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2014 Olympics

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.

Oshie appreciates attention but ready to move forward

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:58 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- T.J. Oshie woke up Sunday morning in the same bed he's been sleeping in since he got to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His clothes were in the same spot. David Backes still was his roommate. He still had a game to play later in the afternoon against Slovenia.

Everything seemed so normal. Except, of course, for the fact that Oshie woke up after turning into an overnight sensation, so much so that his followers on Twitter more than doubled and he received a congratulatory message from the White House Twitter account for his epic performance in the shootout Saturday, when he went 4-for-6 to help the United States beat Russia 3-2 at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

The message was tagged with "-bo," indicating that it was from President Barack Obama himself.

"When someone told me that I didn't really believe them," Oshie said following the Americans' 5-1 win against Slovenia on Sunday. "Someone actually showed it to me. For him to go out of his way from his busy life and take the time to congratulate my teammates and I, is pretty special."

Slovakia's Laco no longer an unknown

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:09 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara seemed a little bewildered by the question.

Jan Laco had just authored possibly the greatest performance of his life Sunday, stopping all 36 shots he faced in regulation and overtime to force a shootout in a 1-0 loss to Russia. Chara was asked about his goaltender, and the idea that the 32-year-old basically is an unknown hockey player in North America.

"He's the same goalie we had a couple years ago in Finland when we finished second [at the 2012 IIHF World Championship], so I think a lot of people know about him," Chara said. "Maybe he's not familiar from the NHL, but I think especially in Slovakia people know him."

Injury-plagued Sweden sees room for improvement

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:52 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- Mention Sweden around Bolshoy Ice Dome or Shayba Arena and a second or two later you'll hear the word "injuries." What you won't hear is the word "undefeated," but maybe that belongs in the conversation too.

"You can't complain when you're 3-0," Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist said of his team's preliminary-round performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

It's a well-deserved and well-earned break for a team that sees itself as a gold-medal contender in spite of a back injury that knocked captain Henrik Zetterberg out of the Olympics after one game, a rib injury that kept center Henrik Sedin at home in Vancouver, and a concussion that prevented forward Johan Franzen from joining his countrymen in Sochi.

The Swedes are off until the quarterfinals Wednesday. Their opponent is still yet to be determined.

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