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Carl Hagelin told the Norwegian press last night that his game winning goal that put the Rangers in the second round was for Mats Zuccarello who was injured earlier in the game. (VG) (Nettavisen)

Hagelin said that he and Derick Brassard were talking about how they felt bad Zuccarello couldn't be there at the end and that the game winning goal was for him. He said that he hopes to see Zuccarello in the next game. (VG) (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello took a puck to the side of the head in the first period and did not return. Alain Vigneault didn't have much of an update after the game.

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Henrik Lundqvist spoke today about facing former teammates Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman for the first time all three left the Rangers. (NYR)

Lundqvist said, "interesting battle. A couple of guys that I played with for quite some time and I got to know them really well. They are doing well and playing with a lot of confidence."

Asked if it was going to be weird seeing Boyle and Callahan skating down on him, Lundqvist said "we will see but probably. You get used to it. You get to know a lot of players over the years and then they switch teams and then you face them in the next game. First time you see them out there in warmups it's maybe a different look but then you get used to them and then you prepare for the game but not during the game. It's more going into the game."

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Following the Rangers win over the Hurricanes, Alain Vigneault was asked if he thought Henrik Lundqvist was ready for the playoffs.

Vigneault responded, "oh yea....he's ready."

  • In 14 games in March, Lundqvist was 8-5-1 with a .917 GAA and a 2.44 goals against.
  • In 4 games in April, Lundqvist is 2-1-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against.
  • On the season, Lundqvist is 32-24-5 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against.
He said after the game against Carolina that he is trying to get into the habits of how he wants to play when the playoffs start, "you don't want to change and you want to focus on the details, it needs to be here now and next week and you can't take any shortcuts, you need to focus the same way and take each game as an important game. Who knows, it could play a huge part in the end if we get the extra points at the end and get a better spot."

He added, "I think I am approaching the right way. Focusing the right way. Technically I am doing the right things in game and practice and there are always things here and there that you remind yourself to work on. I think I am getting closer to where I want to be and need to be as the games get tougher. I see it as a great challenge to reach your top level.

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5PM: Lundqvist said today (Rangers):

  • "the biggest goal that I have in my hockey career right now is to win the Stanley Cup. It's exciting to think about and a big challenge for everyone in here. That is why we play. We enjoy this game but the best part is when you win and that is what drives you."
  • "sometimes it surprises me when someone talks about championships because we aren't playing tennis or golf, this is a team sport and you need to be good but also part of a great team to win. You need to have timing as well when you play a team sport, to play on a team that gets on a roll. As a goalie I have a big part but it's not tennis or golf. It's not just you it's about getting everything to work together and going from there."
  • On how he feels about the team, "it's a process and I appreciate the patience that hte coahces showed early on because it took some time. I am proud that we overcame that and get back in and here we are and giving ourselves an opportunity to play in the playoffs. It's been an interesting year and a year where you learn a lot about the team and yourself. A lot of ups and downs..you learn every year and each year is different. The team is different, new coach, new system so each year you have a different feel because the results are different and I try to learn every year."
2:14PM: Alain Vigneault said after practice today that Henrik Lundqvist will start tomorrow against Buffalo but is 50/50 for Saturday's game in Montreal. (Rangers)

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Four four seasons Ulf Samuelsson was a teammate of Mike Richter's and saw him win 122 of his 301 wins.

Samuelsson is now an assistant coach with the Rangers and saw Henrik Lundqvist break Richter's franchise record for wins.

He said after Lundqvist picked up win 302 that both Richter and Lundqvist are "great goalies who both belong to the absolute elite layer." Samuelsson added that it was an honor to be teammates with Richter and coach for Lundqvist.? (Expressen)

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Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan met with the media on Tuesday to discuss their time at the Olympics.

