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Defenseman Doughty spearheading Canada's offense

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 4:54 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- In a tournament where Canada's forwards have struggled to score goals, Drew Doughty has become the team's go-to weapon.

Doughty scored both of Canada's goals Sunday in a 2-1 overtime victory against Finland to help his country clinch the top spot in Group B of the 2014 Sochi Olympics preliminary round. The Los Angeles Kings defenseman also scored a goal in each of Canada's wins against Norway and Austria, and now leads the club in goals (four) and points (five).

"I don't know what's going on," Doughty said. "I don't score like this in L.A. at all. A lot of it is just my teammates -- they're doing a great job of getting me the puck. When you play with these high-skilled forwards, all you've got to do is find some room on the ice and they're going to find you, so -- just trying to get my shots through and on the net."

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Olympic tournament moving into knockout mode

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 4:26 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- The preliminary round is over and the field is set, meaning it's time for some knockout hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

If you were engrossed in the drama of the tournament during the past five days, just wait until the games resume Tuesday with the qualification round, because now it gets interesting and now it gets real.

Either you win or you go home.

"It doesn't matter how we win," Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "It's whether we win."

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Canada earns No. 3 seed with overtime victory

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 2:30 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- Drew Doughty's goal at 2:32 of overtime gave Canada a 2-1 win against Finland on Sunday and a bye into the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament.

The Canada-Finland game was the final one of the preliminary round and set the stage for the knockout portion of the tournament.

With the teams needing extra time to decide a winner, Sweden clinched the No. 1 spot in the preliminary round. The United States, which beat Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday, earned the No. 2 seed. Canada, the winner of Group B, finished third. Finland, with seven points, had the most points of any non-group winner and earned the final bye into the quarterfinals Wednesday.

The remaining eight teams play Tuesday in elimination games to determine the other four quarterfinalists. There are no games Monday.

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Oshie appreciates attention but ready to move forward

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:58 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- T.J. Oshie woke up Sunday morning in the same bed he's been sleeping in since he got to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His clothes were in the same spot. David Backes still was his roommate. He still had a game to play later in the afternoon against Slovenia.

Everything seemed so normal. Except, of course, for the fact that Oshie woke up after turning into an overnight sensation, so much so that his followers on Twitter more than doubled and he received a congratulatory message from the White House Twitter account for his epic performance in the shootout Saturday, when he went 4-for-6 to help the United States beat Russia 3-2 at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

The message was tagged with "-bo," indicating that it was from President Barack Obama himself.

"When someone told me that I didn't really believe them," Oshie said following the Americans' 5-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday. "Someone actually showed it to me. For him to go out of his way from his busy life and take the time to congratulate my teammates and I, is pretty special."

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Slovakia's Laco no longer an unknown

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:09 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara seemed a little bewildered by the question.

Jan Laco had just authored possibly the greatest performance of his life Sunday, stopping all 36 shots he faced in regulation and overtime to force a shootout in a 1-0 loss to Russia. Chara was asked about his goaltender, and the idea that the 32-year-old basically is an unknown hockey player in North America.

"He's the same goalie we had a couple years ago in Finland when we finished second [at the 2012 IIHF World Championship], so I think a lot of people know about him," Chara said. "Maybe he's not familiar from the NHL, but I think especially in Slovakia people know him."

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Injury-plagued Sweden sees room for improvement

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:52 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- Mention Sweden around Bolshoy Ice Dome or Shayba Arena and a second or two later you'll hear the word "injuries." What you won't hear is the word "undefeated," but maybe that belongs in the conversation too.

"You can't complain when you're 3-0," Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist said of his team's preliminary-round performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

It's a well-deserved and well-earned break for a team that sees itself as a gold-medal contender in spite of a back injury that knocked captain Henrik Zetterberg out of the Olympics after one game, a rib injury that kept center Henrik Sedin at home in Vancouver, and a concussion that prevented forward Johan Franzen from joining his countrymen in Sochi.

The Swedes are off until the quarterfinals Wednesday. Their opponent is still yet to be determined.

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Much to be settled on last day of preliminary round

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:42 AM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI – The preliminary round of the 2014 Sochi Olympic hockey tournament is in its final day. Much, however, remains at stake.

The seeding for the qualification playoffs and the order of the four byes into the quarterfinal round will be decided by the results of the four games Sunday, when the schedules for Group A and Group B are completed.

In the early game, Austria beat Norway 3-1 in the battle for third place in Group B. In the afternoon games, Russia plays Slovakia and the United States plays Slovenia to close out Group A. The Americans, the Russians and even the Slovenians can finish atop the group.

In the final preliminary-round game, Canada and Finland play to determine the Group B winner and, perhaps, the No. 1 seed.


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Sunday Long Read: Broten's legacy exceeds profile

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

For Neal Broten, mornings in River Falls, Wis., typically start around 7 a.m. Located about 40 miles from Minneapolis, Broten owns 75 acres in the small town where he and his wife, Sally, used to tend to the needs of 44 horses. The couple began selling those horses a decade ago, so Broten now spends much of his time removing snow during the winter and working the grounds during the summer.

Since ending his hockey career in 1997, Broten has had nearly no affiliation with the game that made him a household name throughout the hockey community in the United States.

He did skate last month with his brothers, fellow former NHL players Aaron Broten and Paul Broten, in an alumni game that was part of the 2014 Hockey City Classic, where the University of Minnesota hosted Ohio State University at TCF Bank Stadium. That was Neal's first time skating in two years.

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Datsyuk nearly lifts Russia with vintage performance

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 1:53 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- When Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk finished playing his first game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics against Slovenia on Thursday, he was asked how he felt.

The question was pertinent because Datsyuk had missed 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings because of a leg injury, and only returned in time to play the final two games before the NHL's break for the Olympics.

"I'm feeling good," Datsyuk said after the 5-2 win against Slovenia.

The problem was, he wasn't looking good.

He didn't look like Pavel Datsyuk.

Saturday, however, was a different story.

Datsyuk was flying all over the ice in a Group A matchup with the United States, the marquee game of the Olympic tournament's preliminary round, and scored both goals in regulation time before Russia lost in a shootout 3-2.

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Sochi Olympics produce an early instant classic

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 1:44 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- Greatness can't be bequeathed. It must be taken.

On Saturday afternoon at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Russia and the United States played in a great hockey game, an instant classic, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Americans emerged victorious, 3-2 in the shootout, but it took some high drama, sublime displays of skill, a bit of controversy, eight rounds of the shootout and a career-defining performance from American forward T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues before greatness was finally earned and rightfully granted.

Nobody who played in the game will ever forget it; none will be the same after it.

"It was awesome," said American forward Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. "Whatever type of game you want to explain it as, it was that."

It matters not that the Americans won nothing with the victory other than an extra point in the Group A standings and a bit of pride. The U.S. team could still lose the group with a stinker against a scrappy Slovenia team Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN), and the hurdles in the knockout stage are almost too difficult to navigate.

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