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Kessel assuming role as United States' game-breaker

Monday, 02.17.2014 / 10:47 AM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- Phil Kessel had little to say after a night to remember at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Often reticent, Kessel didn't break character after a stunning performance, including a natural hat trick, helped propel the United States to a 5-1 victory against Slovenia in the final game of Group A play Saturday at Shayba Arena. The win gave the Americans a 2-1-0-0 record in pool play and moved them directly into the quarterfinals as group champion, avoiding the always dangerous play-in game.

The Americans play again Wednesday, against the winner of the play-in game Tuesday between Slovakia and the Czech Republic (noon ET, NBCSN).

The United States took Monday off and regrouped a bit while beginning the process of moving forward to the quarterfinal game Wednesday (noon ET). It gives others time to marvel a bit longer at the brilliance Kessel, a star with the Toronto Maple Leafs, put on display Sunday afternoon.


Russia says Kovalchuk OK; focuses on power play

Monday, 02.17.2014 / 10:20 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- Ilya Kovalchuk missed Russia's practice Monday, but coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov defused any fears that his star forward would miss the qualification round game against Norway on Tuesday.

"He's OK," Bilyaletdinov said after practice. "Just a rest."

Kovalchuk left his team's Group A game against Slovakia on Sunday with an apparent ankle injury midway through the second period, but returned for the start of the third and scored the clinching goal in the shootout in Russia's 1-0 win.


Rask, defense helping Finland overcome injuries

Monday, 02.17.2014 / 9:20 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- In the weeks leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Finland's depth chart at center included Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, Saku Koivu and Aleksander Barkov.

That group would be at worst the fifth-best collection of talent at the position in this tournament, and it might not be far off what Russia and the United States have in a tier behind Canada and Sweden.

The Swedes are now missing a couple of elite centers in Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, but no team has dealt with more roster attrition than Finland. None of those four names mentioned above will be available Wednesday when the fourth-seeded Finns face either Russia or Norway in the quarterfinals.


Karlsson-Lundqvist collision puts scare into Sweden

Monday, 02.17.2014 / 7:32 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- Sweden has had more than its fair share of high-profile injury issues thus far at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and it came close to yet another one Monday.

This one would have been the worst one yet.

After losing Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen and Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin prior to and then captain Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings one game into the Olympics, Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist was crashed into by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson during practice Monday.


12 questions heading into Olympics knockout round

Monday, 02.17.2014 / 4:47 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI – Some questions have already been answered in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but all that's done is create more queries heading into the elimination phase.

Though the final answers won't come until Sunday, here are 12 questions to ask and analyze Monday, the off day before the qualification round Tuesday and the quarterfinals Wednesday:


Finals not automatic for U.S., Canadian women

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 6:57 PM / 2014 Olympics

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Prior to Canada's preliminary game against the United States last week at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, goalie Charline Labonte referred to the greatly anticipated match between two of international women's hockey hottest rivals as "our Stanley Cup." The intensity of Canada's 3-2 win against the U.S. was equivalent to a gold medal game or a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and whetted appetites for a golden rematch from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

It's widely expected that the Canadian and American women will meet again with everything on the line, so it's been easy to overlook their respective semfinal opponents, Switzerland and Sweden. Feb. 17, 2006 at the Torino Games is a reminder that anything can happen to detour those best-laid plans. It's a night Sweden cherishes to this day and one the Americans find impossible to forget even if they tried.

Sweden's 3-2 shootout win put them and not the U.S. into the final against Canada, a shocking upset considering the Americans had outscored the Swedes 68-12 in the previous nine games between the two over a 16-year span.


Twitter reacts as Olympics enter knockout stage

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 6:26 PM / 2014 Olympics


Business has picked up at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with the hockey tournament moving into the knockout stage. Those who aren't competing in Sochi are feeling the excitement following Canada's exciting overtime win against Finland and Phil Kessel's natural hat trick, which moved the United States past Slovenia.

The U.S. and Canada each qualified for the quarterfinals that begin Wednesday and await their respective opponents from the qualification rounds.

Here's a sample of some of the reaction in the Twitterverse:


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."


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."


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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