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from the CP at CBC,
Steve Yzerman has a message for Canadian hockey fans: Take a deep breath.
While many across the country fret about the fortunes of Team Canada, the executive director remains calm and confident that the 23 men he chose to wear the maple leaf will get their act together in time to make a run at Olympic gold.
“They want to win and they really want to do well and things are taking a little bit of time to settle down,” Yzerman said Monday.
“In general, that’s been our history as a national team for some reason — it takes a little time to get going and get it figured out. We’ll continue to work at it ... I really feel our team has done a lot of things much better with each game.”
from the Toronto Star (no writer mentioned),
Martin Brodeur doesn’t feel like he was lied to. Just blamed unfairly, and undoubtedly disrespected by head coach Mike Babcock.
Not only did Babcock call out Brodeur for his play in a 5-3 loss to the United States on Sunday, he then told Roberto Luongo he would be in goal for the qualification match against Germany a few hours after the game but waited to deliver the news to Brodeur, the winningest goalie in the history of the sport, until before practice on Monday.
Maybe you can never make these kind of momentous changes and keep everyone happy.
But Babcock didn’t really try.
So now he’s got to ride Luongo to the end of these Olympics….
Anytime Babcock has had success—1997 world juniors, 2002 Stanley Cup final with Anaheim, 2008 and ’09 Cup finals with Detroit—he has identified a starting goalie and rode him hard.
He didn’t pull Marc Denis in ’97 when that team struggled, or J.S. Giguere in ’02, or Chris Osgood in either of the past two playoff season.
more and someone forgot who the starting goalie for the Wings was in the 2008 playoffs (hint, it wasn’t Osgood)..
note 7:07am 2/23/10, The article is from Damiien Cox.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
If Canada can’t get past Russia later this week, the consortium can say goodbye to a potential ratings bonanza. Sunday’s game against the United States, a loss that raised blood pressure across the land, was the most-watched sports program in Canadian history.
According to BBM Canada overnight ratings, the game was seen by an average of 10.6 million, more than the 10.3 million who watched the gold medal final on CBC at Salt Lake City in 2002. Sunday’s audience may be dwarfed by the number tuning in for Wednesday’s quarterfinal against Russia, assuming Canada gets past Germany on Tuesday.
Sunday’s average was 2.4 million more than what MSNBC averaged in the U.S. NBC took some heat from the U.S. press for not airing hockey on its main channel. Considering how good the game it was, they’re right.
more TV talk…
“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?
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