On the night he was named to the 2006 U.S. Olympic team, veteran Doug Weight described the aching feeling of watching the Canadians don gold medals in Salt Lake City four years ago.
It might have been as painful an on-ice experience as many American players have experienced. Yet if they were honest with themselves, many U.S. players would tell you that if they have a chance to stand on the ice at the end of the gold-medal game in Torino, wearing a silver medal, they’ll be exultant.
Florida newcomer Jon Sim gave the Panthers a big lift.
Sim had his first career hat trick and Roberto Luongo made 44 saves for his fourth shutout of the season in the Panthers’ 5-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
“We worked hard tonight,” said Sim, who added an assist for a four-point night. “Finally, pucks are starting to find their way in. It’s a good feeling.”
A sprained ankle has knocked Alexei Zhitnik out of the New York Islanders lineup and the Torino Olympic Winter Games.
Zhitnik confirmed Tuesday that he will sit out New York’s final two games before the Olympic break and not play for Russia in Turin.
The 33-year-old defenceman has missed three games since suffering the injury in the waning moments of a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Jan. 31.
The NHL has reached a settlement with a group of recreational hockey players over the Stanley Cup.
Gard Shelley and David Burt, members of a Toronto pickup hockey league called the Wednesday Nighters, filed a claim against the NHL and the trophy’s trustees in Ontario Superior Court last April, seeking clarification of the terms under which Lord Stanley provided the Cup and how it is to be awarded.
The Bruins’ leading goal scorer, Marco Sturm, will miss the next two games and is doubtful for the final pre-Olympic break game against Tampa Bay Saturday and for the Olympic Games.
While his Flyers teammates are mired in an injury-laden funk that has seen them fall from a team with high expectations to a befuddled one without direction, the 34-year-old Primeau was in Toronto yesterday seeing a chiropractor, trying for one last grasp at his season, and maybe his career. “I’m trying to pull a rabbit out of my hat,” is the way he put it.