Injured Mason doesn´t want to travel to NY, out for Game

 

Steve Mason is out for Game 1, potentially longer. (Getty Images)
Steve Mason is out for Game 1, probably longer. (Getty Photographs)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers already had their arms full with the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist as their first-round playoff foe, now they will have to begin the series without their high goaltender.

Steve Mason has been battling an upper-body harm however just a couple days in the past coach Craig Berube was hopeful he'd be OK for the beginning of the playoffs. He is not. Mason will not costume for Game 1 on Thursday.

 

 

Mason is not even travelling with the Flyers to New York which might normally put Sport 2 in critical doubt as well but it's not as though Mason could not make the trip in a few hours so that's not an actual indication but.

Even lacking one recreation, though, puts the Flyers in a tricky spot. As maligned as Mason is from his horrible ultimate years in Columbus, he has been good for the Flyers this season. Not outstanding but undoubtedly good and better than the Flyers have had in net for a very long time. He took over the No. 1 role early and posted a917 save share with 33 wins in 61 games. There have been occasions in the season that Mason carried the Flyers.

No less than in Emery they do have an experienced guy to show to however he has not had a great season in his return to the Flyers. He started 21 games and struggled, going 9-12-2 with a903 save proportion. No less than Emery has been good in his profession in opposition to the Rangers, so there's that.

Cal Heeter, who played the ultimate sport of the season, will serve as the backup to Emery in Recreation 1 and for nevertheless long Mason may be out.

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Canucks’ Daniel Sedin leaves on stretcher after hit

Daniel Sedin was carted off on a stretcher Sunday night. (Getty)
Daniel Sedin was carted off on a stretcher Sunday evening. (USATSI)

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In the final game of a dismal season for the Vancouver Canucks, things took a bad turn of the worst potential variety Sunday night time. Canucks star Daniel Sedin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being on the receiving finish of a clumsy hit from Paul Byron.

Here’s a GIF of the hit in question by way of @myregularface:

Here is the hit that has severely injured Sedind on Twitpic

Sedin’s head made contact with the boards after the hit from Byron and he instantly went to the ice. He laid immobile the place he fell for some time and had his head immobilized by an athletic trainer immediately. He was positioned on a again board, along with his neck in a brace.

Sedin appeared alert and was talking to the medical staff that surrounded him and appeared to be shifting his extremities at different factors, nevertheless it was an awfully scary scene.

Hopefully the stretcher was extra for precaution than anything, but it definitely didn’t look good. Preliminary studies from Sportsnet’s broadcast on Sedin’s condition had been constructive, nonetheless.

Byron was given a 5-minute main for charging and game misconduct. The hit was positively from behind, however did not appear to be with much power. That didn’t stop Sedin from contacting the boards somewhat awkwardly as he may have been off stability.

It positively wasn’t charging, but boarding would have been a fair call in that state of affairs. Either method, Byron should not have been making contact with Sedin together with his numbers out there. No matter how hard the shove, when an opponent’s again is facing out close to the boards, that is a weak player.

Henrik Sedin also briefly left the sport after brother Daniel was taken out on the stretcher, but returned for the third interval.

In accordance with the Sportsnet broadcast, Daniel Sedin was being observed by doctors in the stadium shortly after being taken off the ice, but was later transported to a local hospital.

The Canucks shared the latest update later Sunday night time:

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Union beats Minnesota for first hockey title

PHILADELPHIA – Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchmen the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. "These guys, my brothers, they do everything for me. I don't care about anything else, we're national champions."

Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie also scored and Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union (32-6-4), the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., that competes in Division III in all other sports.

"A little bit speechless right now," third-year coach Rick Bennett said. "Just happy for our school, for this program and the past players. It's an unbelievable experience."

Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching scored for Minnesota (28-7-6). Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots for the five-time champion Gophers.

"Both teams are better defensively than a 7-4 score shows," said Bodie, the Union captain. "It's just one of those games where crazy bounces happen. We just wanted to stick with our process. We thought we were playing pretty well and great things happened."

Cammarata pulled Minnesota within one with the lone goal in the second period, but Novak restored the two-goal cushion on a deflection at 5:31 of the third.

Fasching cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left. Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining.

Union College Dutchmen

The Union College Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their last 17 games en route to their first-ever NCAA hockey title.

"Just one shift at a time," Bodie said. "This is the biggest game of our lives, hands down, but you've got to treat it like any other game. It was tough, I had people texting me, people calling me and stuff, and, you know, it was real tough to keep that mindset, but with our sport psychologist we were able to get that done."

Kloos opened the scoring on a rebound 2:37 into the first period. Gostisbehere responded for Union by weaving through three opponents and beating Wilcox with a wrist shot to glove side at 9:26. Less than a minute later, Warning squeaked a bad-angle shot between Stevens and the pipe to put Minnesota up 2-1.

Union won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. Ciampini scored three goals in the Dutchmen's 5-4 victory over Boston College in the semifinals Thursday night.

The Dutchmen have competed in Division I since 1991-92.

Minnesota lost for the seventh time in the title game. The Gophers were making their first appearance in the championship game since winning its second straight title in 2003.

NOTES: Union last met Minnesota in 2010-11, when it won 3-2 in Minneapolis. The overall series is tied 2-2.. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped the ceremonial first puck. Holmgren played for the 1974-75 Minnesota team that lost to Michigan Tech in the national title game… The 2015 Frozen Four will be played at TD Garden in Boston.

 

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UND, Union, Friars, Ferris survive and advance

CINCINNATI – Mark MacMillan was standing his ground in front of the goal when the puck caromed off his side and into the net. His deflection set up an NCAA tournament upset.

MacMillan's goal broke a tie with 1:44 to go, and North Dakota added a pair of open-net goals in the final minute Friday night, pulling away to a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face second-seeded Ferris State for the regional title Saturday and a trip to the Frozen Four. Ferris State beat Colgate 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its longtime rival with three late goals, the most important one coming quite by chance.

Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing, and the rising puck hit MacMillan and went past goaltender Joel Rumpel for a 3-2 lead.

"I was just trying to go to the net," MacMillan said. "It just went off my side and bounced into the net. Bit of a lucky one, but we'll take it."

The goal was reviewed to see whether the puck deflected off MacMillan's raised stick or whether he had interfered with Rumpel.

"The ref did come over and say the North Dakota player did not bump your goaltender," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "It hit him and it went in."

Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute, giving him three goals in the game and ending the latest installment of a long-standing hockey rivalry.

