Road to Gold

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Road to Gold Blog

    David Kolb will be providing updates on all the Rangers, Devils, Isles and Sabres Olympians throughout the hockey tournament. Check back here every day to see how your favorite player performed!

    GOLD MEDAL GAME

    FEB. 22: CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0

    • Rangers’ winger Rick Nash recorded two shots on goal in 9:46 of playing time.  

    • Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves, and suffered his first loss of the Olympics.

    • Rangers’ forward Carl Hagelin had three shots on net in 16:04 of playing time.

    • Sabres’ netminder Jhonas Enroth backed up Lundqvist.

    • Sabres’ defenseman Henrik Tallinder had :40 of ice-time.

    BRONZE MEDAL GAME

    FEB. 21: FINLAND 5, USA 0

    • U.S. and Blueshirt defenseman Ryan McDonagh recorded one shot and was a minus-2 in 19:26 of playing time.

    • Rangers’ winger Ryan Callahan was a minus-2 in 13:20 of ice-time.

    • Rangers’ forward Derek Stepan was a healthy scratch.

    • Sabres’ netminder Ryan Miller backed up Jonathan Quick.

    SEMIFINALS

    FEB. 20: CANADA 1, USA 0

    • Rangers’ winger Rick Nash skated 9:32 for Canada.

    • U.S. and Blueshirt defenseman Ryan McDonagh recorded one shot in in 23:23 of playing time.

    • Rangers’ winger Ryan Callahan was a minus-1 in 12:34 of ice-time.

    • Rangers’ forward Derek Stepan was a healthy scratch.

    • Sabres’ netminder Ryan Miller backed up Jonathan Quick.

    FEB. 20: SWEDEN 2, FINLAND 1

    • Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and recorded his fifth Olympic win, helping Sweden advance to the Gold Medal game for the second time in three Olympics.

    • Rangers’ forward Carl Hagelin had one shot on net and was a minus-1 in 10:25 of playing time.

    • Sabres’ netminder Jhonas Enroth backed up Lundqvist.

    • Sabres’ defenseman Henrik Tallinder was a healthy scratch.

    QUARTERFINALS

    FEB. 19: USA 5, CZECH REPUBLIC 2

    • Blueshirt defenseman Ryan McDonagh had an assist and was a plus-1 in 19:39 of playing time.

    • Rangers’ winger Ryan Callahan had a shot on net and was a plus-1 in 14:57 of ice.

    • Rangers’ forward Derek Stepan was a healthy scratch.

    • Sabres’ netminder Ryan Miller backed up Jonathan Quick for the U.S.

    • Devils’ defenseman Marek Zidlicky took one shot on net and was a plus-1 in 19:47 of ice-time. He finished the Olympics with two goals, two assists for four points and was a plus-2.

    • Jaromir Jagr had one shot on goal and was a minus-1 in 14:39 of ice-time. The 42-year old Jagr finished the Olympics with two goals, one assist for three points and was a plus-1.  

    • Patrik Elias returned from illness and took two shots on goal, and was a minus-1 in 12:11 of ice-time.  

     FEB. 19: CANADA 2, LATVIA 1

    • Rangers’ winger Rick Nash recorded an assist on Canada’s first goal, fired one shot on net, was a plus-1 and played 10:58.

    • Isles’ center John Tavares recorded one shot and was a plus-1. He was injured in the second period after only playing 4:51, and will miss the reminder of the Olympics.|

    • Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded three shots on net in 21:17 of ice-time for Latvia.

    • Latvia and Buffalo Sabres' coach, Ted Nolan coached brilliantly, including setting up a planned play involving one Latvian player exiting the ice on to the bench on the defensive side of the ice, and having a forward, Lauris Darzins jump on the ice through the other bench-door, toward center ice, sneaking behind the Canadian defense to give the Latvians a breakaway goal.

     FEB. 19: SWEDEN 5, SLOVENIA 0

    • Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his fourth career Olympic shutout and his second of the Sochi Olympics, stopping all 19 Slovenian shots.

    • Rangers' forward Carl Hagelin scored two goals on two shots and was a plus-2 in 12:28 of ice-time.

