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Enemies Of The 19 Cost Team Canada A Victory

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I still have not recovered from Sunday’s epic USA - Canada matchup.

While I will give credit where it is due, I will also lay blame where it is due.

Team Michigan was stellar.  Miller stood on his head and was spectacular.  The Canada Raper, Rafalski, was equally amazing contributing two goals and a point shot assist on a third.  Remember that touch when you return to Hockeytown, you dirty rapist, we’re going to need it for a playoff run.

That’s right, bitches, there can be no doubt that Michigan, USA, (and Detroit) are Hockeytown USA.  Suck it, Minnesota.  Any debate, however stupid, ended Sunday.

What I find interesting is the players that most of the 19 loathe, Rosby, Pronger, and Perry, were the ones that cost Canada victory.  Two games in a row.

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Babcock Made The Right Move

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Look, maybe (Damien) Cox has a man crush on Brodeur, I don’t know. But Brodeur played poorly in Canada’s 5-3 loss to the Americans and, arguably, should have been pulled the first period, when he gave up the puck in a goofy baseball attempt to clear it, which led to a goal, and also let in a softy.

  To bring him back against Germany tonight would have been ridiculous and irresponsible. Of course, you make a change. I would have gone with Marc-Andre Fleury, but Luongo is certainly a better choice than Brodeur.

  Let’s not get carried away with Brodeur’s “legendary” status. He’s a future Hockey Hall of Famer and, yes, he surpassed Terry Sawchuk’s career shutout record (103) in December. But Brodeur, 37, has been wildly inconsistent this season and has been chased from the net several times. His best years are behind him. I don’t believe he even deserved the Olympic team No.1 goalie designation.

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If you missed the story from Cox, you can start here...

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Cam Ward May Return This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

While saying there is no set timetable for a return, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today that goaltender Cam Ward could be back in net this season.

Ward, sidelined since Feb. 3 with a back problem, returned to a back specialist in Charlotte this week. Rutherford said surgery will not be required.

“We’re real encouraged with the progress he’s making,” Rutherford said. “He has been feeling much better in the last week. We’ll see where he is in the next week or two.

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Olympic Women’s Semi-Finals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The semi-finals in the women’s Olympic hockey tournament were yesterday.  These semi-finals pitted USA against Sweden and Canada against Finland.  The preliminary round results are here.

USA 9 Sweden 1  This game was never really in doubt.  USA scored first and scored often.  They had a 4-0 lead midway through the second period when Pernilla Winberg scored a power play goal for Sweden.  Monique Lamoreux scored a hat trick for the Americans, with Karen Thatcher, Caitlin Cahow, Jenny Potter, Jocelyne Lamoreux, Natalie Darwitz, Hilary Knight and Molly Engstrom all adding two points each.  Jesse Vetter stopped 11 of 12 shots for the win.  Kim Martin was much busier for Sweden.  She faced 46 shots.

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Today’s Qualification Round

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Otherwise known as four teams get eliminated.

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NHL.com has also set up a bracket view of the tournament.

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Rooting Interest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Of course, today in my NHL.com blog, I discuss the Winter Olympics, specifically the mens hockey.

Now that we are in elimination mode- Are you rooting for a certain team, players that play for your NHL team even they though they may not represent your home country, or are you just enjoying the hockey with no particular rooting interest?

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How Canada Can Still See Gold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robin Short of The Telegram,

Five reasons why Canada’s men’s hockey team will win gold in Vancouver

1. Sidney Crosby

This tournament is filled with very, very good players. But there are only a handful of special players. Crosby is one of those. If Crosby’s able to step up his already-impressive game (though he was minus-3 against the Yanks), he can take Canada on his back. If not, the Canadians are doomed.

2. Good old fashioned Canadian hockey

Winning hockey games means more than simply outscoring the other team. It’s the little things, like winning faceoffs and getting dirty in the corners and in front of the net. How important is physical play? Well, in the Russia-Czech Republic game on Super Sunday (that went sour for Canadians), Alexander Ovechkin turned the complexion of the game with a thundering hit on Jaromir Jagr.

continued and also five reasons why Canada won’t win gold…

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Partying With Heidi Androl

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Behind the scenes at the Bud Club in Vancouver.

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The Ovechkin Olympic Experience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin talks about keeping a low profile, his experience in Vancouver and a few other topics.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

The Gold Club

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,

The 22 winners of the three major championships - the Stanley Cup, a World Championship, and an Olympic gold medal – were inducted into the Triple Gold Club in a ceremony held in Vancouver on Monday. All 22 members of the exclusive club were present, as they were introduced to the stage and handed a national team sweater with special TGC patches….

Their careers span over four decades, and over four different countries, but on Monday night, the only thing that mattered was that exclusive membership in the Triple Gold Club, as the players reconnected with old teammates – like Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kamensky, and Nicklas Lidström and Igor Larionov – or exchanged a few words with their former idols – like Niklas Kronwall and the former Soviet stars, over some.

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Check out some interviiews from the players involved in the ceremony at NHL.com.

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