It was the 164th game between the schools. They've met three times in the NCAA tournament, and North Dakota has won all three – 5-2 in the 1982 title game and 3-2 in overtime in a 2008 regional final.

Union 5, Vermont 2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to help top-seeded Union beat Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored for Union, which came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season. Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4).

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games.

The Catamounts took eight penalties, and Union converted three times on special teams.

The Dutchmen got on the board 4:15 into the game with a short-handed goal. Hatch went almost end-to-end unimpeded, skating down the right half-wall before cutting into the slot and beating goalie Brody Hoffman to the glove side.

"That really got the bench going," Bodie said. "Special teams often dictate who wins, and I thought our special teams did it tonight."

Vermont tied in the period when McCarthy went behind the Union net, threw the puck in front and saw it ricochet back to him for an easy shot past Colin Stevens, who made 23 saves. Hoffman had 34 for Vermont.

Union took the lead back just more than a minute later with a power-play goal. Carr's slap shot rebounded to Sullivan, who found Novak to the left of the goalie. Novak backhanded it into the net from his knees.

Carr played give-and-go with Novak on the power play to give the Dutchman a 3-1 lead in the second. Novak's pass back to Carr hit the stick of Vermont's Yvan Pattyn and into the net.

"We were moving the puck well, but more importantly we were winning the battles down low, and that's a huge component to the power play," Novak said.

Bodie made it 4-1 on a 4-on-1 rush after taking a pass from Sullivan in front of the net.

Vermont cut the deficit to two goals on a backhander by McCarthy at 13:19 of the third. But Hatch got his second goal on an empty net to put the game away.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999 to 2003.

The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face the Friars, winners of Friday's second East Regional game, on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

"We're very honored to be going to that game," coach Rick Bennett said.

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Jon Gillies made 37 saves, and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first and scored three second-period goals.

That was more than enough with Gillies in net.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

The Friars will play top-seeded Union on Saturday in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont 5-2 in the first semifinal.

The game will pit Providence coach Nate Leaman against the program he led from 2003 to 2011 and former assistant Rick Bennett, a former Friars star.

"I think once the puck is dropped, I don't think anyone on the ice is going to think about it," Leaman said. "It's one game to see who advances. That's our goal, and there's really nothing that's going to distract me or the team, I think, from that."

Providence is making its first tournament appearance since 2001. It last won an NCAA game during a three-game first-round series with Minnesota in 1991.

Michael Garteig made 22 saves for Quinnipiac, which finished the season 24-10-6, a year after making it to the national championship game.

"It was a different game out there than what we've been used to all year," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "There was a lot of obstruction and hooking and holding, and we've got to find a way to fight through it a little bit better."

Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

CINCINNATI – C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.

The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew's power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final, where they will meet North Dakota, by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal.

The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.

Both were solid Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn't get one to go in.

"He's always good," defenseman Scott Czarnowczan said of his goalie. "He might have been better today."

Motte made two impressive stops during a power play in the third period. He also made a glove save on Spiro Goulakos' slap shot with 1:37 to go. Colgate's Tyson Spink was called for cross checking with 57.9 seconds left, allowing Ferris State to finish it off on a power play.

"We just didn't get a bounce tonight," Goulakos said.

Colgate freshman goaltender Charlie Finn was solid Friday, stopping 26 shots. Mayhew flipped the puck over his leg from in front of the goal for the only score.

Mayhew, a freshman forward, had a pair of goals at the Final Five championship last weekend, including the game winner during a 5-4 victory over Anchorage Alaska.

"He's played well as of late," Daniels said. "Gerald's got a very quick stick. You could see the chances coming more and more."

Once he scored, it was a matter of holding on.

"They played their game," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "They did a great job defending the lead when they got it."

 

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Penguins’ Neal on shelf indefinitely with concussion

 

James Neal (18) is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion. (USATSI)
James Neal (18) is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion. (USATSI)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without the extremely-productive James Neal indefinitely after the ahead sustained a concussion. Dan Bylsma confirmed the news Friday.

Neal sat out apply Thursday with what the team termed a maintenance day, however clearly there was extra to it than that.

Accidents have followed Neal this season, as he has already missed 21 video games of the 2013-14 campaign. He has remained a prime scorer for the workforce, nevertheless, posting forty nine factors in 44 video games including 22 objectives.

The Pens remain far and away the highest team in the Metropolitan Division, however are in a tight race with the Boston Bruins for the top total seed and guaranteed house ice throughout the Eastern Convention playoffs. The streaking Bruins at present have a one-level benefit over the Pens.

As with any concussion, the level of uncertainty in recovery is all the time a concern. Not knowing when Neal will be back is at all times a concern. After all, it may very well be a brief-term subject as properly and subsequently not as worrisome.

The Pens are coping with various accidents, as they seemingly have all season (for the previous couple of seasons), together with one to Chris Kunitz. The Penguins top-line left wing ran right into a aim submit with his leg. He additionally missed practice Thursday for a “upkeep day” however his status for Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers remains unclear.

With the Penguins relative lack of depth, losing two of the highest wingers they have for any amount of time can be troubling, but contemplating there's nonetheless a month till the postseason, they will take the accidents now as opposed to then.

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Stars’ Peverley collapses, game postponed

DALLAS – As soon as Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas bench, neither the Stars nor the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets felt up to finishing the sport.

With the Blue Jackets leading 1-zero early within the first interval on Monday night, play was shortly halted when Peverley had a coronary heart problem while on the bench.

Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was shortly carried down the tunnel. A public deal with announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-outdated Peverley was aware and taken to a hospital.

Rich Peverley

The Stars' recreation in opposition to Columbus was postponed as "a results of the emotional state of the gamers on both teams brought on by the medical emergency."

"We handled (Peverley) for a cardiac event successfully," stated Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals. "We offer oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm again to his coronary heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which may be very reassuring.

"As soon as we handled him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."

A hush fell over the gang throughout the prolonged delay between the time play was stopped and when the game was called off.

There was no speedy announcement of when the game can be made up.

"Dallas participant Wealthy Peverley is doing well and is in steady condition," the NHL stated in a press release. "As a result of the emotional state of the gamers on both groups attributable to the medical emergency, the sport is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans."

Peverley's spouse, Nathalie, accompanied him within the ambulance to UT Southwestern St. Paul College Hospital.

The Stars conveyed the message to the Blue Jackets that they weren't up for finishing the game on Monday.

"They're shaken they usually want to reschedule. We understand that," John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. "They have been shaken to the core."

Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener due to a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition recognized during a training camp bodily. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 towards Washington.