Stepan said (Rangers)

  • What shape are you in, "I was able to skate quite a bit, I skated almost every morning. Off-days?it was just me and one or two other guys. You get a good skate and I knew that when the slotted time for their practice was done that I did a little work for myself too."
Hagelin said (Rangers)

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Norway:
  • Mats Zuccarello: 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 2PIM, 10 shots, minus two, 67:16 total and 22:25 per game. 52 seconds per shift.
Sweden:
  • Carl Hagelin: 6 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, plus one, 13 shots, 64:48 total, 10:48 per game. 38 seconds per shift
  • Henrik Lundqvist: 6 games, 159 shots against, 150 saves, .934 save percentage, 1.50 GAA, 2 shutouts, 5-1 record. 1 assist
Canada:
  • Rick Nash: 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 2 PIM, plus two, 10 shots on goal, 60:32 total, 10:05 per game. 35 seconds per shift
Team USA:
  • Ryan McDonagh: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus one, 9 shots on goal, 124:23 total, 20:43 per game. 50 seconds per shift
  • Derek Stepan: 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 shots, 4:59 total, 4:59 per game. 49 seconds per shift
  • Ryan Callahan: 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus two, 5 shots on goal, 85:22 total, 14:13 per game. 43 seconds per shift
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After two weeks of injuries, gold medals, injuries, Olympic hockey and even more injuries, NHLers are returning back to North America. The Islanders aren't the only NHL team going to take a hit -- although they will likely be hit the hardest?by John Tavares' injury -- as the Rangers, Red Wings, Panthers and Penguins are all going to be receiving damaged goods postmarked from Sochi.For the Rangers and Red Wings, they are among the three teams that will be losing their leading scorer. Mats Zuccarello is projected to be out?a month until mid-March with a broken hand and leads the Rangers with 43 points. Pretty good for a guy who spent the majority of last season in the KHL. In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg is likely to miss the rest of the season due to back surgery because:[sny-box]Holland said Zetterberg "had a floating piece of a disk lodged in a nerve in his back."[/sny-box]I don't know what that even means, but it sounds awful.Those two teams are both in playoff contention, just a couple points ahead of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. They have quite a bit more at stake in the short-term than the Islanders do.In the long run, the Islanders are in the more troublesome position with the literal 23-year-old franchise player on the shelf with a bad knee injury. [Bossy] forbid we imagine the team without him. Thankfully, he should be good to go for training camp. The Rangers can always throw money, albeit irresponsibly, at someone to fill Zuccarello's spot and Henrik Zetterberg, while irreplaceable, is 33 and the Wings -- as smart as they are -- likely have at least been imagining a scenario without him. If not, they are now going to have to.But the Olympic damage has been done, hope you enjoyed the games. Now we can all begin the hand-wringing about whether or not to send players to South Korea in 2018. And, oh yes, there will be a lot of hands wrung.I think we can be sure something will be different next time around. The NHL is pretty smart and to see their players -- three stars, even -- get hit hard is something they will surely stop and think about.The point that made the rounds over the weekend was that the NHL doesn't even own the rights to video of these players getting injured (or scoring goals, for that matter) which goes to show how much nothing they get from the Olympics aside from "growing the game." Maybe it's a case of the Olympics needing the NHL more than the other way around? Ice hockey -- men's and women's -- seems to be among the most popular winter Olympic sports, at least in this country. A lot of casual hockey fans watch Olympic hockey and with a bunch of players skating around that the casual hockey fan doesn't know -- no Tavares, no Crosby, no Ovechkin -- would they still watch? Would we, the likely more "hardcore" blog/twitter/internet fan still watch? If the answers to those questions are that we would all watch less, or not watch at all, then the puck may be in the NHL's hands, so to speak.Speaking of Olympics, the Austria team got in a bit of a hot water in their home country for apparently partying a bit too much during the Olympics. As the story goes, they stayed out until 6 a.m. the night prior or two nights prior to their first round tournament game against Slovenia, which they lost 4-0.Not sure if Grabner or Vanek were involved, but Vanek downplayed the situation with Newsday:[sny-box]"It's only a story because we lost," Vanek said after Sunday's Islanders practice. "Otherwise, it's a non-story. I apologized, not necessarily for myself. It wasn't the big deal it was made out to be."[/sny-box]I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I don't see it as too big a deal. You're Austria, no one was really sure if you were going to win a game, so why not have a little fun? And yeah, it's probably a bigger story because they lost. At least they didn't trash their rooms.But hey, Scott Burnside is on the Islanders Troll Train per usual:[sny-box]If you're an NHL GM, what do you make of Vanek, given that he couldn't be bothered to prepare properly for an Olympic elimination game? Is he worth a first-round pick? Just another headache for?New York Islanders?GM?Garth Snow, but sometimes you get what you deserve, no?[/sny-box]If you're an NHL GM and you're basing your entire opinion of a player on a two-week sample size, you won't be an NHL GM very long. But in Journalist HOTTAKE Land, Thomas Vanek gets kicked off the cliff of your imaginary team.Vanek has 537 points in 642 NHL games. He had one point in four Olympic games. Sure, he deserves some criticism for not being in control of his players as captain -- although how much you can really control grown adults from going out at night, not sure -- but yeah, you go all 'Don Cherry Says Foreign Hockey Players Have Attitude Problems' on him. You do that, Scott.Also: @islesblog talks to @stapenewsday... The Islanders practiced outdoors in Hewlett today...And Chris Botta has your television ratings:https://twitter.com/ChrisBottaNHL/status/438011166963404801
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Canada defeated Sweden to win their second straight Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games.

