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Bruins can blame Zdeno Chara if Henrik Zetterberg helps Red Wings beat Bruins

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Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg remain friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg are friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Henrik Zetterberg is closing in on a return to action after more than two months on the sidelines, just when his Detroit teammates need him the most.

But if he comes back in time to help the Red Wings knock off the heavily favored Bruins in their first-round playoff series, Boston fans will have to vent their rage toward one of their own:

Team captain Zdeno Chara.

Turns out that Big Z felt sorry for Zetty when the Swedish star was forced to withdraw from the Olympics after just one game with back pain so severe that it required immediate surgery.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: NHL playoff goalie shocks; Blackhawks’ marked men; more links

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    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks

    The shaky play of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller has him on the bench to start the playoffs. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • After being the Ducks’ starter for the better part of the past five years, goalie Jonas Hiller was stunned to learn that he won’t be in net when Anaheim opens its first-round series against the Stars on Wednesday. Can’t blame coach Bruce Boudreau here. Veteran or not, Hiller is his third-best option right now.

    • Here’s one more reason why Teemu Selanne is just the best.

    • There’s a good ol’ fashioned goaltending controversy brewing in San Jose. Even though Antti Niemi struggled down the stretch, I really didn’t see this coming.

    • Here’s why, for Tomas Hertl, beating the Kings is personal.

    • The Canadiens are set in net, but Montreal still has a big problem that needs to be straightened out if it’s going to get past the Lightning.

    • With goalie Ben Bishop still ailing, the Bolts are going to Plan B for their opener against the Canadiens on Wednesday.

    Henrik Zetterberg will practice with the Red Wings on Tuesday, an amazingly quick return just eight weeks after his back surgery. But his presence forces the big question: When will he be ready for game action?

    • For weeks, Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche assumed that they were on course for a first-round meeting with the Blackhawks. The collapse of the Blues changed all that, forcing Colorado to abruptly change its focus to a different kind of challenge — the Minnesota Wild.

    Chicago mainstays Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were back on the ice on Monday and should be ready to go for the series opener against St. Louis on Thursday. The Blackhawks might want to keep their heads up in that one. The Blues could decide to target their injuries.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: NHL playoffs doom regular season powers; more links

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    Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks

    Someone’s gotta lose: And that means the Kings or Sharks will be one and done. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The postseason is always cruel, but never quite like this year. At least two teams that rang up 100 points will be gone by the end of the first round. And that number might be low.

    • The Sharks’ long memories ensure that the hostility will be ramped up for their first rounder against the Kings.

    • This piece by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News…wow. He’s been on a roll this season, but this column suggesting the young Dallas Stars find inspiration in the film Streets of Fire might be his best of the year. Personally, I’ll never forgive Jim Steinman for ruining Sisters of Mercy, but that’s me.

    “Detroit? Why did it have to be Detroit?”

    • Fluto Shinazawa thinks the Boston Bruins will get through their opening round playoff series just fine. It’s the Stanley Cup Final against these guys that’ll be tough.

    • The Flyers don’t have enough margin of error to allow for stupidity like the kind Scott Hartnell displayed in their season finale.

    • Candiens goalie Carey Price says most Canadians will be rooting against his team in the playoffs. Which makes sense, given that most Canadians do not reside in or around Montreal.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • Top Line: Martin St. Louis trade rumor; Stamkos not ready to play; more links

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    The Rangers could be trading captain Ryan Callahan (24) to the Lightning. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    The Rangers could soon be trading captain Ryan Callahan (24) to the Lightning. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Noted NHL rumormonger Boomer Esiason says he’s hearing that the Rangers will trade Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis sometime in the next week. Believe it or not, the former NFL QB has actually been on the money with his hockey tips a couple of times in the past.

    • Andrew Gross writes that letting Callahan get away is something that New York could live with, but that trading Dan Girardi would be a mistake.

    • How close was Steven Stamkos to playing for Team Canada? Not very. Doctors still haven’t cleared him, and it looks like it could be awhile yet before he makes his NHL return. That’s a tough break for Stamkos, but at least he was able to share in a little post-Sochi joy yesterday.

    • The Red Wings’ road to the playoffs is riddled with sinkholes now that back surgery has sidelined Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the regular season. Look for Detroit to put Hank on long-term IR to free up some cap space in hopes of making a deadline acquisition or two.

    • Sportsnet has assembled a comprehensive trade deadline primer. Just click on your favorite team for their needs and the list of available free agents.

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  • Published On Feb 25, 2014
  • Top Line: Power shift in Sochi; Subban, Duchene in for Canada; more links

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    P.K> Subban and John Tavares of Team Canada

    Will Team Canada turn swift defender P.K. Subban (left) loose now that he’s in the lineup? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • And the bodies keep falling for Sweden. Henrik Zetterberg’s bad back has him “in a great deal of discomfort,” forcing him to pull out of the Olympics. It’s another tough break for the Swedes, whose forward corps is now thinner than Mats Sundin’s hair. No telling yet how this could impact Zetterberg’s ability to return to action for the Red Wings when the Olympic break ends.

    • Corey Masisak says that Zetterberg’s absence shifts the balance of power in the Sochi tournament.

    • USA Hockey has announced  its starting goalie for tomorrow’s key game against Russia.

    • It was pretty much a given that P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene, Canada’s Game 1 scratches, would draw in for Friday’s contest against Austria. The question was, who would come out after the 3-1 win over Norway? No real surprise that Dan Hamhuis was scratched on the back end, but the decision to send Patrick Sharp to the press box is a bit of a head scratcher. Rick Nash would have been the obvious choice after his uninspired effort, but with Subban ready to assume Sharp’s power play spot on the point, the Blackhawks forward might have been the easiest to excise.

