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Why This Year’s Olympics is Missing the NHL’s Biggest Stars

By Charles,

The Olympic Games are widely regarded as the pinnacle of sporting achievement. It attracts world-renowned athletes from a wide range of sports and is watched by an audience of up to four billion people.

In April of last year, however, it was revealed that many of ice hockey’s biggest stars weren’t going to be making the trip to South Korea. We’re finding out what’s caused the situation to arise and whether it’s likely to be resolved in the future, below:

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Late Night And Early Morning Olympic Hockey Games

All times are ET.

USA vs, Slovakia at 10:10pm tonight, winner will play Czech Republic

Slovenia vs. Norway at 2:40am Tuesday, winner plays OAR

Finland vs. Korea at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Canada

Switzerland vs. Germany at 7:10am Tuesday, winner plays Sweden

If you want to plan ahead, Woman's Final USA vs. Canada will be at 11:10pm ET on Wednesday night.

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More Than Just A Game For The Olympic Athletes From Russia

from Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail,

After being battered, manhandled, shut out and generally embarrassed by a team of hockey players from Russia over the weekend, a few shell-shocked American players struggled to explain what had just happened. "I don't really have words for it," forward Ryan Stoa said....

But one man knew exactly what he'd just seen. Leaning against a wall in the bowels of the Gangneung Hockey Centre after the game, a wry smile on his face, Igor Larionov recognized it. The former Soviet and NHL star needed just two words to describe what transpired on the ice.

"Foreign affairs," Mr. Larionov said with a laugh. "Let's put it that way."

Hockey wasn't supposed to matter at these Olympics because the NHL isn't here....

But then, the Russians played the Americans and suddenly it was the 1980s again. It was NHL-fast, it was dirty and it was inspired. But it was a certain kind of inspired that international hockey hasn't seen in while. Anyone who thinks there aren't a few games at these Olympics that matter more than others hasn't been reading the headlines.

"We're talking about sports. But next to sports goes politics," said Mr. Larionov, a veteran of the Soviet "Big Red Machine" that was as much a demonstration of Russian hockey prowess in the 1980s as it was an expression of Kremlin ideology.

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U.S. Olympic Woman’s Team Will Play For Gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded two goals and an assist and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made 14 saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team shut out Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 22), when it will play either Canada or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

“Tonight, we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team” said U.S. Olympic Women's Team head coach Robb Stauber. "Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament and today we were rewarded."

Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 1:10 p.m. (local time Thursday in S. Korea)/11:10 p.m. ET (Wed. Feb. 21) and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006), is competing in the gold-medal game of an Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time.

For the complete game recap, click here.

added 8:44am, Video highlights here.

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Elimination Games Start Tomorrow Night For Men’s Hockey At The Olympics

The first game will be at 10:10pm ET tomorrow night and I will get up a full schedule on Monday.

 

 

added 10:16am, Team USA will play tomorrow at 10:10pm, see below...

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Team USA Blanked 4-0 By Olympic Athletes From Russia

GANGNEUNG, South Korea —  The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team outshot the Olympic Athletes from Russia 29-26, but was defeated 4-0 here tonight in its final preliminary round contest of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre.  

“I thought it was a great game with unbelievable pace,” said Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “As an athlete, you love to play in games like this. The crowd was awesome. Our guys played hard to the end. We didn’t get any breaks tonight and certainly give them credit. They’re a really good team. We have a really good team too and this game will help us as we move to the next round."

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team (1-0-1-1/W-OTW-OTL-L) returns to action on Tuesday (Feb. 20) in the qualification playoff round. Time, opponent and television coverage of that contest are all to be determined, but the game will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

For the complete game recap, click here.

added 10:50am,

 

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Team Canada Defeated By Team Czech Republic

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet,

Three-on-three overtime on the international-sized ice is flat-out bonkers, especially since the teams don’t change ends and face the long change the way Canada and the Czech Republic did Saturday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The pace is frenetic, the transitions are immediate and the space to operate appears even more endless than it does in the NHL.

Andrew Ebbett thought he might get off on a breakaway during the crazed stanza but was out of juice, so he sprung Mat Robinson, who started the play by stealing the puck and hustled his way onto the attack. But on the messy ice the defenceman lost the puck before he could fire a shot away, another in a series of opportunities the Canadians couldn’t covert.

"Ugh," Robinson said afterwards. "I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight."

The same surely extends to some of his teammates after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic at Gangneung Hockey Centre in a very physical and tremendously entertaining contest, a result that may cost the two-time defending Olympic champions a chance to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

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Upcoming Olympic Hockey Schedule

Remeber, subtract 14 from the listed time and you will have ET start time.

For example, the USA game actually starts at 10:10pm ET tonight.

 

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Upcoming Olympic Hockey Schedule

To view the complete schedule, head over to the IIHF.com site.

To make this easier on me with the time changes, just subtract 14 from the listed times and you will have ET.  Note times listed are in military format.

For example, games listed as starting at 12:10 GMT+9  tomorrow would actually start at 10:10pm ET tonight.  Just subtract 14 from the start time and you will have your Eastern Time.

Woman's Hockey

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Team USA Falls To Team Slovenia In OT

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) and Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y.) each netted goals but the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team fell to Slovenia in overtime, 3-2, here tonight in its opening game at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.  

"I thought we played two great periods," said Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. “We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage. Give them credit. All-in-all, I liked the way we played. We’ve got a terrific group and we’ll be ready to play Slovakia."

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team (0-0-1-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) continues preliminary round play against Slovakia on Friday (Feb. 16) at 12:10 p.m. local time, making it a 10:10 p.m. ET puck drop on Thursday (Feb. 15) in the U.S. That contest will be televised live on CNBC in addition to being streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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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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