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Slovakia Remaining Calm

from Eurosport,

Richard Zednik has told eurosport.com Slovakia are not getting carried away with their fine Olympic start. An opening game victory over Russia was swiftly followed by a 6-3 defeat of Latvia to leave Slovakia top of Group B ahead of Saturday's crucial clash with the USA. But Zednik insists talk of grabbing a first Olympic gold since the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia is premature.
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Krupp Enjoying The View

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

This was the last place he thought he'd be, wearing a suit and tie and wire-rimmed glasses, and pacing behind a hockey bench. "I really like it. I was surprised how much I like it," said Krupp, who spent parts of 15 seasons in the NHL and scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Colorado Avalanche against the Florida Panthers in 1996. "That's not something I could have predicted. At the end of your career, sometimes, you're tired of hockey. With the injuries I had, I was tired of it for a short period of time."
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Will They Apologize

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Where are all the apologies? Less than two weeks ago, the sports media were falling all over themselves excoriating Wayne Gretzky, Janet Gretzky, Mike Barnett, Rick Tocchet and a dozen unnamed National Hockey League players. Now, lets do the roll call. It is clear Wayne Gretzky did nothing wrong. Janet Gretzky bet on football -- wow, what an unusual activity -- but also did nothing wrong. In New Jersey, where all these alleged crimes were committed, betting, either legally or illegally, is not against the law.
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Habs Owner Talks Hockey

from the Montreal Gazette,

In a wide-ranging talk this week from his home in Vail, Colo., Canadiens majority owner George Gillett Jr. spoke of the Olympics, the new NHL, changes behind his team's bench, the troubles of goalie Jose Theodore, and the issue of gambling that blankets the game at a time when its popularity has perhaps never been greater. You think this man isn't smiling about 27 consecutive Bell Centre sellouts - with full houses assured for the rest of season, according to a Canadiens spokesperson yesterday? "They didn't ask me (about the Olympic schedule)," Gillett said. But if they had?
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Russia Could Roll

from the Globe and Mail,

This group could form the nucleus of a powerful Russian national team for years to come. Even though they have yet to form a line here, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin and Malkin could become to Russian hockey in the next 10 years what Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov were to the former Soviet Union hockey program in the 1980s, and Valery Kharlamov, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov were a decade earlier.
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Tkachuk Tough As Nails

from the NY Times,

Tkachuk may be 33, the father of three and a veteran of four Olympics, but on the ice, he still looks a lot like the teenager who drew a misconduct for fighting during an exhibition loss to the Washington Capitals in Team USA's lead-up to the 1992 Games in Albertville, France.
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Flyer Fans Will Be Watching

Bob McKenzie of TSN writes about Peter Forsberg returning,

The Swedes are obviously thrilled about that. I'm not so sure the Philadelphia Flyers are just as excited. This is one of the dicey situations with the NHL involved in the Olympics. You've got a player, Peter Forsberg, who was not healthy enough to play games for Philadelphia right before the Olympic break, but he wasn't ready to rule himself out of the Olympics. He came over here, took some extra time and says now that he's okay. I'm sure that he is -- he wouldn't be playing if he wasn't.
more from Bob including Nash needs to start driving to the net...

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Get Your Coffee

Who's ready for an early rush of great hockey? It is bitterly cold here in Detroit this morning but the coffee is hot and oatmeal is next. UHD just had an interview with Jarome Iginla and he said this is the fastest hockey he has ever played. He mentioned the NHL is hard hitting and fast, but the bigger ice makes the game even faster. Ray Ferraro first mentioned he was married to Cammi Granato and then went on to say Ben Smith, USA women's hockey coach, did not bring the best team to Turin and it came back to bite him. He compares the win by Sweden yesterday to the 'Miracle on Ice". added 6:10am, All the stats you need for the hockey games, everything but time on ice, which I have yet to find. Note, the stats will open a pdf file. TSN has stats too.

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Tough Life

from Bob McGown (as a reminder, Bob does afternoon drive on The Fan 590 in Toronto) of Sportsnet,

The International Ice Hockey Federation has spared little expense on its headquarters for the Turin Games. It spent weeks sprucing up a rundown tennis and fitness club that's located just down the street from the main hockey venue, the Palasport Olympico. Carpets and drapes were changed, new flooring was installed. The catering company brought along a lovely wooden bar and some sumptuous leather club chairs and sofas. Starched white linens cover tables set with silverware and three different wine glasses. Preparations for the complimentary wining and dining members of the International Olympic Committee and the big wigs from the NHL, its players' association, and various national federations -- the House is not open to the public -- were not taken lightly.
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Miracle Turns Gray

from the Denver Post,

When does living in the past become redundant? Professionals skating at the Winter Games never can be as pure as the amateur love of the game and country. Get over it. "If people agree we should be here as pros, so be it," 35-year-old forward Doug Weight said. "The legacy of 1980 is the greatest upset ever, in any sport." A miracle is forever golden, but hockey in America has turned gray.
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