"We monitor him closely for a unique kind of arrhythmia he has," Dr. Salazar stated. "He does have a pre-current situation, and the condition – a normal quivering of the center that doesn't permit him to send blood to locations where he must, in his mind and coronary heart."

Peverley sat out last week's recreation at Columbus due to an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after final Monday's recreation and could not fly.

Peverley then performed in Dallas' next two games before Monday.

"There wasn't any concern," Stars coach Lindy Ruff mentioned regarding Peverley's return to the lineup. "Our medical doctors have achieved a wonderful job monitoring the state of affairs."

Both groups skated off the ice after Peverley's collapse. The Stars did not go directly via the tunnel subsequent to their bench, however by a door at the south finish of the rink.

"I used to be scared," Ruff said.

As Ruff turned to seek medical help from the stands, gamers from each teams tried to draw the officers' attention by banging their sticks on the boards and the ice.

"If it wasn't for our doctors and all the members (of the coaching workers) reacting so rapidly, I could be standing right here with a unique story," Ruff stated. "They have been there ASAP. It's an absolute marvel after what he went through."

The scene inside the sector was tense earlier than the news of Peverley's condition improved.

"When he dropped, it was red alert," Ruff said. "Don't fret about the sport. It was about getting the doctors.

"As soon as he got here off the ice, I started screaming into the group for a health care provider. The gamers do not wish to play, and I don't need to coach the team proper now."

In sixty two games this season earlier than Monday, Peverley had seven targets and 23 assists.

He was acquired final July from Boston with forward Tyler Seguin and defenseman Ryan Button for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

"The first thing (Peverley) requested me was how a lot time was left in the first interval," Ruff stated.

Ruff would not speculate on whether the Stars would possibly seek to have Tuesday's game at St. Louis postponed.

"He's going to be OKAY," Ruff said. "The care he is getting and the care going ahead is an important thing."

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Upset Russian coach after defeat: ‘Eat me alive’

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Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is not sure about his future. (USATSI)

To some, a Russian gold in Olympic hockey would’ve been ample to deem the Video games a hit for the host nation, regardless of the outcome of other sports. If the Olympics had been Vladimir Putin’s baby (they were), then Russia’s hockey workforce, a group he publicly lauded and partially helped finance, was the apple of his eye. He even had a hand in picking the person tasked with explaining the confounding efficiency to the media.

Searing questions were heaped on Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov following Wednesday’s beautiful three-1 loss to Finland, and given the aforementioned stress, his answers, while candid, weren’t stunning.

The transcript of one reporter-coach change, per the Wall Avenue Journal:

Q: What future, if any, do you see for your personal work and on your coaching employees? As a result of you recognize, your predecessor was eaten alive after the Olympics.

A: Effectively then, eat me alive proper now –

Q: No, I mean –

A: Eat me, and I won’t be here anymore.

Q: But we have the world championship developing..

A: Properly then, there shall be a unique coach because I will not exist anymore, since you’ll have eaten me.

Q: But you’re staying, aren’t you?

A: Sure, I’ll remain dwelling.

Other questions (How much are you at fault? Was this a disaster?) had been lobbed at the coach, but he was clearly reticent to indulge the feisty media. Gold or bust usually isn’t a stable strategy, however the Russians shall be not noted of the medals ceremony for a third straight Olympics.

“There were nice hopes positioned on us, and we didn’t reside up to them,” Pavel Datsyuk, the Russians’ finest participant throughout the tournament, stated to Canada.com.

Questions relating to the effectiveness of using Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin on the same line together with a curious resolution to start out (and eventually pull) Semyon Varlamov in purpose, were authentic probes, but these solutions would greatest be saved for an additional day.

When Bilyaletdinov was asked whether or not he can be sticking around Sochi, he curtly responded, “No, I might slightly depart.”

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Vokoun (blood clot) cleared, to begin comeback

 

Tomas Vokoun will try to get back in condition to play this season. (Getty Images)
Tomas Vokoun will attempt to get again in condition to play this season. (Getty Pictures)

 

An excellent chunk of the crew may be in Russia right now taking part in the Olympics but on Wednesday the Pittsburgh Penguins received some nice news back on the home front; Tomas Vokoun has been cleared to play.

The goaltender has been out the entire season after a scary state of affairs unfolded within the preseason. At a group follow, a blood clot was discovered in Vokoun's pelvis that required fast attention. He underwent surgical procedure to disolve the clot that he said saved his life just in time.

After that scary incident, it wasn't clear if Vokoun would play within the NHL once more. At 37 years of age, it might be a tricky street to come again.

While the reply is not clear but if he'll play again this season (or next), he is a minimum of medically cleared to. From right here it is just about all up to him.

Vokoun mentioned his focus now could be on observe and attempting to get himself up to health and condition so that he would possibly have the ability to play for the Penguins.

Vokoun was key for the Penguins final season, taking on the starting job within the playoffs for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was struggling within the postseason once once more. Vokoun played effectively and helped the Penguins attain the convention finals. Even with that he wasn't anticipated to be the beginning goalie for the Penguins this season but he was going to get a good load from Fleury.

Instead, the Penguins had to alter their plans and go with inexperienced Jeff Zatkoff in net behind Fleury. The rookie is 9-2-1 with a909 save percentage and 2.64 targets in opposition to common. That's definitely serviceable but less than Vokoun's919 and a pair of.forty five from last season in Pittsburgh.

Talking of the Olympics, after seeing Ondrej Pavelec towards the USA on Wednesday, surely the Czech Republic would have loved if Vokoun have been already heatlthy and taking part in too.

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Panthers get informal money help from county

 

The Panthers and new owner Vincent Viola are seeking some help. (Getty Images)
The Panthers and new owner Vincent Viola are looking for some help. (Getty Photos)

 

 

It's no secret that the Florida Panthers battle to make money in South Florida, that's why the brand new owners of the workforce asked Broward County for some assist. Odds are wanting good that they're going to get it.

Attendance has lengthy been a difficulty in Florida as fans frequently see (and mock) during the seasons. It does not assist matters that the group hasn't been very aggressive at all in the past 12 seasons either. Because of this, the staff's funds have not been great both.

The staff is a part of Dawn Sports activities and Entertainment which leases and operates BB&T Heart, internet hosting a lot more than Panthers hockey. Still, the team is such a drain on the operation that even with the money the company brings in from concert events and the like, the group loses it just as fast. New co-owner Doug Cifu instructed the county that the group is dropping $one hundred,000.. per day.

"We'd like assist," he said.