  • Jonathon Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored for Canada
Rick Nash played 9:46 with two shots. He played 3:11 in the first, 3:56 in the second and 2:39 in the third.

Sweden picked up the Silver Medal.

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On TSN Drive last night, Jamie McLennan discussed Henrik Lundqvist and where his game is at in advance of the Gold Medal game against Canada tomorrow.

He said, "In today?s modern day it?s Henrik Lundqvist who is the number one guy. Lundqvist still has to get the nod in net head to head based on experience. Lundqvist is so good playing at Olympic ice because he plays a deep game. He is at home on a lot of side to side plays but where that translates and where maybe Team Canada can get to him, just like in the NHL is there is no margin for error so if one sneaks through the body it will go in"

McKennan adds, "he has played a game like Finland where he made a great backdoor save on Selanne today where he plays that deep style, that east/west. If Canada plays that North/South and gets in his grill and creates a lot of traffic they can get to him. He does get frustrated. He is the type of guy that I have noticed can get a little more frustrated as guys get bodies in front. I think that is where Canada will try to push him."

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Team USA lost to Finland 5-0 in the Bronze medal game and will finish fourth in the tournament.

Ryan McDonagh played 19:26, had one shot and was a minus two . He played 7:01 in the first, 5:08 in the second and 7:17 in the third.

Ryan Callahan played 13:20 and was a minus two . He played 4:38 in the first, 2:56 in the second and 5:46 in the third period.

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http://instagram.com/p/kuIfs2CrX4/#

Lundqvist wrote "I have spent a lot of time in this room over the past 12 days.. 1 more day, 1 more game..."

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Canad defeated Team USA 1-0 to advance to the Gold Medal game against Sweden.

USA will play Finland tomorrow.

  • Rick Nash: 9:32, 0 shots on goal, 4:15 in the first, 2:18 in the second, 2:59 in the third
  • Ryan McDonagh: 1 shot. 23:23. 6:43 in the first, 8:03 in the second, 8:37 in the third. Was on for almost the entire final sequence
  • Ryan Callahan: minus one, 12:34, 4:08 in the first, 4:16 in the second, 4:10 in the third
Ryan Callahan spoke with Pierre McGuire and said that Canada was the best team that they have played and that they couldn't sustain enough offense.

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Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 of 26 shots today and said that he was happy with how his game came together after letting in Olli Jokinen's goal. (Expressen)

Jokinen's goal squeezed through Lundqvist on the short side and Lundqvist said that he relaxed for a second because he thought that it was icing and it was a careless decision by him. (Expressen)

He said that he was happy that he didn't allow that goal to ruin his focus or put any more pressure on him. (Expressen)

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Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin defeated Finland 2-1 to advance to the Gold Medal game.

