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Forward Reinhart consensus top pick in mock drafts

Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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NHL teams have another four months to monitor the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft.

How will they sift through the talent? We won't know until the last weekend in June, when the 30 teams convene at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. However, that won't stop the draft experts at NHL.com from making their guesses.

Based on the League standings entering the Olympic break, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Steven Hoffner all believe the Buffalo Sabres will take center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League with the first pick.

The versatile forward is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 draft, but Reinhart has impressed scouts with his high hockey IQ and ability to play on the wing or in the middle as well as run a power play and be a prime penalty killer. In addition to being a dominant performer in the WHL, he also earned a prominent spot on Canada's team for the 2014 World Junior Championship.

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Pirri, Strome each net two to lead AHL all-stars

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 10:13 PM / AHL Update

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Brandon Pirri and Ryan Strome each scored two goals to lead a team of American Hockey League All-Stars to a 7-2 win against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League on Wednesday at the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The game took place at a sold out Mile One Centre (6,287) and was the first international game in AHL All-Star history.

Pirri, Mike Hoffman (Binghamton Senators) and Joe Whitney (Albany Devils) combined for eight points for the AHL All-Stars.

"We're all offensive-minded players so when you throw us guys together we can usually [play well] together quickly," Hoffman said. "It's nice to play in an All-Star game."

Pirri, a second-round pick (No. 59) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 draft who last season led the AHL in scoring with 75 points, added an assist and was named the game's most valuable player. He has five goals and 10 assists in eight games with the Rockford Icehogs and six goals in 28 games with the Blackhawks this season.

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Penguins' Dupuis has successful knee surgery

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 7:54 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. He was injured in a Dec. 23 game against the Ottawa Senators when he was involved in a collision with teammate Sidney Crosby.

In 13 NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Penguins, Dupuis has 182 goals and 394 points in 837 career games. He has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 39 games this season.

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Karlsson, Ekman-Larsson shine in Olympic debuts

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 4:34 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- A nation watched Wednesday as Sweden embarked on its first Olympic tournament including NHL players without likely Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom on the team.

What they saw was the future of their country's elite talent on the blue line making its Olympic debut.

Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and the Phoenix Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson make up Sweden's top pair on defense, but it is their offensive abilities that make them such a dangerous combination.

They proved it Wednesday, with Karlsson scoring twice and Ekman-Larsson getting two assists to help lead Sweden to a 4-2 win against the Czech Republic in the opening game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics for both teams.

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Latvia sees potential defining moment slip away

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 4:03 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- For 59 minutes and 52 seconds, Latvia fought Switzerland evenly in its Group C preliminary round opener Wednesday at Shayba Arena.

Then disaster struck.

Latvia forward Lauris Darzins was injured behind the Swiss net, slow to get up after a hit into the boards appeared to hurt his right arm. Then another forward on the half wall made a high-risk play to keep possession and was not rewarded for his initiative as Switzerland gained possession and moved up the ice.

Still, with 10 seconds left it appeared Latvia would weather one final storm and force the 2013 IIHF World Championship silver medalist into overtime. Only it wasn't meant to be. Simon Moser found the puck on his stick behind the Latvian net, tried to pass it to Nino Niederreiter in the slot but instead watched as it rolled up the stick of goalie Edgars Masalskis, bounced off the body of Latvian defenseman Georgijs Pujacs and trickled into the net with 7.9 seconds remaining.

Just like that the Swiss escaped, taking a 1-0 victory in the game's last gasp.

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AHL Hall of Fame adds newest members

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 1:22 PM / News

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The four newest members of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame were enshrined Wednesday as part of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The newest members of the AHL Hall of Fame are Bill Dineen, Al MacNeil, Bob Perreault and John Slaney. They were inducted during a ceremony at St. John's Convention Centre.

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U.S. bringing more offense to Sochi than many believe

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 12:26 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Go back and read about the potential United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics when rosters were being projected in the summer.

There was a lot written about the incredible depth the Americans possess in goal, but there also were a lot of reservations about the team's ability to stack up with the other superpowers up front. The general line of thinking was the United States possessed a lot of skilled players but few truly dynamic goal scorers.

Flash forward to Thursday, when the Americans face Slovakia in their opening game of the Olympic tournament at Shayba Arena (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). Several forwards on the U.S. roster are having breakout offensive campaigns in the 2013-14 NHL season.

Concerns about whether or not the United States had enough offensive talent to compete with Canada, Russia and Sweden may have been oversold.

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Canada women still control rivalry with U.S.

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 11:44 AM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- Canada entered the third period of its final preliminary round game of the women's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics facing a ton of questions about itself.

After a dominating showing in the period it was the Canadians' opponent, the United States, doing the soul searching. Canada scored three goals in the final 20 minutes for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory Wednesday at Shayba Arena in the latest edition of this white-hot rivalry.

Before Wednesday Canada had lost four consecutive pre-Olympic games to the Americans, who seemed to be taking charge of a rivalry which has been dominated by Canada. Hayley Wickenheiser had been unceremoniously replaced as captain of the team in the months leading up to this competition. The original coach, Dan Church, resigned in the days leading up to Sochi, replaced at the last minute by Kevin Dineen, the former Florida Panthers coach taking his first stab at the women's game.

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U.S., Canada men's teams support women's teams

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 11:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

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On Wednesday, their final day of rest before playing their first games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, members of the United States and Canada men's Olympic teams showed support for their female counterparts.

Forwards James van Riemsdyk and T.J. Oshie were among those cheering on the American women, while Canadian forward Matt Duchene was there for the Canadian women, and had one of the better seats in the Shayba Arena -- next to the father of star Canadian forward Meghan Acosta.

Canada beat the United States 3-2.

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Canada women score three in third to beat U.S.

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 10:37 AM / 2014 Olympics

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Meghan Agosta had two goals and an assist in the third period to rally Canada to a 3-2 victory against the United States in preliminary-round action of the 2014 Sochi Olympics women's hockey tournament Wednesday at Shayba Arena.

Hayley Wickenheiser had a goal and an assist for Canada and goaltender Charline Labonte stopped 25 shots.

Anne Schleper had a goal and an assist and Hillary Knight had a goal for the U.S. Jessie Vetter made 28 saves.

The victory gives Canada a 3-0 record in Group A; the United States is 2-1. Each team advanced to the semifinals of the medal round in opposite brackets, set to begin next week.

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