The county seems prepared to offer it. From the Sun-Sentinel:

The county fee help, voiced informally Tuesday for the first time at a public workshop, ranged from tepid to enthusiastic. But the consensus was clear.

At the least six of the eight commissioners who will likely be voting on the deal support giving an undetermined quantity of extra taxes collected from tourists to the Panthers, which leases and operates the county's BB&T Middle in Sunrise. The workforce is asking for an extra $eighty million.

The ninth commissioner, Stacy Ritter, cannot vote on the proposal as a result of her husband is a lobbyist for the crew.

In accordance with the Sun-Sentinel, the lengthy-discussed idea of building a casino next to the sector in suburban Sunrise won't be included within the bundle. That doesn't mean it will not ultimately come to be, however. Simply not but.

As to the deal on the desk, there does not appear to be a lot worked out yet so far as the precise particulars, one commissioner mentioned he would like to see something that provides back to the county too, a real partnership. Not way back, Broward County helped get the Panthers a brand new video display above the ice that landed Florida the draft in 2015.

One facet of this request from the Panthers that makes it all of the more fascinating is the angle that the brand new primary owner, Vincent Viola, has mentioned he needs to make the Panthers a cap crew. So they're already losing six figures a day in cash however he wants to spend roughly $sixteen million more on payroll. It would not look good however the county commissioners do not appear to mind much.

The brand new possession group has repeatedly stated they haven't any intentions of transferring the workforce however maybe the county would not wish to name their bluff and danger it.

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IIHF to change rule after disallowed Russia goal

IIHF President Rene Fasel (center) will review rules after USA/Russia controversy. (USATSI)
IIHF President Rene Fasel (center) will evaluation guidelines after USA/Russia controversy. (USATSI)

Russia definitely felt like it had the rug pulled out from underneath them after Fedor Tyutin’s obvious aim was waved off within the late phases of the preliminary-round recreation in opposition to the U.S. The rule was properly enforced on the ice, as the web was off its line by mere inches, nevertheless it left followers and players confused.

The disallowed aim has been the source of a lot consternation within the host country and referee Brad Meier has drawn most of Russia’s ire after that disallowed goal. Even Vladimir Putin had thoughts on the call, saying “Even referees generally makes errors.”

Within the NHL, the web will be barely off and the purpose will count, which led to questions in regards to the rule the International Ice Hockey Federation employs in regards to the net being displaced.

In response to IIHF president Rene Fasel, this rule is about to change.

Here’s the translation of Championat.ru’s interview with Fasel through Puck Daddy:

What are you able to say in regards to the disallowed goal because of the dislodged net?

We’ll change that rule. To disallow a aim because of two centimeters? That’s nonsense. However that is the present rule, nothing may be completed. That’s why I believe that this rule must be modified and officiate the way in which it is carried out in the NHL. That’s what we’ll do.”

The rule itself might be too rigid and it has by no means been clearer than it was in that key situation of the USA-Russia sport. It’s an unlucky thing to have had happened on the biggest stage, however thankfully it wasn’t in an elimination sport (Scary thought, though: that rule may rear its ugly head but again in this match).

So the IIHF will bend to the intense outrage, and it ought to, because it’s a dangerous rule, however it’s too late to vary the previous.

T.J. Oshie is probably pretty glad about that.

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Quick to start quarters for USA after game off

 

Jonathan Quick started the first two games for the USA. (Getty Images)
Jonathan Quick began the first two games for the USA. (Getty Images)

 

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In case you needed any extra confirmation, Jonathan Fast is the USA's goalie in these Olympics.

Fast began the first two video games against Slovakia and Russia before getting a sport off towards Slovenia to wrap up pool play. Ryan Miller was simply seconds away from recording a shutout earlier than conceding a aim as the USA won the group.

However that was just one begin and the crease shall be turned back to Fast for the USA's quarterfinal sport against either Slovakia or the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Coach Dan Bylsma has appeared to favor stability in net in the quick match format, offered no less than that you simply're getting high quality goaltending from your No. 1 guy. Thus far, Quick has given the US just that, giving up three objectives in the two video games he played as well as helping the US to win T.J. Oshie's shootout vs. Russia.

This is Quick's first experience backstopping USA in international competition but as we have seen in Los Angeles, he often is at his greatest when the games are the largest and we all know the Olympics are awfully massive stage.

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NHL’s decision on 2018 may come in six months

 

Gary Bettman, Rene Fasel and Donald Fehr in Sochi. (Getty Images)
Donald Fehr, Rene Fasel and Gary Bettman in Sochi.

Whereas hockey followers enjoy every minute of this Olympic hockey match in Sochi, it's hard to ignore the distinct possibility that that is the final time we see NHL players in the Olympics.

The NHL's participation in the Olympics is all the time a hotly contested difficulty, especially when the Video games aren't in North America as would be the case once more in 2018 when the Olympics head to South Korea. Flyers owner Ed Snider made his place identified and it was hardly favorable towards the Olympic Video games; the league and its teams get very little benefit if any.

It's why Gary Bettman and the NHL have been talking about a return of the World Cup of Hockey, which at this point appears sure to happen. That was reaffirmed when Bettman, NHLPA head Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel spoke in Sochi.

Different news: Fehr indicated official World Cup announcement is coming in the not-too-distant future…— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 18, 2014

Most have assumed that this means the NHL would be achieved with the Olympics and the World Cup would be a replacement for a global best-on-finest match that right now solely the Olympics truly gives. Nevermind that it's nearly unimaginable to exchange the Olympics, it would be something that the NHL would have more say in and simply as importantly, it wouldn't overlap with the NHL season.

However one may not preclude the other. No choice has been made but on 2018 even when the World Cup is all however a go at this level, the Olympics aren't out of the question but. It does not seem seemingly but the sport isn't over.

Bettman mentioned a decision may very well come within the next half 12 months relating to 2018 but it surely won't be coming now. It hasn't been a dialog in Sochi. He also explained the continued considering.

"I do not need to get into what the professionals and cons are for participating," Bettman said. Everyone is aware of them, and so they've been debated ad nauseam. We are here because we predict it is great to be here at present at this event. What comes next we'll all have to figure out, as we've executed each of the other instances that the NHL players have participated."

Practically everyone who is not involved in workforce administration loves the NHL in the olympics. Heck, even Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to be in favor of the NHL being in the Video games. And we all know how the gamers feel about it.