Lundqvist and Hagelin are guaranteed at least a Silver medal.

  • Olli Jokinen scored for Finland
  • Erik Karlsson and Loui Eriksson scored for Sweden.

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(Aftonbladet)

From the Finnish newspaper, via Aftonbladet, "The newspaper columnist Tuomas Nyholm begins his text with "Why is Tre Kronor first goalie Henrik 'Lunkvisti' Lundqvist so popular in Sweden? For that mice like cheese. Nyholm chumps and ironically on that Lundqvist "does not have a Stanley Cup title. And hardly going to get any. It is uncertain whether Lunkvisti ever asked a Finnish goalkeeper how trophy conquered. Since they of course do that. "

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Canada defeated Latvia 2-1 on a third period goal from Shea Weber.

  • Canada advances to the semi-finals where they will play the USA on Friday.
Rick Nash had an assist on Patrick Sharp's first period goal and played 10:58.

He played 4:58 in the first, 3:17 in the second and 2:43 in the third.

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Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 today to advance to the semi finals.

The USA scorers were: James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel.

Ryan McDonagh had an assist and played 19:39.

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Team Canada is playing Latvia in the quarterfinals today, currently tied 1-1 after two periods. During the second period, John Tavares took a hit from?Arturs Kulda and went awkwardly into the boards. He was able to skate off to the bench but did receive a look from a trainer. He has not returned to the ice for the third period.2:40 p.m.: Tavares has an undisclosed knee injury and will not play again in the Olympics (Staple).GIF via @myregularface
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Finland has eliminated Russia from the Olympics with a 3-1 win.

  • Finland's goals were scored by Juhamatti Aaltonen, Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund.
  • Russia's goal was scored by Ilya Kovalchuk
Finland will play Sweden on Friday with the winner going to play for the Gold Medal.

Finland lost to Sweden in the Gold Medal game in 2006.

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Sweden beat Slovenia 5-0 to move on in the Olympics.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 19 shots to pick up his second shutout of the Olympics.

Carl Hagelin scored two goals in the third period and played a total of 12:28.

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In three games for Sweden so far, Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 73 of 78 shots, has a .935 save percentage and a GAA of 1.67.

Lundqvist said that he is playing his game and at the level he needs to be at for his team to win.

Sweden captain Niklas Kronwall says that Lundqvist has been "unbelievable" and the team is fortunate to have the best goalie in the world.

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In the first game of the qualification round this morning in Sochi, the Austrian team was eliminated by Slovenia by score of 4-0.That ends the Olympic run for Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek. In four games, Grabner notched 5 goals and an assist on 17 shots and a -1 rating. Vanek had one assist, 10 shots and was -4.https://twitter.com/NHL/status/435413654432129024On Twitter after the game, Grabner thanked fans for their support and congratulated Slovenia.https://twitter.com/grabs40/status/435732624150368256
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During practice in Sochi yesterday, Erik Karlsson ran into Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist was reporteded to be okay and Karlsson said that he apologized to him 500.

When asked about what happened, Lundqvist said today that it was an accident and that while he was in pain after being run into, he feels better today and is glad that it isn't worse. (Expressen)

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Russia eliminated Norway from the Olympics with a 4-0 win.

Russia's goals were scored by Alex Radulov (2), Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Tarashenko.

Russia will play Finland tomorrow at 7:30AM.

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http://instagram.com/p/kh0DDeirb9/

Lundqvist sent that out on Instagram earlier today with the caption, "On my way to team dinner earlier. Not going to lie, I'm pretty sick on the bike..?#NoHands"

2/16/14:?6:34PM:?Unlike Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist is not riding a bike to his games during the Olympics. (Aftonbladet via HLB)

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The next Team USA game will be on Wednesday at 12PM on NBCSN. They will take on the winner of Czech Republic and Slovakia who play at 12PM on Tuesday.

The next Sweden game will be on Wednesday at 3AM and they will play the winner of Slovenia and Austria who play at 3AM on Tuesday.

