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Analysis: Canada beat U.S. at their own game

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 4:25 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- For four games here, the United States made its opponents nervous.

With a bevy of speedy forwards, the U.S. forced teams like Slovenia and Slovakia to start on their heels, which ultimately cost them dearly. Even powerful Russia was caught flat-footed a few times in their epic preliminary-round encounter, won by the United States in a shootout. In the quarterfinal, the Czech Republic had no answers for the group of fleet-footed forwards at the disposal of American coach Dan Bylsma.

On Friday, though, Canada was a far more difficult nut to crack. The Canadian team doesn't panic. It has the skill and speed to go toe-to-toe against any team in the 2014 Sochi Olympic field. It also has the pedigree of multiple championships at major international tournaments, including a gold medal four years ago, won against many of these same American players.

Most importantly, Canada had a game plan it knew would neutralize much of the American speed.


Time in Pittsburgh boosting Gibbons' stock

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 3:40 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Many athletes work their entire lives to achieve their professional goals. But their ultimate rise is often meteoric.

The recent on-ice success of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brian Gibbons in the American Hockey League has catapulted him all the way to the National Hockey League. That run that took off during his team's stint in the Calder Cup Playoffs last spring.

"Toward the end of last year in the playoffs, I started figuring out the pro game more and feeling more comfortable with the way I was playing," said Gibbons, who is in his third season in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization. "I had a good offseason and worked hard, and then just had a hot start and it carried over."


Analysis: One wrong turn doomed Finland in semifinal

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 11:42 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- The cruelty of a single-elimination tournament is that a single mistake can cost you a chance at history.

Finland's gold-medal drought will continue at the 2014 Sochi Olympics because center Jarkko Immonen turned his head for one second.

With the Olympic semifinal between Sweden and Finland tied 1-1 in the second period Friday, Winnipeg Jets center Olli Jokinen was called for tripping at 14:39.

It was Sweden's second, and as it turned out last, power play of the game, and Immonen was given a mission by Finland coach Erkka Westerlund.

Do not let Erik Karlsson out of your sight.


Sweden penalty kill the difference in semifinal win

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 10:57 AM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- Sweden defenseman Niklas Kronwall was not about to call the game his team played Friday perfect.

"I don't know if it was perfect but we did a lot of good things out there," said Kronwall, the Swedish captain.

Whatever quibbles Kronwall had after Sweden claimed a 2-1 victory against rival Finland at Bolshoy Ice Dome to book a place in the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold-medal game, he had no complaints about his team's penalty kill.

In fact, Kronwall acknowledged Sweden's ability to succeed shorthanded likely was one of the biggest reasons his team escaped with a one-goal victory.


Practices moved to let players see U.S.-Canada game

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 2:06 AM / 2014 Olympics


Taylor Hall would much rather stay in bed. But the Edmonton Oilers forward will get up early for a good reason.

The Oilers are one of many NHL teams to move up their practice time Friday morning so their players can watch the semifinal game between Canada and the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Edmonton will practice at 8 a.m. MT prior to the 10 a.m. faceoff (noon ET; NBCSN, CBC).


Poulin rallies Canada women to overtime win, gold

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 6:51 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- For the fourth consecutive Winter Olympics, the Canada women's hockey team celebrated while the United States was forced to watch.

This one proved to be more incredible, or perhaps more painful, than the rest.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored a power-play goal 8:10 into overtime, her second goal of the game, to give Canada a 3-2 overtime victory against the archrival United States and the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in front of 10,639 fans at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

"It's an amazing moment," Poulin said. "We all know it was a team effort. We never gave up. I'm so happy we got it back. It was a great journey."


Senators hold outdoor practice for Heritage Classic


Considering the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver is just around the corner, the Ottawa Senators took some time Thursday to acclimate themselves to the outdoor ice. Before their game against the Vancouver Canucks on March 2, the Senators practiced outdoors at Jules Morin Park before an excited crowd of locals.

The outdoor skate may have been a great way to prepare for their upcoming game against the Canucks, but it was also a fun way to get back into the rhythm of the NHL season as the League-wide break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics comes to a close.

"It's fun for us, we got good weather today which makes it nicer," captain Jason Spezza told the Senators' website. "It kind of brings you back to your roots a little bit and we played a lot as kids on the outdoor rinks. Not this nice of a rink, but on the outdoor rink."


Koivu resting as Finland preps for Olympic semifinal

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 5:49 PM / 2014 Olympics

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Saku Koivu won't be setting his alarm for the Finland-Sweden semifinal matchup in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The game will be shown Friday at 4 a.m. PT (TSN, NBCSN), at which time the Anaheim Ducks veteran forward plans on remaining tucked under the covers in his Orange County home.

"I'll probably tape it," Koivu said. "I won't get up at 4 a.m., but maybe a little later on."

Koivu may have withdrawn from consideration for the Finnish team, but the former Olympic captain retains a lot of pride for his countrymen. At age 39, he opted not to play in what would have been his fifth Olympics, a decision he called among the most difficult of his career. He has captained the national team in every international tournament he has played in since 1994, but felt he needed the time to prepare for the rest of the NHL season with the Ducks.


Three keys for Finland, Sweden in Olympic semifinal

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 3:18 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- The rivalry between Finland and Sweden is commonly compared to one between a younger and older brother.

Except now, the younger brother has come of age.

No country can match the three Olympic medals Finland has won since NHL players were first included at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

One of those medals came at the 2006 Turin Olympics when Finland lost the gold-medal game 3-2 to big brother Sweden, but the Finns have grown up considerably since then.

"You know, I played them my first time in the World Championships in '95 in Sweden, and they ended up winning their first World Championship," Sweden forward Daniel Alfredsson said. "They've had tremendous success here in the Olympics, we've met them pretty much every time, and I don't think it's so much big brother, little brother any more. It's more healthy rivals that are very proud of their hockey team, and also really happy to represent their country. They know how much it means."


Three keys for Canada, U.S. in Olympic semifinal

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 2:40 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- The bragging rights at stake Friday when Canada and the United States renew their rivalry in the semifinals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC) extend far beyond the ice and the gold medal they hope to be wearing when they land in North America early Monday morning.

They extend into dressing rooms from Los Angeles to New York, from Vancouver to Montreal. They extend to teammates in the NHL who have become rivals in the Olympics only to become teammates once again next week.

Nine NHL teams will have players from both sides in the game Friday, including five players from the St. Louis Blues and four from the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. The New York Rangers would have four as well, but Derek Stepan is expected to be a healthy scratch for the United States.

"You want those bragging rights," Canada and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "For the rest of the season, for the rest of your life, really.

"I want to beat them so badly."

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