February 12, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Canada has an unequaled group of centers. Sweden, though depleted up front by injuries, has fine goaltending. Finland boasts an unshakable team ethic that clicks in whenever its players reunite. And Russia, blessed with enormous skill, bears the equally large burden of living up to a glorious history that may never be duplicated. What Team USA will bring to the Olympic hockey tournament when it faces Slovakia at Shayba Arena on Thursday is more difficult to summarize.
September 23, 2013 |
Jonathan Bernier didn't hide his enthusiasm when the Kings traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, telling The Times' Lisa Dillman that he was "very happy to go play for a great club and great organization. " Goalies usually feel that way when they know a starting gig awaits them, but Bernier truly showed his dedication to the Maple Leafs on Sunday by becoming the first Toronto goalie since Felix Potvin (another former King) to engage in a fight. An all-skaters brawl broke out during an exhibition game between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, in which Bernier squared up against Buffalo's Ryan Miller.
November 14, 2011 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Congratulations to Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk on their Hockey Hall of Fame inductions Monday. Congrats also to Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Detroit's Mickey Redmond, winner of the Foster Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions as a broadcaster. + Boston center Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, has 11 goals, matching the total from his rookie season.
June 24, 2010 |
General Manager Dean Lombardi and other key Kings executives were given more time to take the next step in a rebuilding process that accelerated this spring when the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Lombardi, who had a year left on the contract he signed in 2006, received a two-year extension with an option. In addition Ron Hextall , the Kings' assistant general manager, Jeff Solomon , the vice president of hockey operations and legal affairs, and Coach Terry Murray each got two-year extensions through the 2012-13 season.
March 5, 2010
— Tim Connolly scored at 2:31 of overtime, Adam Mair had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Friday night. Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres (34-20-9), who won for the second time in their last 10 games and moved a point in front of Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division. Simon Gagne and Mike Richards scored for the Flyers (33-26-4), who have lost two straight after a five-game win streak.
February 25, 2010 |
They gave their best, but it wasn't good enough to beat goaltender Jonas Hiller for the first 35 shots and 42 minutes of their quarterfinal playoff game against Switzerland on Wednesday. So members of the U.S. Olympic hockey team put aside their annoyance and dug into a well of determination. "You're kind of mentally prepared for that type of game and when you're playing a goalie that good we're expecting that," Zach Parise said of Hiller, the Ducks' No. 1 goaltender and backbone of a Swiss team that had to win a qualifying-round shootout Tuesday to get this far. "But we kept reaching on the bench to not get frustrated, to not allow ourselves to fall asleep and to keep playing the way we were playing and hopefully one was going to go in for us."