With the NHL in the Olympics, hockey has really turn out to be the game of the Winter Games. The question is that if that would be the case again in Pyongyang four years from now. We'll find out

 

 

 

 

 

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US women rout Sweden to earn gold medal game

 

The U.S. Women have look to keep their gold medal game streak alive. (USATSI)
Team USA breezed previous Sweden to advance to the gold-medal sport in women's hockey. (USATSI)

After dominating Sweden to the tune of a 6-1 ultimate, the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Group is on its way to the gold-medal recreation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It is going to be the fourth trip to the ultimate within the 5 Olympics girls's hockey has been part of.

Workforce USA out-shot Sweden 70-9 within the recreation and was near perfect from begin to finish. Six totally different players scored targets for the U.S. as the offense was unfold out. Defenseman Megan Bozek and ahead Brianna Decker every had three factors to tempo the American attack.

Jessie Vetter didn't get much work between the pipes for Staff USA, making eight saves on 9 shots. Sweden's starter Valentina Wallner did all she might to maintain issues shut as she made 42 saves on forty seven photographs before being yanked in favor of Kim Martin-Hasson.

It was a dominant effort all through for Group USA, which had 4 days off since its disappointing preliminary-spherical loss to Canada. That should help increase confidence heading right into a extremely-anticipated gold-medal sport.

The U.S. will now await the winner of the semifinal between Canada and Switzerland. In all probability, we'll be wanting at the fourth USA-Canada remaining since ladies's hockey came to the Olympics in 1998.

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9:45 a.m. – SPORT OVER Team USA earns a 6-1 win over Sweden and will advance to the gold-medal sport for the fourth time within the final five Olympics. They're going to await the winner of Canada-Switzerland semifinal. Gold-medal game is set for Thursday.

9:41 a.m. – OBJECTIVE USA – Brianna Decker's initial shot rocketed off the crossbar, but it surely goes off a Swedish defender's skate and into the net. So Staff USA's first purpose of the third period is an awfully wacky one.

9:39 a.m. – A little bit of scrum develops in entrance of the Sweden net. Not a lot comes of it as time is winding down. Under 4 minutes now.

9:37 a.m. – PENALTY SHOT STOPPED Jocelyne Lamoureux attempts the spin-o-rama on the penalty shot, but Kim Martin-Hasson makes an enormous pad save. Still 5-1.

9:36 a.m. – Penalty shot arising for Team USA as Jocelyne Lamoureux was hauled down from behind on a breakaway.

9:32 a.m. – AIM SWEDEN Some extent shot from Emma Eliasson might have taken a deflection off Anna Borgqvist and the Swedes are on the board for the first time. Sweden buzzing a bit more in the third period.

9:31 a.m. – Jessie Vetter has her toughest take a look at yet as Erica Uden-Johansson's wraparound try sqeezed through. Vetter was in a position to get her glove behind her and sweep the puck off the road. So shut, but no aim.

9:29 a.m. – USA not fairly simply going by way of the motions, but they don't seem to be pushing as onerous for offense in this period. Photographs are not coming as fast and furious, although they maintain a 7-1 advantage over the Swedes thus far this era.

9:25 a.m. – Sweden showing no stop on the market. They're still making an attempt to generate chances, but struggling to get by way of to the U.S. night time. Just one shot on goal this era, but they keep pushing the tempo and are making the U.S. work defensively.

9:19 a.m. – U.S. doing an excellent job of working the offensive zone with a variety of crisp passing and searching for good shots. They're still very much in control and never showing any indicators of letting up despite the score.

9:15 a.m. – Third period underway.

9:09 a.m. – Now can be a very good time to refresh that cup of coffee. USA-Sweden will hit the ice once more shortly for the third interval. Group USA 20 minutes from one other trip to the gold-medal sport.

9:03 a.m. – Second Period Recap:

It was a lot of the identical within the second period because the U.S. continued its dominance of Sweden. Targets from Monique Lamoureux and Megan Bozek have the lead at 5-0. Now the U.S. ladies must focus getting out of the third interval wholesome and not growing any unhealthy habits With the probably state of affairs of enjoying Canada for gold on Thursday, it is important to give attention to taking part in the way they have all along. Unfortunately, that means not letting up in a recreation that's already out of hand.

9 a.m. – Second interval ends with the U.S. up 5-zero. Shots are fifty one-6.

8:54 a.m. – The U.S. has reached 50 pictures within the recreation with 3:59 to play in the second interval. Fifty.

8:fifty one a.m. – All the credit to Wallner, who now sits on the bench. She made forty two saves and really was by no means given a lot of a chance. It could be lots worse if she didn't make some incredible stops throughout her time in net.

8:49 a.m. – Veteran Kim Martin-Hasson will come out to interchange Valentina Wallner. She was the goaltender that helped Sweden upset the U.S. within the 2006 semis. Doesn't appear like history may have a chance to repeat itself, although.

AIM USA – Megan Bozek's blast from the top of the purpose finds its way past Wallner to make it 5-zero. That puck had some serious zip on it.

eight:46 a.m. – Staff USA successfully kills the penalty to Coyne. They allowed only one shot on Sweden's power play. Shot counter now reads forty five-three.

8:43 a.m. – Crew USA killing a penalty as Kendall Coyne sits in the box for hooking.

eight:41 a.m. – Doc Emrick noting the retirement of Noora Raty, the spectacular Finland goalie. She was a part of that Minnesota girls's team last yr that went wire-to-wire undefeated and won back-to-back national titles. Still in her prime, but it may be tough for girls's hockey players to have the time to work full-time and practice. She actually is likely one of the finest on the earth and it is sad to see her profession come to an finish.

USA OBJECTIVE – Monique Lamoureux scores on the facility play for the United States after the Swedish goalie got here up with several impressive saves however could not cease Lamoureux's shot from the slot. Pictures are 42-2.

8:33 a.m. – Kendall Coyne was just thrown to the ice and hit her head arduous. USA will return on the facility play. Positive feels like the United States is about to attain once more. They haven't let up off the gasoline pedal.

8:31 a.m. -Sweden goalie Valentina Lizana-Wallner simply made the save of the women's event stretching out together with her glove hand to rob the United States of its fourth objective. Pictures are 31-1 four minutes into the second interval.

United States fully dominates the primary period and takes a 3-0 result in the locker room. Workforce appears quite a bit higher than it did in its loss to Canada. United States goalie Jessie Vetter with a big interval stopping the only Sweden shot.

Pictures finish 29-1 within the first.

eight:10 a.m. – United States picks up one other penalty Let's see if Sweden can get greater than a shot on this power play. Shots are 28-1 now.

eight:06 a.m. – Document for most shots in a period is 34 set by the United States in Nagano in the course of the first women's hockey olympic match. United States has 27 pictures with four:20 left within the first.