    • Sabres' netminder Jhonas Enroth once again backed up Lundqvist.

    • Sabres' defenseman Henrik Tallinder was a healthy scratch for the Swedes.

    QUALIFICATION ROUND

    FEB. 18: CZECH REPUBLIC 5, SLOVAKIA 3

    • Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky recorded one assist and fired one shot on goal in 29:59 of ice-time.
    • Jaromir Jagr helped set up one goal, took four shots on net and was a plus-1 in 18:32 of playing time.
    • Patrik Elias was again scratched from the Czech lineup, due to an undisclosed illness.

    FEB. 18: LATVIA 3, SWITZERLAND 1

    • Buffalo Sabres’ coach Ted Nolan helped Latvia to their first Olympic win since February 9, 2002 (4-2 over Austria). Nolan, a Canadian, will now face Team Canada in Latvia’s first-ever Olympic quarterfinal.
    • Devils’ forward Damien Brunner fired five shots on net and was a minus-1 in 17:17 of ice-time.
    • Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded an assist and took two shots on net in 18:00 of playing time.

    FEB 18. RUSSIA 4, NORWAY 0

    • Rangers’ winger Mats Zuccarello missed Norway’s final game of the Olympics with an injured left hand.

    FEB. 18 SLOVENIA 4, AUSTRIA 0

    • Isles’ winger Michael Grabner recorded four shots on goal and was a minus-2 in 20:48 of ice-time. He finishes the Olympics with an impressive six points (five goals, one assist).
    • Thomas Vanek played 17:30, recorded four shots on goal was a minus-2 and took a two-minute minor penalty for hooking. 

    PRELIMINARY ROUND

    FEB. 16: CANADA 2, FINLAND 1 (OT)

    • Isles’ center John Tavares recorded one shot on net and was a plus-1 (on the ice during Drew Doughty's overtime winner) in 13:22 minutes of ice time.

    • Rangers’ winger Rick Nash fired two shots on net while receiving 7:18 of ice time.

    FEB. 16: USA 5, SLOVENIA 1

    • Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller earned his first win in his first start in Sochi, stopping 17 shots en route to a 5-1 win. With 17.6 seconds left in the third period, Marcel Rodman found the back of the net and snapped Miller's shutout. After today's win over Slovenia, Miller improved to 6-1 in seven Olympic games with a .945 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against.

    • Blueshirts' defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored a goal on four shots and was a plus-1 in 19:38 of total time on the ice.

    • Rangers’ winger Ryan Callahan recorded an assist, took one shot on net and was a plus-1 in 14:57 on the ice.

    • Rangers’ Derek Stepan played 4:59, and won three of five faceoffs.

    FEB. 16: AUSTRIA 3, NORWAY 1

    • Isles’ winger Michael Grabner scored two goals on seven shots, added an assist and was a plus-2 in 22:41 of action for Austria. Grabner now has five goals and one assist in three games at the Olympics.

    • Thomas Vanek recorded two shots on goal in 16:17 of ice time and finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

    • Rangers’ winger Mats Zuccarello fired five pucks on net, including four in the first period in 22:39 of playing time.

    FEB. 15: USA 3, RUSSIA 2 (SO)

    FEB. 15: SWEDEN 5, LATVIA 3

    • Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves en route to his third Olympic win this year, and now has a 1.67 goals against average through the three games of the preliminary round.

    • Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal on his only shot for Latvia in 19:03 of playing time, while finishing the tilt a minus-1.

    • Carl Hagelin saw 3:46 of ice time in the first period before leaving the game. Because of the undisclosed injury, he did not return for another shift.

    • Sabres’ netminder Jhonas Enroth once again backed up Lundqvist.

    • Sabres’ defenseman Henrik Tallinder was a healthy scratch for the Swedes.

    FEB. 15: SWITZERLAND 1, CZECH REPUBLIC 0

    FEB. 14: CANADA 6, AUSTRIA 0

    • Rangers’ winger Rick Nash saw 10:26 of ice-time, recorded three shots on goal and was a plus-1.

    • Isles’ center John Tavares had three shots on goal for Canada in 12:41 of action.

