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Modano Rips USA Hockey

from the AP via the Herald Banner,

Mike Modano took no shots in the loss that bounced the U.S. men's hockey team from the Olympics. He saved his best one for afterward. The three-time Olympian was benched for most of the third period in the Americans' 4-3 loss Wednesday night to Finland in the quarterfinals. Then he took aim at the people who put the disappointing squad together. "You'd think USA Hockey would be a well-oiled machine, but it's not," he said. "Basically we were on our own for hotels, tickets, flights, stuff like that. "Normally we wouldn't have to worry about stuff like that."
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Not What The NHL Wanted

With both Canada and the USA out of the medal rounds, the NHL must be disappointed. The television ratings for hockey have been low but will reach even lower for the semi and final games. Hopefully this will not influence the NHL owners in a negative way for future participation. Maybe it will open their eyes a bit more and hopefully expand their scouting in the European leagues. Hockey is now the most international game; forget basketball, hockey has proven players from around the world have caught up with the Canadian game and in a way, surpassed it.

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Future TV Enhancements

from TV Technology,

"Seeing the game from the goalie's perspective is a huge plus for coverage," said Sam Flood, coordinating producer for NBC Sports. "The goalie cam fits our philosophy of taking viewers inside the glass as much as possible. This is why we're so interested in the new rail cam being developed by NHL, although not every rink can accommodate it." Acone explained that a robotic camera will ride atop the glass on a monorail that runs from one end of the rink to the other. This system is now being developed by Fletcher Chicago, which did two indoor tests last year at an American Hockey League game in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Frozen Four college championship in Columbus, Ohio. "We want to put cameras where people can't go," he said. "Since we can't put a camera operator in front of the fans at ice level, a rail cam under human control could follow the play dynamically, quickly stopping and changing directions as needed."
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OLN New Set

from Media Week,

The set will have a multimedia environment with plasma screens with open feeds, an operation room equipped with four computer workstations, and color-changing light emitting diodes, making it possible to easily change the color of the entire set, plus a ticker fed with real-time statistics.

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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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