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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
“They are pretty good when they get to back up and play five on their own blue line,” Swedish center Peter Forsberg said. “They have great guys when they get turnovers. They have a couple of the quickest guys in the world, so you can say that they played us the way they wanted to play us. It’s pretty hard when they are up; we have to go after them.
“They are not a bad team. They are a pretty good team, so we have to have some luck to beat them, but not today.”
As a result, the golden era of Swedish hockey ends.
Four years from now, if professionals are still a part of the Olympic hockey tournament, Sweden will be without many of its most famous names. Lidstrom and Forsberg won’t be back. It’s also unlikely that we will see Daniel Alfredsson or Fredrik Modin.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,
On this improbable night of hockey, as Canada rolled to a lopsided 7-3 victory over a star-studded Russian team, Corey Perry was talking about what constitutes Canadian hockey at its very best.
“That was it,” said Perry. “Physical play, grinding, cycling, forechecking - that’s what we did tonight and that’s what wore them down.”
In one of the most hyped, heralded and anticipated hockey games in history, Canada unleashed a devastating first-period attack Wednesday night to crush Russia, the defending world champions and in some people’s minds, the gold-medal favorite, in a men’s Olympic hockey quarter-final game.
Game begins at 11:59pm ET and can be watched on CNBC (note the Finland/Czech Republic game may still be in progress), CTV & RDS.
Winner meets Team Canada on Friday at 6:30pm ET.
via the Star-Ledger,
Moments after Canadian hockey team defeated the Russians 7 to 3 in the Olympic quarter finals, NBC announcer Mike Milbury described the Russian team’s effort as a “Eurotrash game.”
“I’m was really disappointed that these guys came with their, their Eurotrash game,” Milbury said, referring to the Russians. “It was just no heart, no guts, no nothing there to back it up.”
“Did you really say Eurotrash? Did that come out of your mouth?” NBC hockey host Bill Patrick asked, as former NHL star Jeremy Roenick sat stunned between the two men with his mouth open.
“I heard it, I heard it,” Roenick replied, attempting to bail out the situation by agreeing with Milbury’s overall analysis that the Russian team lacked effort in the one-sided loss.
The game is about to start- CNBC & TSN. Winner of this game meets Team USA on Friday at 3:00pm ET.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Team USA is two wins away from its first men’s Olympic hockey gold medal since Al Michaels asked us if we believed in miracles.
But for those two victories to materialize, the Americans need more from their high-end offensive stars. These next two games are the toughest yet….
“We got a great performance from Zach Parise today,” said Team USA coach Ron Wilson. “He was easily our best player. And in big games, your best players rise to the occasion.”
Parise appears on board. Now, Team USA needs Patrick Kane, Paul Stastny and Phil Kessel—three other major offensive weapons—to follow if there’s any chance of Olympic glory here.
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.
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