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They Meet Again

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from Brendan Shanahan at NHL.com,

I remember the buzz in Salt Lake leading up to what we North Americans thought was the perfect gold medal match. I’ll never forget seeing my Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios in the Olympic Village the night before that game. We agreed that neither of our teams would walk away losers and that it was fantastic that one of us would win gold and the other silver. We shook hands and wished each other luck. A split second later as I turned to walk away, I thought, “Screw that, man, I want the gold.” I’m sure Chris [the godfather of USA hockey] was thinking exactly the same thing.

Here we are again: a game between two countries that respect and often root for each other, but are also fierce competitors when facing each other. I can’t recall a game where so many hockey experts from so many different backgrounds have had such a wide range of opinions about who is going to win. The consensus is this: whichever team imposes its strengths on the other and dictates the style of play is the team that will likely win.

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Tickets In High Demand For Gold Medal Game

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Afternoon Line

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“I knew he always has teams that work hard and are positionally sound, but I’m impressed by his coaching style.  He’s quick and to the point and his voice is really heard in the dressing room. It’s been great to play for him.”

-Rick Nash of Team Canada.  More on Babcock from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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KK Challenge- Olympic Style

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This is an easy one folks.  Tell me who wins the Gold Medal game on Sunday between Team USA and Team Canada.

Why?  Any KK member who registered before noon ET today will be eligible to win a replica Team USA or Team Canada jersey from IceJerseys.com.

How?  Just leave your prediction below (right or wrong doesn’t matter) and then I will have a random drawing to see who wins the sweater.

All entries must be in by 3:00pm ET on Sunday, February 28th. 

Good luck and thank you for your continued support of Kukla’s Korner.

note:  I will be moving this to the top of KK as needed so all KK members will have a better chance to see it.  The original post time was 12:01pm on 2/27/10.

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Watching The Mens Hockey Gold Medal Game

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via NHL.com,

Here is where you can find the Olympic hockey tournament gold-medal game on Feb. 28.

United States

3-6 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, NBC

Canada

3:15-5:45 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, V, RDS, OMNI 1 (presented in Italian), OMNI 2 (presented in Cantonese/Mandarin) and APTN (presented in Aboriginal language)

Don’t forget, NHL Live has a special Sunday show today from 12:00pm ET until 2:00pm on the NHL Network.

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The Biggest Game In Hockey History?

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from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

“You win something like this, you remember everyone you played with,” U.S. center Paul Stastny said. “It doesn’t happen too often where you get to play for a gold medal against your rival on Canadian soil, where the fans are so into it.”

For some reason, this just feels so much bigger than in 2002 when Canada won gold by beating the United States in Salt Lake City.

Maybe it’s because it’s in Canada, where the sport is sewn into the fabric of millions. Maybe it’s the fact that Canadian TV and radio has dissected every facet of these two teams. Maybe it’s because the U.S. beat the Canadians 5-3 on their home ice only seven days earlier and Canadians everywhere prayed for a black-and-blue rematch.

“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult. It’s a religion,” said Burke, who doubles as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and used to manage the Vancouver Canucks. “It’s why I love living and working in the NHL in a Canadian city.

“The Canadians view this as their game, and they view this game [Sunday] as planting a flag on a peak.”

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NHL.com Says…

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Shawn P. Roarke, Dan Rosen, John Dellapina & Bob Condor all of NHL.com break down the gold medal game.

I am not surprised two of them say Team USA and the other two say Team Canada.

Read all about it…

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It Would Be A Win For Team USA And Brian Burke

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The coach of the Maple Leafs and Team USA is standing in the press conference room at GM Place, having just finished his last set of interviews before Sunday’s gold-medal game, when he was asked what it would mean to win the hockey gold medal for Brian Burke.

“It would be huge,” Wilson said. “But this is real life, it’s not Field Of Dreams. We can’t win and make some kind of movie and ease his pain. That’s not what any of this is about.

“We didn’t come here to dedicate this to Brian. In fact, it hasn’t really even come up. But everyone who is part of this team knows what Brian has meant to us, and how much he has been a part of everything we’ve accomplished. Brian’s in our minds all the time. But we didn’t come here to win it for him. We came here to win it, period.”

Burke wants none of the focus on himself. In fact, long before the Feb. 5 car crash that killed his son 21-year-old Brendan,

read on

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We Know It Isn’t A Miracle

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Why is it the writers and columnists who are writing about hockey today need to remind us if the USA wins today, it isn’t a miracle?

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press (posted earlier) and now Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News chimes in…

They will play a gold-medal hockey game this afternoon in Vancouver, U.S. against Canada, our NHL guys against theirs, and if it’s even close to the game they played last Sunday night, it will be something to remember.

And if the U.S. wins this game, in Canada and against Canada, it will be a real good upset and an even better story.

It’s just no miracle.

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Trade Deadline Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL trade freeze for the Olympic break will be lifted Sunday at midnight, which means teams that want to bulk up for the playoffs will finally be able to make moves again in advance of Wednesday’s deadline.

“There are going to be some trades and I would think there could be some done before the actual (deadline) day,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray.

“Nobody reacts until they have to react. The deadline is all about urgency and some teams are going to feel the urgency.”

Here’s a team-by-team look at what could happen:

ATLANTA: There’s plenty of interest in D Pavel Kubina. Expect to see RW Colby Armstrong moved, while LW Slava Kozlov would have to waive his no-movement clause.

ANAHEIM: D Scott Niedermayer and C Saku Koivu were both available earlier, but the Ducks are back in the playoff hunt. GM Bob Murray might try to add a forward.

read on

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