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This Could Be The Last Olympics For The NHL

from Sharon Terlep of the Wall Street Journal,

Fans of Olympic hockey had better enjoy it while it lasts. Next month's Winter Games could be the last to include the sport's most-elite players.

In interviews, National Hockey League officials said they see the Olympics largely as an irksome interruption of the regular season, one that offers little upside for their business. They said they may prefer to see their players skip the event after the 2014 Sochi Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which isn't likely to hold the same appeal for NHL players that Sochi does, or that the 2010 Vancouver Games did. In both of those cases, there were many NHL players from those host nations who were eager to participate.

"Our experience with the Olympics has been a mixed bag—it's not our tournament, we're not in control of it, it's at a time of the year that doesn't work in our regular-season schedule," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "On the positive side, we recognize we're on a world-wide stage."

The International Olympic Committee couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

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NBC Announces Hockey Coverage For Sochi Winter Olympics

In a huge press release from NBC, they announced their coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.

I am posting only the hockey related information..

  • NBC will present coverage of the men’s and women’s ice hockey gold medal games live across all time zones;
    • o   The women’s gold medal game airs on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Noon ET/9 am PT;
    • o   The men’s gold medal game airs on Sunday, Feb. 23, with coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT;

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Think Rationally About The Olympics

So says Brian Burke.

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Hockey Fans, How Do You Feel?

Gary Bettman made a statement today at the World Hockey Summit in regards to how hockey fans feel about NHL participation in the Olympics.

via Scott Burnside tweet,

Bettman says fans’ response to NHL participation in Olympics is a “mixed bag”. Not sure we buy that.

What are your thoughts and thanks to many of you who already responded to the same question on Twitter.

added 2:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

To the surprise of practically everyone in the room, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t quite the wet blanket that delegates to Wednesday’s session of the World Hockey Summit might have imagined.

Instead, Bettman was quite playful during his 30-minute cameo appearance, teasing questioners, poking fun at IIHF president Rene Fasel, but most importantly, clarifying the NHL’s position with regard to Olympic participation, which was the day’s primary point of discussion.

Bettman stressed that he is not anti-Olympics and contrary to the general perception, the NHL hasn’t said no to appearing in Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Games will be played.

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Talking Olympics At The Hockey Summit Today

from Andrew Podnieks at IIHF.com,

The gold-medal game between Canada and the United States was, quite simply, the single most watched hockey game in history. More than 114 million people around the world watched Sidney Crosby score in overtime to give Canada home gold.

By comparison, Lumme noted, the worldwide numbers for the 2010 and 2009 Super Bowl were 110 and 106 million, respectively. The most recent UEFA Cup final reached 106 million. In short, Lumme noted, “Olympic hockey is right up there with some of the biggest events in the world.”

The global average for hockey was 28.5 million, meaning that for every minute of hockey, that many people around the world watched NHLers play

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Hockey’s Great Day

from NHL.com,

“It was a great day for hockey,” blared the headline across the top of Monday morning’s Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, and we couldn’t agree more.

The passion so evident in the players and fans at Canada Hockey Place spilled onto the front pages of newspapers across the continent Monday.

“Has your heart stopped pounding?” asked Bucky Gleason in the Buffalo News. “The hockey gods were kind enough to bless the gold medal game with overtime, bonus action in a classic matchup between the two superpowers. It merely added more drama, more intensity and more passion to what could go into the books as the most entertaining game in Olympic history. Or hockey history. Where does this one rank? Up there. Way up there.”

“I swear there was an anxious moment Sunday, during one of the greatest hockey games ever played, when hearts in both countries beat as one, at about 125 nervous thumps per minute,” Mark Kiszla wrote in the Denver Post.

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NBC Sees Big Numbers For Gold Medal Game

via a John Buccigross tweet,

NBC earned a 17.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday’s Canada-U.S. Gold Medal men’s hockey game.

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We Will Remember This Game

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the gold medal game and you can read Scott’s report here.

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Team Canada Handled The Pressure

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Long after the game was over, the crowd stood cheering. So did a nation. The Canadian men’s hockey team’s sudden-death victory over the United States had truly made these Canada’s Golden Games.

The hockey showdown with the U.S. was the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how beautifully it punctuated maybe the most inspirational two-week period in our nation’s history. Canada may not recover from this for a very long time. It may not want to.

By any measure, these Games were a towering achievement, which included the best performance ever by a team of Canadian Winter Olympians - a team that was bombarded by doubts early on, as it always seems to be, but came on strong and put on a monstrous show under the most extreme pressure imaginable.

And on no one was the burden of success greater than the hockey team.

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Breaking Down The Golden Broadcast

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

NBC’s Al Michaels after Don Cherry, a vision in red velvet, expounded on how the game would go, including his opinions on that ``Lalongo” guy: ``I never knew that Feb. 28 was Halloween in Canada.” ... NBC’s Mike Milbury heading into the game: ``There are two, maybe three guys on the U.S. team who could make Team Canada.” ... The beauty of having a guy between the benches.  McGuire reported early in the first period that Canada coach Mike Babcock was telling his players to get more pucks on net and cease with the fancy stuff. You don’t get that kind of stuff in the broadcast booth. ... Watching the game on CTV, the sound mix made me feel as if I were in the stands. On NBC, I felt like I was in the parking lot.

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Canada Wins Gold

3-2 in overtime with Sidney Crosby getting the game winner.

Great performance by both teams!!!

