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2014 Olympics

Versatility key to Christian's Olympic experience

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ask any skater representing their country in a short tournament such as the Winter Olympics and it's easy to assume the role they play with their regular team usually is forgotten on an international stage.

More often than not skaters on a top offensive line are thrust into a third-line checking role. On some occasions a player serving as a forward for much of his career is given a role on defense.

During the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" in Lake Placid, N.Y., Dave Christian was informed by coach Herb Brooks just days before the start of the tournament that he would be moving to the blue line.

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Bruins teammates played role in Chara's decision

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Daniel Day-Lewis is among a long list of famed actors who are known for becoming so devoted to playing a role they refuse to break character even when the cameras aren't rolling.

A couple months back Chara was told he was chosen to be Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Thanks to the support of his teammates and Bruins management, he will be marching during the festivities.

A couple months back Chara was told he was chosen to be Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Thanks to the support of his teammates and Bruins management, he will be marching during the festivities.

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Predators' Weber entering Olympics at top of game

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

There are those professional athletes who seek to turn the spotlight on themselves and there are those who find the spotlight painful and seek to deflect attention to their teammates.

Shea Weber
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 23 | PTS: 38
SOG: 133 | +/-: -8
Put Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber firmly in the second category.

With the 2014 Sochi Olympics looming, Weber leads NHL defensemen in goals with 15, and as a right-handed shot could find a natural spot on Canada's first defense pair with left-handed shooting Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Owner of as powerful a slap shot as exists in the world today -- his goal against Germany in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that went through the twine no doubt will receive its share of replays once the Sochi tournament commences -- Weber might have as good a chance as any player to score the kind of memorable goal that would earn a measure of international fame.

If that happened, would Weber, an avid follower of the NFL, indulge in a Richard Sherman moment on camera?

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As Sochi beckons, Price keeping focus on Canadiens

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Coach Mike Babcock told the hosts of "Hockey Central" on Sportsnet radio Tuesday he planned to use a different goalie in Canada's first two games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Feb. 13 against Norway and Feb. 14 against Austria. It's expected those two goalies will be the Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo and the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price.

It just so happens Price and Luongo will face each other Thursday when the Canadiens host the Canucks in each team's penultimate game before the Olympic break. It's a juicy storyline, but you wouldn't have known that talking to Price after Canadiens practice Wednesday.

"Like I've been saying this whole time, until I leave here my focus doesn't change," Price said. "It doesn't matter who I'm playing [Thursday], my approach is still the same. That (who plays when at the Olympics) will be decided once we get there. I don't know who those two goalies will be yet. I'm sure they have a pretty good idea of how things are going to go, but that's obviously not our decision to make."

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Stamkos won't participate in Sochi Olympics

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 11:12 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will not participate for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after a CT scan Wednesday showed the tibia in his right leg is not completely healed.

"After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by the team. "Although the doctor was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all."

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Karlsson confident in Swedes' hopes for gold at Sochi

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was 15 years old when he watched Sweden win the gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Eight years later, he still remembers the goal that set off celebrations throughout his homeland.

"I remember the drop pass from [Mats] Sundin to [Peter] Forsberg to one-timer [Nicklas] Lidstrom," Karlsson recalled when asked about the deciding goal in the championship game against Finland. "[Cross]bar-in, pretty much. The save in the end by [goaltender Henrik] Lundqvist. That's probably what I remember the most."

Karlsson, now 23, will be making his first Olympic appearance for Sweden. He knows the competition will be stiff in Sochi when round-robin play starts on Feb. 12.

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Unlikely Olympic opportunity fuels Jokinen's revival

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:03 PM / 2014 Olympics

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

After the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Olli Jokinen believed his long and successful international career had come to an end with a well-deserved bronze medal won on the strength of an unforgettable comeback against Slovakia on the penultimate day of the tournament.

Yet, four years later, Jokinen, now with the Winnipeg Jets, is preparing for an unexpected trip to Sochi, which will mark the fourth time he will represent his country in Olympic competition.

"I think it was more of a challenge," Jokinen told NHL.com about his return to the Finnish team from which he thought he had retired after Vancouver. "Four years ago, I never even thought that I would still be playing at this level.

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Jets' Maurice: Olympic ice won't make big difference

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 4:11 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- There is a widely held assumption that a big factor at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be the ability of each team to adjust to the international ice surface.

Montreal Canadiens center and Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec went so far as to say that hockey on international ice, which is 15 feet wider than NHL rinks, is "a completely different sport."

You can count Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice among those that may disagree with Plekanec's description.

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Kronwall evolves into Sweden's leader on blue line

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Swedish defenseman Niklas Kronwall was working out with the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League during the early part of the NHL's Olympic break eight years ago.

Lavish it wasn't, but Kronwall, then 25, only recently had returned from knee surgery and didn't think taking a vacation while more than 100 players went to play in the 2006 Turin Olympics.

He was right.

"I kept skating with them and out of the blue I get a phone call that says, 'Hey, they might need a body out there,'" Kronwall, now 33 and an alternate captain with the Detroit Red Wings, told NHL.com. "The next day I was on a flight [to Turin]. One day I was watching it on TV and the next day I was right in there. Everything just happened so quickly. [Mattias] Ohlund went down and all of a sudden I was playing in the gold-medal game."

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Analysis: February could define Ovechkin's career

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Russian forward Alex Ovechkin is a week away from arriving at a cauldron already bubbling on his native soil, where the opportunity for a career-defining moment is waiting near a resort city on the coast of the Black Sea.

Canada's Sidney Crosby vividly remembers what that felt like four years ago when the sports world turned its collective eye to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a hockey-mad nation looked to No. 87 and his teammates for validation.

"In some ways you have to embrace it," Crosby told NHL.com. "You want to win so bad and you know the expectation is exactly that. You have to remind yourself that that's why you're a hockey player, you want to be in those situations because everyone does care that much and they are so passionate about it.

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