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via Steve of Puck the Media,
It was just reported by Richard Deitsch of SI on Twitter, and I’ll look to confirm it with NBC myself, but Team USA’s game vs. the winner of Finland/Czech Republic on Friday at 3PM ET, will air live in all time zones on NBC. This is good news. More soon.
Puck drops on CNBC and CTV at 7:30pm ET.
Should be an exciting game to watch and I hope CNBC does not turn this into a Crosby vs. Ovechkin circus.
Ken Holland on 640am in Toronto about a 1/2 hour ago stated he expects a 3-2 game tonight and feels it will be a tight, defensive game.
from Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated,
The National Hockey League is dubious about whether the Olympics really do promote the league, so, come 2014, why truck all the way to some arena in Russia just to help the IOC sell tickets? Look, if the Olympics want hockey, well, let the mountain come to Mohammed, let the NHL boys play for their gold medal in Montreal, Toronto and Madison Square Garden. This business of jamming everything into one place just because the Greeks kept things in Olympia seems so outdated today.
Whatever, these next few nights are probably the swan song for NBC’s winter bacchanalia. ESPN, with all its cable riches, will undoubtedly win the contract for Sochi and Rio, too, for the summer of ‘16.
more on the Olympics…
What else is their to say that hasn’t been mentioned regarding the Mens Hockey Quarter-Final Games at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
It is just about time to sit back and catch all the great action today.
Now the real talk begins, the players will speak with their play on the ice.
Consider this an open post for the USA/Switzerland game which begins at 3:00pm ET on NBC & SNET.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN provide you with five reasons each team will win.
from Greg Inglis of NHL.com,
“Can we call this Super Wednesday?” asks Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on the eve of this feast of four Olympic quarterfinal games that features more than 125 NHL players pursuing their gold-medal dream in one spectacular day of competition.
“This is not merely a showstopper. This is a nation stopper,” proclaims Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber on the much-hyped Canada-Russia showdown….
“Sid vs. Ovie: The rivalry goes global,” reads the headline to Craig Custance’s preview in the Sporting News.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Team Russia is the only team in the tournament enduring anything close to the pressure and second guessing that Team Canada copes with. With good reason. Ovechkin is been playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin. It’s a unit which should be deadly in terms of goal production.
But some believe the wear from the pressure is showing. Ovechkin, usually eminently likable and gregarious, has been questioned for his lack of openness in Vancouver.
After the win against the Czech Republic—a win—Ovechkin answered only three questions in Russian and walked away saying: “That’s it.”
added 10:49am, from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,
Russia is beginning to pick up the medal pace after a slow start to the 2010 Olympics - which has prompted some angry demands that the country’s sports minister be sacked - and a sentiment familiar to many Canadians is beginning to take hold: win gold in hockey, and all is forgiven.
“That is the case,” Vladislav Tretiak, the legendary former goaltender and current general manager of the Russian Federation’s Olympic squad, said through an interpreter.
“Of course we feel the pressure, but Canada feels much bigger pressure.”
Picked as pre-tournament favourites to make the gold-medal game, the Russians are striving to avoid the fate that befell them four years ago in Turin, when they finished out of the medals after eliminating Canada.
What are your thoughts on the games and what are your plans for Team USA against Team Switzerland? Are you leaving work/school early or has the DVR been programmed?
from Razor With An Edge,
After watching you in fits of capitulation for an hours’ worth of nauseating elimination “hockey” against Canada – a game that was lost 8-2 but might as well have been 80-2, I have a question: What happens to you Germans when you slip that national jersey on?
I mean - you play like frightened little frauleins right from the opening face-off.
Why? Why do you cower so?
You’re GERMANY for crying in the beerstein!
You make cars that attack the Autobahn, challenging every curve and testing the engineering from Audi, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes Benz. Yet when you grab a hockey stick you become Yugos with only two gears – neutral and reverse.
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
The politics may have changed, but the cold war is back in full force.
As enjoyable as the Canada vs USA rivalry has become, for old fogies like me Russia vs Canada will always be the great rivalry.
It goes back to 1954, when the Soviet Union entered a hockey team at the World Championships and shocked the world by defeating Canada. Almost from that moment on, international hockey was their great domain, changing hockey for the greater in the process.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The winner moves on, the loser faces hard questions. But there’s no question this contest means more to Canada, with these Olympics on its home turf and with the ballyhooed Own The Podium program having fizzled over the past 10 days.
Canada hasn’t beaten Russia in its various forms at the Winter Olympics in 50 years, a drought that stretches back to the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley.
Eight meetings between Canada and Russia at the Olympics, eight Canadian losses.
So no pressure, gentlemen. Just relax and breathe. And that goes for you too, Canada.
The game that will feature the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry, something everyone hoped to see at this competition.
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