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2014 Olympic Winter Games – Format

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 2:40 PM / 2014 Olympics

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Preliminary Round – Format

Twelve teams, divided into three groups of four, will have the opportunity to reach the playoff round and play for Olympic gold. Each team will play the three opponents in its group from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16.

Group A Group B Group C
Russia Austria Czech Republic
Slovakia Canada Latvia
Slovenia Finland Sweden
USA Norway Switzerland

Preliminary Round – Point Allocation

* 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time

* 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied

* An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a five-minute overtime period, or the Game Winning Shots Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period

* 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time

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'Miracle' players recall Herb Brooks as gruff, great

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 1:24 PM / 2014 Olympics

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rob McClanahan played for Herb Brooks for seven years -- in college at the University of Minnesota, in the NHL with the New York Rangers and for the United States hockey team that shocked the world and won gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

And in all that time there was one constant in their relationship: Fear.

"When he passed away there were hundreds of players at his funeral and every one of them would tell you they'd play for him tomorrow. He was a winner and that's what you play sports for," McClanahan said. "But candidly, I was afraid of him.

"But prior to his passing [in a 2003 car accident] we were starting to break down that barrier. He wasn't my coach anymore, he was becoming a friend. We could actually banter back and forth and have a jovial conversation. That part is sad. I wanted more of that relationship. But we can share in his legacy."

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Penguins' Letang recovering from stroke

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 12:55 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke last week, the Penguins announced Friday.

Letang's condition is not believed to be career threatening and is treatable with blood thinners. Testing revealed that Letang, who has missed Pittsburgh's past four games, has had a small hole in the wall of his heart since birth, a defect that occurs in all individuals before birth but seals shut in most people.

The hole could have led to Letang's stroke, according to a Penguins press release.

"Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in the release. "We held him out of the Los Angeles game [Jan. 30], and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week."

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Coyotes to honor 10 players from 'Miracle on Ice'

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 12:30 PM / 2014 Olympics

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- All 20 members of the hockey team that provided the greatest sports moment of the 20th century still are, as captain Mike Eruzione put it, "out there alive and kicking."

In the 34 years since the United States men's hockey team performed its "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, all 20 have come together exactly two times: Once as part of the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, and one year later for the funeral of their legendary coach, Herb Brooks.

"We had a reception at the White House the day after we won the goal medal. And after lunch, that was it. We headed home," Eruzione said. "We were together every day for six months. We reached our ultimate goal and then it was, 'OK, I'll see ya around.' And after that it's about leading your life. But that bond is always there, and when we see each other it all comes flooding back."

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AHL all-stars ready to shine in St. John's

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 11:05 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

As sports fans around the globe prepare to watch the world's most-skilled athletes showcase their talents at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the American Hockey League's best are set to put an international twist on their showcase event for the first time.

The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management will be held Feb. 11-12 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, with this year's team of AHL all-stars competing against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in a Skills Competition on Tuesday and the AHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Led by Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, and Rob Zettler of the runner-up Syracuse Crunch, the 2014 AHL All-Star roster highlights 22 of the league's elite players.

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Player entry protocol for 2014 Sochi Olympics

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

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Teams are permitted to enter a maximum of 22 players and 3 goalkeepers into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Tournament. Game rosters are set with a maximum of 20 players and 2 goalkeepers per team. The third goalkeeper can be added to a game following the IIHF Bylaws.

With the provisional rosters released in January for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey tournaments, here is a rundown of the policies regarding player replacement:

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NHL players in 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998 Olympics

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

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NHL PLAYERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Anaheim Ducks (8): Ryan Getzlaf (Canada), Jonas Hiller (Switzerland), Saku Koivu (Finland), Scott Niedermayer (Canada), Corey Perry (Canada), Bobby Ryan (USA), Teemu Selanne (Finland), Ryan Whitney (USA).

Atlanta Thrashers (5): Maxim Afinogenov (Russia), Tobias Enstrom (Sweden), Pavel Kubina (Czech Republic), Johnny Oduya (Sweden), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic).

Boston Bruins (6): Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), David Krejci (Czech Republic), Miroslav Satan (Slovakia), Marco Sturm (Germany), Tim Thomas (USA).

Buffalo Sabres (5): Jochen Hecht (Germany), Toni Lydman (Finland), Ryan Miller (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia), Henrik Tallinder (Sweden).

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Super 16: Johansen followed own path to stardom

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The lead-up to the 2010 NHL Draft was dominated by a simple question: Taylor or Tyler?

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were the top two picks in that draft, and each has had a strong start to his NHL career. Each has been a high-profile player from day one, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was also great as an 18-year-old, collecting the 2011 Calder Trophy.

Ryan Johansen has been in the NHL for as long as those three players, but his development curve was different. He put up modest numbers in his first two seasons, showing flashes of the potential that made him the fourth pick in the draft but lots of inconsistency as well.

Johansen might be the most improved player in the League in 2013-14. He's become a monster in the middle, the prototype franchise center the Blue Jackets hoped for on draft day.

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Daily Primer Feb. 7: Last call for the Penguins

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 1:53 AM / NHL Insider

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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Dan Bylsma will be working together for one more night before heading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Next week, Crosby will be playing for Canada, Malkin will be doing the same for Russia, and Bylsma will be behind the bench for the United States as their countries chase Olympic gold. But on Friday, they'll be trying to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to one last pre-Olympic victory when the New York Rangers come to Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

It's the final game before the break for each team. The Rangers and Penguins each will have seven players in Sochi.

Here's a look at all of the action Friday:


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Blackhawks acquire Regin, Bouchard from Islanders

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 10:35 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forwards Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Regin will join the Blackhawks, while Bouchard will report directly to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. In addition, the Blackhawks have reassigned forward Brandon Pirri to Rockford.

Regin, 27, has appeared in 44 games this season with New York, posting seven points (2g, 5a) in those contests. He tallied a season-high two points (1g, 1a) on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix and appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Nov. 19 at Toronto.

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