8:03 a.m. – THEY DID IT! Sweden bought a shot on objective.

8:01 a.m. – Sweden comes dangerously close to getting a shot on web, however it was blocked in entrance. So shut.

eight:00 a.m. – Sweden will get its first power play of the game as Michelle Picard will get whistled for hooking. Photographs currently 26-zero U.S., so Sweden has to find a method to take advantage on a uncommon opportunity on the advantage.

7:fifty seven a.m. - OBJECTIVE USA Amanda Kessel chips a loose puck up and over Wallner to make it three-0. It got here on the tail end of back-to-again energy performs. Sweden still has yet to have a shot. This one's getting out of hand.

7:fifty one a.m. – USA back to the ability play as Hilary Knight bought tripped up. Pictures now 13-0 within the game.

7:49 a.m. – PURPOSE USA Some nice pressure in the zone leads to a blast from Kacey Bellamy. It found a method by way of Wallner and gives the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

7:48 a.m. – U.S. firmly controlling the game. Lead photographs 9-0 thus far in the sport. Their velocity and skill actually giving Sweden fits.

7:46 a.m. – PURPOSE USA Alex Carpenter fires one home from the slot after an incredible pass by Kelli Stack for an influence-play purpose.

7:forty three a.m. – A superb shot from Anne Schleper from the purpose is kicked apart by Wallner. USA shifting the puck aroud very properly in the offensive zone.

7:39 a.m. – Alex Carpenter will get a fantastic chance when the puck takes a bizarre hop off the boards, but Wallner recovered nicely and stacked the pads. Hilary Knight practically slipped one in on the wraparound shortly after.

7:37 a.m. – Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker get an opportunity in near the web, but could not squeeze the puck past Valentina Wallner.

7:35 a.m. – We're underway. USA trying to take management early with their velocity.

7:30 a.m. – Puck about to drop in Sochi. The U.S. girls's workforce has Jessie Vetter in net. She has a 1-1 file, 2.04 objectives-against common and a913 save proportion. She was additionally the group's major starter on the 2010 Olympics.

7:17 a.m. – Here's Crew USA's lineup for today's semifinal:

Hilary Knight – Kelli Stack – Alex Carpenter Kendall Coyne – Brianna Decker – Amanda Kessel Meghan Duggan – Jocelyne Lamoureux – Monique Lamoureux Extras: Lyndsey Fry, Julie Chu

Anne Schleper – Megan Bozek Kacey Bellamy – Gigi Marvin Michelle Picard – Josephine Pucci Lee Stecklein

Jessie Vetter Molly Schaus

Who: United States vs. Sweden

What: First women's hockey semifinal

When: 7:30 a.m. eastern Monday on NBC Sports activities Community

Where: Shayba Area, Sochi, Russia

The United States girls discover themselves in an analogous scenario because the one they skilled in 2010. Final time around, Group USA met Sweden and trounced them 9-1 within the semifinal to achieve the gold-medal sport, however this matchup has one moment historical past the People will hope to keep away from repeating.

At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, the American ladies were in an analogous state of affairs to the one they're in now. Taking over Sweden within the semifinal, the U.S. was surprised in a shootout. It stays the largest upset within the historical past of girls's hockey at the Olympics. Team USA had to accept a shocking bronze.

Anything can happen when it is single elimination, but Sweden will be a huge underdog to the Individuals. The Swedes completed second in Group B but pulled off a shock win on Saturday knocking off rival Finland four-2 within the quarterfinals.

The United States has been led in scoring by Hilary Knight, who has tallied five factors. Amanda Kessel has four points and is a +6.

Sweden is led offensively Pemilla Winberg who also has five factors in the match.

If Sweden stands any probability, it is going to need a huge efficiency from goalie Valentina Wallner who has a 93.8 save share in the tournament. She took the reins from veteran Kim Martin, who was the goaltender who stood on her head in that 2006 shootout win over the U.S.

It should at the very least be an interesting tilt, but most anticipate a USA-Canada rematch for gold on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preds GM Poile taken to hospital after hit by puck

 

Poile has been the GM of the Predators since the team's inception. (Getty Images)
Poile has been the GM of the Predators because the staff’s inception.Nashville Predators and Crew USA normal supervisor David Poile was taken to a Minnesota hospital on Thursday after he was hit with a puck on the crew’s morning skate.

Minnesota wild beatwriter Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was on the scene.

Paramedics in #preds locker room; David Poile hit by puck at skate. He walked and sat self on stretcher; black eye, bloody nostril, groggy— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

Poile being taken to native hospital #preds— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

Poile was in hallway not even on bench. Players have been passing boards to boards and a Weber move ricocheted off blade into David’s face #preds— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 6, 2014

Yikes, that sounds scary, and awfully unlucky. That puck should have had eyes to search out Poile in a spot like that.

It does not sound like he escaped some tough treatment, both. Based on Pioneer Press writer Chad Graff, Poile was having a number of work achieved, none of which sounds very nice.

Nashville and Team USA GM David Poile nonetheless in surgical procedure as of 20 minutes in the past. He’ll need 30-forty stitches. It’s an eye socket fracture.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) February 6, 2014

In addition to that, Graff said there may be some concern that Poile will miss the flight to Sochi with the remainder of the American workers. So go forward, Individuals, blame Canadian defenseman Shea Weber for taking the opening shot in the USA-Canada hockey rivalry for the Olympics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gaborik not cleared, out for Slovakia in Olympics

 

Gaborik has represented Slovakia in the past two Olympic tournaments. (Getty Images)
Gaborik has represented Slovakia prior to now two Olympic tournaments.Slovakia might be with out considered one of their top scoring threats when the Olympics get underneath manner next week; the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Thursday that Marian Gaborik will not be able to play in Sochi.

Gaborik was named to the Slovakian roster regardless that he had a damaged collarbone, which he suffered on Dec. 21, and on Thursday the organization said that doctors nonetheless have not cleared Gaborik to play.

“I am extraordinarily disenchanted that I will not be capable to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Video games however understand the decision is the fitting one for my restoration and for the nationwide team,” said Gaborik. “I’ve been fortunate and proud to symbolize my country at two Olympic Games and different worldwide tournaments and sit up for doing so once more in the future.”

Clearly it’s a robust break for Gaborik, particularly considering he appears to be very near being able to play. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says the group is hopeful he’ll be able to go very soon.

“Marian has worked extremely hard and completed all the pieces potential to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his nation in Sochi,” Kekalainen mentioned. “We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he can be fully recovered very quickly.”

