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U.S Olympian Rips Canadian Team

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Ruggiero, a three-time Olympian, was especially critical of the 16 goals Team Canada pumped past Italy in its opener, a prelude to the dozen the defending Olympic champions scored against Russia 24 hours later. "I'm upset that Canada has been running up the score, especially against the host nation," Ruggiero told SI.com on Monday. "There was no need for that. They're trying to pad their stats ... Canada is running up the score for whatever reasons -- personal, short-term."
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What If Picture

David at the Ice Block paints a "what if" scenario, using the column Eric Weinrich wrote today that was posted earilier in the day. Interesting, from the Ice Block, I took today’s normal NHL standings and added points for games minus shootout points (as though the games ended in a tie) and I also added points as though the NHL gave 3 points for a non-shootout win. read on

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Should Nash Be Playing

In a brief mention in an article about the final training the officials are going through for the Olympics, this stands out. from Hockey Refs,

HockeyRefs.com obtained a copy of some of the other training material, which included an acknowledgment that Canadian player Rick Nash should have been suspended for assaulting Bulanov and linesmen Miroslav Halecky (Slovakia) at last season’s World Championship.
update 4:04pm, A KK reader posted a link to the video ( will open wmp video) of the incident. image

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Burnside Talks Olympics

This is actually happening right now, so the directed link will actually grow in the next half hour or so. via ESPN,

Why is it that no one is giving Team USA any shot at medaling? Maybe it's just my patriotism, but I think we have a decent team, and, if it gels properly, could make a run. SportsNation Scott Burnside: (2:05 PM ET ) You're definitely right. I'm in a minority when I picked them to win a bronze. I agree. If their coach can forge a chemistry, they'll surprise some people. If Their goaltending can get hot, they've got something
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Marleau & Legace Gain Weekly Honors

from the NHL,

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who led all NHL scorers with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 12. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who led Detroit to three victories with a 1.67 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Grahame Starting Goalie For Team USA

from the Mercury News,

Robert Esche wasn't happy when he was told he would not be playing in the Olympics. But that won't stop him from coming. Esche said Monday he was told by Team USA coach Peter Laviolette that he was going to name Tampa Lightning backup John Grahame the No. 1 goalie for the U.S. and that Rick DiPietro was the backup.

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Handzus Out, Forsberg Waits

via TSN,

One Philadelphia Flyers' forward has pulled out of the Olympics, and another one might have to do the same. Michal Handzus has withdrawn from the ASlovakian side with a rotator cuff injury. Meanwhile, Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg had an MRI on Sunday. Official results have not been made public, but there is apparently still a problem with Forsberg's groin. He is scheduled to meet with Flyers' general manager Bob Clarke today to determine his status for the Olympic Games. A decision may not come for a week, as Forsberg can opt to sit out the round-robin portion of the tournament and suit up for the playoff round - if he's ready.
update 1:40pm, via TSN,
Peter Forsberg is going to the Olympics. The Swedish superstar had an MRI on Sunday. Official results have not been made public, but there was apparently still a little problem with Forsberg's groin. However, after meeting today with Flyers' general manager Bob Clarke, Forsberg got the green light to go to Torino.
update 2:47pm, more on Forsberg via the Philadelphia Flyers...

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NHL Writer Turns Food Critic

A very enjovable column about the city of Turin and what many are experiencing while there. from Rich Libero of NHL.com,

Watching others receive their food, I couldn't help but notice the rich and creamy nature of the gnocchi formaggio. The sauce, a dense white cream, would stretch in strings from saucepan to plate. Mouth watering and arteries hardening, I wondered if I'd made a healthy choice. But, in a bit of divine intervention, our waiter returned with apologies. They had run out of gnocchi. So we settled on an al dente rigatoni with little tomatoes in olive oil. Two and half hours later, we strolled back to our little hotel feeling much more comfortable in our surroundings, confident that we could communicate well enough to fill our bellies, get directions and buy bus tickets. Perhaps we shouldn't have been so confident. Sunday involved much walking, chasing down wi-fi access and trying, with no success, to get our cell phones sorted out. In fact, as I write this on Monday, we've still got to figure that out.
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A2Y Featured Blog

Christy at Behind The Jersey features the up and coming blog Abel to Zombo Yzerman. Check it out and thanks for the kind words Bill, and yes Christy, my answers are coming. image

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Enemies Become Friends

from the Daily Times,

Friends are enemies and enemies are friends this morning. The NHL players have traded in their organizational uniforms for those with their country’s flag on the front, and sentiments turn from loyalty to national pride. The 2006 Olympics have started, and the men’s hockey tournament begins in the next few days. “It’s the biggest tournament,” said Karlis Skrastins, a member of the Latvian team, which faces the United States on Wednesday. “It happens once in four years. For our country, it’s big. It’s exciting.”

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