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Crosby's leadership manifesting itself in subtle ways

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 10:32 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- Sidney Crosby stepped on the ice for Canada's practice at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Tuesday and made a beeline for Mike Babcock.

The coach immediately put his arm around his captain and the two began skating around the rink together, discussing the defensive systems work Babcock had just gone over with the team on video. Babcock pointed to areas on the ice where Crosby had to be in certain situations and Crosby asked more questions. By the time they separated as Babcock prepared to start practice, about 10 minutes had passed, or about 15 laps around the ice.

It was a sign the Pittsburgh Penguins star center is 100 percent dialed in on his second Olympic tournament, but it was also a subtle hint Crosby is ready to thrive in his new role as Captain Canada.


Selanne soaking in final Olympics with Finland

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 9:09 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- As the perspiration poured off his face, requiring him to repeatedly wipe his brow and his nose with his sweaty blue glove, Teemu Selanne couldn't stop his eyes from wandering and his mouth from moving.

The Finnish legend is playing in his sixth and final Olympics, his emotions are running wild, and he's genuinely excited to talk about it.

"I think anything you do for the last time, it's going to be emotional because a lot of times you don't know it's your last and there's still a lot of things you wonder about such as what could happen after," Selanne said after his first practice Tuesday. "But when you know it's your last you try to take everything in. You see things differently. It's just been an unbelievable journey in my national career and ending it here, it's a perfect way."


Five Questions: Parise on Olympic hopes

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Minnesota Wild left wing and United States captain Zach Parise:

SOCHI -- Zach Parise has been answering questions about elation and deflation for four years. It's been long enough.

Parise, the captain of the United States men's hockey team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, got on the Olympic ice Monday night local time for the first time since Feb. 28, 2010, when he and the rest of his American teammates dejectedly skated off the ice in Vancouver with silver medals around their necks and the realization that what once was considered a far-fetched dream had come within one shot from becoming a reality.


Nolan regains love for coaching with Latvia

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Ted Nolan may not be a native Latvian, but without him Latvia's hockey team might not be in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He also may not have returned to the NHL were it not for his work with the Eastern European nation.

Three years after being removed as coach of the New York Islanders, Nolan was hired as coach of the Latvian national team on Aug. 3, 2011. At the time, Latvia was on the outside looking in for the 2014 Olympics and needed to win its way into the Sochi Games. Nolan's task was to do his best to make that happen and turn the hockey program around.

"Coaching overseas wasn't something I ever planned on doing," Nolan said. "It was just a call. I got a call on a Wednesday night, I'll never forget it. 'Ted, are you interested in going to Latvia?' I said, 'Where is it?' They called me [back] on a Friday and I think on Monday morning I was on a plane going to Latvia."


Blackhawks using patience with Johns, Hinostroza

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

There used to be a time, not long ago, when the Chicago Blackhawks might have placed prospects like Stephen Johns and Vincent Hinostroza on the fast track.

The college teammates are each having a strong season for Notre Dame, their first as members of the Hockey East Association, but the Blackhawks haven't assigned a specific NHL timeline to either of them.

Chicago's core group of top NHL players, who won the Stanley Cup twice in the span of four seasons, is intact, and the Blackhawks have stocked their system with promising prospects. They now have the luxury of letting future hopefuls develop longer, if needed, and they're thrilled about it.


Group C: Sweden favorites, but don't overlook Swiss

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Three teams with medal aspirations and a potentially plucky upstart could make Group C the deepest and most intriguing of the three at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Sweden will be favored to top the group but there could be an adjustment period while the players find roles with Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen missing because of injury. The Czech Republic also is short a few key players, including a couple of curious self-imposed omissions.

Switzerland will be everyone's upset pick after finishing second at the 2013 World Championship. Latvia finished last in group play four years ago but also gave the Czechs a scare in the qualification round and has Buffalo Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan behind the bench.

Here's a breakdown of the four teams from Group C, which has the distinction of getting the tournament underway with two games (Czech Republic vs. Sweden, Switzerland vs. Latvia) Wednesday.


Canada's depth at forward unmatched at Sochi

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 Sochi Olympics could be the deepest collection of talent for a hockey tournament in the sport's history.

Some of this generation's top players like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are at the peak of their powers in the NHL. And some of the previous generation's greats like Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne are getting one last chance at Olympic glory.

For years, international hockey has been led by a group of medal contenders known as the "big seven." But Switzerland continues to progress and could make it a "big eight" sooner rather than later.

So how does each of these eight medal contenders stack up against each other at each position? NHL.com breaks down the top eight sides at forward, on defense and in goal. We began Sunday with the goaltenders and continued Monday with the defense corps. Now we close out with a look at the forwards, with projected lines thrown in for good measure.


Avalanche's Johnson to have phone hearing

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 11:48 PM / Department of Player Safety News


Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a third-period slash on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Saturday night.

Nielsen was skating for a loose puck in the Avalanche's zone when Johnson slashed him on the wrists with 7:54 left in the third period. Johnson was given a two-minute penalty on the play.


Bylsma gets first chance to see U.S. lineup in action

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 3:30 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- After setting up the chess board for months, Dan Bylsma, the coach of the United States Olympic team, has started putting the pieces in motion.

A late-night practice at the Bolshoy Ice Dome allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins coach to see line combinations and defensive pairings operate on the ice, something which up to that point he only could envision in his head using the empirical data at his disposal.

As the Americans took the ice at 9 p.m. local time, the last practice in a seven-hour window following the arrival this morning of North American-based players, Bylsma and the United States management staff got a first taste of what the team will look like when it opens the 2014 Sochi Olympic hockey tournament on Thursday against Slovakia (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).


Carter's journey takes him to Canada's top line

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 3:30 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- If practice Monday was any indication, Jeff Carter has come a long way in four years.

Carter spent Canada's first practice at Bolshoy Ice Dome skating next to Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. That trio is expected to be the No. 1 line when the Canadians' quest to repeat as gold medalists begins Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a preliminary-round matchup against Norway.

"It was fun. It was the first day and we don't really know what's going to happen come the first game but I think it was a good skate," Carter said. "I didn't really know. [A coach] put up the sheet before practice. We've got a few days here. It would be great to play with them, but we'll see what happens."

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