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Canada plans to keep Sweden on the defensive

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 8:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- Canada arrived at the 2014 Sochi Olympics loaded with offensive superstars.

Canada had 11 of the top 25 scorers in the NHL among its 14 forwards. The rest of the teams in the tournament had a total of nine.

It stood to reason that Canada would be able to steamroll the opposition with its offense.

The Canadians have done that, except they've turned the theory around; they've used offense as their primary source of defense.

Entering the gold-medal game against Sweden on Sunday (7 a.m. ET; NBC, CBC), Canada has scored 14 goals in five games and has allowed three, largely because the puck has spent an inordinate amount of time in the offensive zone without necessarily finding its way into the back of the opposing net.

"I don't think we've had to play a lot [in the] defensive zone, for the most part," Canada captain Sidney Crosby said after practice Saturday. "We've done a good job of getting on the forecheck and possessing the puck. It's a lot better playing that way than having to play in your [defensive] zone."

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Backstrom steps into role as No. 1 center for Sweden

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 7:47 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Alex Ovechkin is the engine for everything with the Washington Capitals, but Nicklas Backstrom has always been the carburetor, finding ways to help make the superstar hum at maximum efficiency.

When Sweden came to the 2014 Sochi Olympics without Henrik Sedin and then lost Henrik Zetterberg after the first game of the tournament, Backstrom was back in a customary place as a No. 1 center. Without the two Henriks, the Swedes went from having three world-class centers to one, and a position of strength became a potential weakness.

To this point it hasn't been a problem, and that's part of why Sweden will play for the gold medal Sunday against Canada at Bolshoy Ice Dome (7 a.m. ET; NBC, CBC).

"I don't feel like I have pressure from outside," Backstrom said. "I always put pressure on myself and have high expectations of myself in a tournament like this or when you go into a new NHL season. That's a similar situation. I think that is enough, to put the pressure and expectations I have for myself. Obviously we have a lot of ice time and the coaching staff believes in us, so it is something we have to take care of."

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Henrik Sedin hopes to be ready when play resumes

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 2:38 AM / News

NHL.com

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin participated in a full practice Friday and is optimistic he will be on the ice when the NHL season resumes.

"I was very pleased with the practice and how I felt," Sedin told the Vancouver Sun. "Everything is going the way I wanted it to go, so that's good."

Sedin, who is recovering from a rib injury, could play when the Canucks return against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

"Right now it feels like it's a possibility, for sure," the center said. "We'll take it day by day. Like I said, I felt good today with my shooting, skating and some contact, so it was very positive."

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Price answers numerous questions in win against U.S.

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 5:19 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SOCHI -- Carey Price had never played in a game of this magnitude in his life. Not even close.

Perhaps the gold-medal game of the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship would rank up there. But as a professional, the closest the Montreal Canadiens goaltender has come to playing a game anywhere near as important as the 2014 Sochi Olympics semifinal were two Game 7s (against the Boston Bruins in 2008 and 2011) in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Price finally found himself on that rather enormous stage Friday against the United States, the same country he beat for the World Junior gold medal in 2007. And he looked as though he was made for the moment.

Price made 31 saves to backstop a 1-0 Canada win, fighting through traffic and screens to keep some early U.S. chances from going in and remaining sharp the rest of the way as his teammates began to carry the play for longer stretches.

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Gold-medal game could spark new rivalry

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 4:43 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI – There have been plenty of surprising results at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but in the end the two countries with the deepest rosters have advanced to the gold-medal game.

Russia was a fascinating story because of the pressure of being at home. Finland became a great story because of the injuries it overcame. The United States picked the wrong time for a power outage.

But Canada and Sweden have been consistent in this tournament, and earned places in the final with strong defensive efforts Friday at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

"The Swedes are egoless," said Canada coach Mike Babcock, who coaches six players on Sweden's roster with the Detroit Red Wings. "They play well. They play structured. They don't give anything up for free. Their power play is very dangerous. It should be fun."

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Analysis: Canada beat U.S. at their own game

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 4:25 PM / 2014 Olympics

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

SOCHI -- For four games here, the United States made its opponents nervous.

With a bevy of speedy forwards, the U.S. forced teams like Slovenia and Slovakia to start on their heels, which ultimately cost them dearly. Even powerful Russia was caught flat-footed a few times in their epic preliminary-round encounter, won by the United States in a shootout. In the quarterfinal, the Czech Republic had no answers for the group of fleet-footed forwards at the disposal of American coach Dan Bylsma.

On Friday, though, Canada was a far more difficult nut to crack. The Canadian team doesn't panic. It has the skill and speed to go toe-to-toe against any team in the 2014 Sochi Olympic field. It also has the pedigree of multiple championships at major international tournaments, including a gold medal four years ago, won against many of these same American players.

Most importantly, Canada had a game plan it knew would neutralize much of the American speed.

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Time in Pittsburgh boosting Gibbons' stock

Friday, 02.21.2014 / 3:40 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Many athletes work their entire lives to achieve their professional goals. But their ultimate rise is often meteoric.

The recent on-ice success of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brian Gibbons in the American Hockey League has catapulted him all the way to the National Hockey League. That run that took off during his team's stint in the Calder Cup Playoffs last spring.

"Toward the end of last year in the playoffs, I started figuring out the pro game more and feeling more comfortable with the way I was playing," said Gibbons, who is in his third season in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization. "I had a good offseason and worked hard, and then just had a hot start and it carried over."

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