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Now That Was Hockey

from Vinny Iyer of the Sporting News,

Thank you, Sweden and Finland. Thank you for showing the rest of the world -- and the NHL -- how to feature entertaining, well-played hockey. Fast skating. Deft puckhandling. Crisp passing. Sharp shooting. Fundamental defense. Clutch goaltending. It's funny what happens when you open up the ice and put a whole bunch of skilled players out on every shift. No goons, no cheap shots, no sideshow fighting. Limited play stoppages.
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Wings Lead Sweden

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The celebrating in Sweden is no doubt pretty impressive in the wake of Sweden's goal-medal victory over the Finns Sunday. But back in North America, a little burg known as "Hockeytown" has every right to kick back and join in. Why? How's about the play of the "Swedish Wings" in the gold-medal game?
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Sweden Team With Gold

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Two Great Teams- One Swede Winner

Great game for the gold medal game. Finland and Sweden played their hearts out for their countries!!! Although both teams were drained by the amount of games they played in a very short period, both teams come out and played like champions. If the SCF can be played like this, hockey is on its way back. Nice performance too by the Detroit Swedes. All three goals for Sweden by Wings! Recap of the game from the IIHF. note to Swedish fans- The Swedish hockey jersey many of you are searching for is temporarily sold out. If you would like to send me and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or leave a comment in this thread, I will be happy to inform you when the jersey is back in stock. It should not be long at all. update 12:14pm, from the AP via Fox Sports,

Swedes took to the streets Sunday to celebrate winning their first Olympic hockey gold medal in 12 years. Dozens of supporters gathered at the Sergel Square in central Stockholm immediately after Sweden's 3-2 victory over arch rival Finland, braving freezing temperatures to wave the Swedish flag and chant "Olympic gold, Olympic gold." Car horns could be heard throughout the capital, with Swedish flags and hockey jerseys flying from car windows.
update 1:05pm, from CBS Sportsline,
Niklas Kronwall proudly wore an Olympic gold medal he thought should have rested around someone else's neck. Ohlund, who missed the final two games after being injured in a win over Switzerland, didn't get a medal in Turin. He might receive one from his rookie replacement. "I think he deserved it more than I have," Kronwall said. "I came in and played two games. If we don't end up getting another medal, I'm offering a medal."
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NHL & Olympics- A Perfect Combination

from the Buffalo News,

Now, more than ever, the marriage between the Olympics and the NHL makes perfect sense. The NHL's renewed popularity benefits the Games. The international exposure offered by the Olympics enhances the NHL. No longer are the two entities separated by stark differences in style. The NHL should extend the agreement, which expires after the 2010 Vancouver Games.
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Howe Says More Time Needed For Olympics

from the Toronto Sun,

Where can one find a better qualified man to discuss shinny issues than Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe? The big right winger who starred for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL and Hartford of the WHA, said the Canadian and U.S. teams didn't have enough preparatory time. "When I played in Detroit on a line with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, we got used to each other, but it took time," Detroit's former great No. 9 said. "And the more we played together the better we knew where each of us was on the ice. "Also, the players must have enough time to interact with each other
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Glorified Exhibition Games

from the Edmonton Sun,

Win or lose, the Olympic showdown at Turin was little more than a glorified exhibition series staged in a time zone that made it awkward for stay-at-home Canadians to get emotionally involved. You know the biggest problem? The glamour of those historic international hockey rivalries – Canada versus Russia, for example – is long gone. No longer are European stars seen as mythical creatures sent to destroy Canadian hockey. Now, it’s too easy to see them in the same way as we see the homegrown players: overpaid, often lacking in motivation, usually competing almost from memory.
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Koivu Has Won Biggest Battle

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Saku Koivu has fought bigger battles than the one he’ll face today at the Olympic Games. The Montreal Canadiens captain has come out a winner in a fight against abdominal cancer, which will help him put today’s gold-medal final into perspective.
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Swedish Wings Cheering From Detroit

from the Detroit News,

Johan Franzen and Andreas Lilja can only imagine what it's like back home in Sweden. The excitement and anticipation for today's Olympic gold-medal game against Finland has to be unreal. "I know people have to be excited about this," Franzen said.
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Sharks Still Have Work To Do

from the Mercury News,

Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Sharks headed into the Olympic break with a positive vibe. But they are still six points out of the eighth playoff spot, which was not part of the master plan. ``We're aware of where we are; we put ourselves there,'' General Manager Doug Wilson said.
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In a move that would prevent the Sharks from losing Vesa Toskala to unrestricted free agency this summer, the team is expected to sign the Finnish goaltender to a contract extension shortly. ``I don't comment on contracts until they're signed,'' General Manager Doug Wilson said.

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