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POSTED ON Friday, 02.21.2014 / 10:39 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Martin to miss rest of Olympics with injury: report

United States defenseman Paul Martin will miss the remainder of the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a hand injury, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.

The report said the Pittsburgh Penguins have no timetable for Martin's return to the lineup, but the early indication is Martin could miss a month but return in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Martin has no points in four games at the Olympics but has a plus-2 rating and is averaging 17:54 of ice time per game, third among the team's defenseman. He was scratched from the lineup for the team's semifinal game Friday against Canada (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC). No reason was given at the time but NBCSN reported during broadcast of the semifinal game between Sweden and Finland that Martin was ill.

Justin Faulk will replace Martin in the U.S. lineup against Canada. It will be Faulk's first game of the tournament. In 52 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Faulk has three goals and 22 points while averaging a team-high 23:50 of ice time per game.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 8:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Canada's Tavares to miss rest of Olympics

SOCHI -- Canada center John Tavares will miss the remainder of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a leg injury sustained during his team's quarterfinal game against Latvia on Wednesday.

"He's got a leg injury, he's out for the tournament," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "He'll be re-examined by the New York Islanders people and I'm sure they'll have an announcement."

Babcock said he didn't know if Tavares would be heading home right away.

Tavares, the captain of the New York Islanders, took a hard hit from Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period and struggled to get back to the bench before eventually leaving for the dressing room. He did not return for the third period.

"He seemed to be in a fine mood," Babcock said. "Obviously disappointed he's injured. But I spoke to him."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 11:24 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Latvia to start Gudlevskis vs. Canada; Daugavins out

Latvia will start Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis in goal over Edgars Masalskis and be without the services of forwards Kaspars Daugavins for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against Canada (Noon ET, MSNBC, CBC).

Gudlevskis started Latvia's final game of group play, a 5-3 loss to Sweden. Masalskis started Tuesday and made 32 saves in a 3-1 win against Switzerland that sent Latvia into the quarterfinals of an Olympic tournament for the first time in its history.

Daugavins, who has played in the NHL as recently as the 2012-13 season with the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins, is reportedly out due to an illness.

Forward Herberts Vasiljevs was also listed as a scratch for Latvia against Canada.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 7:45 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Pacioretty replaces Stepan in U.S. lineup

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will draw back into the United States lineup for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2) at Shayba Arena.

Pacioretty will replace Derek Stepan, who played six shifts totaling 4:59 of ice time in the Americans' final preliminary-round game, against Slovenia on Sunday.

In two games Pacioretty has one assist, a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal while averaging 10:0 of ice time per game.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal with Ryan Miller serving as the backup.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 12:56 AM

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Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Finland

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for Russia on Wednesday when it faces Finland (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) in a quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a team spokesman said.

The Colorado Avalanche goaltender has won each of his starts in Sochi. He made 12 saves in a 5-2 victory against Slovenia in Russia's opener, then stopped all 27 shots he faced in regulation and overtime in a 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia in their Group A finale Sunday. Varlamov also stopped Slovakia's two attempts in the tiebreaker.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 11:58 AM

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Czech Republic's Elias out vs. Slovakia

Patrik Elias is sitting out the Czech Republic's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Slovakia (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC) due to an illness.

Elias also sat out the Czech's preliminary-round finale against Switzerland on Sunday.

In two games Elias has one assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal while averaging 13:18 of ice time per game.

The 37-year-old forward, playing in his fourth Olympics, also is second on the New Jersey Devils in scoring this season with 33 points in 44 games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 10:12 AM

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Quick to start for U.S. in quarterfinals

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the United States on Wednesday in its quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The United States will face the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2).

Quick of the Los Angeles Kings started the United States' first two games. He allowed three goals on 54 shots in a 7-1 win against Slovakia and a 3-2 shootout victory against Russia.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 6:56 AM

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Norway's Zuccarello out with hand injury

Norway's lone NHL player, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, will not play in the team's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Russia (7:30 a.m., NBCSN, CBC) due to a hand injury.

Zuccarello has no points in three games, but is second on the team with 10 shots on goal. He also leads Norway's forwards with an average ice time of 22:25 per game.

The winner of the game between fifth-seeded Russia and No. 12 Norway plays Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Price to start for Canada in quarterfinals

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal for Canada in its quarterfinal game on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET; MSNBC, CBC).

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the decision Tuesday.

Canada, which earned a bye into the quarterfinals by winning Group B during preliminary-round play, will face the winner of the qualifying-round game between Switzerland and Latvia.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 1:52 AM

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Bobrovsky to start for Russia vs. Norway

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia on Tuesday in a play-in game against Norway (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), according to a team spokesman.

Bobrovsky, who stopped 31 shots during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday, his first start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, served as backup to Semyon Varlamov in Russia's 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia on Sunday.

This will be Bobrovsky's second start in Sochi. Varlamov also started Russia's opener against Slovenia, a 5-2 win.

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