes, was a healthy scratch for the first four games but will play as the seventh defenseman. John Carlson, who was the seventh defenseman in the previous three games, will play with Brooks Orpik, who is Martin's defense partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The other two defense pairs will remain the same: Ryan Suter with Ryan McDonagh, and Kevin Shattenkirk with Cam Fowler.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 5:58 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

With Tavares out, Duchene back at center for Canada

SOCHI -- It took an injury to one of Canada's numerous stars, but Matt Duchene will be back in his natural position Friday when the Canadians take on the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics semifinals at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

With John Tavares injured and ruled out for the rest of the tournament, Duchene, a healthy scratch Wednesday against Latvia, will play center between Rick Nash and Patrick Sharp on what is considered Canada's fourth line.

Duchene was a left wing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the two games he has played in the tournament. The 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward had no points, four shots on goal and averaged 13:50 of ice time per game.

"It's a big opportunity for myself now, a chance to play center, to play where I'm comfortable," Duchene said after practice Thursday. "You know, there's been a lot of unfamiliarity in this tournament, and when you get a short chance at it, sometimes it can be tough, so this is going to be much more familiar. I've played against Sharp and Nash a lot, and it looks like, well, we'll see what happens, but looks like it's going to be my line, and I'm looking forward to playing with them."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 3:52 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

Blues teammate Berglund happy for Oshie

SOCHI -- As he watched the drama unfold across the street in Shayba Arena, Sweden forward Patrik Berglund knew what was coming before his St. Louis Blues teammate T.J. Oshie dipped into his well of shootout moves at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Berglund was in the dressing room with his teammates preparing to play Latvia when the United States and Russia were in their shootout. They were watching it on TV as Oshie scored four times in six attempts to lift the Americans to a 3-2 win.

"When he was going to shoot the first one I told the guys in the locker room that's a guaranteed goal," Berglund said following Sweden's 5-3 win against Latvia. "He just went in and put it in as he always does."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 1:58 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

Penalties could lead to benching for Russia's Radulov

SOCHI -- Alexander Radulov might be scratched for Russia's game Sunday against Slovakia, coach Zinetula Bilyaletinov said through an interpreter following the 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday.

"We expected more out of him," Bilyaletinov said. "He was not really living up to his expectation today. Scratched? Yeah, he needs to be scratched, among other things."

Radulov was called for two minor penalties that led to both regulation goals for the U.S.

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Posted On Friday, 02.14.2014 / 3:06 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

Finland's Barkov injured in win vs. Norway

SOCHI -- Finland forward Aleksander Barkov left the game against Norway early in the third period Friday with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Finnish coach Erkka Westerlund had no further update on Barkov's condition when he was asked about it following Finland's 6-1 win at Shayba Arena.

Barkov, an 18-year-old rookie with the Florida Panthers, played two shifts in the third period before leaving with a little less than seven minutes remaining in the game. He had no points, three shots on goal and won seven of nine faceoffs in 18 shifts totaling 15:03 of ice time against Norway.

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Posted On Friday, 02.14.2014 / 12:12 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

U.S. to deploy two shut-down pairings against Russia

SOCHI -- The United States will try to stifle Russia's skill Saturday with two shut-down defense pairs playing in front of starting goalie Jonathan Quick.

Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, a regular pair with the Pittsburgh Penguins, skated together in practice Friday and are expected to be together Saturday, when the Americans take on the Russians at Bolshoy Ice Dome in Group A preliminary-round play (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Ryan Suter and Ryan McDonagh were the other shut-down pair.

Orpik and Martin are expected to get a lot of ice time against Russia’s top line of Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. Suter and McDonagh likely will see plenty of Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov.

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Posted On Friday, 02.14.2014 / 5:54 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Road to Sochi blog

Selanne expected to play for Finland vs. Norway

SOCHI -- Finland captain Teemu Selanne is expected to play Friday against Norway (12 p.m. ET; MSNBC, SNET), one day after leaving the game against Austria with a neck injury, coach Erkka Westerlund told the Finnish media.

He skated with Aleksander Barkov and Mikael Granlund on Friday morning.

Selanne played in the first period of Finland's 8-4 win but did not return to play the rest of the game. However, he skated with the team Friday morning and is likely to play against the Norwegians.

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