Latest USA-Russia men's hockey clash just like it always was ... in the stands
The fans were as expected on Saturday. Brash. Chippy. Frantic. Yes, it was Team USA against the Russians, and, in the stands, it felt like it. On the ice, it was something less so.
Why haven't any coaches been fired yet this season?
Coaching changes are ubiquitous in the NHL; over the past 11 years, teams have canned 34 bench bosses in-season. But this season -- the first that has gone this far without a switch since 1966-67 -- has been marked by an intriguing new trend: stability.
One big trade deadline question for every NHL team
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Maatta's third-period goal leads Penguins past Maple Leafs
Olli Maatta scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Smith leads Golden Knights to 6-3 win over Canadiens
Reilly Smith had two goals and an assist to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Lack makes 48 saves, Devils beat Lightning 4-3
Eddie Lack made 48 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night.
Raanta makes 39 saves, streaking Coyotes beat Oilers 1-0
Antti Raanta made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Arizona Coyotes won their fourth straight, scoring on their first shot in a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Dvorak's goal just bounces in.
The puck deflects off Christian Dvorak and just trickles into the net in Arizona's 1-0 win against Edmonton.
Ducks win in 11th round of shootout.
Nick Ritchie nets the game-winner in the 11th round of a shootout against the Wild as goalie John Gibson stops seven straight shots in Anaheim's 3-2 victory.
Brassard has goal, 2 assists to lead Sens past Rangers 6-3
Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 on Saturday.
Ritchie scores in 11th round of SO, Ducks beat Wild 3-2
Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout and John Gibson stopped seven straight shots in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Brassard leads Senators past Rangers.
Derick Brassard scores a goal and had two assists in the Senators' 6-3 win against the Rangers.
Kopitar goal helps Kings defeat Sabres.
Dustin Brown finds Anze Kopitar, who backhands a shot into the back of the net as the Kings defeat the Sabres 4-2.
Kopitar, Amadio score 2 each in Kings' 4-2 win over Sabres
Anze Kopitar and rookie Michael Amadio scored two goals each, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon.
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According to NBC's Pierre McGuire, Team USA coach Tony Granato was "furious' with Team OAR's coaches for having their top power play unit on the ice in a 4-0 game with less than two minutes remaining. "Keep putting them on the ice, keep putting them on the ice!" he said, via McGuire. Goal differential is a tie-breaker for seeding in the playoff round bracket. OAR won Group B with this victory, but the idea that any team should take its foot off the accelerator out of concern for another team's feelings is absurd. Or, to put it more succinctly: Don't play a pedestrian 58 minutes if you don't want to be dunked-on in the last two.
The skill disparity between Team USA and Sorta-Russia was blindingly apparent in the second period, and never more glaring than on Ilya Kovalchuk's rocket goal with 0.2 left. Sergei Andronov playing keep-away from Bobby Sanguinetti in the corner, before passing to Kovalchuk, who was given the square acreage of Siberia to shoot by Ryan Gunderson in the 4-on-4. And Ryan Zapolski needed a save there. What a backbreaking goal to make it 3-0. If the USA rallies in this game, after this effort, it would be a mira…uh, a big surprise.
Watching that Nikolai Prokhorkin goal again that made it 2-0 for OAR, Team USA's players had been on the ice for nearly a minute and had done some skating on that shift. They were cooked. Had to find a way to change there, but couldn't. Goalie Ryan Zapolski needed a save there on a shot from the top of the circle, but didn't. U.S. just looking off all game.
Janmark finds net on beautiful wrister.
Stars center Mattias Janmark wrists a shot from far out that finds the back of the net in Dallas' 2-1 win over St. Louis.
Wheeler fuels Jets with two goals.
Jets right winger Blake Wheeler scores a goal from behind the net after bouncing off the goaltender. Later on in the game, Wheeler scores his second as he sends a wrister into the back of the net.
Beauvillier splits defenders on goal.
Islanders left winger Anthony Beauvillier skates down ice, between two defenders and sends the puck into the net for the goal.
Couturier wrists OT winner.
Sean Couturier sends a wrister into the back of the net to give the Flyers a 2-1 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Bishop stops 27 shots as Stars hold off Blues, 2-1
Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots and the Dallas Stars held on to beat St. Louis 2-1 on Friday night, moving past the Blues into third place in the Central Division.
Wheeler, Scheifele lead Jets past Avalanche 6-1
Blake Wheeler had two goals and assists and Mark Scheifele assisted on three goals as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Friday night.
Chris Peters ranks and evaluates the top 50 prospects eligible for June's 2018 NHL draft, a group loaded with talented wingers and dominant blueliners.
The NHL has prohibited its players from participating in the 2018 Olympics. What could have been if world's top pros had been allowed to compete? From Team USA to Canada, and Russia to Sweden, we came up with our ideal rosters for the medal contenders.
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Which games had the most memorable environment? Which had the most hype leading into the game? Which games were the most competitive? We rank all 10 Winter Classics based on these factors and more.