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An Inside Look With Dustin Brown

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Dustin Brown of the LA Kings and Team USA takes us inside Vancouver.

If I didn’t know better, I could have easily thought Dustin was a snowboarder or a kid sitting in his bedroom.

I am getting old…

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Preliminary Round Games Continue Today

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Will the USA, Canada and Russia improve their record to 2-0 with victories today?

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  Tags: winter+olympics

More Ovechkin Needed

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If only the Washington Capitals’ crack PR staff had been assigned to Ovechkin and the Russian national team. We’re pretty sure there wouldn’t be any carping. But it isn’t, and repeated requests for Ovechkin from the national media have fallen pretty much on deaf ears.

Now, the Olympics are a tricky business, between rights holders and who gets to stand where and who has to talk to whom first in the mixed zones (the penned areas where the media are held like much livestock—discuss amongst yourselves).

But the Russians, or Ovechkin himself, have decided to behave in a manner that is decidedly un-Olympic, speaking almost exclusively to the Russian media (we get that) and generally ignoring the rest of us (which we don’t).

Now, we’re not suggesting Ovechkin is Socrates on skates and we’re all the poorer for not knowing how he feels about the lines at the Hudson’s Bay Company or the ticket fiasco here or the food at the athletes’ village. But it shouldn’t be this big a hassle to get in front of a player who is arguably the best in the world playing in the world’s biggest tournament … should it?

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Hot Goalies At Olympic Break

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This is my final look at hot players at the Olympic Break.  The top ten forwards by points since January 1st, 2010 are here.  The top ten defencemen by points in the same period are here.  The surprise is that nine of the top ten defencemen (the only omission is number one scorer Mike Green) are participating in the Olympics, when only six of the top ten forwards are (omissions are Steve Stamkos, Martin St Louis and Tim Connolly by their team’s option and Anze Kopitar since his country did not qualify).  One would have expected a higher percentage of forwards to be in the Olympics given that there are more forward spots available and that scoring makes up a more significant portion of a forward`s job.

Today, I will look at the top ten goaltenders, sorted by saves percentage since January 1st, 2010, who have appeared in ten or more NHL games.  Here is the list:

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Where Are They Now?

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Now that the Olympic break provides a few weeks to reflect on the NHL season to this point, I’m taking a look at the pre-season Power Rankings, generated at the beginning of September, and comparing them to the last rankings before the break.

Why are the surprise teams surprises?  Why are others disappointing?

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Pre-Olympic Ranking: 1
Pre-Season Ranking: 5
The Reason: As great as the Capitals’ stars have been, they are also ranked higher than they were at the start of the season due to strong seasons from complementary types…

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Bond Developed Between Team USA And The Military

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from Dr. Michael Stuart of the Post-Bulletin,

The USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Team has developed a special relationship with our military and their families. Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home….

Each USA player has been adopted by a wounded warrior from their home town, university or NHL city. They were informed that “you are not just playing for your country, but for your warrior as well”. A personal package was provided containing a letter of encouragement and various other items, even bullets taken from the soldier’s bodies to be placed in the player’s locker.

Brian Burke (Team USA General Manager) summed it up by saying that “the real heroes in America don’t wear hockey uniforms, they wear camo”.

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Team That Eats Together Plays Together

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from Miro Cernetig of the Vancouver Sun,

The secret leaked that the Olympians might be coming to the restaurant. David Sidoo, the bistro’s owner who had arranged the dinner for the team, had to be vigilant for gatecrashers.

“Word somehow got out,” said Sidoo, waiting at the door as the team’s bus drove up. “We had people saying they’re with Team Canada security, people said they have reservations, all sorts of things to try and get in.”

I knew hockey players were pretty good dressers. I never dreamed they were such foodies.

“These guys, they wouldn’t even be here tonight unless it was going to be good,” said Babcock.

The players have been ensconced in the Olympic Village, eating the same meals as other athletes. Babcock says they haven’t been attending events or spending much time in public, fearing it might take time away from game preparation and their concentration.

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Morning Line

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“I felt like a soldier in Iraq for the first 20 minutes. Things were coming at me so fast from every direction. It’s different hockey. I’ve got to get used to it again.”

-Jaromir Jagr of Team Czech Republic after defeating Slovakia last night.  More on the game and Jagr from John Dellapina at NHL.com.

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Sticker Shock

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from OrderedChaos (Mike Rucki) of On Frozen Blog,

I just received the annual email from the Washington Capitals to renew season tickets for the 2010-11 season.

This year’s increase in price? Approximately 32%.

Ouch.

Yes, the Caps’ current ticket prices—particularly for my seats in the front row of the upper deck—are not only significantly discounted from face value, but quite a bargain by league standards. According to The New York Times, 20 NHL teams charged more, on average, for tickets than the Capitals did in 2009-10.

Nonetheless, it was a bit of a shock seeing the new total invoice amount in a painfully-enlarged lump-sum.

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You Can’t Be In Two Places At The Same Time

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from Dan Mangan of the NY Post,

Star hockey players have killed their chance to win a $25 million lawsuit by going for the gold at the Winter Olympics, a lawyer for the man they’re suing said yesterday.

The NHL players, including Sergei Gonchar of the 2009 Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins—now playing for Russia at the Vancouver Games—ignored a judge’s order to give depositions this week and next in California.

At least three other no-show plaintiffs are playing in the Olympics, while a dozen or so others are playing in other countries or are retired.

“I don’t think the judge is going to take kindly to it,” fumed Robyn Crowther, the lawyer representing golf-course developer Ken Jowdy. “They clearly violated the judge’s order, and we’re going to get the case dismissed.”

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