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The subject of the NHLs participation in future Olympic Games came up at a join media conference Tuesday in Sochi featuring NHL

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The subject of the NHLs participation in future Olympic Games came up at a join media conference Tuesday in Sochi featuring NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr and IIHF president Rene Fasel. Cheap Sports Jerseys . The NHL has not committed to sending players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman continued to throw his support behind the NHLs participation in the Olympics when asked about it in a press conference last week. But, as expected, Bettman said this will be something addressed down the road. "The primary building blocks are logistics of travel, to and from the Olympics," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said afterwards. "It was a big challenge coming to Sochi and it certainly would be a big challenge if we were to go to South Korea. Player insurance is always a factor with the magnitude and length of player contracts these days, an incredible number of assets at risk. "So those were two of the most fundamental things we talked about." Daly added that the NHLs participation this time was helped by the fact that NHL broadcasters CBC and NBC also were Olympic rights holders. But the rights holders have yet to be determined for 2018. "So we havent really given any serious consideration to South Korea at all," Daly said. The players will have a big say on this issue. Fehr promised a full and thorough investigation as to whether continued Olympic participation is what the players want. The NHL players volition to compete in the Olympics has been the main driving force behind their participation in the Winter Games. World Cup closer to return Fehr hinted that the two sides are closer to announcing details on a World Cup of Hockey. There hasnt been one played since 2004 and the speculation continues to be the next World Cup could happen as soon as 2016. There was the usual playfulness between Bettman and Fasel. At one point Fasel said there is nothing like seeing the smile of a hockey player when he wins a gold medal. To which Bettman was quick to reply, "Except winning the Stanley Cup." Finally, Daly was asked about expansion. There was a recent newspaper story in Seattle that said the NHL has targeted the city for an expansion team. "I think whenever Im asked that question, I make the same comments," he said. "The Pacific Northwest, we think is a good hockey area. I think the Vancouver Canucks have done extraordinarily well in developing that area as a good hockey market. Doesnt mean were going to expand there, doesnt mean weve made any decisions in that regard. "I said the same thing about Quebec City. I also believe its a very good hockey market with a very strong and passionate fan base. So theres nothing more I can say on expansion than we did [at the NHL Board of Governors meetings] in Pebble Beach, which is at some point in time it might be an appropriate consideration for us to bring to the board. But we havent reached that yet." Tom Brady Jersey Super Bowl . -- Conor Casey scored two goals, his first of the season, as the Philadelphia Union beat Chivas USA 3-0 on Saturday night. Michael Jordan Jersey Throwback . Minutes before the final whistle of Sporting Kansas Citys 3-0 victory over a shorthanded Montreal Impact squad on Saturday afternoon, Saputo tweeted: "Our fans deserve better. https://www.sportsstarsjerseys.com/ .com) - Al Horford collected 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks held off a furious rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-103 on Friday night in a game between two of the NBAs hottest teams.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the puck got past Robin Lehner to cut the Senators lead to one goal in the third period, Ottawas backup goalie started thinking the worst. "To be honest, I was, like, Here we go again," he said. Turns out, he was worrying over nothing. Instead of falling extending their five-game losing streak, the Senators took off and took care of Columbus. Erik Karlsson netted two goals, and Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil also scored as the Senators topped the Blue Jackets 4-1 on Tuesday night. "Right after that (Columbus goal) we took the game over again," Lehner said after making 32 saves and earning his first win of the season. "We kept on grinding, and they werent in our zone for a while." Lehner more than filled in for Craig Anderson, who was sidelined with a sore neck after a collision with Dallas rookie Valeri Nichushkin on Sunday. He made several big stops that kept the Senators in the lead and helped give them confidence. "It was nice to get this one and, obviously, Robbie played unbelievable and made the stops we needed him to make," Karlsson said. "Hes done a good job covering for Andy so far." Jason Spezza added two assists as the Senators built some steam heading into the start a five-game homestand Thursday night against Montreal. "It was another good step for us," coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought we played a real solid 60 minutes. There were some times when the opposition had some good play, but we handled the momentum swings better. Our penalty-killers were outstanding." R.J. Umberger scored a power-play goal from his knees for Columbus, which lost its fourth in a row. The Blue Jackets failed on three other chances with a man advantage, including one in the final minutes before Karlsson closed the scoring with an empty-net goal. The Senators are 4-3-2 on the road but just 1-3-2 at home. Lehner became the second straight backup to stymie the Blue Jackets. Pittsburghs Jeff Zatkoff beat them 3-0 on Saturday. Down 2-0, the Blue Jackets cut the deficit in half 3:02 into the third period. Umberger ended up on his knees in the slot, stealing the puck off the stick of defenceman Chris Phillips and then whipping a shot past Lehner, who came in with an 00-2-2 record and a 2. Wholesale Sports Jerseys. .73 goals-against average. The goal ended a drought of 103 minutes, 48 seconds for the Blue Jackets. Asked if his team was lacking confidence with the puck or was just frustrated, Columbus coach Todd Richards said both things are factors. "Its in our game right now," he said. "Its not just with the puck. (Lack of) confidence, and frustration. That comes with losing games. "What we have to do is find solutions to win hockey games. It was a 2-1 game in the third. There was an opportunity and we let it slip away." After the Senators killed off a penalty, Neil -- who had two fights in the third period -- pushed the lead to 3-1 with just 6:05 left. "It was kind of a broken play," Neil said. "Spez picked it off in the neutral zone, I came out on a line change, and it ended up being a 3-on-2. I called for the drop and used the defenceman as a screen." The Senators were outshot 13-9 in the first period, yet built a two-goal lead. The first came at 14:51 when Karlsson collected a turnover in the neutral zone, coasted to the right dot, and lifted a wrist shot that beat goalie Curtis McElhinney high on the glove side for his fifth of the season. Karlsson extended his point streak to five games (4 goals, 5 assists). With 3.9 seconds left in the opening period, Kyle Turris shot wide left on a rush. Bobby Ryan pulled the puck off the back wall and backhanded a blind centring pass to MacArthur, who was alone at the doorstep for a one-timer. "Id say its frustration," said McElhinney, who started his second game in a row to give 2012 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky time to work on tweaking his game after a slow start. "Were getting opportunities (to score). Two of the last three games weve put tons of pucks on net, but Robin was terrific tonight." NOTES: Columbus LW Nick Foligno didnt play due to a personal matter. ... The Blue Jackets recalled C Sean Collins from AHL Springfield. ... Turris also extended his point streak to five games (1 goals, 6 assists) with an assist on MacArthurs goal. ... Columbus signed 2012 fourth-round draft pick Josh Anderson to a three-year, entry-level contract. ... Blue Jackets RW Jared Boll played in his 400th NHL game. ' ' '

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