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Gonchar, Zidlicky plan to return next season


Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky intend to play at least one more season in the NHL.

Both veteran defensemen are set to become unrestricted free agents next month.

Zidlicky split the 2014-15 season between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. In 84 games the 38-year-old had seven goals and 34 points to go along with a minus-9 rating while averaging over 20 minutes a night in ice time.

“He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season,” Zidlicky’s agent Allan Walsh tweeted on Monday afternoon.

Gonchar split the 2014-15 season between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. The Habs announced last month that they would not be bringing the 41-year-old back for next season.

Montreal acquired Gonchar from Dallas in exchange for Travis Moen in November.

In 48 games this season Gonchar had one goal and 13 assists to go along with a plus-6 rating while averaging nearly 18 minutes a night in ice time.

Gonchar told TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that he wants to play one more season.

Duchene slams Russian players for storming off after Canada’s 2015 WHC win


Matt Duchene didn’t beat around the bush when asked about much of the Russian team storming off during Canada’s gold medal celebration and national anthem at the Worlds. He made it clear to Sportsnet 590 The Fan that he didn’t take the slight lightly.

“I’ve lost in that tournament three times, and twice was to Russia. We stood out and listened to their anthem,” Duchene said.

“We would never have dreamed of skating off the ice.”

It’s been made clear that some Russian players did stay out during Canada’s anthem, including Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Duchene said that their gesture didn’t go unnoticed, and “that spoke to a lot of us” on Canada’s team.

He has harsh words for those who bolted, though.

MORE: Russia will be punished for “out of order” actions.

Apparently Jason Spezza relayed a story to Duchene regarding alleged poor sportsmanship from Alex Radulov that won’t exactly simmer things down:

“The one time he was saying that [Alexander] Radulov in Halifax was skating right by them, jumping on the boards with the Russian flag. [Canadian] guys were real close to leaving the blueline and go take a run at him,” Duchene said.

“Over time, you gotta pay it back. You can’t celebrate like that when you win and not respect when you lose. That’s something as Canadians we have a good understanding of. Some of the Russians did; some of them didn’t.”


With Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk in the KHL (for now?), we might not see Duchene and most of the Russian players involved on the same sheet of ice until the next opportunity in international competition. (Surely he can single a player or two out, but some may point to Radulov and Kovalchuk in particular.)

Specifics aside, this incident adds a little spice and a lot of bitterness to the Canada – Russia hockey rivalry.

Check out highlights of Canada’s lopsided 2015 World Hockey Championships gold medal win below.

Video: Ennis with a spectacular wrap-around goal

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With Canada already up 1-0, Tyler Ennis gave the Canadians a two-goal cushion on the Russians scoring a highlight-reel wrap-around goal for his fourth of the tournament.

The Buffalo Sabres’ forward beat Andrei Mironov around the net and got his shot past Sergei Bobrovsky less than two minutes into the second period.

Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin have since scored giving Canada a 4-0 lead.

PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Barber cuts portrait of Kreider into fan’s hair

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Joe Barajas turned someone’s hair into a portrait of Rangers forward Chris Kreider (h/t Puck Daddy):

Stars captain Jamie Benn has decided to stay in North Texas rather than return to Victoria, British Columbia for the summer so that he can make sure his recovery from two hip surgeries goes according to plan. (Dallas Morning News)

The Lightning Astronaut showed up on SportsCenter. (Lightning.nhl.com)

The official Twitter account for the Discovery Channel took a swipe at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday:

Reddit user imMattAMA combined each NHL team logo with their corresponding state/provincial flags with some interesting results, which you can see here. (h/t TSN).

Here’s 11-year-old Emma Nichols posting an amazing shutout during the 2015 EIHA Inter Conference Tournament (h/t The Goalie Magazine):

Video: Seguin scores hat trick as Canada blasts Belarus at Worlds

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Canada recorded another blowout victory at the 2015 World Hockey Championships on Thursday, crushing Belarus 9-0 in quarterfinal action at the O2 Arena in the Czech Republic.

Canada — which has already scored 6-1, 10-0, 7-2 and 10-1 wins this tournament — wasted little time burying Belarus as Brent Burns, Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly and Tyler Seguin scored in a 17-minute span in the first period to put the Canadians out to a 4-0 lead.

The onslaught continued from there. Seguin scored two more to complete the hat-trick while Burns and O’Reilly each scored their second goals of the game. Jason Spezza potted the ninth and final goal with just under five minutes remaining.

In goal, Arizona netminder Mike Smith had a relatively easy time of things, stopping all 24 shots faced for his first shutout of the tournament. Belarus’ Kevin Lalande, who had played well leading up to the quarterfinals, was torched for all nine goals, but still finished with 41 saves.

With the win, Canada now moves on to face the winner of Finland-Czech Republic in the semifinals.