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Two Great Teams- One Swede Winner

Great game for the gold medal game. Finland and Sweden played their hearts out for their countries!!! Although both teams were drained by the amount of games they played in a very short period, both teams come out and played like champions. If the SCF can be played like this, hockey is on its way back. Nice performance too by the Detroit Swedes. All three goals for Sweden by Wings! Recap of the game from the IIHF. note to Swedish fans- The Swedish hockey jersey many of you are searching for is temporarily sold out. If you would like to send me and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or leave a comment in this thread, I will be happy to inform you when the jersey is back in stock. It should not be long at all. update 12:14pm, from the AP via Fox Sports,

Swedes took to the streets Sunday to celebrate winning their first Olympic hockey gold medal in 12 years. Dozens of supporters gathered at the Sergel Square in central Stockholm immediately after Sweden's 3-2 victory over arch rival Finland, braving freezing temperatures to wave the Swedish flag and chant "Olympic gold, Olympic gold." Car horns could be heard throughout the capital, with Swedish flags and hockey jerseys flying from car windows.
update 1:05pm, from CBS Sportsline,
Niklas Kronwall proudly wore an Olympic gold medal he thought should have rested around someone else's neck. Ohlund, who missed the final two games after being injured in a win over Switzerland, didn't get a medal in Turin. He might receive one from his rookie replacement. "I think he deserved it more than I have," Kronwall said. "I came in and played two games. If we don't end up getting another medal, I'm offering a medal."
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NHL & Olympics- A Perfect Combination

from the Buffalo News,

Now, more than ever, the marriage between the Olympics and the NHL makes perfect sense. The NHL's renewed popularity benefits the Games. The international exposure offered by the Olympics enhances the NHL. No longer are the two entities separated by stark differences in style. The NHL should extend the agreement, which expires after the 2010 Vancouver Games.
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Howe Says More Time Needed For Olympics

from the Toronto Sun,

Where can one find a better qualified man to discuss shinny issues than Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe? The big right winger who starred for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL and Hartford of the WHA, said the Canadian and U.S. teams didn't have enough preparatory time. "When I played in Detroit on a line with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, we got used to each other, but it took time," Detroit's former great No. 9 said. "And the more we played together the better we knew where each of us was on the ice. "Also, the players must have enough time to interact with each other
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Glorified Exhibition Games

from the Edmonton Sun,

Win or lose, the Olympic showdown at Turin was little more than a glorified exhibition series staged in a time zone that made it awkward for stay-at-home Canadians to get emotionally involved. You know the biggest problem? The glamour of those historic international hockey rivalries – Canada versus Russia, for example – is long gone. No longer are European stars seen as mythical creatures sent to destroy Canadian hockey. Now, it’s too easy to see them in the same way as we see the homegrown players: overpaid, often lacking in motivation, usually competing almost from memory.
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Koivu Has Won Biggest Battle

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Saku Koivu has fought bigger battles than the one he’ll face today at the Olympic Games. The Montreal Canadiens captain has come out a winner in a fight against abdominal cancer, which will help him put today’s gold-medal final into perspective.
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Swedish Wings Cheering From Detroit

from the Detroit News,

Johan Franzen and Andreas Lilja can only imagine what it's like back home in Sweden. The excitement and anticipation for today's Olympic gold-medal game against Finland has to be unreal. "I know people have to be excited about this," Franzen said.
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Sharks Still Have Work To Do

from the Mercury News,

Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Sharks headed into the Olympic break with a positive vibe. But they are still six points out of the eighth playoff spot, which was not part of the master plan. ``We're aware of where we are; we put ourselves there,'' General Manager Doug Wilson said.
continued also from the Mercury News,
In a move that would prevent the Sharks from losing Vesa Toskala to unrestricted free agency this summer, the team is expected to sign the Finnish goaltender to a contract extension shortly. ``I don't comment on contracts until they're signed,'' General Manager Doug Wilson said.

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What Will Philly Do

from the Courier Post,

With the Olympic break down to its final, climactic day and the restart of their regular season arriving Wednesday, it's decision-making time for the Flyers -- and not a one of them is an easy one. Dilemma: With Primeau's status uncertain and several previously unhealthy players returning to the lineup this week, the Flyers must decide whether they need to upgrade their roster prior to the March 9 trading deadline. Solution: Go for it. With Forsberg signed for only this season and next, the Flyers may only get two legitimate cracks at a Stanley Cup with the world's best player. So why not go after names such as Jokinen, Samsonov and Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi, who has one more year left on his contract valued at just less than $2 million? There's even talk the Flyers might take a crack at Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who is considered one of the NHL's most talented grit players but comes at a price of $3.192 million.
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Gagne Out

from the AP,

Flyers winger Simon Gagne could miss up to two weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. An MRI yesterday confirmed the injury, which Gagne suffered while playing for Canada at the Winter Olympics in Turin. Gagne had to be helped off the ice after he was upended by Russia's Darius Kasparaitis in the first period of the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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Who’s Available In Phoenix

from the Arizona Republic,

"No player is untouchable," General Manager Mike Barnett said late last week, "but the core group will stay intact as we move forward." Gretzky recently hinted that his patience with some of the players who have been with Phoenix for a few seasons - presumably forwards Mike Johnson, Mike Comrie and Tyson Nash, and defenseman Paul Mara - is wearing thin based on the team's lack of recent playoff appearances. When asked if Doan, who has been with the Coyotes since the franchise moved to the Valley in 1996 from Winnipeg was among those players, Gretzky said no.
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