    • Will we see Subban get the green light for Canada the way Erik Karlsson has for Sweden? The mobility of Canada’s D was key to yesterday’s victory, and that style is right in Norris Trophy winner’s wheelhouse.

    • Ken Campbell lists five things we learned from Canada’s first game of its gold medal defense.

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  • Published On Feb 14, 2014
  • Top Line: Henrik Zetterberg does Detroit no favors; referee paranoia; more links

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    Henrik Zetterberg and Team Sweden at Sochi Winter Olympics

    Team Sweden’s captain, Henrik Zetterberg (far right), is playing hurt. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Henrik Zetterberg’s absence from Sweden’s team photo session didn’t go unnoticed this morning. Turns out he was receiving treatment for a herniated disc in his back and could miss some time in Sochi. Tough for the Swedes, but even worse for the Red Wings. They have to be thrilled that both Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are battling through obvious injuries to play in the Olympics instead of resting up for the stretch drive with Detroit.

    • Just because they’ve made some lousy calls doesn’t mean that Olympic officials are out to get your country. It just might be that they’re not that good at officiating hockey games.

    • Team USA was never tested in a 7-1 thrashing of Slovakia in its Olympic opener. This was a laugher from the start, with the Slovaks apparently thinking they could win by never possessing the puck. Tough night for goalie Jaro Halak, who reinforced every fear that Blues fans have about him and his ability to lead St. Louis into the postseason.

    • Russia survived an early scare to hold off Slovenia, 5-2. But hey, how about that Ziga Jeglic? That was a big game for the unknown Slovenian forward, who is currently playing in the German league.

    • It’s not as much fun scoring an Olympic hat trick when your team gets pounded 8-4.

    • Maybe next time Austria should try riding bikes to the rink.

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  • Published On Feb 13, 2014
  • Zetterberg, Howard injuries tough on Red Wings, but gold for HBO’s 24/7

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    By Allan Muir

    The timing couldn’t be worse for the struggling Red Wings.

    Goalie Jimmy Howard is dinged up. Stephen Weiss is out indefinitely with a groin injury. And leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg, suffering through a herniated disc, has been moved to long-term IR to create roster space for third-string goalie Petr Mrazek, a move that ensures the star forward can return to action no earlier than Dec. 28.

    And maybe worst of all: Detroit is coming off back-to-back losses to the lowly Panthers.

    MUIR: Howard may miss Winter Classic, Olympics

    This exactly isn’t the image the proud Red Wings franchise wanted to showcase on HBO’s 24/7: Road To The Winter Classic. Their star turn on major cable seems like it will be more akin to showing up for picture day with a black eye and couple of missing teeth.

    But while Detroit might be stumbling toward its Jan. 1 meeting with the Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, the injuries could be gold for the producers of 24/7.

    “The nature of reality TV is you follow reality,” says Heather Muir, cast producer for The Bachelor Canada and Big Brother Canada (and, for the sake of full disclosure, my wildly successful kid sister).

    “You report on events as they reveal themselves,” she says. “I never say something is good or bad until after the experience has occurred, but it is more story to follow.”

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • NHL stars Zetterberg, Hedman speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws

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    Red Wings' star Henrik Zetterberg remains vocal about Russia's anti-gay controversy. [AP]

    Red Wings’ star Henrik Zetterberg remains vocal about Russia’s anti-gay controversy. [AP]

    By Allan Muir

    It wasn’t long after Russia announced that the country’s law criminalizing “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” would be enforced during the 2014 Sochi Olympics that the clock started ticking on how long it would take the first athlete to come out against it.

    American runner Nick Symmonds was first across the line, dedicating the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championship in Moscow to his LGBT friends. “As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” Symmonds told Russia’s R-Sport. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2013
  • Toews tops Bergeron again as NHL trumpets first batch of award winners

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    Josh Harding

    Josh Harding won the Bill Masterson trophy after playing the season with multiple sclerosis. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The upside of abandoning the NHL’s flashy awards presentation in Las Vegas is obvious: no experiments in forced chemistry between C-list celebrities and hockey players; no disdainful hosting from Jay Mohr; and no more sequels to the wacky adventures of Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan.

    Still, this year’s hastily planned alternative won’t exactly be remembered as a triumph of marketing genius, either.

    The NHL dropped the first eight winners online and the buzz it generated nearly matched the excitement over the last Twisted Sister LP. It’s really too bad, since the league could have benefited from wider exposure afforded to these worthwhile honorees.

    The most highly anticipated award of the night went to Jonathan Toews, who edged out Patrice Bergeron (again) in the tightly contested race for the Selke Trophy. You can read Sarah Kwak’s take on it here. In my book, Bergeron deserved a repeat win — he took home the hardware last season — based on his league-leading faceoff numbers and the fact that he was on the ice for just 13 even-strength goals-against all season. Toews is right there with him on nearly all counts, but I think the voters tossed him this bone after bailing on him in the MVP balloting.

    And now, the rest of the winners:

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2013
  • Three Blackhawks among invitees to Sweden’s Sochi Games orientation camp

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    Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks

    Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played for Sweden in the 2012 World Championship. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The countdown to the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi is on.

    The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation started the clock on Friday morning with the announcement that it had selected 35 players to attend its Olympic orientation camp.

    The camp will run August 12-14 in Stockholm.

    The invite list features 31 NHL vets — including Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya of the Stanley Cup finalist Chicago Blackhawks — plus three players from the Swedish Elitserien and one from the KHL.

    There’s no timetable yet from other federations regarding similar announcements, but all are now officially on the clock. Here’s Sweden’s list:

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2013


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