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Women’s Preliminary Round Olympics

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The preliminary round in the women’s hockey tournament completed yesterday.  The women’s tournament is split into two four team groups that played a round robin tournament.  After it is completed, the top two teams in each group carry on to the medal round.  Winners of each group play second place in the other group in a semi-final and the winners of those games move on to the gold-silver game, while the losers play for bronze and 4th place.

Here are the results:

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Covering The Olympic Hockey Games

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What is your opinion of the coverage being provided to us by the hockey writers in Vancouver?

My opinion is many of the writers are used to covering one game a night, but now are covering two and sometimes three games in the same night.

Many have deadlines that need to be met and I am sure they are scrambling at times, but I have been impressed by the work they have done.

It may get a bit easier for them once the preliminary round has ended and we should see extensive, in-depth coverage of the remaining teams.

Overall, they have done a great job providing hockey fans with all the Olympic Games notes and news.

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Team Russia Lacked Passion In Their Play

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from RussianHockeyfans,

Russian coach Vyacheslav Bykov talked about the reasons of the loss to Slovakia, stated that not all players had passion, explained why Ovechkin had three shootout attempts and talked about power play units in an interview to Russia site gazeta.ru.

RussianHockeyfans.com offers you a translation.

What shortcomings of the team did you find out?

Bykov: “The players had no passion. It looked like it was a regular game for them.”

Ovechkin was turned on the whole game, made like five hits. Why weren’t other players pumped up?

Bykov: “Yes, Alexander was one of the players who tried to demonstrate their best during the whole game. Others were in shadow.”

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NBC, Is It MSNBC or NBC?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Matt Lauer on the Today show on NBC just said- Big game this weekend, Canada versus the USA and you can watch the game on NBC.

Has something changed or did Matt make a mistake?

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It Is All About The Ratings For NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best at the GazetteXtra,

Like it or not, my fellow journalists and avid sports fans, the Olympics are a sports TV creature unlike any other, and NBC doesn’t care how often we rail against that reality.

Deal with it: Even in an era of easy access to real-time information, many of the non-typical sports fans who enjoy the Games—including the ones in my house—like a neatly packaged, conveniently timed show to digest after dinner.

NBC mostly has delivered on its promise to present marquee events such as snowboarding and figure skating live—or close to it—thanks to the favorable time difference with Vancouver. Americans Shani Davis and Shaun White won their golds live Wednesday before and after the Vonn Show.

But consider this: In the West, where everything is on delay, outraging many fans and journalists, the Games are doing even better than in the East.

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Canada Not Looking So Great

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via William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s a big team, not overly physical. It has okay speed, but not great speed, not really quick. The players can’t finish. It certainly does sound like a Canadian hockey team. Still, we know this is the best men’s team Canada can put on the ice, because the hockey media told us. And the media were virtually unanimous picking them to win the gold medal.

  Based on what the team has shown over two games, that isn’t going to happen at the Vancouver Olympics. Unless it gets miraculous goaltending and Sidney Crosby carries it on his shoulders, this team won’t make it to the gold medal game, never mind win it.

added 8:46am, Burnside and LeBrun of ESPN discuss the hockey action from yesterday, mainly the Switzerland/Canada game.

Watch below…

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Slovakia Upsets Russia

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from John Dellapina at NHL.com,

Perhaps somebody forgot to inform the Slovaks that they had drawn the short straw in this 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Or maybe they figured, having confounded the skeptics and the schedule-maker four years ago by going undefeated in pool play in Torino, they simply were being perfectly set up to shock the hockey world yet again.

Whatever the case, the little country that supposedly couldn’t somehow found a way Thursday night at Canada Hockey Place. It took a third-period comeback. And it took seven rounds of a shootout—three of which saw Alex Ovechkin shoot against them.

But at the end of a second straight long, withering night, it was the Slovaks who were still standing—2-1 victors over the powerhouse from Russia.

cotninued

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You’re Next Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo,

The U.S. is boasting a 9-2 goal differential, yet there is plenty of room for improvement. They know that. For a team that’s been together for just four days, though, it’s been impressive enough.

If you want validation of the Americans’ obvious potential, it’s that Canadian fans bothered cheering against them.

On both sides of the border, Sunday’s was the game that got circled as soon as the schedule was released. Both teams will almost assuredly advance out of pool play, so winning means relatively little.

It’s about pride. It’s about country. It’s about rivalry.

“I’m anticipating one of the best atmospheres I’ve been in,” said coach Ron Wilson. “Here, 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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If You Know It NBC, Why Don’t You Do It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Livingstone of USA TODAY,

Hockey fans looking to watch the USA-Canada game Sunday will need to view it like the rest of NBC’s pre-gold medal hockey package —on NBC’s cable partner MSNBC.

With an Olympic audience that skews heavily female, NBC will opt to show figure skating’s original dance programs live, rather than the hockey rivalry which will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Christopher McCloskey, vice president of communications at NBC Sports, says the three-hour time commitment makes for a difficult situation, in part because hockey fans want to see games in their entirety.

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Get Well Paul Henderson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson has revealed he is battling cancer.

Henderson made his illness public on CBC-TV’s Connect with Mark Kelley on Thursday.

Henderson, 67, from Lucknow, Ont., is perhaps most famous for scoring the series-clinching goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet Union hockey teams.

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