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Russia Is A Team

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It's early, to be sure, just two games into the five-game round robin. But the Russian win over the Swedes, who started the tournament with a 7-2 handling of Kazakhstan, was illuminating on a number of fronts. It provided the first indication that there is a difference from previous Russian teams, which were marked as much by in-fighting, defections and internal politicking as they were for their considerable talent. "I think right now it's coming back. Any tournament we play, you know guys are concentrating more on winning and bringing back good hockey to the Russian people," Kasparaitis said.
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Praise The NHL

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Emphasize what an amazing phenomenon it is that players from around the globe -- Russians, Czechs, Swedes, Finns -- understand the magic of the Stanley Cup and seem to get just as intoxicated in its presence as a guy from Swift Current, Fort McMurray or St. Paul. Continue to take the world view. Brag about it. Celebrate it. Don't apologize for it, to anyone. Play not just to the current NHL constituency, but try to join a new wave of intelligent, world-view fans who might be disgusted with the "me-first, don't-get-respect" attitudes in other sports, even those with some international flavor on their rosters.
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Hasek Out, Elias Hurting

from the AP via NHL.com, Czech Republic star goalie Dominik Hasek is out of the Olympics because of an injury that happened minutes into his first game in Turin. ...Elias bruised his ribs on a check from a Swiss player, and his status for Saturday's game against Finland (2-0) is uncertain. update 8:24am, from Reuters,

Zbynek Kusy, general manager of the Czech ice hockey team, added on Friday that forward Patrik Elias was also leaving the Games after suffering an upper body injury from a crosscheck during the Czech's opening game against Germany.

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Different Game

from the Globe and Mail,

But it is also a different game -- and only two days into this 2006 Olympic tournament, that realization is beginning to set in. The difference is open ice -- some Finns, in fact, are convinced this Olympic rink is physically bigger -- with a new sense of unoccupied territory that can be directly connected to the new rules. The hooking, the clutching and grabbing, and the interference that have been the norm in European and North American hockey have been dramatically reduced,...
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Prepare For The Trade Deadline

from TSN,

Get yourself prepped for what promises to be an interesting stretch run to deadline day with the latest trade buzz - compiled from media reports and rumours - around the NHL's 30 teams.
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Forsberg To Skate Tomorrow

from the AP via NHL.com, Sweden star Peter Forsberg will test his strained left groin in practice Friday and expects to learn if he can play in the Olympics. Forsberg sat out Sweden's first two Olympic games and the Philadelphia Flyers' final eight games before the break because of the injury, but Sweden coach Bengt Ake Gustafsson said he is getting better.

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Sorry for The Delay

This morning I woke up very early to start my day of posting. But as you know, my hosting service was having some issues that now appear to be cleared up. Unfortunately, I have been hit with need to sleep and sleep. Not sure what is wrong, but I feel terrible. Will keep you posted.

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Broadcast Hockey Coverage

from the Albany Times Union,

NBC, the American rightsholder, has vowed to show U.S. men's and women's hockey games, as well as the gold-medal fray, commercial-free. Though the mother ship farmed out most games to cable partners CNBC, MSNBC and USA, hockey fans will find them.
more I have been very satisfied with the coverage of hockey in the Olympics. From a high definition standpoint, the picture has been fantastic, even though a few video and audio glitches pop up now and then.

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Holding Their Breath In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Citizen,

It was the kind of cry that can be heard across an ocean, by the ears of a general manager resting in Florida. Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler is no longer resting comfortably. Exactly nine minutes and 25 seconds into his 2006 Olympic hockey experience, Dominik Hasek, superstar goaltender for the Czech Republic and the Senators, felt a sharp twinge in the back of his legs after making a save on a shot by a German player. He cried out in pain, then called to nearby teammates to ice the puck. "They didn't know what I was saying," Hasek said.
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Dominik Hasek's Olympic status is up in the air as the Czech goaltender had an MRI Wednesday night. Sources tell TSN that team doctors are looking at a small groin injury, and will know more about the severity of the injury over the next couple of days.

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Not The Canadian Way

from the Globe and Mail,

Hockey commentator Don Cherry criticized the Canadian women's hockey team Wednesday for running up the score against their weaker opponents at the Winter Olympics. “To run up a score like that, that is wrong,” said Cherry. “First of all, it is not the Canadian way.” “If you run up scores like you're running up scores now, and beating all these Europeans' teams like that and making mockery of their hosts. . . If you keep it up, you're committing suicide, they'll throw those games out.”
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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