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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA
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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA

Feb 11 2014, 5:44pm CST | by

Montreal Canadiens and Team USA left wing Max Pacioretty will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being shaken up after he collided with the goal post in the Habs' last game before the Olympics against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It looks like Max Pacioretty will suit up for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics after all.  Some doubts surfaced about Pacioretty's status after he collided with the goal post during the Habs'...

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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Max Pacioretty to Play for Team USA

Feb 11 2014, 5:44pm CST | by

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Montreal Canadiens and Team USA left wing Max Pacioretty will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being shaken up after he collided with the goal post in the Habs' last game before the Olympics against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It looks like Max Pacioretty will suit up for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics after all

Some doubts surfaced about Pacioretty's status after he collided with the goal post during the Habs' last game before the Olympics on Feb. 8 against the Carolina Hurricanes. However, he seems to have shaken it off, per ESPN's Scott Burnside:

"Max Pacioretty, who was pushed awkwardly into the goal post during the Montreal Canadiens' final game before the Olympic break, showed no signs of being the worse for wear as he skated on a line with Team USA's Ryan Callahan and Paul Stastny during Monday's skate.

"Pacioretty collided with the post with 7:30 left in the first period Saturday after being checked by Brett Bellemore of the Carolina Hurricanes. And, for a moment, he thought it was bad

"'It was a little bit of a scare,' Pacioretty said Monday.'As soon as I got diagnosed during the game, I knew things were going to be okay. After I got the treatment I needed, had that been an important game, I probably would have been able to come back if it was late in the game. They decided to hold me out, and I'm thankful they did it in my best interests.'" 

Pacioretty went into more detail with Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette on Feb. 9: 

"I had trouble catching my breath. 

"It's a play I make often. I went in a little awkwardly and I dinged my arm and hip but I feel good now. 

"I was very worried at first. It was tough to breathe and I was having back spasms but I had x-rays but there was nothing broken. I had some treatments while the game was going on and I feel better, I was in a lot of pain but I could tell it was more muscular.

"I don't feel that bad right now and I have a couple of days before we start playing in Sochi." 

His head coach in Sochi, Pittsburgh Penguins mentor Dan Bylsma, told Burnside he was just as anxious when he found out about Pacioretty's predicament. 

"I heard the news before I saw it. I was a little more nervous when I saw how he went into the net. But shortly after, we already had word how he was doing. 

"It was good to hear that he was doing pretty well and then after the game that he'd be all right to continue on and get over here."

According to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports, Pacioretty and the rest of his teammates on the United States' men's hockey team arrived in Sochi on Monday, Feb. 10 for their first practice. The 25-year-old Pacioretty, a first-time Olympian, told Wyshynski it's time to sacrifice for the greater good.  

"Obviously I'm like a deer in headlights when I see guys like that and I'm put on the same stage as them. But at the same time, I gotta play my game. You check your egos at the door. Everything you do right now is for the team. You have to play with more pride than ever before." 

Pacioretty, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals and 11 assists in the 2013-14 NHL season, should help Team USA in its bid for Olympic gold when it takes on Slovakia in its first game on Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. local time. 

 
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Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are left-hand shots. "They give you energy," said Pleka ...
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3 days ago

Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, ev ...
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3 days ago

Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 days ago

Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are left-hand shots. "They give you energy," said Plekanec. ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 days ago

Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are left-hand shots. ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 days ago

Plekanec takes on new role as mentor with Habs

Sep 23 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BROSSARD, Que. — Tomas Plekanec has jumped right into his new role as one of the four alternate captains on the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old centre was surrounded by youngsters on the ice Tuesday for a skate ahead of the team’s pre-season opener against the Boston Bruins. He was put on a line with fellow Czech Jiri Sekac and Swedish prospect Jacob de la Rose, who are in the mix for a job on right wing, even though both are ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 days ago

Parenteau scores twice in Habs second scrimmage

Sep 20 2014 11:57am CDT | Source: Hockey Inside/Out

The Canadiens held their second scrimmage of training camp Saturday in Brossard with Team Red beating Team White 4-2. P.A. Parenteau, playing on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, scored twice for Team Red, while Manny Malhotra and Desharnais added singles. Michael Bournival and Sven Andrighetto scored for Team White. (Photo by Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Parenteau gets chance to shine with Canadiens, NHL.com Battle for jobs on Habs’ blue li ...
Source: Hockey Inside/Out   Full article at: Hockey Inside/Out
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Maple Leafs more than happy with Rielly's progress

Sep 11 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly winced when Montreal Canadiens foe Max Pacioretty, using his own likeness on NHL 15, scored against him as the two demonstrated the soon-to-be-released game during an event earlier this month at MasterC. ...
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2 weeks ago

The NHL's bargain contract All-Star team

Sep 8 2014 12:19pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Some players in the NHL probably make more than they should. These guys should probably make a lot more than they do. We already put together a pretty darn good team made up entirely of players on pretty bad contracts, so the next logical step was to try and put together a team of top players that are probably making far less than they should. We decided to not include players still on entry level contracts (sorry, Nathan MacKinnon) and instead foc ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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2 weeks ago

EA recruits physicist to improve ‘NHL 15′ physics

Sep 8 2014 9:17am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — Hockey may not be rocket science but that didn’t stop EA Sports from recruiting a scientist who worked on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, the world’s largest particle collider, to revamp puck physics for “NHL 15.” Producer Sean Ramjagsingh said they thought the video game puck overhaul would take two to four years. The physicist they hired did it in 10 months, making the puck react more realistically. “Literally real-world m ...
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