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Fedorov Having Fun

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from the CP at CTVOlympics,

The 40-year-old forward appeared to be just as loose and relaxed as the players around him on the eve of the Olympic tournament. He was clearly enjoying himself on the ice during Monday’s practice at Canada Hockey Place and was cracking jokes afterwards.

“I’m just delighted to be around those guys and have fun,” said Fedorov. “If you want to be part of the group, you have to goof off too sometimes.”

Fedorov is five years older than anyone else on the Russian team. He’s back for his third Games and is painfully aware that his country hasn’t won Olympic gold since 1992, but doesn’t believe it’s much of a distraction for the young stars.

“I don’t think anybody on the team thinks about when we won last time Olympics and stuff because we’re having too much fun,” said Fedorov.

read on

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Evening Line

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“I’m the happiest guy here, that’s for sure.”

“When it first happened it was one of the scariest things I’ve been through. And it was one of the hardest things I’ve done.  The last week hasn’t been easy and I’m so relieved just to get on the ice with the guys again.”

Ryan Getzlaf of Team Canada.  A bit more on Team Canad from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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I Wonder Who These Blades Belong To?

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Any guesses?

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New Tampa Owner Must Deal With Lecavalier First

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from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,

Why has Lecavalier backslid? Who knows? One theory is that Lecavalier isn’t playing well because he doesn’t trust the current ownership. If so, that would be disappointing, because most competitors don’t get their fire from the guy in the owner’s box. But if I’m Vinik, I have a heart-to-heart with Lecavalier on the first day I own the team. I tell him I think he is capable of more.

Over time, Vinik has a lot of questions to answer. He has to decide what to do with his general manager, with his head coach, with his marketing plan, with his budget, with his blueprint.

First, there is Vinny.

For a new owner, that’s where hope begins.

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The Top Line For Team USA

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from Neil Campbell of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Generations tend to mix and meld in international hockey these days and the proof comes Tuesday when the United States opens the men’s Olympic hockey tournament against Switzerland, with a top line that features Paul Stastny playing between Zach Parise and Patrick Kane.

And if the first two surnames sound familiar, well, there is an explanation for that. Parise’s father, J.P., played for Canada in the seminal 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Stastny’s father, Peter, played for Czechoslovakia during the 1980 Olympics on the team that lost early to the Americans during their magical Miracle on Ice run.

That two players - one of Slovak heritage, one of Canadian - now play for the Americans is an indication how bloodlines matter more in hockey than in almost any other sport. It also points to an explosive growth in the game below the 49th parallel, to the point where the American team, despite its loud insistences to the contrary, could pose a significant threat in the 2010 Olympic competition.

continued

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Will The San Jose Line Click For Canada?

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

San Jose coach Todd McLellan didn’t want to simplify it too much, but he did anyway. Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have chemistry because, as McLellan told NHL.com, “Jumbo (Thornton) is a passer, Patty is a skater and Dany is a shooter.”

That’s why you’ll likely see that trio together in Canada’s opener Tuesday against Norway at Canada Hockey Place.

“It maybe is a little bit unfair to simplify their games the way I just did,” McLellan added. “Their tool box is full, each of them, and that allows them to play a speed game, a grinding game, a finesse or a passing game because each has those tools. If you want to simplify the line, you have a passer, a skater and a shooter. That’s why it works.”

continued

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Who Would You Choose?

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They are both the same age, player A is actually five days older than player B.

Let’s look at career stats:

Player A, regular season- 1051 games, 322 goals, 527 assists, 859 points and -95

Player B, regular season- 1179 games, 356 goals, 495 assists, 851 points and +95

How about the playoffs you ask?

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (February 15, 2010) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 14.

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Capitals Review At The Olympic Break

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We are first in the East up 13 points over NJ. We are first in our division over second place Tampa by 27 points.

We lead the NHL in goals scored with 247. San Jose is second with 204 goals scored.

We lead the NHL in power play efficiency.

We have the best home record at 23-3-3 and have played the least amount of games at home of the best teams. We have sold out every game. We spend at the cap max in payroll. Our ticket prices continue to be in lowest third of the NHL….

The bad: We are a tired team and a team with some injuries.

We know we have to get back to playing better systems oriented hockey.

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Different Styles For Ovechkin And Crosby

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from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

It is, of course, unfair to label 2010 the “Ovechkin versus Crosby Olympics”, because hockey is a team sport. But these are both players that have the ability, not just to make a play that changes a game, but to go ahead and impose their will on the game.

However, the captain of the Washington Capitals and his Pittsburgh Penguins counterpart achieve their goals in such different ways.

It’s hard to pin down intangible qualities that make a star what he is. But if I had to try, I’d say that Ovechkin’s success stemly mostly from passion, whereas Crosby’s mostly reflects his drive. (Their skill sets both go without saying, and they have both diversified their games to the point where the old “Ovechkin shoots, Crosby makes plays” label is no longer adequate.)

One dictionary defines passion as “a powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger”. And that’s what you see every time Ovechkin steps on the ice. He’s blowing kisses and throwing himself into the boards when he scores goals. He gets angry when his team falls behind and spurs himself to play better. A classic example occurred in Washington’s come-from-behind 5-4 OT victory over Pittsburgh on February 7, where Ovechkin led the way with a hat trick.

The same dictionary defines drive as “the trait of being highly motivated”. To that, you might add “focused” in Crosby’s case.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby, team+canada, team+russia

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