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Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:48 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

COL @ DAL - 19:47 of the First Period

At 19:47 of the first period in the Avalanche/Stars game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Colorado net. Video review supported the referee's call on the that the puck did not cross the goal line. No goal Dallas.

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - USA Selection Camp Blog

Compher to take calculus exam before game Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Long before the big game on Tuesday, United States National Junior Team hopeful J.T. Compher will have already taken a big test.

Compher, one of 29 players at selection camp this week on the campus of the University of Minnesota, is scheduled to take his calculus exam at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning. His team will practice at 10 a.m. before traveling to Mankato for an exhibition game against Minnesota State University.

Compher is a freshman at the University of Michigan, but will take the exam on the Minnesota campus.

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 9:15 PM - USA Selection Camp Blog

Interview with USA junior coach Don Lucia

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 8:55 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - USA Selection Camp Blog

Lucia, Motzko working together again

MINNEAPOLIS -- As the United States gathers this week at Mariucci Arena for its World Junior Championships Selection Camp, it will bring together players from all backgrounds and locations from around the country.

It will also bring together longtime friends on the bench, where head coach Don Lucia and assistant coach Bob Motzko will be on the same staff for the first time since 2005. Motzko worked under Lucia at the University of Minnesota for four seasons and the two captured national championships in 2002 and 2003. The 2002 title was Minnesota's first since the Herb Brooks-led 1979 team.

"It's good to be back, working around Don again," Motzko said. "It must mean he liked me when we worked together if he wanted me to come back with him.

"It was a big thing for Don and his career to coach this team, we call it a 'Bucket List' thing. For him to ask me, I was honored and I feel very privileged to do it."

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 8:13 PM

By Dan Myers - Correspondent / - USA Selection Camp Blog

Samuelsson aims to show he belongs on U.S. roster

MINNEAPOLIS -- Without players like Johnny Gaudreau, Alex Galchenyuk and J.T. Miller leading the way offensively for the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championships this year, it will be up to a number of players to help pick up the scoring slack if the U.S. is going to repeat as champions for the first time.

Top-end offensive talent is not expected to be a hallmark of this year' team, but there are players at this week's U.S. selection camp with a scoring pedigree.

One such player is forward Henrik Samuelsson, a 2012 first round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes and current Edmonton Oil King of the Western Hockey League. With 29 players currently on the preliminary roster, a number expected to decrease by as many as five or six players after an exhibition game Tuesday at Minnesota State, Samuelsson said he needs to show U.S. coach Don Lucia and general manager Jim Johannson that he can be counted on to help lead the way offensively.

"I can score goals, I can make plays and my defensive game has gotten a lot better," Samuelsson said. "I can score big goals too."

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 7:49 PM - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

WPG @ CBJ - 19:14 of the First Period

At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forward Matt Calvert made incidental contact with goalie Al Montoya, preventing Montoya from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty, no goal Columbus.

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 6:30 PM - NHL Live blog

Flyers' Hartnell talks new book "HartnellDown"

NHL Live was joined by Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell to talk about his new children's book "HartnellDown."

"It's kind of like an autobiography of my life, I guess, from when I was two years old learning to skate, falling down and getting back up," Hartnell said. "It's a rhyming book for kids and I'm really happy about it. The feedback so far has been super positive and people are buying it, which is great.

"It was such a fun process, to be honest. My sister did a lot of the work, finding the words to rhyme and keeping the flow going. It turned out to be a great process."

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 4:24 PM

By Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent / - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Roy wants to see Avalanche get more pucks to net

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said a lack of confidence has been a major factor in the team's recent offensive woes. The Avalanche have scored 12 goals during a 2-3-1 slump heading into their game Monday against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche have been held to one goal three times and to two goals once in the streak. Colorado also has failed to score a power-play goal in 10 consecutive games, going 0-for-26 in this stretch.

"Put pucks at the net, simple things, and bear down on our chances," Roy said after the morning skate. "Right now we don't shoot with the confidence we should. All I'm asking is put pucks at the net and traffic. They have one of the best goalies [Kari Lehtonen] in the League and we're going to have to be good around the net if we want to score goals."

The Stars' power play hasn't been much better, going 2-for-21 in the past four games.

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 3:56 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst / - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Blackhawks' big loss not a bad thing

The Chicago Blackhawks were flying high until Saturday night, when they got a rude awakening thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-3 loss. If I were a Blackhawks fan, I wouldn't be terribly worried about that loss lingering. Sometimes those things happen in a long season, and the fact Chicago came right back and beat the Los Angeles Kings 24 hours later would seem to indicate things are fine, but games like that loss to Toronto are important because they provide a teaching moment to teams that might not think they need them otherwise.

I say it all the time: The time to coach is when a team loses. When you're rolling like Chicago has been most of the season, the players know everything. Everything's great, they're playing great, the system's great. The players just throw the sticks out there and win. When you lose 7-3, though, that's a good opportunity for coach Joel Quenneville to remind his team to stay focused. In the NHL, no matter who you play, you can never take a night off.

Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 3:42 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - USA Selection Camp Blog

Lucia shuffles defense pairings as goalies rotate

MINNEAPOLIS -- United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia was right back at it on Monday morning in the first of two practice sessions at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

A second practice will be held Monday at 6 p.m. ET.

Lucia continued to shuffle his defensive combinations and made one notable shift among the forward lines, placing Jack Eichel (U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program) between Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers, Ontario Hockey League). Eichel was with Erne and Riley Barber (Miami University) on Sunday night.

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