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Canadiens' Pacioretty leaves with lower-body injury

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 9:54 PM / News

Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said he's going to the Sochi Olympics despite leaving the game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes with 7:30 remaining in the first period after being checked into the goal post.

"I'm OK. I'm going to Sochi," the U.S. Olympian said in the dressing room after Montreal's 4-1 victory. NHL players taking part in the Games are scheduled to fly to Russia on Sunday.


Flames sign Russell to two-year contract

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 4:35 PM / News


The Calgary Flames announced Saturday that they have signed defenseman Kris Russell to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $2.26 million per season.

Russell, a native of Red Deer, Alberta, has four goals and 16 assists in 44 games this season. The 26-year-old was acquired from the St. Louis Blues last summer in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft.


With Poile in mind, Predators prepare for Ducks

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 2:16 PM / Features

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE – With general manager David Poile recovering and under observation in a Minnesota hospital two days after he was hit by an errant puck at a morning skate, the Nashville Predators were proceeding with business as usual Saturday. But Poile, the only general manager in the organization's history, is very much in their minds.

Poile, who also is serving as the general manager of the United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, underwent two facial procedures on Thursday, one on his orbital bone and one on his nose, while also receiving stitches for lacerations. A team spokesman said Saturday morning that the organization had no update on Poile's condition.

Predators coach Barry Trotz has worked with Poile for more than two decades, as their relationship dates back to their time when Poile managed the Washington Capitals and Trotz was a scout and minor-league coach for that franchise. Trotz said he has not spoken to Poile but he has spoken to his son Brian, Nashville's director of hockey operations, who remains in Minnesota with his father.


Daily Primer Feb. 8: Canucks look for answers

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 2:19 AM / Features


The Vancouver Canucks hope the answer to their six-game losing streak will be found against a team that hasn't beaten them in more than a decade.

The Canucks finish the pre-Olympic portion of their schedule Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team they've beaten 11 times in a row. They need to make it 12 straight if they hope to reach the break in possession of a Stanley Cup Playoff berth. The Canucks saw their hold on the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference disappear when the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Friday night.

The Canucks haven't lost to Toronto since Nov. 24, 2003, when the Maple Leafs won 2-1.

Here's a look at all of the action on Saturday, the final day of play before the League breaks for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.


Canadiens' Emelin fined $5,000 for butt-ending

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 8:10 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has been fined $5,000 for butt-ending Vancouver Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier during NHL Game No. 860 in Montreal on Thursday, Feb. 6, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:35 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Lightning call up Namestnikov and Gudlevskis

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 6:45 PM / News


The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Vladislav Namestnikov and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday. Gudlevskis was recalled on an emergency basis.

Namestnikov, 21, has skated in 31 games this season with Syracuse, scoring 13 goals and 30 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes.

Gudlevskis, 21, has an 11-8-2 record, a 2.69 goals-against average, a .900 save percentage and four shutouts. He began the season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, posting a 7-4-0 record with a 1.83 GAA and .925 save percentage in 11 games.


McLellan ready to break Sharks record for games coached

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 5:58 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Making franchise history is nothing new to San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

McLellan has more victories (256), a higher winning percentage (.590) and a better percentage of points earned (.652) than any coach in franchise history. He'll add another line in the team record book Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he coaches his 435th game, breaking former coach Darryl Sutter's mark.

McLellan downplayed the impending record but not the impact that spending nearly six seasons with the Sharks has had on him.

"There's a hockey joke that you have a tattoo put on you when you spend some time in organizations," McLellan said after the morning skate. "The Shark tattoo is the biggest one I've got, certainly one I hope will grow for many years. It really gets ingrained when you win a championship, so that's still our goal."


Analysis: Penguins set up to handle Letang's absence

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The hockey world was shocked when Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero delivered the news Friday that defenseman Kris Letang had suffered a stroke last week and would miss a minimum of six weeks.

Fortunately the condition is not life-threatening and the 26-year-old has been cleared to go on vacation with his family during the NHL break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He's expected to resume skating on his own after the Olympic break.

As for the Penguins, they'll be tasked with continuing without one of their best defensemen. But if their season to this point is any indication, they should be able to handle this adversity.


IIHF Disciplinary panel

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:06 PM / 2014 Olympics


The IIHF has appointed the Disciplinary Panels for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will oversee all disciplinary measures in the men's and women's tournaments.

The men's competition will be monitored by two panel representatives of the IIHF: Franz Reindl and Valeri Kamensky, and two from the National Hockey League: Stephane Quintal and Kay Whitmore.

Reindl, who will act as the men's panel chairman, is the General Secretary of the German Ice Hockey Association. Since 1998 he has been a member of various committees within the IIHF, most notably the Competition Committee. During his hockey career, Reindl played 669 Bundesliga games for his home club SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen and SB Rosenheim, scoring 423 goals. As player, coach and manager he participated at 28 World Championships and nine Olympic Tournaments.


Video goal judge system operating procedures

From IIHF.com

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 4:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

The use of the video replay of disputed goals is approved by the IIHF and is included in the Rule Book. All available television pictures must be provided and used by the video goal judge for this system.

The following situations are the only situations that will be subject to video goal judge review:

1. To determine if the puck has completely crossed the goal line.

2. To determine if the puck entered the net prior to or after the goal frame was dislodged.

3. To determine if the puck entered the net prior to or after expiration of time at the end of a period or the game.

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