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A Game Russia Wants To Forget

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from Brian Friedman at Forbes,

The hawkish features of goalie Vladislav Tretiak turned soft and he smiled slightly as he was reminded of the painful anniversary. But he brushed the memory aside as easily as one of the many thousands of shots he turned away in his Hall of Fame career.

“It’s fine with me,” Tretiak said in an interview with The Associated Press at the nondescript East Vancouver community rink where the Russian Olympic team is practicing. “It’s a big number, but of course it’s 30 years ago.”...

“It was difficult for me to sit on the bench with the score 2-2,” said the Hall of Fame goaltender who won three Olympic gold medals and was part of 10 world championship Soviet teams. “If I played the second and third period, the game might have turned a different way.”...

Tretiak said he never got an apology from Tikhonov for what many regard as the key blunder that gave the game to the Americans.

“Tikhonov wrote in his autobiography that it was the biggest mistake of his life,” the goaltender said.

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Teammates Face-Off

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics (Sunday edition),

For Wilson and his Canadian counterpart, Mike Babcock, today’s games presents multiple bench coaching opportunities; given how familiar the players on their respective teams are with one another.

It isn’t just Kane against Toews; it is Kane against face the defensive pair of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, fellow Blackhawks’ teammates as well. The San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski could easily be the centre Wilson deploys to check his NHL teammates - Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau - Canada’s most productive line thus far.

And Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenceman Brooks Orpik may draw the unenviable task of playing against Sidney Crosby, Canada’s assistant captain, who he faces every day in practice.

Kane, for one, hoped that he could exploit his insider knowledge of the Blackhawks’ defence pair.

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

Attention North America Hockey Fans:

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The other teams in this tournament do not suck, they are really good.

Watch more from Team USA coach Ron Wilson.

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Afternoon Line

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It would be a shame, in four years’ time, if there were no NHL players at the Winter Games in Sochi - no superstars to appear on television across the globe - because they were being kept safely wrapped up for North America to enjoy. Everyone should know who Sidney Crosby is. Everyone should know the game he’s playing.

-Ollie Williams at his BBC blog.  Read more on this topic…

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  Tags: sidney+crosby, winter+oiympics

A Great Day Of Hockey Is Approaching

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from Jeff Z. Klein and Charles McGrath of the New York Times,

Sunday’s Olympic men’s hockey matchup between Canada and the United States is not the end of the world — not quite.

The loser will not be eliminated but will have to play an extra game to get to the quarterfinals. As this tournament has demonstrated, the more games a team plays, the more chances that something unexpected will happen.

Then there are the sociopolitical implications of the Canada-United States game.

“This is going to be unbelievable,” United States Coach Ron Wilson said. “It’s going to be on every TV in Canada and a good number in America. Anyone who is a hockey fan will be watching.

“It’s going to be a great day for hockey.”

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Questionable Nationality At The Olympics

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In 2003, the International Ice Hockey Federation changed its rules.  If a player played for a nation in an international tournament, he can change his nationality if he wishes to if he plays for four years in another country where he is a citizen.  Thus a player who has dual citizenship can change the nation that he plays for during his career.  Potentially this can set up a situation where a country with a significant number of hockey teams (Canada, USA, Russia perhaps) recruits players from other nations to come play with their nation to build a superpower.  USA attempted this in the past.  They had recruited Tony Esposito, Chico Resch and Bryan Trottier, who are all Canadian born to play for USA in Canada Cup tournaments in the 1980’s.

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Ranking The Olympic Sweaters

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

So with the Olympics in full swing, it’s the perfect time to rank the 13 countries taking part in hockey. Although this is my blog, I thought it best to employ the same method we used for our league rankings. A panel of THN staffers and interns debated the pros and cons of each outfit and if a deadlock was reached, it was put to a vote….

#13- Belarus

I’ve been a proponent of the use of the coat of arms up to this point, but for our unlucky No. 13, its addition would have best been a subtraction. Lions and angry birds symbolize power and, vis-a-vis, victory. Grain, flower, ribbon and sunshine? Not so much. The font and sleeve striping also leave a lot to be desired.

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Preliminary Round Action Today

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If you are into statistics, click here (pdf file) for all the preliminary round stats thru yesterday.

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Shanny Thinking Like Team USA

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from Brendan Shanahan at NHL.com,

I’m trying to get in the heads of the Team USA brain trust. While watching Team Canada squeak out a shootout victory against the Swiss, I couldn’t help but wonder what coach Ron Wilson and General Manager Brian Burke were thinking.

As pleased as USA was in beating Norway, I have to believe that the coaching staff’s attention already had turned to Sunday’s game against Canada before most players had taken off their skates. When you are about to play a hockey “super power,” there is a part of you that hopes the team you’re facing comes in over-confident and unprepared for the attack you’re planning. Were Burke and Wilson thinking, OK Swiss team, THANKS A LOT—you just woke up this entire team AND country?!

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What Happens If…

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from sixsevenfiftysix of Japers Rink,

With only one game remaining for each team, the scenarios for what each team needs to have happen for a first round bye are as clear as they’ll be.  I thought it’d be fun (in a nerdy way) to break down which teams would get a top four seed depending on how the remaining games go down.

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