The next Canada game will be at 12PM on Wednesday and they will play the winner of Switzerland and Latvia who play at 12PM on Tuesday.

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At Sweden practice today defenseman Erik Karlsson barreled into Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

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Carl Hagelin is injured but will continue to play for Sweden at the Olympics. (Expressen via PHT)

Hagelin left the game against Latvia yesterday and watched the rest from the stands.

The injury to Hagelin has not been revealed.

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Mats Zuccarello and Norway lost their third game of the tournament early this morning by a score of 3-1 to Austira.

Zuccarello played 22:28 and had four shots on goal in the first and one in the third. Zuccarello was also called for hooking in the second period.

His ice time broke down as 7:43 in the first period, 5:19 in the second and 9:26 in the third.

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Sweden beat Latvia 5-3 in their third game of the Olympics.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 of 23 shots to pick up his third win of the tournament.

Carl Hagelin played 3:46 and according to the IIHF he didn't play in the second or third period.

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Team USA beat Russia 3-2 in a shootout this morning.

10:02AM:

  • USA: TJ OSHIE: SCORES
  • Russia: Evgeni Malkin: MISSED
  • USA: JVR: STOPPED
  • Russia: Pavel Datsyuk: STOPPED
  • USA: Joe Pavelski: STOPPED
  • Russia: Kovalchuk: SCORES
  • Russia: Kovalchuk: STOPPED
  • USA: TJ OSHIE: STOPPED
  • RUSSIA: Pavel Datsyuk: SCORES
  • USA: TJ OSHIE: SCORES
  • Russia: Ilya Kovalchuk: SCORES
  • USA: TJ Oshie: SCORES
  • RUSSIA: Pavel Datsyuk: STOPPED
  • USA: TJ Oshie: MISSED
  • Russia: Ilya Kovalchuk: STOPPED
  • USA: TJ Oshie: SCORES
Ryan McDonagh played 23:39 and had one shot. He played 6:30 in the first, 7:59 in the second, 7:15 in the third and 1:55 in OT.

Callahan played 13:51 and had 2 shots. He played 3:57 in the first, 4:46 in the second, 5:08 in the third and 0:00 in OT.

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Sweden defeated Sweden 1-0 with a third period goal from Daniel Alfredsson.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots to pick up the shutout. It is his third career Olympic shutout.

  • "It's Lundqvist, so it's expected, but what a friggin statement so far on the day Zetterberg leaves: 23 saves, many of them incredible" (Wyshnyski)
  • "5-star save from Lundqvist on a Romy deflection in front right there. " (Wyshnyski)
Carl Hagelin played 9:40 and had four shots. He played 3:36 in the first period, 2:09 in the second period and 4:00 in the third period.

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Ryan Callahan is skating with Dustin Brown and David Backes at USA Practice today. (Scott Burnside)

Zach Parise was skating on that line yesterday.

Ryan McDonagh is paired with Ryan Suter. (Burnside) Both of them are left handed defenseman.

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http://instagram.com/p/kX7A_LL2Fl/#

He captioned "Bike home from game! Hard game aginst canada! But norway played well and got a good result!! Team norway #OL"

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This morning in Sochi, Team Austria kicked off their Olympic play against Finland. The Isles Michael Grabner scored the game's first goal only :36 into the match to put Austria up 1-0. The lead wouldn't last long though, as Finland's Mikael Granlund answered Grabner's goal five minutes later and the Finns would lead 4-2 at the end of the first period.In the third, Grabner scored twice more to get the hatter including this, his third goal, with a little more than five minutes to go:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrAKoSa7ffgBy the way, all three of his goals game against Boston netminder Tukka Rask, who is between the pipes for Finland.Austria would go on to lose the game 8-4. They have an uphill battle in the Olympics, as Grabner, Thomas Vanek and Philly's Michael Raffl are the only NHLers on their roster. Their next game is tomorrow at Noon against Canada.In other action today Team USA blew out Slovakia 7-1, and Russia beat Slovenia 5-2. The final game of the day is Canada against Norway, which starts at noon.
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http://instagram.com/p/kWn05dirfB/#

He captioned this photo, "Soaking up the #Sochi rays over lunch. Pre-skate meal: Some excellent mushroom risotto."

