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How Will The Media Spin This

from ESPN,

A spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told ESPN.com on Wednesday that it is unlikely that additional people will be charged in connection to a gambling ring allegedly financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet and a New Jersey state trooper. "All the names that everybody is focusing [on] that have never been officially confirmed [by law enforcement], these people are not charged," said Hagerty. "They have not committed a crime in this state. They are fact witnesses." Asked if Jones Gretzky or the others might ever be charged, Hagerty said, "It is highly unlikely. Again, they are witnesses." As such, they could be called to testify at trial, Hagerty said.
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Games For Thursday

Games for Thursday, February 16th. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Also, a few of these games will also be available via UHD, NBC's high-def station. image

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Update On Hasek

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"It's not my groin — that's all I can say," said Hasek, who didn't want to say he was officially out of the tournament. He will have further examination Thursday. "My goal is to get back on the ice and play," Hasek said. "Let's see how I feel tomorrow. On the other hand, if I don't feel if I can help my team I don't want to be in there. I have to feel well and be able to practice hard. If I can't do that, I'm not going to play." Hasek said he "felt a very sharp pain" after making a save.

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An Upset or Not

Slovakia 5- Russia 3- final.

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No Need To Apologize

from the AP via MSNBC,

So far they haven’t learned much about skating, stick handling or scoring. But the rest of the world may take one lesson away from the women’s Olympic hockey, er, tournament. There’s no apologizing in women’s hockey. Not when it really matters. Not even when it’s somewhat deserved.

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Italians Enjoy The Moment

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If you believe that the soul of the Olympics is about more than winning and losing, that it's also about creating a treasure trove of memories even in the face of incredible odds, then Wednesday's Canada-Italy hockey game was for you. Was the entirely predictable 7-2 Canadian victory a thing of beauty? Hardly.

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Rating The Rookie Goalies

from TSN,

Rookies have been making a name for themselves throughout the NHL this season and it's just as true between the pipes, where high draft picks and mid-round picks, from all sorts of backgrounds -- Canadian junior, U.S. College, Sweden and, of course, Finland -- have emerged as goaltending solutions for their various teams.
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Stars Claim Stevenson

via TSN,

"Jeremy brings a physical dimension to our hockey club and will fit in nicely with our team," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He is a gritty player that has some valuable NHL experience, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and we are happy to have him."

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Hasek Injured

Hasek just removed himself from the game today against Germany in the first period. He was in the butterfly and winced in pain. Maybe a groin or knee, no report yet. update 11:26am, Hasek has returned back to the bench with his equipment still on. update 1:55pm, via the IIHF,

As for the nature of Hasek's injury, Vokoun wouldn't reveal anything. "I don't know. I was focusing on the game and he was with the doctors." After the game, Hasek told CBC television that as of right now he didn't think he'd be able to play tomorrow but that he'd re-evaluate the injury tomorrow.
update 3:03pm, via the AP,
Goalie Dominik Hasek, who starred in the Czech Republic's surprise victory in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, left Wednesday's round-robin opener against Germany in the first period with an injured left hamstring. Hasek, one of the NHL's top goalies again this season for Ottawa, will undergo an MRI exam Thursday in the Olympic Village to determine whether his hamstring is torn.

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Slovakia Depends On Budaj

from the LA Times via the Baltimore Sun,

For Slovakia to earn a medal, the team will put its faith in Budaj, a 23-year-old rookie. "Every team in the Olympics has got to have a great goalie to be successful," said the Kings' Pavol Demitra, who will be playing in his second Olympics for Slovakia. "We have found one and we have to get him hot."

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