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In giving away the hat, Benoit Pouliot said "great job boys, way to battle back. Everyone looked great, Hanky was solid in his end but I have to go with my neighbor Marc Staal."

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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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Rick Nash and Canada beat Austria 6-0 to go to 2-0 in the Olympics.

Goal scorers for Canada were Jeff Carter (3), Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf.

Rick Nash played 10:26 and had 3 shots on goal. He played 3:20 in the first, 4:21 in the second and 2:45 in the third.

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Canada (Rick Nash) bear Norway (Mats Zuccarello) 3-1 in their opening game of the 2014 Olympics.

Nash is expected to start with Jonathon Toews and Patrick Sharp.


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12:48PM: Nash said that he wasn't expecting to make Team Canada but Steve Yzerman called him and said that they trust Nash on the ice and wanted him on the team. (ESPN.com)

Nash said that he wasn't sure if being named to Team Canada was the reason he started scoring in January, but what he did know was that the puck started going in. (ESPN.com)

Nash's spot, a defensive role, was debated with Patrice Bergeron and Logan Couture also in the mix and Couture was the one left off the team. (ESPN.com)

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Canada and Norway practiced early this morning over in Sochi in advance of their game tomorrow.

Rick Nash once again skated with Jonathon Toews and Patrick Sharp. (Chris Kuc)

This is the line that Mike Babcock is expected to use as his "shutdown" line. (Pierre McGuire on TSN 1050)

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11:18AM: Nash did not see action on either Canada PP unit. (Ryan Rishaug)

11:05AM: Canada is going through their first practice of the Olympics and Rick Nash is skating with?Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. (Chris Johnston)

Nash and Toews played together in 2010 and had Mike Richards on their line.

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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:

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At NHL.com , Dan Rosen looks at what could work in Marc Staal's favor as he tries to make Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics.

Staal has noted that he is healthy and Rosen notes that the Rangers defenseman has "no doubts" he will be back to his old self when the season starts.

Rosen notes that Staal is a mobile/intelligent blue liner that could help Team Canada and more importantly he is a left handed shot where Canada is think.

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At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at potential players for Canada in 2014 and noted that GM Steve Yzerman mentioned Rick Nash when talking about the core leaders for Team Canada.

He has played for Canada in the last two Olympics and Rosen adds that Nash knows the big ice very well.

Nash played on big ice in 2006 in Turin and has played for Canada in the World Championships 4 times, including being the captain in 2011.

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2:05PM: Stephen Whyno of the CP has Nash as a "lock" and Staal is a "solid bet" to make the team.

11:27AM: TSN's Panel predicted who would represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics and both Marc Staal and Rick Nash were included in their roster.

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Today in Calgary, Hockey Canada is going through a walkthrough on boarded up ice to go through some systems.

Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun note that Rick Nash is on a line with Johnathon Toews at center and Eric Staal on LW.

Marc Staal is with Drew Doughty.

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During the Hockey Canada Olympic Press Conference, Pierre LeBrun asked Rick Nash about his experiences with Team Canada on the big ice surface in Europe.

Nash said, "I like the big ice. I find it's not to much of a difference. Playing for Canada. we have had success at both. Like Sid said, it's little things like angles. I have played a lot on the big ice and I enjoy it.

Nash spent part of the lockout season playing in Switzerland and played the entire 2004-05 season in Switzerland.

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In his look at the players invited to Team Canada for this week's Olympic Camp, Allan Muir writes at SI that Rick Nash is lucky he even got an invitation to the camp and that the value of his name brings more to the table than his game does now.

Muir says that Nash has always been looked at as a top-six forward for Canada but that he doesn't do enough anymore.

On Marc Staal, Muir says that if there is any issue whatsoever with his eye, Staal won't be part of Team Canada. If he is healthy though, the depth he can provide as well as his strength and reliability will put him in the mix for Canada's defense.

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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia and one on Team Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk posted three shots on goal in 23:19 of ice time in Team Russia's stunning 2-1 loss to France on Wednesday.

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Yesterday, Martin Brodeur told French-Canadian journliast Renaud Lavoie that although Brodeur wouldn't pick himself for Team Canada, he would go to next February's Sochi Olympics if asked -- even as a third-string goalie. That got me to thinking, which Devils are destined to play for flag and country in a year's time? So, after looking at the Devils' current roster, here's an extremely early roundup of players I think will, could or won't get the call next year. Again, this is all my random guessing based on players I think have a shot. Here goes.

Definitely Sochi bound: Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia), Anton Volchenkov (Russia)

As long as they keep this up: David Clarkson (Canada), Andy Greene (U.S.)

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https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/300663529151795200

https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/300663855577694208

It's a classy and smart comment Marty, and really, I'd expect no less. We'll get into this more tomorrow when we delve into the 2014 Olympics a little deeper.

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At CBC, Tim Wharnsby assembled a panel of six people to vote on who they thought would be part of Team Canada's Olympic team in 2014.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was put on four of six ballots and looked at as the sixth defenseman behind Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Brent Seabrook and Alex Pietrangelo.

Michael Del Zotto also received one vote.

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At ESPN.com Craig Custance projects who will be on Team Canada in 2014 for the Olympics.

Custance lists Rick Nash as one of the players from 2010 who is a "lock" and thinks that there is a good chance he will end up on a line with Jonathan Toews and Mike Richards again.

Brad Richards and Marc Staal are looked at as potential Rangers who could be on Team Canada in 2014.

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