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Hasek still without his equipment. Notice the duct tape on the trapper. image

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With Hope & A Prayer

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from the AP via the Times Union, Italy goaltender Jason Muzzatti wears a mask at practice adorned with portraits of Pope John Paul II and the Virgin Mary. Opening against mighty Canada, the Italians don't have a prayer. Spend a day with Team Italy, though, and you might just believe the host country's hockey team -- with barely a season of combined NHL experience -- can compete with the overwhelming gold medal favorite. Assistant hockey coach Jim Corsi gathers the team around a dry erase board, leaning against the glass while he explains a drill. About half the team is from North America, but Corsi runs practice with the native tongue. read on...and check out the goalie mask...

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...More On The Nash Incident

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from Hockey Refs,

Nash, a Canadian, plays for Columbus in the NHL and was caught on videotape apparently assaulting referee Vyacheslav Bulanov of Russia and linesman Miroslav Halecky of Slovakia during the Canada-Sweden game last May. “Basically the two officials, to a degree, were partially holding up his progress up the ice,” said IIHF supervisor Bob Nadin of Canada. “That’s how both officials look at it.” Many disagreed with that analysis, as the videotape from Sweden’s TV3 clearly showed Nash yelling at Bulanov before hooking him twice and then striking Halecky – who was trying to separate the two – in the shoulder.
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Hasek Downplays Czech Team

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from the Prague Daily Monitor,

The Czech ice-hockey team is considered one of the hottest favourites as betting shops, experts as well as Czech fans expect the team to win a medal. Hasek said he had heard this and read about it. He said the Czech team came to Turin to do its best and represent the Czech Republic. He nevertheless added that he cannot promise anything because of tough competition. Hasek said he considers important the first game which the Czechs play against Germany on Wednesday. He pointed out that the Germans have been jointly training for some time already, while the Czechs will play only one training together and some of the players may not even arrive in time for it.
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Gagne Travels With The ‘Gold’

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from the Courier Post,

Simon Gagne's 2002 Olympic gold medal rests neatly in a shiny wooden case. And it goes with him wherever he goes. "If I go back home to Quebec it's in my luggage," said Gagne, who is in Torino, Italy for his second Olympic experience. "When I'm in Philly, it's with me. "Every place I go for a long time the medal is going to come with me. At one point I'm going to have to do something special with it. But for now it stays with me."
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Anything Can Happen

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from the Globe and Mail,

It would be hard to imagine a more different approach. In the search for the gold medal in men's hockey -- which begins tomorrow with six games, including Canada against the host country -- there is the Canadian way, and there is the Finnish way. The Canadian way is all the way or nothing. You go for gold, you accept nothing less. "It's different for Canada than for us," Finnish captain Saku Koivu said at the end of his country's first practice yesterday. "We just go step-by-step and try to finish in the top four.
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Red Wing Fans Can Score

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via the Michigan Lottery,

Play Area 1: If YOUR GOAL is higher than THEIR GOAL in the same Game, win prize shown for that Game. Get a "HAT TRICK," win TRIPLE the prize. Play Area 2: Get three identical symbols in any one row, column or diagonal, win prize in PRIZE box. PENALTY SHOT: Get a "NET" symbol, win $20.
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Niedermayer Has Surgery

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via Sports Ticker,

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer could miss up four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. Dr. Ronald Glousman performed the surgery at Kerlan-Job Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, which resulted in the removal of a medial meniscus tear. Niedermayer is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. With the Olympic break, the Mighty Ducks are off until facing Detroit on March 1.

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Report- Gretzky Lost $2 Million

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via the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, under scrutiny after his wife, Janet Jones, was implicated in a sports betting ring, has lost more than $2 million in Las Vegas casinos, an insider said. Gretzky, head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, has a credit line that allows him to bet up to $25,000 per hand but plays well below that level, I'm told. "Anyone who bets $25,000 a hand is a whale. Less than half of 1 percent bet at that level," a casino executive said. "At $25,000, you've got a credit line of $1 million. At that level, you can demand anything you want."

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Where’s Miller

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from the Akron Beacon Journal via the Mercury News,

If Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckardt want to volunteer for a patriot mission for their country, they must do three things: Obtain a passport. Buy a plane ticket to Turin. Remember to bring the lead pipe. The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team will play without its best goaltender, alternate Ryan Miller, unless one of three non-descript net-minders selected ahead of him suffers an unforeseen injury - say, a two-hander across the shins, a la Nancy Kerrigan.
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