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Pregame 2/27/14: Islanders vs. Maple Leafs

The Islanders return from the Olympic break as they continue a 5 game home stand hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum.

Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 10

On the last day of the Olympics, the very last event was the men’s hockey gold medal game, in which Sweden faced Canada. It meant that 6 of the 10 Blackhawks players that went on to the Sohi Olympics would get a medal, be it silver or gold. Patrick Kane just missed out on bronze yesterday, the USA losing out to Finland.

 

Three Blackhawks players were on each side of this gold medal game: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith for Canada, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger for Sweden. Niklas Backstrom, of ...

Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 8

The Olympics are drawing to a close, and so is the men’s hockey tournament. After the Canadian women went on to win gold against the USA yesterday, there were two men’s games today - the semifinals, which were both huge rivalries, and games not to be missed.

 

The day started with Finland/Sweden, which would decide the first team to compete in the gold medal game on Sunday, just before the closing ceremony. And after a 60 minutes battle, Sweden came out the winner, taking the game 2-1.

 

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Tavares Injury Could Cause Chaos In Isles Nation

Tavares injures knee in Canada's 2-1 nail biter over Latvia. The severity of the injury is reportadly devastating and could set the Islanders team back another couple of years...again.(flickr/msflaster)

Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 7

The quarterfinals day started with Sweden playing Slovenia, the underdog of the competition so far, along with Latvia. The Swedes dominated the game from the beginning of the first, and kept the game in their hands throughout, even with a solid effort from Slovenia.

 

The game would end 5-0 for Sweden, taking them safely to the semifinals. Alexander Steen, Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson and Carl Hagelin would be the goalscorers for Sweden, with Hagelin with two. Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya got an assist on Eriksson’s goal.

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Blackhawks’ Olympic Effort: Day 5

The day started with a Austria/Norway game that ended as a 3-1 win for Austria, thanks to two goals by Michael Grabner. Norway have yet to win a game in the Olympics tournament, while this was Austria’s first win.

 

Afternoon games in Sochi involved two teams with Blackhawks players: the USA, who played against Slovenia, and Slovakia, who played Russia.

 

The first period of the USA/Slovenia game saw Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Phil Kessel ...

Blackhawks’ Olympic Effort: Day 3

The first day of day 3 of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament saw Czech Republic face off against Latvia and earning themselves a win. Michal Roszival, of the Blackhawks, skated on a line with Tomas Kaberle, and was on the ice for each of the Czechs goals.

 

Czech Republic opened fire, with a goal by Martin Erat 10 minutes into the first frame. Latvia retaliated 3 minutes later with a power play goal by Janis Sprukts. It only took 6 minutes for Jaromir Jagr to give Czech Republic the edge again, scoring just before the end ...

John Tavares Set For Breakout Year

Saying that John Tavares will have a breakout season when he recently became a Hart Trophy finalist and has scored 249 points in 291 played NHL games in just four seasons might sound a bit ridiculous. But it very well may be true (Photo credit: theseoduke/Flickr).

Tavares was just one point shy in each of the past two seasons from establishing himself as an official point-per-game player (47 in 48 games in 2013, 81 in 82 games in 2012). He also has only eclipsed the 30 goal mark once, scoring 31 in 2012 with a whopping 50 assists to go along with his scoring touch.

With all of that being said, it is very possible that John Tavares still has not reached his full potential.

Will Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson Make The Isles Cut?

There will be plenty of tough decisions to be made for New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano when training camp starts in September, especially when it comes to deciding which young forward will have a chance to be on the opening night roster.

Both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson have earned the deserved opportunity to get a long look before being sent back down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; the only question is which one will stay.

Team Canada 2014: July Edition

Yesterday, Team Canada announced the 47 players invited to attend their orientation camp in August, here is Calgary. With the announcement, the debate on who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has begun across the country. Team Canada will look to defend their 2010 Gold medal on a different stage, playing on the bigger ice surface in Sochi. Here is my July edition of Team Canada.