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Vokoun ‘Resting’

from the Tennessean,

Tomas Vokoun is finally getting some rest, though it's probably not the kind he had in mind. The Predators' netminder sat on the bench during yesterday's Olympic quarterfinal, watching his native Czech Republic advance with a 3-1 win over Slovakia. "I'm a little surprised, but you do go through things like that,'' Coach Barry Trotz said. "Everything's a little different over there — even the way he got thrust into the number one job with no security blanket because of Hasek. There was probably a lot of pressure on him because there were high expectations for the Czechs going in.''

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Tortorella Happy Goalie Returning Home

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Lightning coach John Tortorella is American. Born in Boston, he played college hockey in New England. He is a product of USA Hockey and even has coached Americans in international competitions. So what was his reaction when the Americans were eliminated from the Olympics on Wednesday? "I'm happy," Tortorella said. "We're getting our goalie back."
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More On Datsyuk’s Broken Finger

Thanks to Peter Gower for this translation from Sport Express-

Only later they became known to detail. "Detroit" forward has broken phalanx of little finger, moreover this injury it obtained in NHL, in one of the last games before the Olympiad! But he said nothing in order not to miss the games, neither coaches nor players, not even his agent which learned about the broken finger from the same statement by Krikunov. Considering all this Datsyuk showed during the group tournament remarkable game, drove in goal and made seven successful assists!

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The European Final Four

from Reuters,

With Canada and the United States eliminated, the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament heads into the semi-finals as a European battleground. "We don't care who is not in the tournament any more. We are focussed on our team, our play. We always thought we could get to the gold medal game, that we had the talent and team strength to do so," said Swedish captain Mats Sundin.
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Malkin Suspended & Salo Has Dislocated Shoulder

via the IIHF,

The tournament directorate suspended Russian forward Evgeni Malkin for one game (semifinal vs Finland) after Malkin's kicking attempt on Canada's Vincent Lecavalier in the Russia - Canada game. There are also reports that Sami Salo, also of the Vancouver Canucks, has a dislocated shoulder. His status for Finland's semi-final encounter with Russia is in question.
update 10:27am, Video of the kick (will open wmp video).

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Team USA Lacks Superstars

from Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Where are the great American-born superstars, such as a Sidney Crosby? Where are the great American-born goalies? Where are the superstar athletes who should have been the direct products of Lake Placid, and why aren't they skating toward gold-medal contention in Italy? The trouble is that USA Hockey is linked to the National Hockey League, and the NHL is a gang that can't shoot straight. If hockey in the U.S. takes one step forward, as it did with that silver medal in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Gary Bettman and his NHL gang take 20 steps back with a popularity-killing lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season.
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The NHL Cares Only About The Money

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The issues of national pride, integrity, honour, and similar matters are best left aside. The NHL doesn't care about such mundane concepts. The NHL cares only about money. All the NHL wants to do is pack the maximum amount of NHL games into the shortest possible amount of time and shut down the league for a minimum Olympic period. The Olympics should be a true best-on-best national-team tournament, akin to soccer's World Cup. But the World Cup lasts more than a month, not 12 days. If the NHL ran the NCAA, the March Madness tournament would be staged on a long weekend.
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Report- Ohlund Out With Cracked Rib

via Sportnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mathias Ohlund will return to Vancouver on Friday to further assess a cracked rib...
On a sidenote, it must be a thrill for Niklas Kronwall to be in the Swedish lineup. Four days ago, he was preparing to play with Grand Rapids for a few games, now he is on center stage of the hockey world. update 9:15am, via TSN,
Swedish defenceman Mattias Ohlund is out of Olympic tournament with what doctors suspect are broken ribs. The good news for Vancouver Canucks fans is that Ohlund is expected to be out of action between seven and 10 days. "It's not a serious injury," said team doctor Lannert Hovelius. "But he can't play in the next few days so we had to replace him.

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Gretzky Talks

In the interview with Bob Costas, Gretzky discusses Team Canada's loss, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the gambling scandal surrounding his wife, Janet Jones. GRETZKY ON TEAM CANADA'S QUARTERFINALS LOSS TO RUSSIA: GRETZKY: Well, it has been difficult. We're obviously devastated that we didn't win. I think that the Olympic Games are the greatest sporting event in the world. For our country, the one thing that we prepare ourselves for, the one sport we don't want to accept anything but gold in is ice hockey. read on

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Friday’s Semi-finals

10:30am Czech Rep. vs. Sweden- MSNBC,CBC 3:00pm Finland vs. Russia- USA,CBC All times are EST.

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