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Rask eager to make his mark in Sochi

Sunday, 02.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins had just beaten the Edmonton Oilers earlier this month when coach Claude Julien began to explain his decision to play backup goaltender Chad Johnson two days after he had pulled starter Tuukka Rask during a loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

First Julien described Johnson's play in recent starts as "really, really good." He then explained the benefit of granting Rask a breather.

"My goal is to give him some rest before going to the Olympics," Julien said. "He's got a big job to do there and I don't want to be the guy responsible for burning him out."

If Julien were merely Rask's NHL coach, that statement probably wouldn't have raised any eyebrows. But for the next couple of weeks, Julien will be Rask's opponent as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Rask will be one of three goaltenders for Finland, which is competing in Group B against Canada, Austria and Norway during the preliminary round.

Rask, who entered Saturday ranked first in shutouts (five), fifth in save percentage (.928) and eighth in goals-against average (2.11), hopes a little extra rest will help him play his best when he gets to Russia.

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An oral history of the 2010 gold-medal game

Sunday, 02.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen and Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writers

The conversations across Canada, the NHL, even across the world, were focused on an 18-year-old phenom who already was a household name.

It was 2006, the Olympics in Turin, Italy, quickly were approaching and Sidney Crosby was an NHL rookie. A certainty to one day represent Canada in the Olympics, provided NHL players continued to participate, was he ready as a teenager to play for the defending gold medalists in the world's finest best-on-best tournament?

Not yet, Wayne Gretzky determined. Not now, decided The Great One, then the executive director for the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team.

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Group A: U.S., Russia to battle for top spot

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 10:55 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Two gold-medal contenders will battle for an automatic trip to the quarterfinal round with one of the surprise contenders from four years ago and a national team making its first trip to the Olympics in Group A.

The United States and Russia will play one of the most anticipated games in the preliminary round of the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's ice hockey tournament on Saturday. The Americans open the tournament Thursday against Slovakia, the losers in the bronze-medal game four years ago. The Russians play Olympic rookie Slovenia at the same time.

Group play concludes Feb. 16 when the United States plays Slovenia and the Russians play the Slovaks.

Here is a preview of Group A:

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With Poile in mind, Predators prepare for Ducks

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 2:16 PM / Features

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE – With general manager David Poile recovering and under observation in a Minnesota hospital two days after he was hit by an errant puck at a morning skate, the Nashville Predators were proceeding with business as usual Saturday. But Poile, the only general manager in the organization's history, is very much in their minds.

Poile, who also is serving as the general manager of the United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, underwent two facial procedures on Thursday, one on his orbital bone and one on his nose, while also receiving stitches for lacerations. A team spokesman said Saturday morning that the organization had no update on Poile's condition.

Predators coach Barry Trotz has worked with Poile for more than two decades, as their relationship dates back to their time when Poile managed the Washington Capitals and Trotz was a scout and minor-league coach for that franchise. Trotz said he has not spoken to Poile but he has spoken to his son Brian, Nashville's director of hockey operations, who remains in Minnesota with his father.

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Daily Primer Feb. 8: Canucks look for answers

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 2:19 AM / Features

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks hope the answer to their six-game losing streak will be found against a team that hasn't beaten them in more than a decade.

The Canucks finish the pre-Olympic portion of their schedule Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team they've beaten 11 times in a row. They need to make it 12 straight if they hope to reach the break in possession of a Stanley Cup Playoff berth. The Canucks saw their hold on the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference disappear when the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Friday night.

The Canucks haven't lost to Toronto since Nov. 24, 2003, when the Maple Leafs won 2-1.

Here's a look at all of the action on Saturday, the final day of play before the League breaks for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Canadiens' Emelin fined $5,000 for butt-ending

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 8:10 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has been fined $5,000 for butt-ending Vancouver Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier during NHL Game No. 860 in Montreal on Thursday, Feb. 6, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:35 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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McLellan ready to break Sharks record for games coached

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 5:58 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Making franchise history is nothing new to San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

McLellan has more victories (256), a higher winning percentage (.590) and a better percentage of points earned (.652) than any coach in franchise history. He'll add another line in the team record book Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he coaches his 435th game, breaking former coach Darryl Sutter's mark.

McLellan downplayed the impending record but not the impact that spending nearly six seasons with the Sharks has had on him.

"There's a hockey joke that you have a tattoo put on you when you spend some time in organizations," McLellan said after the morning skate. "The Shark tattoo is the biggest one I've got, certainly one I hope will grow for many years. It really gets ingrained when you win a championship, so that's still our goal."


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Analysis: Penguins set up to handle Letang's absence

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The hockey world was shocked when Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero delivered the news Friday that defenseman Kris Letang had suffered a stroke last week and would miss a minimum of six weeks.

Fortunately the condition is not life-threatening and the 26-year-old has been cleared to go on vacation with his family during the NHL break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He's expected to resume skating on his own after the Olympic break.

As for the Penguins, they'll be tasked with continuing without one of their best defensemen. But if their season to this point is any indication, they should be able to handle this adversity.

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IIHF Disciplinary panel

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:06 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

The IIHF has appointed the Disciplinary Panels for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will oversee all disciplinary measures in the men's and women's tournaments.

The men's competition will be monitored by two panel representatives of the IIHF: Franz Reindl and Valeri Kamensky, and two from the National Hockey League: Stephane Quintal and Kay Whitmore.

Reindl, who will act as the men's panel chairman, is the General Secretary of the German Ice Hockey Association. Since 1998 he has been a member of various committees within the IIHF, most notably the Competition Committee. During his hockey career, Reindl played 669 Bundesliga games for his home club SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen and SB Rosenheim, scoring 423 goals. As player, coach and manager he participated at 28 World Championships and nine Olympic Tournaments.

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Video goal judge system operating procedures

From IIHF.com

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

The use of the video replay of disputed goals is approved by the IIHF and is included in the Rule Book. All available television pictures must be provided and used by the video goal judge for this system.

The following situations are the only situations that will be subject to video goal judge review:

1. To determine if the puck has completely crossed the goal line.

2. To determine if the puck entered the net prior to or after the goal frame was dislodged.

3. To determine if the puck entered the net prior to or after expiration of time at the end of a period or the game.

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