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“Real excited. I think it’s going to be fun to play in front of the fans again. I had a great experience in my first game against Norway. The support was unbelievable so obviously the stage is bigger. Tomorrow night I’m assuming it’s going to be a little louder.”
-Roberto Luongo of Team Canada after being told he will be starting in goal tomorrow. More from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
from CBC Sports,
Mike Babcock says he’s not prepared to announce that Roberto Luongo will get the start in Tuesday’s qualification-round game at the Vancouver Olympics.
In an interview on Monday, Canada’s head coach told Vancouver radio station THE TEAM 1040 that he was not ready to make an announcement on which goalie will be in net for the crucial elimination game.
Earlier Monday, Yahoo! Sports reported that it was confirmed Luongo would replace Martin Brodeur, a report based on an unidentified source.
“All athletes, especially proud ones that have been successful many times, want to be good every single night, and sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it,” Babcock told the station of Brodeur.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
No longer underdogs, no longer able to hide in the weeds following Sunday’s seminal triumph, the Yanks are off until Wednesday, when they will face the winner of tomorrow’s Switzerland-Belarus qualification match.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised at where we are and what we’ve been able to do,” said Drury, who has scored twice in three games while filling a variety of roles. “We came here with a lot of belief in ourselves. We came to take care of business.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The memories of Lake Placid remain very fresh in the mind and heart of Patti Brooks, the widow of legendary Team USA coach Herb Brooks.
Monday, Feb. 22, marked the 30th anniversary of the biggest upset in hockey history when the United States pulled off the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” with an improbable 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union.
“Sometimes it feels just like yesterday because I remember so many details about Lake Placid,” Patti Brooks told NHL.com. “Then, there are times it feels like 100 years ago, especially when I watch the Opening Ceremonies because Lake Placid was a much simpler time; there wasn’t an elaborate Opening Ceremonies back then.”
So says Bodog.com.
As of today…
Czech Republic 12/1
Odds before the start of Olympic Hockey…
If Canada manages to get there and to win the ultimate prize on home ice, as so many have imagined for so long, it will go down as arguably the greatest triumph in the country’s glorious hockey history, and you can bet that the Olympic party here will not only restart, but reach a true fever pitch - to be echoed all across the country.
-Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics. More on Canada…
from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk at NBC Sports,
...here’s something pure and admirable in the dedication that hockey players have for their chosen sport. After watching the American upset of Canada’s national team, a game for which the players will not receive a dime of salary, we’re now convinced that most if not all of the men who play hockey for money would play the game even if they were being paid nothing.
How many pro football players would do that?
via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
Locally, the coverage of Team USA’s 5-3 victory over Team Canada Sunday night carried on cable’s MSNBC out-drew NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics coverage that was on Channel 2.
MSNBC never out-rates its bigger brother NBC, which makes this “victory” almost as astonishing as the 42-save performance by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Team USA.
The US victory, which gave Team USA a bye into the quarterfinals and an extra day of rest, attracted a 14.6 rating locally on MSNBC, representing 14.6 percent of area households. Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of skiing and figure skating averaged a 13.4 rating during the game on Channel 2.
And the hockey audience undoubtedly was even much higher here because it was simulcast by CFTO, the CTV affiliate in Toronto.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
Unless Canada is about to string together four Ws, there are going to be a lot of questions asked about this team’s personnel.
Are Pronger and Scott Niedermayer better than Mike Green?
Are Jarone Iginla and Corey Perry better than Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos?
Is Ryan Getzlaf better than Brad Richards?
Is Joe Thornton the worst money player in the history of hockey?
Qualification Playoffs on Tuesday, February 23:
Switzerland (8) vs. Belarus (9), 3:00 pm ET, Canada Hockey Place (winner plays USA on Wednesday)
Canada (6) vs. Germany (11), 7:30 pm ET, Canada Hockey Place (winner plays Russia on Wednesday)
Czech Republic (5) vs. Latvia (12), 10:00 pm ET, UBC Thunderbird Arena (winner plays Sweden on Wednesday)
Slovakia (7) vs. Norway (10), Midnight ET, Canada Hockey Place (winner plays Sweden on Wednesday)
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