With 24 American and Canadian players returning from the Vancouver Olympics’ decisive game, which famously ended with Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal, there’s no shortage of motivation.
Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves to help the Americans clinch no worse than a silver medal. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women’s hockey was added in 1998.
Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening 4:33 and became the first U.S. player with an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade.
I have no problem with the NHL shutting its doors every four years. No, I’m not talking about another labor dispute. It’s time for the Olympics!
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Chris Kreider scored three goals, Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as the Rangers spoiled the return of former coach John Tortorella.
The Rangers didn’t need a win in in this game, but they had to match the Bruins hit for hit and show they could skate and play with Boston.
Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in the playoffs.
Having dropped eight of their last ten games, the New York Islanders are officially in trouble.
Nabokov was assisted by a trainer in the crease before getting up on his skates and gingerly skating off.
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers’ had their best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots and James Wisniewski had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 victory.
Rangers assign forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen to Hartford.
Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
The Islanders and goalie Evgeni Nabokov seemed to be in complete control before Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno scored 4:19 apart to get even at 2-2 after the Blue Jackets managed only 12 shots in the first two periods.