Silverman: Americans No Longer Have To Play Role Of Underdogs On Hockey StageThe Canadians are ripe for the taking. The Americans know it, and the Canadians are about to find it out.
Winter Olympics: Phil Kessel's Hat Trick Propels Red-Hot Americans Past SloveniaPhil 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.
Goalie Jonathan Quick To Start Sochi Opener For US Quick is getting the nod instead of Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard. Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was their No. 3 goalie.
Minnesota Wild Forward Zach Parise Named U.S. Olympic Hockey CaptainZach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was named captain of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics. Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown will serve as alternate captains.
Friedman: Kyle Okposo Is Team USA's Loss, Islanders' GainWhat’s done is done. Kyle Okposo isn’t going to Sochi and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That being said, it’s a blessing in disguise as far as the Islanders are concerned.
No Ryan? No Okposo? USA Hockey GM Explains Much-Debated Olympic RosterUSA Hockey used to have it relatively easy picking players for the Olympics. Not anymore. "We did not pick the best 25 players," general manager David Poile said Wednesday.
Friedman: Islanders' Okposo Is Forcing His Way Onto U.S. Olympic TeamWith 19 points, he has more than any other American skater. Among NHL leaders, only Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Henrik Sedin have more. He is Kyle Okposo, the former No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
US Hockey Considers Themselves The Favorites At The Sochi GamesBoosted by their 2010 experience, Team USA Hockey thinks winning the Gold medal is possible at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Hartnett: USA Wins Gold At WJC, Defeats Defending Champion SwedenTeam USA captured the Gold Medal at the World Junior Champions in Ufa, Russia by defeating defending champions Sweden 3-1.
Hartnett: USA Shocks Canada, Advances To WJC Gold-Medal GameJohnny Football? How about Johnny Hockey? New Jersey native John Gaudreau scored two goals as USA upset the favored Canadians early Thursday morning.
Hartnett: Admiration Between Stanley Cup Rivals, Devils And KingsThe Los Angeles Kings have plenty of respect for the New Jersey Devils, as the two Stanley Cup Finalists share many qualities.
Hartnett: Devils' Parise Will Let His Game Do The TalkingZach Parise is uncharacteristically underperforming during the Eastern Conference finals and knows he must raise his game.