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Open Post- Team Sweden Against Team Slovakia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Game begins at 11:59pm ET and can be watched on CNBC (note the Finland/Czech Republic game may still be in progress), CTV & RDS.

Winner meets Team Canada on Friday at 6:30pm ET.

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  Tags: team+slovakia, team+sweden, winter+olympics

Milbury Shoots From The Lip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Star-Ledger,

Moments after Canadian hockey team defeated the Russians 7 to 3 in the Olympic quarter finals, NBC announcer Mike Milbury described the Russian team’s effort as a “Eurotrash game.”

“I’m was really disappointed that these guys came with their, their Eurotrash game,” Milbury said, referring to the Russians. “It was just no heart, no guts, no nothing there to back it up.”

“Did you really say Eurotrash? Did that come out of your mouth?” NBC hockey host Bill Patrick asked, as former NHL star Jeremy Roenick sat stunned between the two men with his mouth open.

“I heard it, I heard it,” Roenick replied, attempting to bail out the situation by agreeing with Milbury’s overall analysis that the Russian team lacked effort in the one-sided loss.

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  Tags: mike+milbury, team+russia

Open Post- Team Finland Takes On Team Czech Republic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The game is about to start- CNBC & TSN.  Winner of this game meets Team USA on Friday at 3:00pm ET.

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  Tags: team+czech+republic, team+finland, winter+olympics

Wings Related Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

With all the amazing hockey Team USA has been playing, I suspect many of the “19” may have been unaware that there was Red Wing practice on Wednesday.
Fear not, Khan’s superior intellect has actually been working during the Olympic break, and was at work Wednesday at the JLA.  And he brings good news; Andreas “the Pylon” Lilja will play Monday.  So will Homer and Eaves.  Maltby is taking one for the team, and is likely going under the knife on Monday.  By going on LTIR, the Wings have the cap space to activate Lilja.

You do realize that Monday, the only Wing on IR (hopefully) will be Malts.

Oh, and the great State of Michigan actually got something right; something undeniably awesomely, right.

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Team USA Needs More From Their Premier Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Team USA is two wins away from its first men’s Olympic hockey gold medal since Al Michaels asked us if we believed in miracles.

But for those two victories to materialize, the Americans need more from their high-end offensive stars. These next two games are the toughest yet….

“We got a great performance from Zach Parise today,” said Team USA coach Ron Wilson. “He was easily our best player. And in big games, your best players rise to the occasion.”

Parise appears on board. Now, Team USA needs Patrick Kane, Paul Stastny and Phil Kessel—three other major offensive weapons—to follow if there’s any chance of Olympic glory here.

read on

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  Tags: team+usa

Strange Decisions Continue In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The most interesting aspect of the change to the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff is not so much that assistant coach Wes Walz was fired after he declined the head coaching job at AHL Norfolk, or that Norfolk coach Jim Johnson has been hired as a Lightning assistant, helping to push out Walz. It is that Lightning coach Rick Tocchet apparently was not consulted by GM Brian Lawton before the change was made.

“None,” Tocchet said Wednesday when asked how much input he had into the changes. I was told at 12 o’clock (Tuesday).”

Lawton, for his part said, “I did discuss it with Rick,” but that, according to Tocchet’s time line, apparently was after the decision was made.

The Lightning is one point out of a playoff spot and has 21 games left. The season resumes March 2.


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Report- Good News For USA Hockey Fans In The Pacific Time Zone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve of Puck the Media,

It was just reported by Richard Deitsch of SI on Twitter, and I’ll look to confirm it with NBC myself, but Team USA’s game vs. the winner of Finland/Czech Republic on Friday at 3PM ET, will air live in all time zones on NBC.  This is good news.  More soon.

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  Tags: team+usa, winter+olympics

Open Post- Team Russia vs. Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Puck drops on CNBC and CTV at 7:30pm ET.

Should be an exciting game to watch and I hope CNBC does not turn this into a Crosby vs. Ovechkin circus.

Ken Holland on 640am in Toronto about a 1/2 hour ago stated he expects a 3-2 game tonight and feels it will be a tight, defensive game.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia, winter+olympics

The Paths Of Glory Lead To Gold

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

There are times that I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion.  NBC has chosen in its infinite


stupidity to tape delay the USA-SUI game for those on the West Coast. 

This is the point in the Olympic competition where the best must prove they deserve a shot at some shiny hardware.  For many, nothing less than gold will suffice.  For me, nothing less than watching Datsyuk and Ovechkin cry tonight will suffice.  I’m taking it one step at a time.

And this tournament may drive some of the 19 to twelve-step answers.

UPDATE 18:00 - Jennyquarx has emailed me to let me know that if you haven’t already paid her for your H2H ticket, it is too late.  You will have to go through Ryan Michaels of the Red Wings ticket office.  Sorry bitches, but you snooze, you lose, and you’ve been given lots of time.  Also, if you wish to attend the uber-awesome pre-party at Hockeytown Cafe featuring amazing prize raffles, you better pay Jennyquarx .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before March 5th.  If you miss that deadline, you will not be able to attend.  Pay up, bitches, do the right thing and don’t leave Jen stuck with your bill.

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Bring The Olympic Hockey Games To The Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated,

The National Hockey League is dubious about whether the Olympics really do promote the league, so, come 2014, why truck all the way to some arena in Russia just to help the IOC sell tickets? Look, if the Olympics want hockey, well, let the mountain come to Mohammed, let the NHL boys play for their gold medal in Montreal, Toronto and Madison Square Garden. This business of jamming everything into one place just because the Greeks kept things in Olympia seems so outdated today.

Whatever, these next few nights are probably the swan song for NBC’s winter bacchanalia. ESPN, with all its cable riches, will undoubtedly win the contract for Sochi and Rio, too, for the summer of ‘16.

more on the Olympics…

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

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