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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Niklas Kronwall
Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom.
Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 25 saves, lifting the Swedes over Finland 2-1 on Friday and into the Olympic hockey final.
Sweden beat up and defeated its biggest rival, and the reward is a shot at a second gold medal in the last three Olympics.
Sweden coach Par Marts got his first chance to publicly reflect on his prediction that added another layer to a long-standing rivalry with Finland on and off the ice.
The Swedes (2-0) moved into a favorable position to earn a spot in the quarterfinals as the only undefeated team in Group C. With a victory over winless Latvia on Saturday, they would be among the final eight in the 12-nation tournament.
Two days before Anaheim visits the Los Angeles Kings for their high-profile showcase under the stars, the Ducks showed they're willing to get just as gritty as their rivals to grind out a win.
The Detroit Red Wings got a break, getting credit for a goal in perhaps one of the most bizarre ways in NHL history.
The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of this offseason by agreeing to a new deal with Pavel Datsyuk.
The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of the offseason Tuesday by agreeing to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with Pavel Datsyuk.
The Blackhawks, who had the best record in the NHL regular season, rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to reach the Western Conference finals against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Michael Frolik's penalty shot proved to be the winning goal Monday night, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 and forcing a deciding game between the Original Six rivals in their last Western Conference postseason series.
The NHL has put one of its signature events on ice.
NHL players showed up in force on Thursday as the union prepared to respond to the league's proposal to end the lockout and start a full season Nov. 2.
On Tuesday, the NHL made its strongest, and most public, pitch yet to save a full season.
When talking about the best defensive defensemen in the NHL, players such as the New York Rangers' Dan Girardi and San Jose Sharks' Douglas Murray dominate the conversation.
"With all the turnovers, Hank could only do so much for us," Sweden captain Niklas Kronwall said. "We thought that if we played a perfect game, we'd have a chance. ... It doesn't feel great. I didn't feel like we gave ourselves an honest chance."
"I'm trying to make it hard and eliminate as much space as possible because if you give him space, he's going to do some damage," Kronwall said.