Gaborik had 5 targets and 7 assists this season for the Blue Jackets in just 18 video games. He is a free agent after this season and has been talked about in attainable commerce hypothesis, so he’ll have extra to consider whereas persevering with to rehab than just missing the Games.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stanley Cup odds: Blackhawks still 11-2 favorite

 

Chicago remains the favorite to win the Cup. (Getty Images)
Chicago remains the favourite to win the Cup.Despite shedding 5 of their previous seven games and being fourth within the NHL in factors share, the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks stay the favourite to win the Stanley Cup.

Within the newest updated odds from the betting web site Bovada, the Hawks didn’t see their odds move from the 11/2 mark they have been at beforehand, nonetheless the odds on the Penguins and Blues improved to being just a shade lower than the percentages of the Blackhawks.

In the meantime, simply in case you had been intererested in burning your cash by betting on the Sabres, Flames or Oilers, you may’t. They have been taken off the board as their playoff hopes are finished. So if you really wish to throw cash away, there are always the Panthers.

Listed below are the complete odds from Bovada and the way they’ve modified for the reason that final replace.

As at all times, there are a few things that catch the eye. The Lightning at 20-1 is an interesting proposition, especially with Steven Stamkos on the mend. The Rangers are comparatively appealing at their 25-1 with how properly they have played of late as nicely.

In the meantime it is shocking to see the Kings remain as excessive as they do provided that they’re near lacking on the playoffs as a whole but they are a staff that’s simply built for playoff hockey and the assumption in them is a testament to their skill to possess the puck, lack of scoring be darned.

 

 

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Sochi-bound Miller remains in limbo in Buffalo

 

Miller will be involved in trade speculation until the March 5 deadline. (Getty Images)
Miller shall be concerned in commerce hypothesis until the March 5 deadline.For almost a whole year now, the future of Ryan Miller has been within the air in Buffalo. He is a free agent after this season however remains the Sabres’ netminder.

Going back to the tip of last season there have been questions surrounding Miller and whether he can be traded or if he may re-signal with the franchise. Now with the trade deadline a month away (a lot nearer truly with the roster freeze placing a squeeze on the amount of time left), things aren’t a lot clearer.

Miller talked about his situation on Tuesday with Buffalo reporters and he did not have a lot of an replace, truthfully. From Mike Harrington at the Buffalo News:

“I still do not know what to say. There’s been a change here even since there was a change here before,” he stated, referring to the hiring of new GM Tim Murray. “So it is like I am ready to see what the plan is and ready to see what they have to offer. We’ve not talked about something with regard to contracts and we have not talked about something with regard to trades. They’re doing their enterprise.”

So I asked Miller point-blank if he is informed the Sabres he needs out or if he’s instructed them he is keen to remain. He was understandably evasive.

“That’s probably not one thing I want to discuss with you guys,” Miller stated. “It’s a personal conversation a couple of enterprise transaction. Really, that’s what it comes all the way down to. I am ready to see form of what the plans are round here. that may type of give a little more indication.”

While it’s an update that is not a lot of an replace, on this case it in all probability is fairly telling. If they haven’t talked to Miller about contract extensions at this point then it is a pretty safe assumption to think his time in Buffalo is on the end of the road. The query then turns into if new GM Tim Murray can find a deal for Miller or if he’ll simply walk to the tip of the season and into free agency.

Miller has so much on his plate right now with the Olympics developing in just some days. He’s within the working to be the No. 1 goalie for the US workforce once more after leading the People to silver in Vancouver 4 years in the past. That could be a nice showcase for the Sabres if Miller gets the bulk of the time over Jonathan Fast in net.

Miller, who has a salary cap hit of $6.25 million this season, is 14-21-3 but has a925 save proportion for a Sabres group that has been eradicated from playoff rivalry.

 

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Keith Allen, GM of Flyers’ title teams, dies at 90

 

Allen coached the Flyers to first in their division in their first season. (Flyers.com)
Allen coached the Flyers to first in their division of their first season. (Flyers.com)Extra NHL: Scores | Standings | League Leaders | Odds | Injuries | Power Rankings

The Philadelphia Flyers lost a franchise icon on Tuesday when the franchise’s first head coach and former basic supervisor Keith Allen died. He was 90 years previous.

Allen truly joined the Flyers the year before they performed their first sport and served as their head coach from Day 1. In that first season the Flyers won the West Division. Allen remained behind the bench till 1970.

He additionally took over the role of normal supervisor beginning in 1969 and held that title for the subsequent 14 years. He was instrumental in building the roster that won a pair of Stanley Cups for the Flyers in 1974 and 1975, the only two titles in Flyers history.

“Keith was the primary coach in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers and a person for whom I have large respect,” Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider said in a release. “In my mind, he was and always shall be one of many best General Managers in the historical past of hockey. He was referred to as ‘Keith the Thief,’ I never knew of a bad deal he made. This workforce would never have reached the extent of success we have had over the previous 48 years if it were not for Keith.

“Through the years he became certainly one of my closest confidants and considered one of my greatest pals. I will never forget all of the many reminiscences we shared together.” added Snider. “I want to prolong my condolences to Keith’s household, his spouse Joyce, their sons, Brad and Blake, and their daughter, Traci, and their 4 grandchildren, Chelsea, Shay, Jillian, and Chase. He will sorely be missed by all of us.”

You won’t discover many individuals in hockey who didn’t have the utmost respect for Allen. That features Jody Clarke, the daughter of Flyers great Bobby Clarke.

Keith Allen took a chance on my dad when nobody else would. A hockey icon and superb human being. RIP Mr Allen. #philadelphiaflyers #thief— Jody Clarke (@jodylclarke) February 4, 2014

Commissioner Gary Bettman also launched a statement on behalf of the league.

“Keith Allen all the time found a solution to deliver distinctive talent to Broad Road and weave it into the fabric of a workforce that would succeed and endure on the highest level, as a result of in Philadelphia, for his Flyers and their followers, no different stage was acceptable.

“The Nationwide Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Keith’s household, to his friends and to the Flyers organization, which has lost one in all its patriarchs.”

Allen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 as part of the Builders category.

As a participant, Allen solely appeared in 28 career NHL games, with the Red Wings in 1953-54 and fifty four-fifty five. He did not rating a aim however did have 4 assists as a defenseman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Members to IOC: Don’t pay for pros to play

SOCHI, russian federation – The IOC has been urged not to pay sports activities to attend the Olympics throughout talks on its relationships with North American professional crews. The NHL has yet to commit to the Olympics beyond Sochi. Major League Baseball has had issues with the particular Olympics over releasing best players midseason. The NBA has sent elite gamers in its offseason since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.After finally agreeing to a 16-day pause to totally free players to compete within Sochi, the NHL offers yet to commit to liberating its stars to play in the Olympics beyond this year.

