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Marathon Almost Over

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There are only a couple more days remaining in preliminary-round play here in Torino, and that means the marathon days at the rink will come to a close. That's both good and bad news. The good news is there will be much more time to concentrate on the games at hand on a given day. The bad news is there will be fewer games. Since the hockey tournament began, we have been setting up shop at one of the two hockey venues, usually getting there around 11 a.m. for a 1 p.m. start and leaving around 1:30 a.m. after the last game is completed. I'm beginning to think this should be an Olympic event in itself because there is a distinctive skill set to covering three games in a day.
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Hall Of Famer Curt Gowdy Dies

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Curt Gowdy, one of the signature voices of sports for a generation and the longtime broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at 86. He died in Palm Beach after a long battle with leukemia, Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley said

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Blog- Away Today

I have my annual visit with my accountant today. Should be back by 4pm.

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Wake Up Canada

from Reuters,

Wayne Gretzky gave Team Canada a wake up call on Monday as they struggle to find their game at the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. Gretzky, the team's executive director, sharply criticized his players' lack of emotion in a 2-0 loss to Finland on Sunday. And with a strong quarter-final match-up looming, he called on the reigning gold medallists to snap out of their slumber.

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Kronwall Going To Turin

from the Swedish paper Expressen (rough translation),

Expressen.se confirms three sek's team man to act Näslund that both Jonathan Hedström and Niklas Kronwall is on road to Turin. - an of them lands today, the other tomorrow. We sheep have three additional player so we will fulfil out the troop, says Näslund. Who is the third player? - the has we not really decided still. According to information received acts the about Los angeles' back Mattias Norström as the previous week suffered of sviterna after a brain shaking but that now is restored.
Kronwall will be part of the taxi squad and will be able to practice with the team, which will probably be good for him.

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Parity Arrives

from the Capital Times (Wisconsin),

"Just watching the games today," University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves said Sunday, "what you're seeing right now in the Olympics is the parity in hockey across the world. "There was a time when the Europeans were nervous about playing the North Americans, the U.S. and Canada, because of their style. But now because of the inundation of Europeans in the NHL, they're going back home and saying, 'We know how to play them now and we understand their mentality.' " Eaves pointed to the lack of cohesiveness, or continuity, in putting together a U.S. team. "That's always tough," he said. "Each country usually has a system in play. Like the Swedes play a certain way. And the Fins play a certain way. And they're ahead of the curve in that fashion."
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Probable Matchups For Wednesday

If everything holds true to form in the last preliminary games tomorrow, this is what we will se for the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Finland vs. USA Czechs vs. Russia Sweden vs. Swiss Slovakia vs. Canada

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Captain Chelios Is A Joke

from Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star,

The international game is a young man's game that places a premium on young legs and the ability to move quickly on the oversized international ice sheet. And yet, there are nine holdovers from the 2002 silver medal-winning team, seven from 1998, one from 1994, one from 1992 and, yes, Chelios from 1984. There's also this question, one the Americans have never adequately answered: Why bring back any of the dopes who were a part of 1998's shameful American team that trashed the athletes' village? The players in that group said they would never break the code, never point to those responsible for the vandalism. Which was fine. Except it should have come with a price. It should have cost them the chance to represent the United States again. To think that Chelios is not only on the team, but the captain of the team, is a joke.

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Will Leafs Buy Or Sell

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

If logic were the only consideration, John Ferguson's decision wouldn't be unduly difficult. But a lot of other factors come into play -- factors like self-confidence, experience, job security, personal pride and even courage. The decision in question? Whether the Maple Leafs should be buyers or sellers after the Olympic break.
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Time Is Running Out

from the Globe and Mail,

Something is terribly wrong with the defending Olympic champion and pre-tournament favourite. The Canadians are so big they seem somehow too big. They could not skate with the Swiss — as well as could not score, despite 49 shots, against goaltender Martin Gerber — and against the Finns they simply could not keep up in either speed or creativity. "We're not playing very much like a team," admitted Quinn. "We haven't made the kind of progress we'd hoped."
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"If I’m not going to score on my chances, then I don’t expect to see ice (time)," Blue Jackets star Rick Nash said last night, after he and the Canadians suffered a 2-0 loss to Finland at the Torino Esposizione.

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