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Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.

02/14/2014

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Pens, Malkin Agree On 8-Year, $76 Million Extension

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Evgeni Malkin have agreed to term on a contract extension with superstar Evgeni Malkin.

06/13/2013

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara after scoring the game winning goal in double overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final at the TD Garden on June 5, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Game 3 Of Bruins-Penguins Was Everything Hockey Fans Desire

I hope you stayed up to watch the double overtime finish. Game 3 between the Bruins and Penguins had all the hallmarks of what makes playoff hockey truly remarkable.

06/06/2013

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Bruised Bergeron Ready If Physicality Carries Over To Game 2

It’s very rare you see Patrice Bergeron get into a dust up, but when Evgeni Malkin wanted to dance following the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, the Bruins’ assistant captain was up to the challenge.

06/03/2013

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Bruins Show Off New Defensive Pairings Before Departing For Pittsburgh

The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.

05/31/2013

Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penguins Make Switch At Goalie; Islanders To Face Vokoun In Game 5

Coach Dan Bylsma says Vokoun will be in net for Game 5 on Thursday night when the Penguins resume their first-round playoff series with the Islanders.

05/08/2013

Mark Streit celebrates a power-play goal by John Tavares at 6:19 of the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 7, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Keep Moving Forward, Win Wild Game 4 To Even Series

Leads aren’t safe in the wild first-round playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. Suddenly, neither are the top-seeded Penguins.

05/08/2013

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Lose Game 3 Thriller In Overtime, Penguins Take 2-1 Series Advantage

The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.

05/05/2013

The Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Grow Up In A Hurry, Smack Penguins Upside Helmet And Even Series

Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.

05/03/2013

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin, right, makes a save as the Penguins’ Brenden Morrow, top, and Matt Cooke converge on net during Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference series on May 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Islanders Will Have To Wait Even Longer For Playoff Win, Following Ugly Loss

Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, and the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins opened the playoffs with a 5-0 romp over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

05/02/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), Sidney Crosby (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Will Need A Lot More Than Belief To Beat The CCCP Of NHL

So how do the Islanders pull this miracle off? They can start by watching “Miracle,” of course.

04/30/2013

Derick Brassard with Ryane Clowe and Dan Girardi. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Tortorella’s Methods Are Proven; ‘New’ Rangers Can Play To His Tune

John Tortorella’s system requires a certain type of player. The “new” deeper Rangers fit Tortorella like a glove and proved it by beating the Penguins 6-1.

04/04/2013

J.T. Miller and New York Rangers GM Glen Sather. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: I’m Ready To Crown Penguins; Rangers Must Hold On To Best Assets At Deadline

It’s imperative that Rangers GM Glen Sather doesn’t make a reactionary trade after the Penguins acquire Jarome Iginla.

03/28/2013

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Rangers Fail To Answer The Bell In Pittsburgh, Drop Third Straight Game

The Rangers dropped their third straight game as they were completely dominated by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

03/16/2013

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