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NHL Short Notes - Sochi Edition

KARLSSON CARRIES SWEDEN TO VICTORY
Making his Olympic debut, defenseman Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) scored a pair of goals, including one via the power play, to lead Sweden to a 4-2 victory in its tournament opener.

LATE GOAL LIFTS SWITZERLAND
Simon Moser, a prospect of the Nashville Predators who made his NHL debut on Feb. 1, scored with 7.9 seconds left in regulation to break a scoreless tie and lift Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Latvia.

PLAYER TRACKER
A daily look at the performances of NHL players in Sochi:

Anaheim Ducks
* Celebrating his 32nd birthday, Jonas Hiller stopped all 21 shots he faced to backstop Switzerland to a 1-0 win. He improved to 3-3-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average in six Olympic appearances.

* Jakob Silfverberg logged one shot on goal and a +1 rating for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

Boston Bruins
* Loui Eriksson recorded two shots on goal in 18:37 of playing time for Sweden.

* David Krejci won 9-of-12 face-offs (75.0%) in 19:36 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.

Buffalo Sabres
* Jhonas Enroth dressed as the backup goaltender for Sweden.

* Zemgus Girgensons logged 14:33 of playing time for Latvia in his Olympic debut.

* Head coach Ted Nolan made his Olympic debut behind the Latvian bench.

* Henrik Tallinder recorded two penalty minutes for Sweden.

Calgary Flames
* Reto Berra served as the backup goaltender for Switzerland.

* Ladislav Smid dressed, but did not see the ice for the Czech Republic.

Carolina Hurricanes
* No Hurricanes were in action on Wednesday.

Chicago Blackhawks
* Niklas Hjalmarsson posted one shot on goal in 18:16 of playing time for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Marcus Kruger won 5-of-7 face-offs (71.4%), recorded one shot on goal and played 10:14 for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Johnny Oduya logged 17:28 of ice-time and one shot on goal in Sweden’s win.

* Michal Rozsival posted two shots on goal in 19:16 of playing time for the Czech Republic in his Olympic debut.

Colorado Avalanche
* Gabriel Landeskog earned the primary assist on the game-winning goal, logged a +2 rating and recorded two penalty minutes for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

Columbus Blue Jackets
* No Blue Jackets were in action on Wednesday.

Dallas Stars
* No Stars were in action on Wednesday.

Detroit Red Wings
* Daniel Alfredsson fired two shots on goal in 12:12 of playing time for Sweden in his 21st Olympic appearance.

* Jonathan Ericsson logged 19:15 of ice-time and one shot on goal for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Jonas Gustavsson did not dress for Sweden.

* Niklas Kronwall posted an assist in 19:15 of playing time for Sweden. He has 1-2—3 and 10 penalty minutes in seven career Olympic appearances.

* Gustav Nyquist played 10:36 for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Henrik Zetterberg scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, logged a +2 rating and won 7-of-16 face-offs (43.8%) for Sweden. He has 5-4—9 in 17 career Olympic appearances.

Edmonton Oilers
* Ales Hemsky recorded two shots on goal in 6:58 of playing time for the Czech Republic.

Florida Panthers
* No Panthers were in action on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Kings
* No Kings were in action on Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild
* Nino Niederreiter recorded four shots on goal and a +1 rating in 16:53 of playing time for Switzerland in his Olympic debut.

Montreal Canadiens
* Tomas Plekanec posted an assist, led all forwards with 22:04 of ice-time and won 9-of-20 face-offs (45.0%) for the Czech Republic. He has 2-2—4 in six career Olympic appearances.

Nashville Predators
* Roman Josi recorded two shots on goal in 22:14 of playing time for Switzerland in his Olympic debut.

New Jersey Devils
* Damien Brunner posted a game-high five shots on goal for Switzerland in his Olympic debut.

* Patrik Elias recorded an assist, won 5-of-11 face-offs (45.5%) and finished with a +1 rating for the Czech Republic. He has 3-4—7 in 11 career Olympic appearances.

* Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal of the tournament, logged a +1 rating and recorded three shots on goal for the Czech Republic. He has 8-13—21 in 24 career Olympic appearances.

* Marek Zidlicky played a game-high 26:56, posted a +2 rating and recorded four penalty minutes for the Czech Republic.

New York Islanders
* No Islanders were in action on Wednesday.

New York Rangers
* Carl Hagelin fired two shots on goal in 12:25 of playing time for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and picked up an assist to backstop Sweden to a victory in its opening game. He improved to 8-2-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average in 10 career Olympic appearances.

Ottawa Senators
* Erik Karlsson scored two goals, logged a +2 rating and recorded a team-high four shots on goal for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Milan Michalek posted one shot on goal in 6:46 of playing time for the Czech Republic.

Philadelphia Flyers
* Mark Streit earned the only assist on Switzerland’s game-winning goal in the final seconds of regulation and played a game-high 22:58. He has 3-6—9 in 16 career Olympic appearances.

* Jakub Voracek recorded four shots on goal in 15:35 of ice-time for the Czech Republic in his Olympic debut.

Phoenix Coyotes
* Oliver Ekman-Larsson collected two assists, a +2 rating and two penalty minutes for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Martin Hanzal did not dress for the Czech Republic.

* Zbynek Michalek recorded a +2 rating and one shot on goal in 19:01 of playing time for the Czech Republic.

Pittsburgh Penguins
* No Penguins were in action on Wednesday.

San Jose Sharks
* No Sharks were in action on Wednesday.

St. Louis Blues
* Patrik Berglund scored and won 4-of-8 face-offs (50.0%) for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

* Alexander Steen collected an assist, recorded three shots on goal and logged a +2 rating for Sweden in his Olympic debut.

Tampa Bay Lightning
* Radko Gudas did not dress for the Czech Republic.

* Ondrej Palat posted one shot on goal in 13:30 of playing time for the Czech Republic in his Olympic debut.

Toronto Maple Leafs
* No Maple Leafs were in action on Wednesday.

Vancouver Canucks
* Raphael Diaz fired three shots on goal, posted a +1 rating and recorded two penalty minutes for Switzerland.

* Alexander Edler did not dress for Sweden.

* Daniel Sedin posted an assist in 18:38 of playing time for Sweden. He has 2-6—8 in 13 career Olympic appearances.

* Yannick Weber recorded four shots on goal in 15:59 of ice-time for Switzerland.

Washington Capitals
* Nicklas Backstrom collected an assist, won 6-of-13 face-offs (46.2%) and recorded one shot on goal for Sweden. He has 1-6—7 in five career Olympic appearances.

* Martin Erat played 12:08 for the Czech Republic in his 14th career Olympic appearance.

* Marcus Johansson did not dress for Sweden.

Winnipeg Jets
* Michael Frolik fired four shots on goal in 9:44 of playing time for the Czech Republic in his Olympic debut.

* Ondrej Pavelec did not dress for the Czech Republic.

LOOSE PUCKS
ICYMI: Team USA players Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild) and Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild) appeared on NBC’s “TODAY” show live from Sochi to discuss the 2014 Olympic Winter Games . . . Team USA defenseman Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks) penned a guest blog in the Los Angeles Times about his experiences in Sochi . . . The NHL announced that its ice truck will arrive at Soldier Field on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in advance of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Austria vs. Finland, 3:00 a.m., NBCSN, Sportsnet
Russia vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m., MSNBC, CBC
Slovakia vs. USA, 7:30 a.m., NBCSN, TSN
Canada vs. Norway, 12:00 p.m., USA Network, CBC
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AUSTRIA vs. FINLAND
* A combined 17 NHLers make up the Austrian and Finnish rosters:

Austria (3)
F Michael Grabner (New York Islanders), F Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers), F Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders)

Finland (14)
F Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers), F Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild), F Jussi Jokinen (Pittsburgh Penguins), F Olli Jokinen (Winnipeg Jets), F Lauri Korpikoski (Phoenix Coyotes), G Kari Lehtonen (Dallas Stars), D Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins), G Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks), G Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins), F Tuomo Ruutu (Carolina Hurricanes), D Sami Salo (Tampa Bay Lightning), F Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks), D Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia Flyers), D Sami Vatanen (Anaheim Ducks)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* Philadelphia Flyers teammates Michael Raffl (Austria) and Kimmo Timonen (Finland)

RUSSIA vs. SLOVENIA
* A combined 17 NHLers make up the Russian and Slovenian rosters:

Russia (16)
F Artem Anisimov (Columbus Blue Jackets), D Anton Belov (Edmonton Oilers), G Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets), F Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), D Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens), F Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs), F Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), F Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas Stars), D Nikita Nikitin (Columbus Blue Jackets), F Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), F Alexander Semin (Carolina Hurricanes), F Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues), D Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), G Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche), D Slava Voynov (Los Angeles Kings)

Slovenia (1)
F Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)

* Slovenia is making its first-ever appearance in the Olympics.

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* Los Angeles Kings teammates Slava Voynov (Russia) and Anze Kopitar (Slovenia)

SLOVAKIA vs. USA
* A combined 37 NHLers make up the Slovakian and U.S. rosters:

Slovakia (12)
G Peter Budaj (Montreal Canadiens), D Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), G Jaroslav Halak (St. Louis Blues), F Michal Handzus (Chicago Blackhawks), F Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks), F Tomas Jurco (Detroit Red Wings), F Tomas Kopecky (Florida Panthers), D Martin Marincin (Edmonton Oilers), D Andrej Meszaros (Philadelphia Flyers), F Richard Panik (Tampa Bay Lightning), D Andrej Sekera (Carolina Hurricanes), F Tomas Tatar (Detroit Red Wings)

USA (25)
F David Backes (St. Louis Blues), F Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), F Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), D John Carlson (Washington Capitals), D Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), D Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks), G Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings), F Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), F Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), F Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), D Paul Martin (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), G Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), D Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins), F T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues), F Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadiens), F Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild), F Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), G Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), D Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), F Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche), F Derek Stepan (New York Rangers), D Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), F James van Riemsdyk (Toronto Maple Leafs), F Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* Carolina Hurricanes teammates Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Justin Faulk (USA)
* Chicago Blackhawks teammates Michael Handzus and Marian Hossa (Slovakia) and Patrick Kane (USA)
* Detroit Red Wings teammates Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar (Slovakia) and Jimmy Howard (USA)
* Montreal Canadiens teammates Peter Budaj (Slovakia) and Max Pacioretty (USA)
* St. Louis Blues teammates Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia) and David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk (USA)

CANADA vs. NORWAY
* A combined 26 NHLers make up the Canadian and Norwegian rosters:

Canada (25)
F Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), F Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), D Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues), F Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), F Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), F Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), F Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), D Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks), D Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), F Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), G Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), F Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), F Rick Nash (New York Rangers), F Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), D Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues), G Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), F Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks), G Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes), F Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning), D P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), F John Tavares (New York Islanders), F Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks), D Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Norway (1)
F Mats Zuccarello (New York Rangers)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* New York Rangers teammates Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway)

Above information via the NHL PR department

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