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Anyone out there predicting an upset?
Game starts at 9:30pm ET on CNBC and CTV.
from Debra Black of the Toronto Star,
When the puck drops for tonight’s men’s semi-final hockey game between Canada and Slovakia , Tomas Zapletal, a 25-year-old Slovakian, will be glued to the set of his parents home in Bratislava, cheering on his country and his favourite sport – hockey.
He won’t be alone. He says millions will be staying tonight to watch the game which takes place at 3:30 a.m. in Slovakia.
Zapletal, like many of the other 5.5 million Slovakians, are huge hockey fans. “It’s our number-one sport,” said Zapletal, who works as the financial co-ordinator for the American Chamber of Commerce in Bratislava. “Everyone will be up to support our guys.”
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.
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.
It looks to me like Slovakia’s hockey team is built around Marian Hossa. His dad is an assistant coach. His underachieving little brother is one of his linemates. He gets to wear 81, even though that should, by rights, be Miroslav Satan’s number.
This is a big mistake.
Hossa has never won anything, and I’m not even talking about the Stanley Cups he missed out on the last two years. He’s represented Slovakia 12 times in international play - two World Junior Championships, seven World Championships, two Olympics and a World Cup - and never won a single medal.
Satan, meanwhile, has led Slovakia to three medals in World Championships, including gold in 2002. He’s a much better role model for the youth of Slovakia.
-Jonathan Bombulie of the CitizensVoice. More on Olympic hockey…
from John Dellapina at NHL.com,
Perhaps somebody forgot to inform the Slovaks that they had drawn the short straw in this 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Or maybe they figured, having confounded the skeptics and the schedule-maker four years ago by going undefeated in pool play in Torino, they simply were being perfectly set up to shock the hockey world yet again.
Whatever the case, the little country that supposedly couldn’t somehow found a way Thursday night at Canada Hockey Place. It took a third-period comeback. And it took seven rounds of a shootout—three of which saw Alex Ovechkin shoot against them.
But at the end of a second straight long, withering night, it was the Slovaks who were still standing—2-1 victors over the powerhouse from Russia.
from John Dellapina at NHL.com,
As if Slovakia didn’t have enough on its Olympic plate what with assignment to the toughest Group and a bracing opening game against arch-rival Czech Republic on Wednesday, it now appears as if goal-scoring machine Marian Gaborik won’t suit up until the Saturday’s round-robin finale against Latvia.
According to Slovakian team doctor Dalimir Jancovic, Gaborik still has significant weakness in his right leg and difficulty fully flexing his knee one week after a collision in practice with New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist left him with a deep skate gash to his lower thigh.
“I think he needs without training three days still,” Jancovic told NHL.com.