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Open Post- Team USA vs. Team Norway

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pucks drops at 3:00pm ET on USA Network and it looks like mens curling will be finished by that time.

Enjoy the game and any final score predictions?

added 2:50pm, Well, curling goes into OT (11 End).  Will it end in time?

added 2:53pm, USA Network just announced, they will send us to USA/Norway as soon as the curling ends.

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Initial Olympic Analysis

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

EDIT 14:50 The Douche Canoe ticket contest will be running during the Olympics.  If you can get a sign on TV behind Pierre McGuire’s head along with the words, “Douche Canoe” as well as “Pierre” and/or “McGuire” you will win two tickets to a Leafs game of your choice at the ACC.  Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to let me know of your attempt in advance.

The multi-billion dollar circus has descended upon Canada and the rest of the world joins us for the Olympic spectacle.

While I have been sick the past couple of days, I have had a chance to watch quite a bit of the Olympic coverage while under a wool blanket on my couch.  And there are a few things I’ve noticed so far.

First, the 19 are die-hard hockey fans and there can be no doubt about it.  While the comments on the mainpage have bordered on ridiculous, the comments here have been great.  The 19 are doing some great analysis of the games, despite NBC stacking the chips against hockey fans.

What you bitches are undergoing to catch hockey games is absolutely ridiculous and shameful.

Thanks NBC.  Asses.

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Ted Has A Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonis of Ted’s Take,

The NHL has provided more than $ 2 BILLION of committed contracts in terms of players to the Olympics. The Capitals have provided in our six players more than $ 200 million worth of talent as well, I believe. And in payment back we received two free tickets to each game, per team.  Seems like a fair exchange huh?

And we aren’t allowed to do any press work on site or media streaming in any way or use the Olympic logos or see our players or park at the arena and on and on. I bet I am violating some rules in blogging about the Olympics as I am not paying a penny to do so. I didn’t ask for permission or credentials either.

I love the Olympics but we don’t have a fair exchange of value that is for sure.

As far as I can tell the Olympic Committee is more important than governments, leagues, police forces, individual teams, athletes and even religions. They rule! They are in total control. The floggings will continue until morale improves around here!


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  Tags: winter+olympics

An Inside Look With Dustin Brown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

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?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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?

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: team+canada

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