Is­lan­ders elim­i­nated by Dart­mouth Sub­ways

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PORT HOOD — The Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders were elim­i­nated in Game 4 of their best-of-five quar­ter-fi­nal se­ries with the Dart­mouth Sub­ways at the Al MacIn­nis Sports Cen­tre, Sun­day. was Jar­rett Martell, on the power play.

In goal, Cameron Poirier posted the win and Kyle Fer­di­nand shoul­dered the loss. VAN­COU­VER – Both Steve Yzerman and Bob Ni­chol­son are in agree­ment NHLers should re­main in the next Olympic Games in four years time, but both could be ex­cused if their fo­cus is not on Sochi, Rus­sia, but first this lit­tle mat­ter here in Van­cou­ver.

Yzerman, the Cana­dian Olympic hockey team’s gen­eral man­ager for the 2010 Van­cou­ver Games, and Ni­chol­son, Hockey Canada’s pres­i­dent, staged their first news con­fer­ence along with other Cana­dian hockey team of­fi­cials Satur­day. It’s in ad­vance of Canada’s first game of this year’s edi­tion of the Olympics, Tues­day night against Nor­way.

“How im­por­tant is this tour­na­ment?” Yzerman asked. “ Well, in terms of hockey, it’s ex­tremely to us.

“ We’re here to win. It’s al­ways about winning. Ever since you played mi­nor hockey tour­na­ments, you played to win. In the NHL, you play in the play­offs year in and year out to win.

“ The ex­pec­ta­tions are no dif­fer­ent here, only it’s on a much big­ger scale.”

But Canada isn’t alone in that re­gard. As Yzerman noted, there’ll be no pa­rade mapped out in Moscow if the highly-re­garded Rus­sians and their lethal of­fence don’t re­turn home with gold.

“ The ex­pec­ta­tion in Rus­sia is to win gold. The ex­pec­ta­tion in Swe­den is gold. And whether they want to ad­mit it or not, the U.S. is in this to win gold. We all play to win gold.”

The Cana­dian play­ers ar­rived in Van­cou­ver, Sun­day, and to­day will prac­tice as a team for the first time. Canada, nat­u­rally, en­ters the tour­na­ment a top-flight con­tender, de­spite its dis­ap­point­ing — dis­as­trous per­haps? — sev­enth-place show­ing four years ago in Torino, Italy. In 2002, Canada won gold in Salt Lake City, fol­low­ing a fourth-place show­ing in Nagano, Ja­pan, in 1998, the first year the NHL elected to sus­pend its sched­ule and al­low its play­ers to com­pete in the Games.

Yzerman and Co. se­lected the 2010 ros­ter Dec. 30 and since then there’s been boun­ti­ful ban­ter on which play­ers were se­lected, or more to the point, who was left off.

Since that big an­nounce­ment dur­ing the World Ju­nior Tour­na­ment in Saskatoon, Tampa Bay Light­ning sniper Martin St. Louis, who toiled for Canada in Torino but was left off the year’s ros­ter, has ex­ploded with 27 points in 20 games. Jay Bouwmeester, a Cal­gary Flames de­fence­man with vast in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence — in­clud­ing Torino — was also left off the ros­ter in favour of 20-year-old Los

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