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The Anaheim Ducks Avoided Vegas For As Long As They Could

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register (Sunday edition),

Instead of flying Sunday evening, the Ducks will head to Vegas on Monday and scrap their morning skate. It isn’t unheard of – they’ve flown on game days in the past – but it is rarely done. This one was a touchy topic, with Carlyle not addressing it directly and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf saying, “You’d have to talk to the boss.”

The boss, in this case, is Ducks general manager Bob Murray. The Ducks went to Vegas in the first week of December and had a different plan then, playing in Nashville on a Saturday night and staying until Monday before flying that afternoon to Nevada for a Tuesday night game.

“It is what it is,” Getzlaf said. “They put the plan in place. That’s Bob’s call. A situation like this, Bob made the call. That’s what he wanted to do and we just live with it. If we win, he’s a genius. If we don’t, then it didn’t work.

“It’s the same as anything else. It’s a results-based business. That’s what he felt was best to prepare us for the game tomorrow.”


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2018) – New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 18.

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Video- Take Advantage Of A Slow Monday

It won't be a slow one next Monday, trade deadline day will make sure of that.


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More Than Just A Game For The Olympic Athletes From Russia

from Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail,

After being battered, manhandled, shut out and generally embarrassed by a team of hockey players from Russia over the weekend, a few shell-shocked American players struggled to explain what had just happened. "I don't really have words for it," forward Ryan Stoa said....

But one man knew exactly what he'd just seen. Leaning against a wall in the bowels of the Gangneung Hockey Centre after the game, a wry smile on his face, Igor Larionov recognized it. The former Soviet and NHL star needed just two words to describe what transpired on the ice.

"Foreign affairs," Mr. Larionov said with a laugh. "Let's put it that way."

Hockey wasn't supposed to matter at these Olympics because the NHL isn't here....

But then, the Russians played the Americans and suddenly it was the 1980s again. It was NHL-fast, it was dirty and it was inspired. But it was a certain kind of inspired that international hockey hasn't seen in while. Anyone who thinks there aren't a few games at these Olympics that matter more than others hasn't been reading the headlines.

"We're talking about sports. But next to sports goes politics," said Mr. Larionov, a veteran of the Soviet "Big Red Machine" that was as much a demonstration of Russian hockey prowess in the 1980s as it was an expression of Kremlin ideology.

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A Disappointing Loss By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, which is like having Batman, Superman and a rotund Robin. Give them a coach who knows what he’s doing, and they’re going to contend for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis. In fact, they do just that.

The Blue Jackets have one elite offensive player in Artemi Panarin. They have two terrific, young defensemen in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, and they have a world-class goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky. They can be a playoff team if they score enough — and to score enough, they need contributions from up and down their lineup.

Sunday evening, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,100 in Nationwide Arena. The Pens were playing the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and Crosby, Malkin and Kessel combined for one assist. They still enjoyed themselves immensely.

The Penguins got five points from their third line, and another six from their defensive corps. They won with depth, which isn’t supposed to be one of their strengths. They won with emotion and determination, which are supposed to be hallmarks of the Blue Jackets. They made Bobrovsky look shaky, and it was like the playoffs all over again.


Game highlights are below...

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Video- The Best Action From Sunday’s NHL Games

Five minutes to watch.


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U.S. Olympic Woman’s Team Will Play For Gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded two goals and an assist and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made 14 saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team shut out Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 22), when it will play either Canada or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

“Tonight, we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team” said U.S. Olympic Women's Team head coach Robb Stauber. "Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament and today we were rewarded."

Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 1:10 p.m. (local time Thursday in S. Korea)/11:10 p.m. ET (Wed. Feb. 21) and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006), is competing in the gold-medal game of an Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time.

For the complete game recap, click here.

added 8:44am, Video highlights here.

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NHL Short Notes

NHL Morning Skate


Home Team in Caps

Philadelphia 7, NY Rangers 4

Edmonton 4, COLORADO 2

New Jersey 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)

Pittsburgh 5, COLUMBUS 2

Toronto 3, DETROIT 2

SAN JOSE 5, Dallas 2

WINNIPEG 7, Florida 2

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Women’s Olympic Semi-Finals Start Tonight

USA vs. Finland at 11:10pm ET

Canada vs. OAR at 7:10am ET on Monday

Gold Medal game is 11:10pm ET on Wednesday

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Video- Miles Wood Suspended Two Games

The explanation.


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