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Everyone Cares About This Game

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

By nature, Canadians are not cocky.

But they are proud.

So when I asked Hull, the sign-toting Canadian hockey fanatic who itches for a second chance on the ice against the Americans, what the word “rematch” meant to his country, the answer was uncharacteristically bold.

“Gold,” he said. “No doubt.”

Here’s what is so very cool about hockey in the Olympics:

It’s the one time when players really care as much about who wins as fans do.

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What We’ve Been Waiting For

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss Team USA and Team Canada.

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Us Against Them

from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times,

It’s a nation that considers hockey a birthright versus its giant next-door neighbor that steals birthrights.

It’s quaint jerseys pulled from a tree (maple leaf) versus flashy ones pulled from the sky (stars).

It’s fans who chant thoughts (Go, Canada, Go!) versus fans who shout initials (USA! USA!).

It’s a way of life versus just another cool way to spend an afternoon, dude, the Canadians tight, the Americans acting like a 16th-seeded team on the verge of March Madness.

“Who do you think is going to win the gold medal?” American forward Ryan Kesler asked a group of reporters.

There was silence, and he smiled and said, “That’s what I thought. There’s no pressure on us because nobody thinks we’re going to win. Nobody but us.”

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America Should Know These Guys Now

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Six months ago, USA Hockey invited a large group of American players to its Olympic orientation camp in suburban Chicago. After one of the first practices, the players, wearing assorted USA Hockey shorts and T-shirts, came out of the locker room to meet the media.

The interviews started and the realization set in. Half the media had no idea who anybody was. Jack Johnson was confused with Dustin Brown. And was that Joe Pavelski or Ryan Callahan?

One reporter did an entire interview with a player and half joked that he thought it was Brian Gionta, who wasn’t even at the camp.

So, really, how could we expect this team of next-generation U.S. hockey stars to accomplish much of anything if most Americans had no idea who any of them were?

“I don’t think anybody really gave us a huge chance coming in,” said Erik Johnson, a 21-year-old defenseman. “We kind of relished the underdog role.”

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They Know Each Other

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Neither Team USA nor Team Canada will be able to blame a failure to win the gold medal on a lack of familiarity with the opposing team.

All 46 players in Sunday’s championship game play in the National Hockey League—in fact, 10 NHL teams have players on both sides. Team USA’s Ryan Kesler will be trying to beat Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo—and three days later, he’ll be trying to score goals to help Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks win in Columbus.

American Patrick Kane and Canadian Jonathan Toews sometimes play on the same line together in Chicago. So do Team Canada’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and American Bobby Ryan—and all three often play in front of Canadian captain and defenseman Scott Niedermayer.

Team Canada coach Mike Babcock will be hoping that American defenseman Brian Rafalski’s scoring touch (4 goals) vanishes—but only for a day. The two will be on the same bench Monday night in Denver when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche as the NHL’s regular-season schedule resumes.

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Hello, Ryan Miller, Is That You?

from Greg Wyshynski at PuckDaddy,

This just in: Team USA goalie Ryan Miller(notes) has not, repeat, has not guaranteed a gold medal for his team. And MSNBC found that out the hard way tonight.

The network had a phone interview with someone claiming to be the Buffalo Sabres goalie on Friday, and that Fake Miller vowed the USA would win gold.

This is something Ryan Miller would, of course, never do. As he would tell MSNBC’s Willie Geist during an actual interview with the U.S. Olympian later, Miller heard from friends and NHL personnel “asking if I’d become that much different and that cocky because of this.”

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Remember the Ryan Kesler empty net goal against Team Canada?  Remember the description of the goal by Willie Geist?  There is the empty net, there is the puck and there it goes into the goal.  Enough said.

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Open Post- Team Canada vs. Team Slovakia

Anyone out there predicting an upset?

Game starts at 9:30pm ET on CNBC and CTV.

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Evening Line

I want to help these kids realize their dream. Since they were born, they’ve all dreamed of 1) winning a Stanley cup and 2) winning a gold medal in the Olympics. If I can help these 23 young men accomplish that, that’ll be a great feeling for all us.

-Team USA Coach Ron Wilson.  Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants has quotes from players of both Team Finland and Team USA after today’s game.

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A Crack In Ovechkin’s Game

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

None of us know the details regarding Alex Ovechkin shoving a person with a camera in the wake of Russia’s embarrassing 7-3 loss at the hands of the Canadians, but no matter what the circumstances, the Capitals and/or the NHL need to send a message by suspending him.

The once-congenial and ultra-media-friendly Ovechkin has shown progressive cracks in his off-ice demeanor for some time now, culminating with his Olympic availability where he essentially ignored the English media during the tournament.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Team Canada Celebration Being Down-Played

from the CP at CTVOlympics,

The International Olympic Committee is playing down an on-ice celebration by the Canadian women’s hockey team.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said a letter is being drafted to Canadian Olympic officials to get more details on the impromptu party the Canadian women threw at Canada Hockey Place after winning gold at the Winter Games on Thursday.

“To be honest I think people are in search of a story that doesn’t exist,” Adams told a briefing Friday when asked about the incident. “There were pictures all over the front pages and so on this morning and I think people are looking for someone to say it’s terrible.

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