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via Frank Seravalli of TSN,
With back-to-back Olympic gold medals on his resume, coaching Team Canada at next year's World Cup was Mike Babcock's job to lose.
Babcock will be named Team Canada's head coach for the 2016 World Cup this week, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Toronto's MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Babcock, 52, won't have to travel very far with the 17-day tournament being conducted at the Air Canada Centre. He will be assisted by Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien.
Many wondered whether Quenneville would be considered for Canada's head coaching job. He has guided Chicago to three Stanley Cups in the last six seasons, all since Babcock last won with Detroit in 2008.
from John Sanful of IIHF.com,
They did it. In a semi-final game featuring two teams challenging history, Switzerland defeated Team USA 3-0 to advance forward to their first opportunity for gold since 1935.
Whatever the outcome in the final game against Sweden will be, it will be the first World Championship medal for the Swiss in exactly 60 years.
Nino Niederreiter’s second period goal and Reto Berra’s 29 saves led the Swiss side to its ninth consecutive win in this tournament. Switzerland remains unbeaten at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Watch highlights of the game below...
from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,
Reto Suri's second goal of the shootout, in the eighth round, gave Switzerland a 3-2 victory over Canada. It was their second win in the tournament after defeating Sweden on the opening day.
It was also just the second win for the Swiss in 28 all-time meetings with Canada stretching back to 1934.
"The key to our win was defense and being able to skate on the big ice," said Swiss forward Nino Niederreiter, who scored for the second straight game. "In the third period we were feeling that we could achieve something here and did not accept that it was 2-1 in their favour."
Canada (1-1) now has a day off before playing Norway on Tuesday. The Swiss (2-0) play tomorrow against the Czech Republic.
What else is their to say that hasn’t been mentioned regarding the Mens Hockey Quarter-Final Games at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
It is just about time to sit back and catch all the great action today.
Now the real talk begins, the players will speak with their play on the ice.
Consider this an open post for the USA/Switzerland game which begins at 3:00pm ET on NBC & SNET.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN provide you with five reasons each team will win.
Team USA is scheduled to face Team Switzerland at 3:00pm ET Wednesday on NBC, but the NBC TV schedule only has a only a two hour time frame for the game.
What hockey fans need to know from NBC is this- Will you carry the game until conclusion on NBC or when the clock strikes 5:00pm ET, will you be shifting the game to one of the other NBC stations?
You see, people need to set their DVR before they go to work in the morning and would like an answer they can trust. I’ve received over 50 emails today on this topic and would appreciate an answer.
If any KK member or guest has heard anything, please leave a comment below.
I would think it would be safe to assume NBC would carry the game in full, but….
update 2/24/10 at 9:22am, via Puck the Media,
A representative from NBC told Puck the Media last night that the game will be aired in it’s entirety. I worded the question specifically to include potential overtime and shootouts. So our long, national nightmare is over.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Mark Streit thinks Switzerland is better-suited for the underdog role. So after surviving as the favorites against Belarus in a 3-2 shootout victory, Switzerland will be back in their element in the quarterfinals Wednesday against the U.S.
Streit, who played 30:32 on Tuesday and is averaging more than 26 minutes of ice time in the tournament, believes his team can build off its 3-1 loss to the U.S. in the opener last week. Streit and goalie Jonas Hiller are the only Swiss players in the NHL, but now the other 20 players know what to expect.
The Swiss captain discussed that and more with NHL.com moments after he came off the ice Tuesday.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Total NHL players on rosters: Switzerland 2; Canada 23.
Puck drop —Babcock was particularly impressed with Sidney Crosby’s play in Canada’s opener. The Kid had three assists and found instant chemistry with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash when the trio was united in the second period.
“I thought Crosby was really good,” Babcock said. “His will tank, his determination…for me, everyone talks about his skill, but that’s what I like. That’s what he has to use on every shift, his will and determination.”
NHL.com predicts: Canada wins going away again to set up key date with Team USA on Sunday.
more on the match-up and the game starts at 7:30pm ET and can be viewed on CNBC, CTV & RDS.
Regular KK readers know I am not into the live blog thing, but if you’d like to leave a comment while watching the game, which starts at 3:00pm, be my guest.
The game is on USA Network in the States and TSN & RDS in Canada. Also a stream is available at NBC Olympics.