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Sweden women upset Finland, face U.S. in semis

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 5:40 AM / 2014 Olympics

Sweden earned a berth in the women's hockey semifinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics by upsetting Finland 4-2 in a quarterfinal game Saturday.

Emma Eliasson's power-play goal with 4:15 remaining in regulation broke a 2-2 tie and earned Sweden a berth against the United States on Monday.

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U.S. expects unique atmosphere playing host Russia

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 1:28 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- On the fifth anniversary of his first game as a coach in the NHL, Dan Bylsma will stand in the middle of a scene that should be unlike anything he has seen or experienced in the 1,825 days since he was hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bylsma will be standing behind the United States bench, coaching in an Olympic hockey game between the U.S. and Russia in Russia. It would be bigger only if there was a medal on the line.

"It's going to be different," Bylsma said after putting his American team through practice Friday. "But it's going to be big."

Much bigger than the game Thursday against Slovakia, which the Americans won 7-1.

However Bylsma, who has coached in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and 65 Stanley Cup Playoff games, said he felt like a rookie coach again during his first Olympic game.

He can't even imagine what it'll feel like Saturday at Bolshoy Ice Dome (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), when the Americans and Russians each play the second of their three games in Group A play at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Canada puts on dazzling display of skill in win

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 1:06 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were standing nearly shoulder to shoulder in the mixed zone, the area where players meet with media after games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and each was talking about the same thing.

Getzlaf lofted a long, backhanded saucer pass from the left side in Canada's defensive zone in the first period Friday at Bolshoy Ice Dome, and his Anaheim Ducks teammate was racing down the right wing in the neutral zone. When the puck reached Perry, it was in front of him and about waist high.

No problem -- Perry just stuck his stick out with one arm, knocked the puck to the ice and proceeded to set up a howitzer of a shot by Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber to give the Canadians a two-goal lead en route to an eventual 6-0 victory against Austria.

Getzlaf did not know Perry had pulled off this incredible feat of hand-eye coordination while using only 50 percent of the hands available to him.

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Bobrovsky to start for Russia vs. United States

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 12:54 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia against the United States in Group A play Saturday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender and 2013 Vezina Trophy winner will be making his Olympic debut at Bolshoy Ice Dome (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC), the Russian team announced Saturday morning.

Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche played in Russia's 5-2 opening win against Slovenia on Thursday. He made 12 saves.

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Hockey players taking advantage of Sochi experience

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 12:10 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

As the 2014 Sochi Olympics continued Friday, NHL players continued to enjoy the sights and some even took advantage of a different mode of transportation to the arena, as Sweden broke out the bikes prior to its 1-0 win against Switzerland. Meanwhile, one New York Islanders teammate applauded his captain, Canada's John Tavares, while getting in a little tweak as well.

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Russia aims to use skill, larger ice to its advantage

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 1:40 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk knows the up-and-down North American game as well as anybody here, having played it for nearly 13 years with the Detroit Red Wings. He also knows how different that style is from the skilled game the Russians want to play on the big ice at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Saturday against the United States.

Datsyuk thinks only one way can work for his team.

Pavel Datsyuk
Center - DET
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 33
SOG: 108 | +/-: -4
"If we play our hockey it'll be easy for us," Datsyuk said after practice Friday. "If we start to play not our hockey, not good for us."

The U.S. isn't planning to make it easy for Russia in the second game of Group A preliminary-round play for each team (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

The Americans want to be hard, fast and physical every chance they get against the Russians.

They'll use a shut-down defense pair of Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin against the uber-skilled line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin. They also may use a bruising checking line of Dustin Brown, David Backes and Ryan Callahan against those three Russian stars.

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Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg out of Olympics

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 11:07 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg is out for the rest of the 2014 Sochi Olympics because of injury, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation announced Friday.

Zetterberg, who has a herniated disk, missed 13 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL season.

Zetterberg had a goal and won seven of 16 faceoffs in 18:14 of ice time Wednesday in Sweden’s 4-2 Olympic-opening win against the Czech Republic. He did not practice Thursday in order to receive treatment.

"In this situation it was no tough decision as this was no borderline case," Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldeback said Friday. "For people who know medicine it is obvious that this couldn't continue.

"[Henrik] has been in touch with the Detroit medical staff. I have been in touch with the NHL doctors who are here. They totally agree with us. When you suffer from a herniated disk the way he does, you need to go home for a medical evaluation."

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Analysis: Zetterberg injury may help U.S., Canada

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 11:06 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

SOCHI -- After another huge blow for Sweden, it feels like the Black Sea is parting for the North American teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg is out of the tournament with a herniated disk in his back, the Swedish Hockey Federation announced Friday.

Sweden has one of the deepest rosters in the tournament, but losing Zetterberg particularly is tough because the team already was without center Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. Before the Olympics, a trio of Sedin, Zetterberg and Nicklas Backstrom was equal to Canada’s top three and superior to any other team in Sochi.

Now Backstrom is the last man standing, and the Washington Capitals center will need to take a starring role for the Swedes if they are to remain gold-medal contenders. Patrik Berglund looks like the best bet to slide into the No. 2 role, with Marcus Kruger likely centering the third line. Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson, who replaced Sedin on the final roster, could end up in the middle of the fourth line.

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United States sticking with Quick against Russia

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 10:12 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- Dan Bylsma is banking on Jonathan Quick coming up big again for the United States on Saturday.

Instead of turning to Ryan Miller, the MVP of the men's Olympic hockey tournament four years ago, Bylsma said he is sticking with Quick for the big showdown against Russia at Bolshoy Ice Dome (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) because he liked the focus the Los Angeles Kings goalie had Thursday in a 7-1 win against Slovakia despite the sparse amount of work he had to do.

Quick made 22 saves, but was only faced with a couple of flurries in front of him, most of which came after the Americans jumped out to a big lead in the second period.

Bylsma also confirmed Derek Stepan and Justin Faulk would be scratched for the second straight game.

"I thought there were periods of inactivity in that game and he had to stay sharp, stay focused, and it was followed by two or three big saves he had to make," Bylsma said of Quick. "I thought he played real well in the game and again in the next game he will."

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Penn State's Glen dishes out life-saving assist

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / On Campus

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Penn State forward David Glen, on and off the ice.

The sophomore scored a goal in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 upset of 10th-ranked Michigan on Feb. 8, marking their first conference victory of the inaugural Big Ten hockey season. But what made the weekend series against the Wolverines even more memorable was Glen's return to action after a selfless act that forced him to miss a few games.

After being identified as a match by a national marrow donation program, Glen underwent a peripheral blood stem cell procedure to help a woman battling cancer. Other than the woman's age, Glen didn't know the identity of the patient needing the transplant. However, he did know the procedure would keep him off the ice for at least a few games.

The choice was clear.

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