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Guerin used Olympic disappointment as motivation

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk were packing to go to the 1992 Albertville Olympics when the phone rang in their room. The call was for Guerin. His life was about to change.

"They called me up and cut me," Guerin told NHL.com. "I don't know what the reason was."

Guerin chose not to sign with the New Jersey Devils after his second season at Boston College because he wanted to try to make the Olympic team, because playing for the United States meant that much to him.

Three days after he was cut, Guerin signed with the Devils, who selected him with the fifth pick in the 1989 NHL Draft. He was immediately shipped to Utica, N.Y., to play for New Jersey's American Hockey League affiliate. His coach there was Herb Brooks, one of the few people who could truly sympathize with Guerin and his close-but-no-cigar Olympic bid.


Sunday Long Read: '96 World Cup an American dream

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The clock was ticking and turning into the enemy again as the United States appeared to be moving closer to another would've, could've, maybe should've moment against Canada in a major international event.

3:24, 3:23 …

Canada's Claude Lemieux wired the puck around the boards. It went untouched until it reached American Brian Leetch at the left point.

3:22, 3:21 …

Leetch settled it and wound up for a slap shot.


Slovakia could surprise at Olympics

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Slovakia made a surprising run to the semifinals of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics thanks to outstanding goaltending and a well-rounded offense that featured 11 different players scoring a goal.

A number of those players will be back for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but one giant hole they'll have to fill will be the one left by the late Pavol Demitra. An alternate captain for Slovakia in Vancouver, Demitra died in September 2011 when the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team plane tragically crashed, killing almost everyone on board.

Demitra led the Vancouver Games with 10 points, and Slovakia could fill that hole with expanded roles for Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik, both of whom have scored 40 goals in the NHL.


Penguins' Vokoun not thinking about return yet

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 9:31 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun says his recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot is going well, but it's still too early to think about returning to the ice.

When the Penguins announced in early October that Vokoun had undergone surgery, they said his recovery would take 3-6 months.

"Basically, the process was three months minimum and I'm a little around eight weeks now," said Vokoun, who lives in South Florida and attended the Penguins' game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at BB&T Center. "I feel great, don't have any health issues. I'm still taking the medication. I feel good. Hopefully, everything is going well as far as I can tell."


Sabres lose Kaleta for season with torn ACL: report

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 6:20 PM / News


Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta, who had been playing with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, reportedly is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

The Buffalo News reported the news Saturday.

Kaleta, 27, was injured Friday when the Rochester Americans played the Lake Erie Monsters. Kaleta crashed into Lake Erie goalie Calvin Pickard and his leg struck the crossbar. He had a goal and three assists in seven games with the Americans after being sent down by the Sabres on Nov. 3.


Without Robidas, Stars turn to Connauton, Oleksiak

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:49 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars lost veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas to a leg fracture in the second period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. He not only is one of their more veteran defensemen, but also someone who has logged a lot of ice time.

Robidas, 36, suffered the leg fracture after taking a puck to the skate from Chicago forward Jonathan Toews then sliding violently into the end boards. After leaving the ice on a stretcher, Robidas was taken to a local hospital and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

At the time of the injury, Robidas was third on the Stars in ice time at 19:54 per game and his plus-7 rating was tied for second.

Robidas had been paired with second-year defenseman Brenden Dillon, who lived with him and his family for part of his rookie season last year. With Robidas now done for most of the season, one big question is, who will be paired with Dillon on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers?


Canucks' Tortorella focused on winning Garden return

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 1:06 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella admitted his primary focus was getting a win as he returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as Vancouver's coach to meet the New York Rangers, who he coached for slightly more than four seasons before being fired this past summer.

He described the feeling of returning to the arena he called home for almost five years as "weird," but Tortorella expressed a single objective before the game Saturday afternoon.

"I am going to coach this game, hopefully kick their [butt] and get out of here," Tortorella said. "That's certainly not being disrespectful. We're so wrapped up in our seasons. We play tomorrow at 1 o'clock in Carolina, we're getting on a plane and going."


Stars' Robidas out 4-6 months with broken leg

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 12:17 PM / News


Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is out four-to-six months with a fractured leg, the team announced Saturday.

Robidas was injured when he crashed into the boards Friday in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center. The Stars have recalled Jamie Oleksiak to replace Robidas on the active roster.


Daily Primer Nov. 30: Tortorella's homecoming

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

A couple of minutes after 2 p.m. this afternoon, John Tortorella will leave his team's dressing room at Madison Square Garden and find his way to the bench. It's a walk he's made hundreds of times the past few years. What will make this one different is that he'll be going to the visiting team's bench.

Tortorella returns to the Garden on Saturday as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who continue a four-game road trip against the New York Rangers (2 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), the team that fired him last May. He was succeeded by Alain Vigneault, who had been let go by the Canucks.

Tortorella has tried to play down his first game back at the Garden.

"Quite honestly, we've beaten this thing up," he said Friday. "It's another game on the schedule. It's a very important game for us to try to gain some traction. We need to continue trying to gain traction. That's all this is about. We have enough things to worry about with our hockey club."

Vigneault won't have his homecoming until the Rangers visit Vancouver on April 1.

Here's a complete look at the NHL action Saturday:


Tapped In: Elias on being a Devil, Olympian and dad

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Selected in the 1994 NHL Draft by New Jersey, Patrik Elias has defined what it means to be a Devil. Elias is the franchise leader in goals, assists and points; he also holds the franchise records for the most points in a season (96) and the most career game-winning goals (74). He recently played in his 1,100th NHL game, and of course, who can forget his two Stanley Cup Championships in 2000 and 2003. Elias' service to his team, his country, and his charitable endeavors with UNICEF are admirable, as is his career-long stay in New Jersey, something he hopes will continue.

Kathryn Tappen: It is rare for a professional athlete to play his entire career with one team. What has it meant to you to have played your entire career to this point with New Jersey?

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild