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Olympic Break Over, No Zetterberg, Now What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympic break and it is now time to consider the future...

from Ansar Khan,

But everyone can do a little more to help compensate for his loss. Having a healthy Pavel Datsyuk would help. So would getting contributions from Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss, who’ve been out with injuries.

The Red Wings’ post-Olympic playoff push begins Wednesday at Montreal. With 24 games remaining and 11 teams competing for the final six playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings must overcome the absence of their indisputable MVP.

“It’s a substantial loss, let’s not kid ourselves,” assistant coach Bill Peters said. “It’s your captain, it’s your leading scorer; he’s a point-a-game player. His leadership in the room as much as anything is going to be a loss.

“But now we’ll get our head wrapped around it and move on and find a way that we’re going to have to play to be successful. We’ll do that as a group.”...

“We have to embrace this as an opportunity, continue to prove we can win under any circumstance,” assistant coach Tom Renney said. “What that requires is extraordinary effort by everybody. I don’t think it’s anything that’s beyond them.

“But every single day we have to make sure we’re dialed in and prepared to do whatever it takes to get wins. If it’s trying to win 1-0, then so be it. I don’t think we’re as decimated as some would like to believe.”


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More Questions Than Answers With The Backstrom Positive Substance Test

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A couple of hours before the biggest game of his young career, Nicklas Backstrom made his way to the Bolshoy Ice Dome and began warming up for the gold-medal tilt between his Swedish national team and Canada.

But by the time that game had started, Backstrom had been whisked away to a disciplinary hearing with International Olympic Committee officials over a positive test for a banned substance -- an element in an allergy medication that Backstrom has been taking for seven years, according to Swedish Olympic Committee officials -- and told he could not compete for his country.

It is absolutely mind-boggling that it came to this.

Backstrom provided the urine test in question on Wednesday, after the Swedes' quarterfinal win over Slovenia. He alerted doping officials that he was taking the medication. According to Swedish and International Ice Hockey Federation officials, the normal turnaround for such tests is 48 hours, and yet the general manager of the Swedish national team was informed that Backstrom had exceeded the threshold for an element found in the medication only two hours before the gold-medal game.


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  Tags: nicklas+backstrom, sochi+olympics, team+sweden

Khan: Johan Franzen hopes to be able to return to the Red Wings’ lineup on Wednesday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today's Red Wings practice involved a surprisingly Tweet-free status until MLive's Ansar Khan posted the following:

Franzen was playing some of the best all-round hockey of his career prior to suffering that concussion in December...Here's hoping he gets the OK to go. The Wings will need him, and Stephen Weiss, too.

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NHL Short Notes - Sochi Edition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canada 3, Sweden 0

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) stopped all 24 shots he faced to record his second consecutive shutout and backstop Canada to its ninth gold medal in men’s Olympic hockey, the most of any nation.

* With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. It also repeated as the tournament champion for the first time since 1948 and 1952, with Sunday’s victory marking its first gold medal on European ice since 1952 (Oslo, Norway).

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  Tags: sochi+olympics

Video- NHL Hockey Resumes On Tuesday With Action Like This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet, the best goals, saves and hits of the 2013-14 season at this point in time..

Just a reminder, NHL trade freeze is lifted at 11:59pm ET tonight.

The trade frenzy will end at 3:00pm ET on March 5th.

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Babcock lets his hair down?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is adorable, via Corey Tufts on Twitter:


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NHL Statement On Nicklas Backstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SOCHI, RUSSIA (Feb. 23, 2014) – National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding Nicklas Backstrom:

“We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance banned ‘in competition’ by the International Olympic Committee. It is our further understanding that the positive test was the result of a common allergy medication taken by the player knowingly, with the approval of the team doctor and without the intention of gaining an illegal or improper performance-enhancing benefit. In addition, the specific substance that resulted in the positive test is not currently on the League’s Prohibited Substances List.

“Subject to confirmation of the facts as we understand them, and given the fact that the substance is neither prohibited in the NHL nor was used in an improper manner here, we do not anticipate there being any consequences relative to Nicklas’ eligibility to participate in games for the Washington Capitals.”

added 11:38am, Washington Capitals statement...

ARLINGTON, Va. – Nicklas Backstrom did not participate in Team Sweden’s Olympic gold-medal game on Sunday due to the allergy medication he has been taking intermittently for seven years, including this season while playing for the Washington Capitals to combat severe allergies. The medicine was approved by the Swedish national team. It is not anticipated that this will impact his participation in NHL games.

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  Tags: nicklas+backstrom, sochi+olympics, team+sweden

Olympic Hockey - Medal Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Olympics hockey tournament completed today.  Here was my report on the preliminary round and here was the playoffs.  These are the medal round games.


Sweden 2 Finland 1.  Finland opened the scoring in the second period with an Olli Jokinen goal.  Loui Eriksson tied the game for Sweden five minutes later.  Erik Karlsson gave the Swedes a lead with a power play goal later in the second period.  Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the win.  Kari Lehtonen took the loss for the Finnish team.  This puts Sweden in the gold medal game and Finland in the bronze game.

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Recap Of Canada’s Gold Medal Win Over Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

History is rarely on the minds of players at the precise moment they win something as significant as an Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey. The experience is too fresh, too new, and really just too much fun in the here-and-now to think about its significance or long-term impact.

In a decisive win marked by an immediately jubilant celebration just as most Canadians were sipping their morning coffees, Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team won its third gold medal in the last four Olympics and they did it in their most convincing style yet. In defeating Sweden 3-0 in Sunday’s final, Canada complete an undefeated 6-0 run to the championship, becoming the first team since the Soviet Union in 1984 to do so.

continued with team reaction to the win...

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  Tags: sochi+olympics, team+canada

Yzerman to step down as Team Canada’s executive director; Babcock gives command presser performance

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Big news for Team Canada. Executive director Steve Yzerman and coach Mike Babcock held a joint press conference after Canada's 3-0, gold-medal-winning victory on Sunday, and they both dropped verbal bombs at the end--with Yzerman stating that he won't return as executive director at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea:

LeBrun continues...

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