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Sweden beat the Czech Republic 4-2 in their opening round games of the Olympics.

Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for Sweden and stopped 27 of 29 shots. Lundqvist also picked up the secondary assist on Berglund's goal.

Carl Hagelin played 12:25 in the game:

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With the first games of the Men's Olympic Hockey Tournament set to begin on Wednesday, it's time to break down the competitive field.

The Devils sent four players to Sochi, with Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky representing the Czech Republic and Damien Brunner representing the Swiss.

While the host country, Russia, s one of the favorites, the Canadian team is loaded. Of the 12 teams in the field, there are at least six teams that can make a pretty good case as to why they'll take home the gold medal.

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Looking for when Team Austria, Team USA or John Tavares will be on your television? Look no further... (All times ET)?Team Austria (Thomas Vanek, Michael Grabner) -- Group B with Norway, Canada, Finland- Thursday, Feb 13: 3:00am vs. Finland on NBCSN- Friday, Feb 14: Noon vs. Canada on USA- Sunday, Feb 16: 3:00am vs. Norway on USATeam Canada (John Tavares) -- Group B with Norway, Austria, Finland- Thursday, Feb 13: Noon vs. Norway on ?USA- Friday, Feb 14: Noon vs. Austria on USA- Sunday, Feb 16: Noon vs. Finland on USATeam USA (Snub City, USA) -- Group A with Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia- Thursday, Feb 13: 7:30am vs. Slovakia on NBCSN- Saturday, Feb 15: 7:30am vs. Russia on NBCSN- Sunday, Feb 16: 7:30am vs. Slovenia on NBCSNQualification round games:
  • 2/18 and 2/19 on NBCSN, USA, MSNBC
Semifinals:
  • 2/21 on NBCSN
Bronze Medal Game:
  • 2/22 at 10AM on NBCSN
Gold Medal Game
  • 2/23 at 7AM on NBC
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Team USA: Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh:

  • Thursday Feb 13: 7:30AM (Slovakia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sat Feb 15: 7:30AM (Russia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sun Feb 16: 7:30AM (Slovenia) NBC Sports Network
Team Sweden: Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin:

  • Wednesday Feb 12: 12PM (Czech Republic) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14: 7:30AM (Switzerland) NBC Sports Network
  • Saturday Feb 15: 12PM (Latvia) USA Network
Team Norway: Mats Zuccarello:

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Ryan Strome is currently in Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers over the Olympic break, so he will get to play in the AHL All-Star game after all. The game is Wednesday night in St. John's, Newfoundland and it's an interesting format: the AHL team will be up against?Farjestad BK, a professional Swedish team that plays in their country's top tier.?If you're in need of some hockey, you can also catch Strome tonight in the All-Star Skills Competition tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. There are a lot of different ways to watch it including MSG+, AHLLive.com ($), and NHL Network. No word yet on what events Strome will be participating in. Bridgeport's Phil Giubileo says Strome picked his events in advance, but the actual ones he participates in won't be known until later today.Also in Bridgeport is Matt Donovan, and I'd be remiss to not mention his fight from a couple nights ago against the Albany Devils. He got in some pretty good shots against Chris McKelvie. According to HockeyFights.com, it's Donovan's first of the year and sixth of his career:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fnuF_itcSxwBut enough about minor hockey, there's Olympic hockey to be played.The women's tournament has already started and the early returns are probably what was expected; that it's going to be Canada and America on a collision course for gold. In two games thus far, the North American ladies have combined to go 4-0 and are out scoring their opponents 16-0, not surrendering a goal yet. Here's the full slate of women's games.The men get underway tomorrow at noon -- full TV schedule here?and keep it handy there are a lot of different channels?-- and the games are going to be broadcast live here in the states. That means for some crazy start times; 3:00am, 7:30am and noon are your different flavors. The first American game isn't until 7:30 am on Thursday against Slovakia and Canada kicks off a few hours later at noon against Norway.Olympic sidebar and cool thing; Extra Skater is keeping track of your regular and fancy stats for both men's and women's competitions.Second Olympic sidebar; check out The Score's Idiot's Guide to Olympic Hockey?as well as SB Nation with each of the team's practice lineups.Your daily John Tavares Olympic Update:https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/433186272840929280Newsday follows up with Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald regarding how trade talk, contracts and the Olympic break all come together:[sny-box]"What I learned from the first time around," Vanek said, referring to his Oct. 27 trade from the Sabres to the Islanders, "is that it can happen at any time. I wasn't too focused or worried about [Friday's roster freeze]....... [MacDonald:] "I'm sure it'll cross my mind during the break, but that's time to get away from it all and, when I'm back, it's back to business, no matter what happens."I'm an Islander and this is where I want to be. That's all you can think for now."[/sny-box]Also: Isles Blog chats with Matt Carkner...And your moment of zen:https://twitter.com/Darthziggy/status/433251369215348736
Tags: 2014 Olympics, Islanders, Kevin Schultz
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Team Sweden is practicing today in Russia.

