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Report- The Philadelphia Flyers May Now Have Interest In Petr Mrazek

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Buffalo's Robin Lehner, rumored to be one of the goalies available, is listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.

Sam Carchidi of Philly.com with the Flyers goaltending situation...

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Video- Take Advantage Of A Slow Monday

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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

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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

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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.

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Game highlights are below...

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Wings Can’t Finish Games Out

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Even with 24 games remaining, the playoffs are a longshot for the Detroit Red Wings. It is difficult to erase a seven-point deficit this late in the season and it's even tougher to leapfrog four teams in between.

But the Red Wings could have been in the thick of the race by doing a better job closing games.

Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena was the latest squandered opportunity. Auston Matthews scored with 30.2 seconds remaining in regulation to snap a tie.

They lost 3-2 at Florida on Feb. 2 when Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds to play in the third period. They blew a three-goal lead with less than six minutes left in the third and lost 7-6 in overtime to the New York Islanders on Feb. 9.

That's five potential five frittered away in those three games.

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Watch the game highlights from Sunday's game below...

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Video- The Best Action From Sunday’s NHL Games

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Five minutes to watch.

 

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

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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

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NHL Morning Skate


SUNDAY’S RESULTS

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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Video- Post-Game Media

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I am tryng to stay up for the USA/Finland woman's semi-final game (11:10pm ET) so I will try to post more of these as they become available.

First up is Zetterberg.

 

 

added 10:18pm, Mrazek below...

added 10:34pm, Mantha and Blashill below too...

And I am done for the night, will catch up in the morning.

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Wings/Leafs Recap

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A pretty good game to watch on a Sunday night.

Wings went up 1-0 in the 2nd, then the Leafs scored 2 quick goals.

Zetterberg scored near the midway point of the 3rd and it looked like the game was headed to OT.

But Auston Matthews scored with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Game over.  Toronto 3, Detroit 2.

Goals and Detroit team stats below...

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