Posted February 13, 2014 on AP on Fox
Jarkko Immonen and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece, and Finland opened preliminary-round Olympic play with an 8-4 victory over Austria on Thursday in men's hockey. Jussi Jokinen and Petri Kontiola each had a goal and an assist for the Finns, who put 52 shots on beleaguered Austria goalie Bernhard Starkbaum despite playing the final two periods without captain Teemu Selanne. The 43-year-old Finnish Flash had an assist in the first period of his record-tying sixth Olympics before sitting out with an upper-body injury. Selanne should be fine for the Finns' next game, team spokesman Janne Lahti said. Michael Grabner scored three goals in his Olympic debut for Austria. The New York Islanders forward scored 36 seconds into the first period, and Austria had two early leads before Finland took control.

Hank makes 27 saves in Sweden’s win over Czech Republic

Two Rangers are off to a good start in Sochi, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots and Carl Hagelin had two shots on goal in Sweden’s 4-2 win over the Czech Republic. Hagelin played 12:25 in the game in a primarily defensive role. Sweden’s next game is Friday against Switzerland. The other five Rangers participating in this year’s Olympics play tomorrow. Team USA (Ryan McDonagh...

Nash and Zuccarello held scoreless as Canada beats Norway

Both Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway) were held off the scoreboard this afternoon, as Canada beat Norway by a score of 3-1. Zuccarello had the most ice time (23:57) of all Norwegian forwards and registered one shot on goal. Nash played for 12:32 and had a pair of shots on net. The Rangers have four players involved in games tomorrow. Sweden (Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist...

Lundqvist stops 26; Sweden blanks Switzerland

Henrik Lundqvist backstopped Sweden to a 1-0 win over Switzerland this morning, stopping all 26 shots he faced. Hank has now stopped 53 of 55 shots faced thus far. Carl Hagelin was held off the scoreboard, but did register four shots on goal in 9:40 of ice time. Sweden is now 2-0 with one game against Latvia coming up on Sunday. It is safe to say that they will make the medal round...

Stats to chew on: Olympic break edition

Mats Zuccarello has been money against Metro Division rivals - Only five players have more game-winning goals than Rick Nash (6). - Only Alex Ovechkin is averaging more shots per game than Rick Nash (4.1). - Only nine players have more points against their own division than Mats Zuccarello’s 21. - Only eight players have more penalty minutes on home ice than Chris Kreider (53)...

Canada wins, Norway loses; No Rangers with points

Today marked the second win of round robin play for Canada and the second loss of round robin play for Norway. Canada disposed of Austria by a score of 6-0, and Norway was dropped by Finland 5-1. Both Mats Zuccarello of Norway (20:51 TOI, 4 SOG, -1) and Rick Nash of Canada (10:26 TOI, 3 SOG, +1) were held off the score sheet. Canada’s next game is a showdown with Finland on Sunday...

WATCH: Henrik Lundqvist uses his helmet to make ridiculous save

Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout against Switzerland on Friday in Sochi, recording 24 saves to help his team improve to 2-0 so far in Olympic play. One of those saves came without the use of limbs, as Hank managed to make a header save on a shot in the first period. It looked strange and it’s certainly not what they teach you in goaltender school but, hey, it...

Ryan Callahan Interview: In honor of Team USA’s victory over Slovakia

The New York Rangers Captain is making his second appearance in the Olympics (First was in Vancouver) and helped lead Team USA over Slovakia 7-1 in the opening game of the Olympic Hockey tournament. In the summer, I had the opportunity to interview the star at an autograph signing he had in New Jersey. Callahan […]

2014 Olympics: Sweden/Czech Republic open thread

The 2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey competition begins today, with Sweden taking on the Czech Republic at 12pm EST on USA. The Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin playing for Sweden. Ex-Rangers Jaromir Jagr and Pter Nedved are playing for the Czechs. Use this to discuss the game if you are watching. Should be a good one. Tweet

Rangers, Girardi not talking deal over Olympic break

There has been no dialogue over the Olympic break between the Rangers and pending free agent defenseman Dan Girardi. Discussions and negotiations are expected to resume next week prior to the Blueshirts’ first practice session on Feb. 20.

USA dominates Slovkia, sets stage for Saturday showdown with Russia

Team USA dominated the Slovaks this morning, riding a six goal second period en route to a 7-1 win. Ryan McDonagh (18:38 TOI) and Ryan Callahan (15:43 TOI) were held off the score sheet, and Derek Stepan did not dress for the game. Scoring for the US team came from Paul Stastny (2), Phil Kessel, Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel, and John Carlson. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves...

Why aren’t the Wild in first place?

Finland and Mikael Granlund defeated Austria this morning 8-4. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Team USA trucked Slovakia 7-1, also this morning. Not to be outdone, Nino Neiderreiter’s Swiss team upended Latvia 1-0. The Minnesota Wild are 3-0 in the Olympics so far. It’s unbelievable that they struggle at all in the NHL. Fire Mike Yeo*   *Entirely tongue in cheek.  
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