Carl Haglein is skating on the likely fourth line with Jimmie Ericsson (Skelleftea AIK) and Marcus Krueger of the Blackhawks. (Helene St. James)

The other lines for Sweden are:

Tags: Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Lundqvist, Adam Rotter
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Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers might have felt like more than a loss, but it wasn't.

Sure, the Devils lost a chance to pull even with the Rangers in the standings, but losing those two points doesn't yet spell disaster.

In the coming weeks, the Devils will need to address what is a hole at first line left wing. Whether it's moving someone like Dainius Zubrus back to the first line and sliding someone Steve Bernier onto the line with Patrik Elias, the lack of another scorer on that top line is an issue that the Devils will have to tackle.

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Olympics, Playoffs, Schedule
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5:55PM: Ken Hitchcock, an assistant with Team Canada, said that Nash was named because of his past with Team Canada, because he can do a lot of different things and because anytime he plays internationally he is "great." (Edmonton Journal)

Nash says (Newsday)

  • that he slept easy last night and would have moved on if he wasn't named.
  • Nothing was bigger or pressure packed than Vancouver, being on home ice and after a bad finish in Turin in 2006.
  • The expectation is "gold or nothing" and that the only thing that is acceptable in Canada is gold.
3:15PM: Nash spoke this morning after practice about being on Team Canada:

Tags: Olympics, Rick Nash, Adam Rotter
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Carl Hagelin spoke this morning about being selected to his first Olympic games:
  • ?On his thoughts heading into today's announcement, "I knew in the summer that I was on the roster of 35 that had a chance. I hadn't spoken to any of the coaches. I know they came to one game and said that it looked good. I was hoping to make it and it's a huge honor to make Team Sweden."
  • On his development as a player after the Olympics, "It will give me a lot of experience. You get to play with and against the best players in the world so for me this is the first time that I will play with the national team at this level, World Juniors was the last time I played for Sweden. I am excited and will learn a lot from this."
  • On the roster, "Even when we had the orientation, you get to know a lot of the guys. It's a lot of stars on the team. We have the Sedins, Zetterberg, Backstrom and Hank in net. On D we have Karlsson. It's a great team and I am looking forward to it."
  • On going with Henrik, "It will help. He has been nice to me since day one. It's always nice to know someone but I also know a lot of the other guys from skating in the summer and playing against them. It shouldn't be a problem but having Hank will help."
  • On last night, "I don't think it's too much frustration. We showed a lot of character coming back in the third. We didn't play the way we wanted in the last five minutes but other than that we played a solid third period. It's no frustration. We want to get back to it and get two points instead of one."
  • On measuring the team, "I think anytime you play that team, I remember my first time here they have so many skill guys and All-Stars. That is a guy where everyone shows up, everyone on the team has to play at their best and I think everyone in here is excited to play them. It's a tough task but we are up for it."
Tags: Carl Hagelin, Olympics, Adam Rotter
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