The subject was resolved Wednesday when 100-plus worldwide Olympic Committee members regarded as “financial compensation and earnings for the stakeholders for their involvement” during wide-ranging debate upon strategy. “The bottom line is we are on a slippery slope if we begin paying people to come to the particular Olympic Games, ” New Zealand member Barry Maister stated. “It’s fundamentally against the Olympic movement. ”

The NHL agreed to the 16-day pause freeing gamers for Sochi after long discussions with the International Ice handbags Federation. The IOC’s rigid control of broadcast rights was a sticking point. MLB’s refusal to purchase a shorter midseason crack has hampered baseball’s efforts to regain Olympic standing.

Still, restored efforts with strong support in Japan have begun to include baseball and softball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Scott Niedermayer and Sidney Crosby Basketball’s increased significance to the Olympics since the United States sent the original Dream group 22 years ago was held up as a model of cooperation. “The bottom line is we are on a slippery incline if we start paying people to come to the Olympic Games. it can fundamentally against the Olympic motion.” — IOC member Barry Maister

“I think that they did us a great support but we returned in order to basketball a great deal, ” IOC member Alex Gilady associated with Israel said. “Now, many years later, there are already 56 European players in the NBA. It will become a lot more hard for them not to participate in their own national teams in world competition or Olympic Games. ” The most senior golf ball official in the IOC stated the sport “can’t do without these best athletes” at the summer time Games.

“It’s our obligation, the worldwide federations’ obligation, to offer all of them this possibility, ” stated Patrick Baumann, an IOC member from Switzerland plus secretary general of basketball’s world governing body, FIBA. Paying person athletes to compete at the Olympics would be “anathema” as a general principle, said previous Alpine skiing great blue jean Claude-Killy of France.

Earlier, athletes’ consultant Adam Pengilly of Britain experienced suggested the IOC could help create a kind of pension account to help competitors make the changeover to normal life after their own careers. Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Win for NHL

The New York Rangers earned another large win around the ice at Yankee Stadium.The New York Rangers earned another big win on the ice at Yankee Stadium. (USATSI)(USATSI)

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Maybe it was somewhat too ideal that a sport that was not exactly fairly to watch had been won on the goal by a grinding pest like Daniel Carcillo. Almost everything around the sport – the particular setting, the 50, 000-plus fans in the stands, the particular glitzy musical performances, Henrik Lundqvist's parts – gave Wednesday night time an feeling of some thing bigger. Yet what in fact happens within the ice is normally far from pleasing. That was certainly real of the 2 goals the particular Rangers obtained to give all of them a 2-1 victory contrary to the New York Islanders. Both arrived off of succulent rebounds that required the particular shooters, Benoit Pouliot and Carcillo, in order to merely have the puck on net. RecapRangers two, Islanders 1 It doesn't matter exactly how they're have scored, though. And really, it doesn't matter the way the game around the ice looks when it comes to outdoor hockey. Is actually all about the spectacle, plus Wednesday evening of contest within the Bronx definitely was that.

The game had its fair share associated with action within the boards. There was a total of 65 pictures on net between the two teams, some of which generated quality chances in there and the play definitely acquired after a shateringly slow 1st period.

 

The New You are able to Rangers skated off the Yankee Stadium snow victorious once more, completing the sweep the likes of which that building got never seen. The Blueshirts are now 3-0 in outdoor games, returning to the 2012 Winter Classic.

 

Though the play has been what it has been, it was still essentially a perfect event for the NHL. The league's outdoor gamble will be working in spades. For the 3rd time, the NHL played to a loaded stadium to have an outdoor hockey game that wasn't the Winter Classic and though TV rankings won't be identified until later, they're guaranteed to be endowed.

 

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"When you consider the fact that we have played 3 outdoor games in 5 days to 150, 500 people, then throw in the wintertime Classic and another one hundred, 000 individuals, it's been an incredible month associated with special events, inch said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a postgame declaration. "It was great to see. It was gratifying, and we're thrilled in the response that will Yankee Stadium and the New York metropolitan region gave just about all three groups. "

 

There are still two more outside games ahead, one involving the Chicago Blackhawks plus Pittsburgh Penguins in Chicago's Soldier Industry on Mar 1, as well as the Heritage Classic in Vancouver, pitting the Canucks against the Ottawa Senators on 03 2 . Even though the trick may have experienced just a little read more about the stale side Wednesday, it's nevertheless working since it was meant.

 

There is already a clamoring to get more, as reports associated with more outside games for next time of year are already trickling out. The particular league is flexing its muscles at this point and making a lot of money whilst doing it. TSN's Darren Dreger reported that early ballpark estimates have the NHL banking 20 mil in income from the Stadium Series.

 

Combining three Stadium Collection games currently played and the 2014 Wintertime Classic, almost 260, 500 spectators were on hand to witness groups play outside in the last month. A quarter of the million people have attended four hockey video games in the United States in a single season. Which simply remarkable.

 

Along with all the excellent benefits for that league, although, the Rangers helped by themselves with the two outdoor games in which they were technically the visitors. By picking up four important factors in the rankings, the Rangers moved three points in front of the Philadelphia Flyers for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division and appear like a team ready to put a bad very first half behind them.

 

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Both outdoor games also have to noticeably raise Rangers beginning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The particular star netminder made 30 saves contrary to the Islanders to earn his third career victory on view air.

 

Lundqvist said he got everything he previously hoped for from the Stadium Collection experience.

 

"I was hoping for two wins, inch he told reporters following the game. "I was hoping for two sold-out days or nights, and just to leave from this having an awesome experience, and that's what we should have now. We talked about it in the last sport you want to earn these games to be able to look back from it in ayrs, couple weeks whatever, to have a smile on your face rather than thinking about the mistakes or the loss or whatever.

 

"Now it's two days that I will remember more of my life. "

 

Days gone by two games have been a lot more than memorable regarding Lundqvist; they've been part of the best stretch associated with his 2013-14 season up to now. Lundqvist offers won seven of his past nine starts and has started to look like the Ruler Henrik we're used to seeing. He's going into the Olympics on a high note, which could be difficulty for the rest of the entire world.

 

It can hard to state the Rangers are going to be able to use the Arena Series being a valid springboard going forward, yet they're actively playing better handbags right now and earning back-to-back wins under the bright lighting of Yankee Stadium definitely has to feel great.

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