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Holding Their Breath In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Citizen,

It was the kind of cry that can be heard across an ocean, by the ears of a general manager resting in Florida. Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler is no longer resting comfortably. Exactly nine minutes and 25 seconds into his 2006 Olympic hockey experience, Dominik Hasek, superstar goaltender for the Czech Republic and the Senators, felt a sharp twinge in the back of his legs after making a save on a shot by a German player. He cried out in pain, then called to nearby teammates to ice the puck. "They didn't know what I was saying," Hasek said.
read on update 7:29am, via TSN,
Dominik Hasek's Olympic status is up in the air as the Czech goaltender had an MRI Wednesday night. Sources tell TSN that team doctors are looking at a small groin injury, and will know more about the severity of the injury over the next couple of days.

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Not The Canadian Way

from the Globe and Mail,

Hockey commentator Don Cherry criticized the Canadian women's hockey team Wednesday for running up the score against their weaker opponents at the Winter Olympics. “To run up a score like that, that is wrong,” said Cherry. “First of all, it is not the Canadian way.” “If you run up scores like you're running up scores now, and beating all these Europeans' teams like that and making mockery of their hosts. . . If you keep it up, you're committing suicide, they'll throw those games out.”

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Hosting Issues

Once again, I am experiecing hosting issues through the night and wanted to inform you there may be a few issues today. From my hosting service at 4:43am,

Well it seems the on and off performance issues today in our Fremont, CA location is being caused by emergency maintenance issues with the data centers Cisco 12000 series routers, They have network engineers on site and have for the past few hours, to troubleshoot the continuing issues with their Cisco powered backbone/router systems.

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How Will The Media Spin This

from ESPN,

A spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told ESPN.com on Wednesday that it is unlikely that additional people will be charged in connection to a gambling ring allegedly financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet and a New Jersey state trooper. "All the names that everybody is focusing [on] that have never been officially confirmed [by law enforcement], these people are not charged," said Hagerty. "They have not committed a crime in this state. They are fact witnesses." Asked if Jones Gretzky or the others might ever be charged, Hagerty said, "It is highly unlikely. Again, they are witnesses." As such, they could be called to testify at trial, Hagerty said.
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Games For Thursday

Games for Thursday, February 16th. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Also, a few of these games will also be available via UHD, NBC's high-def station. image

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Update On Hasek

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"It's not my groin — that's all I can say," said Hasek, who didn't want to say he was officially out of the tournament. He will have further examination Thursday. "My goal is to get back on the ice and play," Hasek said. "Let's see how I feel tomorrow. On the other hand, if I don't feel if I can help my team I don't want to be in there. I have to feel well and be able to practice hard. If I can't do that, I'm not going to play." Hasek said he "felt a very sharp pain" after making a save.

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An Upset or Not

Slovakia 5- Russia 3- final.

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No Need To Apologize

from the AP via MSNBC,

So far they haven’t learned much about skating, stick handling or scoring. But the rest of the world may take one lesson away from the women’s Olympic hockey, er, tournament. There’s no apologizing in women’s hockey. Not when it really matters. Not even when it’s somewhat deserved.

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Italians Enjoy The Moment

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If you believe that the soul of the Olympics is about more than winning and losing, that it's also about creating a treasure trove of memories even in the face of incredible odds, then Wednesday's Canada-Italy hockey game was for you. Was the entirely predictable 7-2 Canadian victory a thing of beauty? Hardly.

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Rating The Rookie Goalies

from TSN,

Rookies have been making a name for themselves throughout the NHL this season and it's just as true between the pipes, where high draft picks and mid-round picks, from all sorts of backgrounds -- Canadian junior, U.S. College, Sweden and, of course, Finland -- have emerged as goaltending solutions for their various teams.
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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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