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2014 OLYMPIC ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
The men’s hockey rosters for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have been announced. Each of the 12 competing teams features at least one NHL player. Every NHL team has at least two representatives:
* Based on reports
REPRESENTATIVES BY NHL TEAM
Anaheim Ducks (7): F Ryan Getzlaf and F Corey Perry (Canada); D Sami Vatanen and F Teemu Selanne (Finland); F Jakob Silfverberg (Sweden); G Jonas Hiller (Switzerland); D Cam Fowler (United States).
Boston Bruins (5): F Patrice Bergeron (Canada); F David Krejci (Czech Republic); G Tuukka Rask (Finland); D Zdeno Chara (Slovakia); F Loui Eriksson (Sweden).
Buffalo Sabres (4): F Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia); G Jhonas Enroth and D Henrik Tallinder (Sweden); G Ryan Miller (United States).
Calgary Flames (2): D Ladislav Smid (Czech Republic); G Reto Berra (Switzerland).
Carolina Hurricanes (3): F Tuomo Ruutu (Finland); D Andrej Sekera (Slovakia); D Justin Faulk (United States).
Chicago Blackhawks (10): D Duncan Keith, F Jonathan Toews and F Patrick Sharp (Canada); D Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic); F Michal Handzus and F Marian Hossa (Slovakia); D Niklas Hjalmarsson, D Johnny Oduya and F Marcus Kruger (Sweden); F Patrick Kane (United States).
Colorado Avalanche (4): F Matt Duchene (Canada); G Semyon Varlamov (Russia); F Gabriel Landeskog (Sweden); F Paul Stastny (United States).
Columbus Blue Jackets (5): G Sergei Bobrovsky, D Nikita Nikitin, D Fedor Tyutin and F Artem Anisimov (Russia); F Marian Gaborik (Slovakia).
Dallas Stars (3): F Jamie Benn (Canada); G Kari Lehtonen (Finland); F Valeri Nichushkin (Russia).
Detroit Red Wings (10): F Pavel Datsyuk (Russia); F Tomas Jurco and F Tomas Tatar (Slovakia); G Jonas Gustavsson, D Jonathan Ericsson, D Niklas Kronwall, F Daniel Alfredsson, F Johan Franzen and F Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden); G Jimmy Howard (United States).
Edmonton Oilers (3): F Ales Hemsky (Czech Republic); D Anton Belov (Russia); D Martin Marincin (Slovakia).
Florida Panthers (2): F Aleksander Barkov (Finland); F Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia).
Los Angeles Kings (6): D Drew Doughty and F Jeff Carter (Canada); D Slava Voynov (Russia); F Anze Kopitar (Slovenia); G Jonathan Quick and F Dustin Brown (United States).
Minnesota Wild (5): F Mikael Granlund and F Mikko Koivu (Finland); F Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland); D Ryan Suter and F Zach Parise (United States).
Montreal Canadiens (8): G Carey Price and D P.K. Subban (Canada); F Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic); D Andrei Markov and D Alexei Emelin (Russia); G Peter Budaj (Slovakia); D Rafael Diaz (Switzerland); F Max Pacioretty (United States).
Nashville Predators (2): D Shea Weber (Canada); D Roman Josi (Switzerland).
New Jersey Devils (3): F Patrik Elias and F Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic); F Damien Brunner (Switzerland).
New York Islanders (4): F Michael Grabner and F Thomas Vanek (Austria); F John Tavares (Canada); D Lubomir Visnovsky (Slovakia).
New York Rangers (7): F Rick Nash (Canada); F Mats Zuccarello (Norway); G Henrik Lundqvist and F Carl Hagelin (Sweden); D Ryan McDonagh, F Ryan Callahan and F Derek Stepan (United States).
Ottawa Senators (2): F Milan Michalek (Czech Republic); D Erik Karlsson (Sweden).
Philadelphia Flyers (5): F Michael Raffl (Austria); F Jake Voracek (Czech Republic); D Kimmo Timonen (Finland); D Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia); D Mark Streit (Switzerland).
Phoenix Coyotes (5): G Mike Smith (Canada); D Zbynek Michalek and F Martin Hanzal (Czech Republic); F Lauri Korpikoski (Finland); D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden).
Pittsburgh Penguins (7): F Sidney Crosby and F Chris Kunitz (Canada); D Olli Maatta and F Jussi Jokinen (Finland); F Evgeni Malkin (Russia); D Paul Martin and D Brooks Orpik (United States).
San Jose Sharks (4): D Marc-Edouard Vlasic and F Patrick Marleau (Canada); G Antti Niemi (Finland); F Joe Pavelski (United States).
St. Louis Blues (10): D Jay Bouwmeester and D Alex Pietrangelo (Canada); F Vladimir Sobotka (Czech Republic); F Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia); G Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia); F Patrik Berglund and F Alexander Steen (Sweden); D Kevin Shattenkirk, F David Backes and F T.J. Oshie (United States).
Tampa Bay Lightning (6): F Steven Stamkos (Canada); D Radko Gudas and F Ondrej Palat (Czech Republic); D Sami Salo and F Valtteri Filppula (Finland); F Richard Panik (Slovakia).
Toronto Maple Leafs (3): F Nikolai Kulemin (Russia); F Phil Kessel and F James van Riemsdyk (United States).
Vancouver Canucks (7): G Roberto Luongo and D Dan Hamhuis (Canada); D Alexander Edler, F Daniel Sedin and F Henrik Sedin (Sweden); D Yannick Weber (Switzerland); F Ryan Kesler (United States).
