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The Ultimate Home Ice Advantage

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Obviously, the big sheet's not for everybody. But what if, instead of adopting the Olympic ice, the NHL simply deregulated the size of the surface from the current 85 by 200 to whatever suits the desires of an individual team? Maybe my natural aversion to conformity is talking here, but the advantages seem pretty apparent. Primary among those would be the re-introduction of the home ice advantage.
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Red Wing Flagship Station Blames Hatcher

The Wings flagship station faulted Hatcher for a mistake he made and they cannot understand why he pulled such a boneheaded play. If you did not see the game, Hatcher lost a glove behind the USA net while killing off a 5-3 penalty. He went to get his glove (which is regulated by IIHF rules- you must have your equipment on before getting involved in the play) and was late covering the front of the net and Finland scored. Apparently the two co-hosts of the radio show, and one does the Wings pre and post game show, are not familiar with the rules. They were all over Hatcher asking why his glove was more important than getting into the play! Goes to show you it is not what you know about sports (hockey) but who you know to get a job in sports radio in Detroit. update 4:38pm. They may indeed be correct, see the comments for an ongoing discussion.

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Vancouver Crossing Their Fingers

Two of Vancouvers top dmen left Olympic games today due to injury. Ohlund for Sweden (arm, shouler, ribs?) and Salo(shoulder) for Finland left their games earlier today. from the AP & CP via TSN,

Sweden defenceman Mattias Ohlund was taken to hispital for X-rays after crashing into the boards in the second period against Switzerland on Wednesday. Ohlund, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was injured when he was checked by Patric Della Rossa from behind. He lost his balance and slid into the corner.
update 1:36pm via the IIHF,
(Regarding Ohlund) has suffered a bruised shoulder and ribs. If he is unable to play on Friday then Niklas Kronvall will take his place.
update 4:16pm, per CBC TV, Ohlund has either cracked or broken ribs and Salo has a possible seperated shoulder.

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Report- NHL Refs All The Way

from Hockey Refs,

Many have suggested that the IIHF will want the best implying that NHLers Dan Marouelli (Canada), Dennis LaRue (United States), Don Van Massenhoven (Canada), and Paul Devorski (Canada) will officiate the remaining games, which started today.

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Increase In Muscle Injuries

from the Pittsbugh Penguins,

“Talking to the different trainers around the league, they have seen the exact same thing – an increase in muscular injuries and an increase in muscular injuries with the older players,” Mortland said. Indeed. Another common theme seems to be an increase in injuries with veterans as opposed to younger players.
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Following The Games Today

If you don't have access to a TV today to watch the games, this is probably the best website to follow the action. Or at the scoreboard at NHL.com. It is my understanding many radio stations will be streaming the semi and finals live so I will keep you updated with that information. image Semi-final games will be played at 10:30am & 3:00pm on Friday, bronze game is Saturday at 2:30pm and the gold medal game is Sunday at 8:00am. All times are EST.

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Did You Believe

Twenty six years ago today, we heard this (will open as mp3 audio). For a quick review of what happened in Lake Placid on that great afternoon for Team USA.

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Go On Or Go Home

from the Edmonton Sun,

-- It's a very scary game - more scary than it has ever been for Team Canada at the Olympics. It's the go-on-or-go-home-in-shame game. Certainly, in the three Olympics with NHL players and arguably in the entire history of Canadian teams playing in the five-ring tournament, what we're dealing with here is the most scary sudden-death quarter-final elimination game of them all.

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NHL & ESPN Together Again?

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Although the NHL still has another year to go on its Outdoor Life Network pact, there’s already talk of a switch. One broadcast source tells us that ESPN is already eyeing a return to big-league hockey. -he six-story Canadian Hockey villa at Olympic Village can’t be missed. It has a giant maple leaf flag draped over the balcony. The men’s team re-labeled a seat outside its villa “Pat’s Bench,” for Pat Quinn, who became a mentor to many Canadian athletes at the Salt Lake City Games.
more from the Maven...

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Report- Datsyuk Has A Broken Finger

from the Gazeta Russian newspaper (translated),

In the first five during the inclusion instead of Pavel [Datsyuk] several times became Aleksey Kovalev. With which this is connected? - In pasha is broken finger. It it was necessary compulsory to keep for the game with Canada.
Looks like Datsyuk has a broken finger but will play tomorrow against Canada. Not sure when it happened, butif anyone can translate, please post in comments.

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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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