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February 14, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The mystique that surrounded hockey players from the old Soviet Union and Russia vanished when they began to populate NHL locker rooms and win many of the league's most important trophies. The team ethic prevails whether the guy sitting next to you is from Moscow or Moose Jaw. But if the mystery is gone, the contrast in their games remains strong and should be evident when Team USA and Russia face off Saturday before an expected raucous crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 26, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Defending Olympic hockey champion Sweden was sent home in the quarterfinals by emerging power Slovakia. Russia, expected to score its way to a gold medal, was undone by its lack of passion and defense and was run out of town by Canada. Few events in this tournament have gone according to form, starting with host Canada straining to beat Switzerland and stumbling against the U.S. in the first round, which sent the team to a qualifying game that stressed an entire nation. But each of the four teams that will meet in the semifinals Friday has displayed one consistent trait through 10 pressure-packed days here.
February 17, 2001
So the Grizzlies would rather not have to share an arena with a professional hockey team? I don't see why that would stop them from moving in with the Ducks. JORDAN CHODOROW Los Angeles
February 18, 1998
The reporter whose disclosure that Samuelsson carried an American passport led to the Swedish defenseman being kicked out of the Olympics has received threats from angry readers. Svenska Dagbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported a steady stream of e-mail, faxes and telephoned threats directed at reporter Janne Bengtsson.
March 15, 2003 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Ian Laperriere is the King nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as voted upon by the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The trophy is awarded to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
February 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
February 18, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
For Team USA and host Canada, the first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was about shaking their jitters. Each was a little disjointed Tuesday, with Canada blanked by Norway for 22 minutes and the U.S. scoring only once in the first 25 minutes. Each gained momentum and wore down an inferior opponent. Canada defeated Norway, 8-0, and the U.S. sweated a bit before beating Switzerland, 3-1. "I think we had a lot of nervous energy as a team. I know for my part, I did," U.S. goalie Ryan Miller said.
February 19, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Sidney Crosby didn't know that Olympic rules permitted him a second shootout attempt after his first try for Canada caromed off the right leg pad of Switzerland and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the teams' preliminary-round game Thursday. "I wasn't sure what the format was," the Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise player said. "Then the coach came over and said, 'You want to go again?' " Given a second chance by Coach Mike Babcock , Crosby didn't miss. He beat Hiller to the stick side to start the fourth round of the tiebreaker and Canada goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Martin Pluss to salvage a 3-2 victory and two points for Canada against the hard-checking and resilient Swiss at Canada Hockey Place.
February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - In a rare instance of a game exceeding its advance billing, Team USA and Team Russia battled hard and evenly through 65 deliciously tense minutes before T.J. Oshie scored the deciding shootout tally in the eighth round of the tiebreaking procedure to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Unlike NHL rules, international rules permit shooters to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of the shootout. Oshie had shot six times before giving the U.S. the win. U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick of the Kings stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime.
February 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Noora Raty has heard the many predictions that the women's Sochi Olympic hockey tournament will be a two-team contest between the U.S. and Canada because no other teams have the skill and depth to challenge them. Raty politely disagrees. And Finland's stellar goaltender has proved she has the ability to tilt the balance of power away from the two teams that have monopolized the gold medals at all four previous women's Olympic tournaments. Raty, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Minnesota and played alongside several current members of Team USA, made 58 saves in a 3-1 upset of the Americans in the Four Nations Cup at Lake Placid, N.Y., in November.
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