Washington Capitals (3): F Alex Ovechkin (Russia); F Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden); D John Carlson (United States).
Winnipeg Jets (4): G Ondrej Pavelec and F Michael Frolik (Czech Republic); F Olli Jokinen (Finland); F Blake Wheeler (United States).
NY Islanders 7, Dallas 3
Columbus 4, NY Rangers 3 (SO)
Montreal 2, Florida 1
Calgary 4, Colorado 3
TAVARES’ FIVE POINTS POWER ISLANDERS
Captain John Tavares (3-2—5) recorded his second career five-point game, including his fifth career hat trick (and first of the season), to power the Islanders to their fourth victory in their last five outings.
* Tavares’ other five-point game came on March 16, 2010, his rookie season, in a 5-2 victory over the Canucks (2-3—5).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Islander to register a five-point game that included a hat trick was Zigmund Palffy, who posted 3-2—5 in a 7-2 win over the Penguins on April 17, 1999.
* With his five-point performance, Tavares moved into third place in League scoring (20-31—51 in 43 GP). He has 7-5—12 during a five-game point streak, his third streak of five or more games this season.
* Tavares also reached the 20-goal plateau for the fifth time in as many NHL seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fifth player in club history to post 20 or more goals in each of his first five NHL campaigns, with each of those seasons coming in an Islanders uniform (Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Billy Harris, Bryan Trottier).
* Thomas Vanek collected a pair of assists to stretch his career-long point streak to nine games (5-9—14). Andrew MacDonald also posted two helpers to extend his assist/point streak to five games (0-8—8).
* Ryan Strome, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his 11th game.
FLAMES EDGE MacKINNON, AVALANCHE
Mike Cammalleri scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:30 remaining in regulation to help the Flames improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 visits to Colorado.
* Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored a pair of power-play goals, his second consecutive multi-goal game (2-0—2 Saturday vs. SJ). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, MacKinnon (18 years, 127 days) is the youngest player in NHL history to record multiple goals in each of two consecutive team games, breaking the mark set by Jets forward Dale Hawerchuk Oct. 23-25, 1981 (18 years, 204 days).
* MacKinnon also is the first 18-year-old (on any team) to post consecutive multi-goal games since teammate Matt Duchene did so Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2009.
* MacKinnon leads all rookies with 14-14—28 in 42 games this season. He also paces all first-year players with seven power-play goals and 121 shots on goal.
* Fellow rookie Sean Monahan, the sixth overall pick by the Flames in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored his 12th goal of the season, third among freshmen.
BOBROVSKY MAKES STRONG RETURN
Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 40 saves, plus another two in the shootout, to lead the Blue Jackets over the Rangers in his first game since Dec. 3.
* Three Blue Jackets scored in regulation, including Brandon Dubinsky, his first against his former club (1-2—3 in 3 GP vs. NYR).
* Rangers forward Rick Nash also scored his first goals versus his former club, tallying a pair on the power play (2-0—2 in 2 GP vs. CBJ).
PRICE RECORDS 20TH VICTORY
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves to record his 20th victory of the season, his fourth consecutive season with 20 or more wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the second Montreal netminder in the last 20 years to post four straight 20-plus win seasons, joining Jose Theodore (2000-01 through 2003-04). Prior to that, Patrick Roy won at least 20 games in each of nine consecutive campaigns for the Canadiens from 1985-86 through 1993-94.
Avalanche forward Paul Stastny recorded 1-2—3, his seventh multi-point game of the season. He has 19-27—46 in 40 career games versus the Flames, his most goals, assists and points against any opponent . . . Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog collected an assist for his 100th NHL point, extending his career-long point streak to seven games (3-5—8) . . . Panthers rookie Aleksander Barkov posted an assist to stretch his point streak to six games (1-6—7) . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers for three games , without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Devils forward Dainius Zubrus.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, MSG-B, BELL TV
NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., TSN, MSG PLUS
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, TCN-PH
San Jose @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CA
Tampa Bay @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., SUN, TSN-JETS
Calgary @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., SNET-CGY, FS-A PLUS
St. Louis @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., FS-MW, SNET-W
Pittsburgh @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., TSN, ROOT
Boston @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., NESN, PRIME
Minnesota @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-N, FS-W
TOP CLUBS FACE OFF IN ANAHEIM
Two of the top teams in the NHL face off when the Bruins (28-12-2, 58 points) visit the Ducks (31-8-5, 67 points) at Honda Center. Anaheim is off to a record start, ranking first in the League standings while setting the club’s best mark through 44 games. The Ducks also are 17-0-2 at Honda Center, becoming just the fifth team in the last 40 seasons to collect at least one point in each of its first 19 home games. The Bruins, meanwhile, lead the Atlantic Division and place sixth in the League standings. They have won five of their past seven games overall and are 8-2-2 this season versus the Western Conference, including a 5-1-0 mark against the Pacific Division (3-2 shootout victory over the Ducks Oct. 31).
BATTLE OF THE JERSEY TURNPIKE
The Flyers (21-17-4, 46 points) visit the Devils (17-18-8, 42 points) on a national telecast in both the United States and Canada. New Jersey has won 11 of the teams’ past 15 head-to-head matchups, including a 4-1 series victory in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The clubs split their opening two meetings of 2013-14, with the visitor securing a win in each contest. Overall, the Flyers have won five of their past six outings, while the Devils have posted points in three of their past five (2-2-1).