    • Michael Grabner played 18:14 with three shots on Roberto Luongo and was a minus-3.

    • Austrian captain Thomas Vanek played 18:58, had three shots on goal and was a minus-2.

    FEB. 14: FINLAND 6, NORWAY 1

    • Rangers’ winger Mats Zuccarello had 20:51 of ice-time, recorded four shots on goal and was a minus-1.

    FEB. 14: CZECH REPUBLIC 4, LATVIA 2

    • Devils' defenseman Marek Zidlicky now leads the Czechs with three points (two goals, one assist), after scoring a goal and an assist versus Latvia. He played game-high 25:09 to lead all skaters in time on ice for second straight game.

    • Jaromir Jagr scored a goal on three shots on net and is now tied with Zidlicky for the Czech goal-scoring lead with two.

    • Patrik Elias skated 12:58, recorded two shots on goal, was a plus-1 and won five of eight face-offs.

    • Sabres' forward Zemgus Girgensons recorded three shots on net, played 18:31 and was a minus-1 for Latvia.

    FEB. 14: SWEDEN 1, SWITZERLAND 0

    • Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and recorded his third career Olympic shutout for Sweden.

    • Carl Hagelin skated 9:40 and recorded four shots on net. Hagelin was injured late, when he took a stick to the mouth, however should be ready to play in Sweden’s final game of the preliminary round on Saturday.

    • Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder got 6:36 of ice-time, and fired one shot on net.

    • Sabres’ netminder Jhonas Enroth once again backed up Lundqvist.

    • Devils’ forward Damien Brunner recorded one shot in 16:19 of ice-time, and now has six shots in two games for Switzerland.

    FEB. 13: CANADA 3, NORWAY 1

    • Rangers’ left-winger Rick Nash played 12:32 for Canada and recorded two shots on goal.

    • Blueshirt right-winger Mats Zuccarello, who is the only NHLer representing Norway, played a game-high (for forwards) 23:57, recorded one shot and manned the point on the power play.

    • Isles’ captain John Tavares played 11:31 for Canada, and was a plus-1 with one shot on goal.

    FEB.13: USA 7, SLOVAKIA 1

    • Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan played 15:43 and recorded one shot on goal.

    • Blueshirt backliner Ryan McDonagh played 18:38 and was a plus-1, with one shot on goal.

    • Sabres’ netminder Ryan Miller backed up Jonathan Quick.

    • Derek Stepan was a healthy scratch for USA’s first game.

    FEB. 13: FINLAND 8, AUSTRIA 4

    • Speedy Islanders' forward Michael Grabner used the larger ice surface to his advantage, as he recorded a hat trick for Austria in his first career Olympic game.

    • Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek recorded one assist for Austria in 16:37 of time on ice.

    FEB. 12: SWEDEN 4, CZECH REPUBLIC 2

    • Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots and recorded an assist while earning his first win of the Olympics.

    • Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored over the shoulder of Lundqvist 8:12 into the second period to make the score, 4-1. Zidlicky finished the game plus-2 with a game-high 26:56 of time on ice. He has five goals and six assists in 13 Olympic games.  

    • Devils winger Jaromir Jagr became the eighth player in Olympic history to appear in five Olympic Games and scored at 10:01 into the second period, as he one-handed a shot from the right side across the crease and past Lundqvist to make the score, 4-2. With the goal, Jagr has 21 (eight goals, 13 assists) points all-time in the Olympics.

    • Devils winger Patrik Elias was credited with an assist on the Zidlicky goal and now has three goals and four assists in 11 Olympic games.  

    • Rangers winger Carl Hagelin played 12:25 for Sweden and was credited with two shots during the contest.

    • Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder was Sweden’s seventh dressed backliner and played a limited role, logging only 3:39 time on ice, while taking one penalty (in the first period). 

    • Sabres' netminder Jhonas Enroth backed up Lundqvist.

    FEB. 12: SWITZERLAND 1, LATVIA 0

    • Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons -- the only Latvian NHLer -- had a solid game playing 14:33

    • Damien Brunner recorded a team-high five shots on net for Switzerland.

    • Sabres coach Ted Nolan is coaching the Latvian team in the Olympics. 

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