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Over the Boards: Subban set to do whatever it takes

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- P.K. Subban might be the next Drew Doughty for the Canadian Olympic team. The Montreal Canadiens star defenseman also might just be a seventh or eighth defensemen for the duration of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Last season's Norris Trophy winner won't mind either way.

Subban, arguably the most polarizing and debated player on the Canadian roster, appears to be coming into his first Olympic tournament with no ego of which to speak. He is filled by the long-anticipated feeling of excitement to be here and the tantalizing idea of how he might be able to contribute to a gold-medal performance, but he said he has no expectations for what his role might be and no demands on what it should be.

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AHL All-Stars edge Färjestad BK in skills competition

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 9:00 PM / AHL Update

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Hometown captain Jason Jaffray played the role of hero as the American Hockey League All-Star team earned a thrilling 18-17 victory against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League in the 2014 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland Tuesday evening.

Jaffray, the AHL's All-Star captain who also wears the "C" for the St. John's IceCaps, scored at the end of the fourth round of the AHL Live Breakaway Relay event to tie the score, then converted in the third sudden-death shootout round to give the AHL the win. The victory against their Swedish guests marked the first part of the two-day 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management.

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NHL Network unveils plans for Olympic program

30-minute live show from Sochi to debut Feb. 12 in U.S., Canada

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 4:00 PM / NHL Network

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NEW YORK – NHL Network will air a new half-hour live program during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the National Hockey League announced today. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 23, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition presented by McDonald's will chronicle the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament through interviews, game analysis, news and highlights.

Hosted by Kathryn Tappen live from Sochi, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will bring viewers the latest in the men's Olympic hockey competition. Joining Tappen from NHL Network's studio in Toronto will be co-hosts EJ Hradek and Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson, Jamie McLennan and Kevin Weekes.

"NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will serve hockey fans with game highlights and exclusive player interviews away from the rink," said Bob Chesterman, NHL Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. "Hockey fans can expect the NHL Network to serve as the perfect complement to NBC's and CBC's coverage of the men's Olympic hockey tournament."

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Avs' Johnson suspended two games for slashing

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 3:24 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK - Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen during NHL Game No. 878 in New York on Saturday, Feb. 8, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Johnson will forfeit $38,461.54. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=560334&lang=en.

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Olympic dream to be delayed for Canada scratches

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 1:49 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- The Olympic dream is getting closer to reality for Canada with their first game coming Thursday against Norway (noon ET, USA).

Two players, however, will have to wait at least another day.

The identities of the two players coach Mike Babcock will need to scratch for Canada's first game became a little clearer after practice Tuesday.

In all likelihood it will be one of Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning) or Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) at forward, and one of Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks) or P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) on defense.

It's the unfortunate reality of having a 25-man roster and a 23-man lineup, but it's not one the players affected by it are dwelling on.

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Potential U.S. top line poised to produce in Sochi

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 1:39 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- For the second straight day, San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski skated between two Toronto Maple Leafs teammates, James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, during United States practice at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Coach Dan Bylsma switched players on the other three lines, but that trio remained the same. Should they play together Thursday in the team's opening game against Slovakia, van Riemsdyk, Pavelski and Kessel could be the line with the most NHL goals this season of any in the tournament.

"Well, we better score then," Pavelski said when informed of his trio's scoring prowess. "We've better find ways to score. There's a lot of hard work that has been put in during the year and they're both great players."

Kessel is second in the League this season with 31 goals. Pavelski is tied for fourth with 29, and van Riemsdyk checks in tied for 13th with 24. That's 84 goals, and it is more than any other trio that has practiced together in Sochi leading up to the start of the tournament Wednesday.

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Sweden's hopes lifted with Lundqvist's resurgence

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 1:06 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- The Swedes might have been wondering if their gold-medal expectations were too high had the opening of the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics been scheduled for early last month instead of Wednesday.

Henrik Lundqvist was scuffling in net and struggling to help the New York Rangers stay above water in the improving Metropolitan Division. He was having a poor season not only by his standards, but even by the standards typically set for an average NHL goalie, certainly one who hasn't been a Vezina Trophy winner and a repeat finalist.

He was never seriously in jeopardy of losing his job as Sweden's No. 1 goalie, but the thought of playing in the Olympics was so hard for Lundqvist to fathom at the time because of how engrossed he was in trying to solve the riddle that had become his surprisingly erratic play in a season that appeared close to going off the rails.

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Bylsma, Americans face vexing decision in goal

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 12:21 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- United States coach Dan Bylsma knows of all the decisions he makes, none will be dissected as much as the one which determines who plays goal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In fact, the decision could define his legacy as coach of the U.S. team.

That, simply, is the lot of a coach. Bylsma understands that and accepts it. But he doesn't have to love it.

Coaches make hundreds of decisions about their teams on an almost daily basis, but outsiders fixate on the goalie decisions because, in the game today, no player has a bigger impact than a goalie on the top of his profession.

The Americans may know this better than anyone.

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Pressure on, but support also intense for host Russia

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 11:52 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- They entered the room, single file, to applause. They listened as their boss earned cheers for answering a question about the country's most surprising defeat with a response about a triumph four years later. When they left, it was another, louder round of applause, which included some of the people assembled standing up to cheer and acknowledge them.

The entire Russian hockey team held a press conference Tuesday, only this wasn't like a normal meeting with the media. A total of 463 people attended in an auditorium-style room inside the Main Press Center, many who aren't likely to cover a hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but just wanted a glimpse of this event's rock stars.

If figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is Russia's version of Michael Phelps, this collection of hockey players is the country's Dream Team.

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Daniel Sedin adjusting as he goes solo in Sochi

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 11:50 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- Swedish left wing Daniel Sedin is getting ready to play in a major international hockey tournament without his center and best friend.

Strange? Yeah, just a bit.

The last time Daniel and Henrik Sedin did not play together in an international tournament was at the 1998 World Junior Championship. That was Henrik's lone tournament without Daniel, just as the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be Daniel's lone tournament without Henrik, who had to remove himself from the Swedish roster because of bruised ribs that had been keeping him out of the Vancouver Canucks lineup.

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1