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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."

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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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Predators' Poile back at work, cheering on U.S.

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 1:14 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Two weeks after a puck to the face left Nashville Predators general manager David Poile with a variety of injuries, he was pleased to be back at work Thursday.

The architect behind the U.S. Olympic team was forced to stay home rather than join the Americans at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now that he's back in the office, Poile said he is happy to see the Predators skating again and overjoyed with the performance of the U.S. men's team, which plays Canada in the semifinals Friday (noon ET, NBCSN, CBC).

The puck to the face while attending Predators practice in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 7 left Poile with a fractured orbital bone and multiple nose fractures. He underwent an additional procedure on his eye last Friday. Poile has no sight in his right eye, but doctors are hopeful he will start to regain it at some point.

"It's been a long two weeks. A really fluky accident up in Minneapolis. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Poile told the Predators website while sporting an eye patch and a considerable amount of medical tape on his nose. "I'm on the mend. Every day is getting a little bit better and I'm trying to feel like my old self again and starting to get excited about when the season resumes and the Predators playoff push resumes. I'm really excited about the Olympics now."

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Swiss women rally in third, edge Sweden for bronze

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 10:34 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

More strong goaltending from Florence Schelling and a four-goal third-period rally led Switzerland's women's hockey team to the first Olympic medal in the program's history.

Jessica Lutz scored the go-ahead goal with 6:17 remaining as the Swiss defeated Sweden 4-3 at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday in the bronze-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Canada won the gold later Thursday with a 3-2 overtime win against the United States.

Lutz scored to put Switzerland ahead 3-2 and Alina Muller, at 15 the youngest player in the tournament, added an empty-net goal with 1:07 left that ended up as the game-winner after Sweden's Pernilla Winberg beat Schelling with 43.7 seconds to play.

It's the first medal earned by a Swiss hockey team at the Olympics since the men's team won bronze as the hosts at the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime game, so we knew we had to give everything we had," Switzerland's Sara Benz told the IIHF website. "We did that. We have a great team and every girl deserves the medal."

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Obama, Harper make wagers on USA-Canada games

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 10:29 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

The stakes for the United States vs. Canada gold-medal game in women's hockey and semifinal in men's hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics have been ratcheted up a notch.

Now it's a matter of political pride, and there are a couple of cases of beer riding on the results.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are making a pair of friendly wagers. A case of beer is on the line when the U.S. women meet Canada on Thursday (noon ET, NBCSN, TSN) to decide women's gold and again Friday when the men's teams play for a spot in the final (noon ET, NBCSN, CBC).

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Islanders captain Tavares out for season

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 9:30 AM / 2014 Olympics

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New York Islanders captain John Tavares sustained a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his knee Wednesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will miss the remainder of the NHL season.

Tavares may need surgery; he is expected to be ready by training camp in September.

Tavares, playing for Canada, took a hard hit from Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period and struggled to get back to the bench before leaving for the dressing room.

The center had no points in four games in Sochi but a plus-3 rating and six shots on goal averaging 10:39 of ice time.

He is third in the NHL with 66 points in 59 games this season.

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Selanne has 'smile on my face' throughout Olympics

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 3:30 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Beads of sweat continued to stream down Teemu Selanne's face several minutes after the game had ended, and his upper left eyelid was a few shades of red or purple and slightly swollen.

Selanne looked tired, but not so much that his demeanor could be affected. He has been one of the great ambassadors for hockey and for Finland during his career, and moments after his country defeated Russia on its soil Wednesday night in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he beamed while discussing the state of both his passions.

"Finnish hockey has improved so much," Selanne said. "I remember watching when I was a little kid [Sergei] Makarov, [Vladimir] Krutov, [Igor] Larionov, [Alexei] Kasatonov and [Slava] Fetisov. They were the best line in the world, and it was fun to watch how easy everything was for them. It is hard to believe that we can now compete with the best Russian players in the world. We have come a long way. I'm very proud of our hockey. When we came here, nobody believed in us and it doesn't matter. Our team believes, and I always say the gap is not very big with these top teams. It is a good feeling."

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Prospector Files: USNTDP preps next Olympians

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's pretty safe to assume the future of USA Hockey will remain in good standing no matter where the U.S. Olympic men's team finishes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The American stars leading the way for the U.S. overseas have been laying the groundwork for the teenagers currently working their way up the ladder with aspirations of one day donning a red, white and blue jersey at the Olympics. U.S. National Team Development Program under-18 team coach Danton Cole can sense the impact each Olympic event has had on players going through the program.

"I watch a lot of hockey with my two daughters and there's always two or three guys on almost every NHL team who have come through the program; I always point out if I coached a player," Cole told NHL.com. "The first question asked when we heard the players announced to the Olympic team was, 'Dad, did you coach any of them?' I told them that there weren't any guys I coached on this year's team but that there may be a couple 1994 birth years [Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba] in the mix at the next Olympics if NHL guys are still in it.

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Prospect Audette puts father's lessons to use

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The memories of the first home game in the history of the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League remain vivid in the mind of forward Daniel Audette.

It was Sept. 21, 2012, in front of 4,005 fans at the Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet.

"It was our first home game and first game of the season; the crowd was amazing," Audette said. "It was a full rink and I still remember skating out onto the ice to that ovation. We lost the game [5-1], but it was an unforgettable experience."

Audette didn't register a point, but did generate two shots, had one hit and won 11 of 16 faceoffs. He finished his rookie season with 10 goals and 29 points in 54 games as the expansion Phoenix went 21-38-9.

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Bozak torn between loyalties to Canada, linemates

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 2:26 AM / NHL Insider

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If it's possible to have too much rooting interest, Tyler Bozak might find himself in that situation Friday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs center will watch the semifinal game between Canada and the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (noon ET, NBCSN, CBC) knowing NHL linemates Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk could lead the Americans to a win against his home country.

"I've got my two wingers on U.S. and I'm Canadian," Bozak said Wednesday when the Maple Leafs returned to practice. "I guess I'm cheering for both; I just hope Phil and JVR play really well and maybe Canada wins, I don't know."


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