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The Olympic Hockey Playoff Format

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Every year, the International Ice Hockey Federation tweaks the format of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament and every year, it becomes more complicated - to the point where even the principal players aren’t exactly sure of how the tie-breakers work, or more importantly, whether they’ll need to run up the score on a hapless opponent to ensure a higher seed for the playoff round.

“I have read the rules,” said Brian Burke, Team USA’s general manager. “I went to Harvard law school and I’m not sure I understand them.”

Officially, the 12 competing teams are divided into three groups of four teams for the preliminary round and play a round robin, with three points awarded for a regulation win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss and zero points for a regulation loss.

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  Tags: iihf, winter+olympics

Could Kaberle Land With Vancouver?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.

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  Tags: cody+hodgson, tomas+kaberle

DUI Charge Facing Khabibulin

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via the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.

The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

All The Hockey Talk From Vancouver

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from NHL.com,

Here is a daily look at what’s being said about the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament.

• A statistical note after Day 1: Individual ice time figures are far below what we would see in a typical NHL game. According to stats at the IIHF website, only one Russian player hit 17 minutes (Konstantin Korneyev, 17:00), leading U.S. player was Erik Johnson (19:23), the leading Canadian player was Dan Boyle (20:12). There are 129 players averaging 20:12 or more in the NHL this season.

• Iginla on the standings tie-breaker: “It came up before the game. It came up between periods, because the goal differential may be a big part of this. We tried to stay focused as the game went on, for every line to keep pushing. Get a power play. We need those goals.”

much more

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Strike Two NBC

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

You see, tt was important for CNBC to stay with women’s curling because they promoted the heck out of the event during the U.S. men’s ice hockey team game earlier in the day, with an interview featuring ... oh, wait, that was Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, whose Team Canada game was being preempted by preliminary round women’s curling? Our mistake.

So the Canada game started late into the first period over on MSNBC, before it was moved back to CNBC around 8 p.m. EST, so the Peacock’s cable news outlet could fulfill its nightly obligations of progressive indignation and Sarah Palin outrage.

read on

The least the NBC umbrella of channels could have done was run a crawler on the bottom of the screen or announce the channel changes, but they did not.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Afternoon Line

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But to be honest our Red Outs and our crowds at Caps games are louder and more passionate than this game at the Olympics. I mean that.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ted at his blog, Ted’s Take.

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  Tags: team+canada

The Last Great Russian Olympic Moment

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from John Sanful at IIHF.com,

Russian hockey has a rich history. Since first winning gold at the 1956 Olympics, the hockey program has experienced many glorious moments- including the most successful run in hockey history from 1964 to 1992. During those years, spanning eight Olympic tournaments, they lost only four games en route to seven gold medals and one silver medal.

Russia has also seen lean times, including a disappointing fourth place performance at the 1994 Olympics.

The last great Olympic hockey moment came in 1992 when an old Soviet dinosaur coached a team of talented youngsters to the gold medal.

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  Tags: team+russia

Preliminary Round Schedule For Today

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Hot Defencemen Scorers At Olympic Break

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Yesterday, I looked at top 10 scorers in 2010 and their Olympic situations and found that four of the top ten scorers in that period will not be in the Olympics.  Three of them were omitted because their teams chose to overlook them (Canada - Steve Stamkos and Martin St Louis USA - Tim Connolly) and one because his country did not qualify for the Olympics (Anze Kopitar - Slovenia).  Next I looked at the top ten defencemen scorers in that period.  The list is below:

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Crosby & Ovechkin Are Popular Topics In Vancouver

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

NBC analyst Mike Milbury obviously knows that Caps fans regularly accuse him of anti-Ovechkin propaganda. From the Crapitals incident, to calling Ovechkin “a dog,” to the more recent “Hey Ovi, I’m still your daddy right now” comment about Crosby, Milbury is building up quite a resume.

Does this make him second-guess his comments about Ovechkin, keeping everything drab and vanilla, offering generic praise and moving on, staying away from controversy? It does not. During the first intermission of the Canada-Norway game Tuesday evening, NBC ran a little piece about Ovechkin, then came out of it by asking Milbury to whom he compares Ovechkin.

The question was asked in the “history of hockey” sense, or maybe the “compare him to a great athlete in another sport” sense. The gist was that NBC’s analyst should help viewers understand the nature of Ovechkin’s game. Milbury’s answer?

“Well, if I compared him to the other great player in the game it’d be Sidney Crosby,” Milbury replied.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby, team+canada, team+russia

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