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Guerin used Olympic disappointment as motivation

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk were packing to go to the 1992 Albertville Olympics when the phone rang in their room. The call was for Guerin. His life was about to change.

"They called me up and cut me," Guerin told NHL.com. "I don't know what the reason was."

Guerin chose not to sign with the New Jersey Devils after his second season at Boston College because he wanted to try to make the Olympic team, because playing for the United States meant that much to him.

Three days after he was cut, Guerin signed with the Devils, who selected him with the fifth pick in the 1989 NHL Draft. He was immediately shipped to Utica, N.Y., to play for New Jersey's American Hockey League affiliate. His coach there was Herb Brooks, one of the few people who could truly sympathize with Guerin and his close-but-no-cigar Olympic bid.


Sunday Long Read: '96 World Cup an American dream

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The clock was ticking and turning into the enemy again as the United States appeared to be moving closer to another would've, could've, maybe should've moment against Canada in a major international event.

3:24, 3:23 …

Canada's Claude Lemieux wired the puck around the boards. It went untouched until it reached American Brian Leetch at the left point.

3:22, 3:21 …

Leetch settled it and wound up for a slap shot.


Slovakia could surprise at Olympics

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Slovakia made a surprising run to the semifinals of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics thanks to outstanding goaltending and a well-rounded offense that featured 11 different players scoring a goal.

A number of those players will be back for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but one giant hole they'll have to fill will be the one left by the late Pavol Demitra. An alternate captain for Slovakia in Vancouver, Demitra died in September 2011 when the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team plane tragically crashed, killing almost everyone on board.

Demitra led the Vancouver Games with 10 points, and Slovakia could fill that hole with expanded roles for Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik, both of whom have scored 40 goals in the NHL.


Without Robidas, Stars turn to Connauton, Oleksiak

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:49 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars lost veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas to a leg fracture in the second period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. He not only is one of their more veteran defensemen, but also someone who has logged a lot of ice time.

Robidas, 36, suffered the leg fracture after taking a puck to the skate from Chicago forward Jonathan Toews then sliding violently into the end boards. After leaving the ice on a stretcher, Robidas was taken to a local hospital and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

At the time of the injury, Robidas was third on the Stars in ice time at 19:54 per game and his plus-7 rating was tied for second.

Robidas had been paired with second-year defenseman Brenden Dillon, who lived with him and his family for part of his rookie season last year. With Robidas now done for most of the season, one big question is, who will be paired with Dillon on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers?


Canucks' Tortorella focused on winning Garden return

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 1:06 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella admitted his primary focus was getting a win as he returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as Vancouver's coach to meet the New York Rangers, who he coached for slightly more than four seasons before being fired this past summer.

He described the feeling of returning to the arena he called home for almost five years as "weird," but Tortorella expressed a single objective before the game Saturday afternoon.

"I am going to coach this game, hopefully kick their [butt] and get out of here," Tortorella said. "That's certainly not being disrespectful. We're so wrapped up in our seasons. We play tomorrow at 1 o'clock in Carolina, we're getting on a plane and going."


Daily Primer Nov. 30: Tortorella's homecoming

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

A couple of minutes after 2 p.m. this afternoon, John Tortorella will leave his team's dressing room at Madison Square Garden and find his way to the bench. It's a walk he's made hundreds of times the past few years. What will make this one different is that he'll be going to the visiting team's bench.

Tortorella returns to the Garden on Saturday as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who continue a four-game road trip against the New York Rangers (2 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), the team that fired him last May. He was succeeded by Alain Vigneault, who had been let go by the Canucks.

Tortorella has tried to play down his first game back at the Garden.

"Quite honestly, we've beaten this thing up," he said Friday. "It's another game on the schedule. It's a very important game for us to try to gain some traction. We need to continue trying to gain traction. That's all this is about. We have enough things to worry about with our hockey club."

Vigneault won't have his homecoming until the Rangers visit Vancouver on April 1.

Here's a complete look at the NHL action Saturday:


Tapped In: Elias on being a Devil, Olympian and dad

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Selected in the 1994 NHL Draft by New Jersey, Patrik Elias has defined what it means to be a Devil. Elias is the franchise leader in goals, assists and points; he also holds the franchise records for the most points in a season (96) and the most career game-winning goals (74). He recently played in his 1,100th NHL game, and of course, who can forget his two Stanley Cup Championships in 2000 and 2003. Elias' service to his team, his country, and his charitable endeavors with UNICEF are admirable, as is his career-long stay in New Jersey, something he hopes will continue.

Kathryn Tappen: It is rare for a professional athlete to play his entire career with one team. What has it meant to you to have played your entire career to this point with New Jersey?


Weight helped usher in new era of American hockey

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It's a moment Doug Weight was hopeful would come, but deep down he had to know it was inevitable.

One of the more talented American forwards to ever play the game, Weight, now an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night at the Motor City Casino in his hometown of Detroit.

Weight, 42, is part of a class that also includes one of his closest friends, Bill Guerin, along with Cindy Curley, Peter Karmanos, Jr. and Ron Mason. Weight played for six teams in the NHL (New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and the Islanders) and had 278 goals and 755 assists in 1,238 games. He added another 23 goals and 49 assists in 97 Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Hurricanes win the franchise's lone championship in 2006.


Czech Republic vets supplemented by young talent

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Patrik Elias, who served as captain for the Czech Republic at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is privy to the talent coming over from his native land and into the National Hockey League these days.

"I think it's getting better," Elias told NHL.com. "There were those five or six years where we had a little drop and that's normal. We don't have that big base for young talent. So many kids play in North America and the sport is getting very expensive back home so not too many people can enjoy playing like we did.

"You have your ups and downs but there are several young guys like Radko Gudas, Ondrej Palat and Tomas Hertl … they came out and have done very well in the NHL."


In the Cage: Red Wings' Gustavsson stepping up

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

During the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Still celebrating the holiday with family and friends? Then sit back and feast on our cornucopia of goalie stats before the weekend kicks off with the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers (1 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN). More specifically, we take a look at shot-for percentages for a couple of goalies that are seeing a rise in their fantasy value.

Owned in 12 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is currently stuffing opponents at a high rate. Not only is he taking advantage of some inconsistent play from Jimmy Howard, but after stealing a few wins, he’s now benefitting from more offensive support.

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory