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Olli Jokinen

NHLers skeptical about proposed World Cup changes


Yesterday, there were reports of radical changes for the World Cup of Hockey — specifically, the inclusion of two teams not featuring players of the same nationality, but rather “all-star” type squads.

Today, the idea was with skepticism from players.

“I just read about it,” Preds goalie and Finnish international Pekka Rinne said. “The other guys representing their own country, you play for the crest in front of the jersey.

“I don’t know what to think of it.”

According to Sportsnet, the “big six” of international hockey — Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic — would be joined by one team of European all-stars (comprised of players from Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among others.)

Rounding out the eight-team field would be a different type of all-star conglomerate (per Yahoo, ideas floated include a Young Star team, or a North American “B” team of U.S. and Canadian players that didn’t make the cut.)

Nashville forward Olli Jokinen, who’s represented Finland internationally on a number of occasions, said it would be difficult not playing for his country.

“It would be hard to play for some kind of different team, but I guess at the same time, a lot of the small countries, they’re producing really good players,” he explained. “Players like that, a lot of time they don’t get a chance to play tournaments like that.”

There are logistical issues with nationality-based squads. Several of the smaller countries don’t have enough NHL players to field an entire roster (the World Cup is primarily a NHL and NHLPA initiative),  and it’s unclear if skaters in European leagues would be able to participate in a tournament that occurs in the midst of their seasons.

That said, logistical issues don’t take away from the fact players are lukewarm to the idea of a Ryder Cup-style European squad, or one comprised of random stars.

“There’s more pride it in, for the players, when you’re representing your country,” Toronto forward and U.S. Olympian James van Riemsdyk said. “I think it’s fun when you have the different countries like you have every year in one of these tournaments there’s a big upset and that’s what makes it fun.

“I think it’s more fun when you have the countries (competing).”

(Quotes gathered by PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban)

Hawks’ van Riemsdyk done for night after absorbing shot off leg


The Chicago Blackhawks will have to play most of tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars shorthanded after they lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk in the first period. He was hit in the leg by Trevor Daley’s shot and is done for the night, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc and the team’s Twitter feed.

Van Riemsdyk is playing in his first season with Chicago after spending three years with the University of New Hampshire. He’s been averaging 14:11 minutes per contest.

The 23-year-old defenseman initially appeared to score his first career goal on Nov. 9, but it was later credited to Kris Versteeg. It still was his first point though.

He’s the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk.

Julien: ‘We just stunk the joint’

Claude Julian, Patrice Bergeron

On Wednesday morning while trying to avoid questions about Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “I don’t think tonight’s a real emotional game”.

On Wednesday night, his team’s game lacked emotion.

The second period wasn’t four minutes old and Boston was in the hole 4-0, starting goaltender Tuukka Rask pulled, presumably to rest for the more emotional tilt Thursday against the Canadiens.

Toronto added two more extending its’ win streak to three games with a 6-1 win. The Leafs also improved to 5-1-1 since an embarrassing 4-1 home ice loss to the Bruins on Oct. 25.

Boston saw its’ five game win streak come to an end and lost for just the second time since losing captain Zdeno Chara to a knee injury.

“We just stunk the joint and right now, it’s a matter of moving on, getting ready for tomorrow because there’s nothing great to talk about today,” Julien said post-game.

Former Bruins first round pick, Phil Kessel, who entered the game with just three goals in 27 career games against Boston, opened the scoring with his ninth of the season at 6:46 of the first period. Kessel added the game-winner 18 seconds into the second period.

“I haven’t scored many goals on him,” Kessel said of Rask. “Tonight I was a little fortunate to get a couple past him.”

Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and forward Tyler Bozak scored less than two minutes apart forcing Julien to make a goaltending change. Rask, who was 10-2-0 in his previous 12 games against the Leafs, allowed four goals on 16 shots.

“I take a lot of blame for getting scored on three times in three minutes,” said Rask. “It’s never good. I’m there for keeping it tight. It wasn’t my night”

James van Riemsdyk and Peter Holland rounded out the scoring for the Leafs.

“Tonight I felt was one of our best starts of the year,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. “We were on the puck and we were skating, we were directing pucks at the net. Phil’s (Kessel’s) goal was a big goal early. Then we started out the second period the same way.”

Dennis Seidenberg scored the lone Bruins goal while Niklas Svedberg made 15 saves in relief.

Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves in the win.

Video: Leafs chase Rask with three second period goals

Tuukka Rask

On Wednesday morning Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was trying to remind his players of Toronto’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Oct. 25.

“We’ve tried to stimulate our memory about how embarrassed we were in the performance we put forth in that game,” Carlyle said.

It appears the old pre-scout is paying off tonight for the Leafs.

After taking a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, Toronto scored three times on four shots in a 3:14 span of the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

Phil Kessel, who entered the game with just three career goals in 27 games against his former team, now has two tonight. Morgan Rielly picked up his second of the season and Tyler Bozak scored his sixth.

Tuukka Rask, who was dealt by the Leafs in a trade to acquire Andrew Raycroft, came into the game with a 10-2-0 record and a .945 save percentage in his previous 12 meetings with Toronto. He allowed allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Niklas Svedberg.

With his assist on Bozak’s goal, James van Riemsdyk extended his point streak to a career-best six games.

Get your game notes: Bruins at Leafs

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Boston Bruins at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• BOS has won its last five games – the last four of those at home – despite missing two star players during that span. D Zdeno Chara (knee) has not played since Oct. 23, and C David Krejci (lower-body) has missed 3 of the last 5 games.

• During the win streak, the line of LW Brad Marchand, RW Reilly Smith and C Patrice Bergeron has combined for 8G-11A.

• In the last four games, Bergeron has stepped up offensively with 2G-4A. In his first 12 games of the season, he had just 1G-5A.

• This is the Bruins’ longest win streak since March 2-22 of last season, when they won 12 straight games.

• 20-year-old C Seth Griffith had a backwards, between-the-legs goal in the Bruins’ last game, a 4-2 win vs. NJ on Monday.

• Chara, who suffered a knee injury vs. NYI on Oct. 23, has not played since and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks from that time.

• Krejci will not make the trip to Toronto. He played in just 2 of the 5 games during the Bruins’ win streak (Oct. 30 and Nov. 6). He has a suspected hip problem, according to the Boston Herald.

• TOR is 5-1-1 since losing to BOS, 4-1, in the teams’ first meeting this season on Oct. 25. The Maple Leafs have scored 5 goals in each of their last two games and have just 2 regulation losses in their past 10 games, in which they are 6-2-2.

• RW Phil Kessel (8G-11A) is tied for third in the NHL with 19 points this season. The 5-time 30-goal scorer was a fifth overall draft pick by BOS in 2006 and spent the first three seasons of his career playing with the Bruins before being traded to the Maple Leafs on Sept. 19, 2009. He’s now in his 6th season with TOR.

• TOR traded two first-round draft picks and a second-round pick to BOS for Kessel. Those first-round picks ended up being D Dougie Hamilton – who has 3G-7A this season with the Bruins – and C Tyler Seguin, who is now with DAL and is tied for the NHL lead with 12 goals this season. The second-round pick, C Jared Knight, has yet to play an NHL game.

• TOR is 7-1-1 when Kessel has a point this season and 1-4-1 when he does not have a point.

• In his first game vs. BOS this season, Kessel was held to 0 points and a -2 rating. In that same game, the first for the Bruins this season without D Zdeno Chara (knee), D Dougie Hamilton had 1G-2A and C Patrice Bergeron had 2A.


• BOS: Five of D Dougie Hamilton’s 10 points this season have come on game-winning goals. He scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 18 vs. BUF and assisted on deciding goals on Oct. 25 at TOR, on Oct. 30 at BUF, on Nov. 4 vs. FLA and on Nov. 6 vs. EDM.

• TOR: The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 when scoring first this season and 3-5-2 when their opponent scores first.


• BOS: D David Krejci (lower-body) and C Zdeno Chara (knee) will not play tonight. D Kevan Miller (shoulder) practiced on Monday and is day-to-day.


• BOS: C Patrice Bergeron has 16G-29A in 45 career GP vs. TOR, including 3 game-winning goals. Bergeron had 5G-3A in 4 games vs. TOR last season (2 points in each game).

• BOS: G Tuukka Rask is 10-2-0 in 12 career starts vs. TOR with a 1.59 GAA.

• TOR: C Tyler Bozak has 3G-2A in his last 3 games vs. BOS.

• TOR: RW Phil Kessel had 5A in 4 games vs. BOS last season and has 3G-11A in 27 career GP vs. BOS.


• C Carl Soderberg (5G-8A) leads the Bruins with 13 points this season, and he’s had 2G-4A during the team’s current 5-game winning streak.

• The Swedish forward is in just his second full NHL season, having come from the Swedish Elite League, which he led in scoring with 31 goals and 60 points in the 2012-13 season. But he was left off the Swedish roster at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

• C Patrice Bergeron is second on the Bruins with 12 points this season, and he has an NHL-leading 207 faceoff wins and ranks second in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 63.1%.

• Bergeron scored the tying and game-winning goals against TOR in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to give the Bruins a 5-4 (OT) victory after trailing by 3 goals in the third period.

• D Torey Krug returned to the Bruins’ lineup on Monday for the first time since breaking his finger in a game vs. MIN on Oct. 28. He had one shot on goal and a +1 rating in 21:16 on the ice on Monday vs. NJ.

• G Tuukka Rask was taken 21st overall by the Maple Leafs in the 2005 draft. But he was traded to the Bruins for goaltender Andrew Raycroft before playing even a single game with the Maple Leafs. Raycroft, meanwhile, retired at the end of last season.

• Rask is 8-4-0 this season with a 2.44 GAA and .909 SV%. He has allowed just 7 goals in his last 4 games.

• In 2013-14, Rask won the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) after winning a career-high 36 games. He finished the season with a 2.04 GAA, .930 SV% and an NHL-leading 7 shutouts.


• RW Phil Kessel has led the Maple Leafs in points in every season since 2009-10. He has skated in 379 consecutive games. The last time he missed a game was Oct. 31, 2009 against Montreal.

• The two-time Olympian led the U.S. in scoring with 8 points at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

• C Tyler Bozak (5G-7A), a Ukrainian-Canadian, is second on the Maple Leafs with 12 points this season and leads the team with 4 power-play goals.

• LW James van Riemsdyk, second behind Kessel with 7 points for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is also second behind Kessel on the Maple Leafs this season with 6 goals.

• RW Carter Ashton was suspended 20 games without pay on Thursday for violating the terms of the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Performance Enhancing Substances Program. He is eligible to return Dec. 20. In a statement, Ashton said he used another athlete’s inhaler during training to relieve himself from an asthma attack.

• C Daniel Winnik returned to practice on Tuesday after being held out for two games because of concussion protocol. Winnik left TOR’s game at COL last Thursday after falling head first.

• G James Reimer (6 starts) and Jonathan Bernier (9 starts) have split time in TOR’s net this season. Reimer has a 1.75 GAA in his last six games against the Bruins, while Bernier has a 4.46 career GAA against the Bruins and was pulled in the third period of their last meeting after allowing four goals. Bernier is expected to start tonight.