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Can’t Get Any Better Than This - OT In Gold Medal Game

Twenty minutes of 4 on 4 hockey or until someone scores.  If not, shootout.

added 5:33pm, Your pick for the OT winner?

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Open Post- Team USA Against Team Canada For The Gold

This is the game many of us hoped for and now it is about to begin.

What a way to close out the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  The majority of Canada will be watching and I believe many in the US will be watching too.

Team USA will try to take the home crowd out of the game early, while Team Canada will attempt to build on the momentum the fans are providing.

This should be fun folks, sit back and enjoy.

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They Meet Again

from Brendan Shanahan at NHL.com,

I remember the buzz in Salt Lake leading up to what we North Americans thought was the perfect gold medal match. I’ll never forget seeing my Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios in the Olympic Village the night before that game. We agreed that neither of our teams would walk away losers and that it was fantastic that one of us would win gold and the other silver. We shook hands and wished each other luck. A split second later as I turned to walk away, I thought, “Screw that, man, I want the gold.” I’m sure Chris [the godfather of USA hockey] was thinking exactly the same thing.

Here we are again: a game between two countries that respect and often root for each other, but are also fierce competitors when facing each other. I can’t recall a game where so many hockey experts from so many different backgrounds have had such a wide range of opinions about who is going to win. The consensus is this: whichever team imposes its strengths on the other and dictates the style of play is the team that will likely win.

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Tickets In High Demand For Gold Medal Game

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Watching The Mens Hockey Gold Medal Game

via NHL.com,

Here is where you can find the Olympic hockey tournament gold-medal game on Feb. 28.

United States

3-6 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, NBC

Canada

3:15-5:45 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, V, RDS, OMNI 1 (presented in Italian), OMNI 2 (presented in Cantonese/Mandarin) and APTN (presented in Aboriginal language)

Don’t forget, NHL Live has a special Sunday show today from 12:00pm ET until 2:00pm on the NHL Network.

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The Biggest Game In Hockey History?

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

“You win something like this, you remember everyone you played with,” U.S. center Paul Stastny said. “It doesn’t happen too often where you get to play for a gold medal against your rival on Canadian soil, where the fans are so into it.”

For some reason, this just feels so much bigger than in 2002 when Canada won gold by beating the United States in Salt Lake City.

Maybe it’s because it’s in Canada, where the sport is sewn into the fabric of millions. Maybe it’s the fact that Canadian TV and radio has dissected every facet of these two teams. Maybe it’s because the U.S. beat the Canadians 5-3 on their home ice only seven days earlier and Canadians everywhere prayed for a black-and-blue rematch.

“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult. It’s a religion,” said Burke, who doubles as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and used to manage the Vancouver Canucks. “It’s why I love living and working in the NHL in a Canadian city.

“The Canadians view this as their game, and they view this game [Sunday] as planting a flag on a peak.”

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NHL.com Says…

Shawn P. Roarke, Dan Rosen, John Dellapina & Bob Condor all of NHL.com break down the gold medal game.

I am not surprised two of them say Team USA and the other two say Team Canada.

Read all about it…

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Red, White & Bruise

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,

The timid and the faint-hearted are gone. What we have left are two teams that play North American-style hockey.

They get in your face ... and ribs.

“Absolutely,” said Edina’s Brian Burke, general manager of Team USA. “The two teams that have advanced played black and blue hockey. I like it.”

The Americans and Canadians square off for the Olympic gold medal this afternoon. There will be plenty of physical play on the NHL-sized ice surface in Vancouver.

“Some of the other teams, I don’t want to say they cower, but this style doesn’t suit them well,” said forward Bobby Ryan. “Every inch is going to count.”

“NHL sheet,” said defenseman Tim Gleason. “There’s no place to hide.”

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Canada Cannot Lose To The USA

from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

To lose to Russia in Vancouver would have been very painful, but not incomprehensible.

However, unfairly or not, the Americans are viewed as cocky interlopers. To have them win would be unbearable. Why? The reasons are multifold.

The average Canadian fan feels that Americans don’t really understand hockey. If they did, why, for instance, would FOX TV have experimented with the infamous FoxTrax “glowing puck” between 1996 and 1998 in order to help U.S. viewers more easily spot the little black disc?

It goes further. Many Canadians believe that Americans don’t really appreciate the sport that Canada invented. If they did, why are so many NHL markets in the southern United States struggling to keep their attendance up? This, at a time when Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary regularly sell out home games, while hockey-mad cities like Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Hamilton hunger for NHL franchises. Not to mention the unprecedented popularity that IIHF tournaments – World Juniors, World Championships, and Olympics – are enjoying in the “True North strong and free.”

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The Gold Medal Belongs In Canada

from Michael Dan Tandt of the Toronto Sun,

Oh say can’t you see, you damn Yankees, that our glowing hearts are pounding with the need to win Olympic hockey gold?

So unhand that medal, you rapacious hockey interlopers. Don’t you know there’s been a script written here, one that has been read to us at every bedtime — never mind ‘round the clock for the last year — that Canada is the master of the hockey universe and the entire success of these Olympic games, nay, our very identity, can only be truly forged by mining hockey gold on home ice?

It all comes down to this. The dream final. One game, one final three-period showdown set for high (Pacific) noon Sunday. An entire nation wrapped in red and white, poised on the edge of its chair, brew in hand, praying for the only gold medal that really matters.

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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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Slovakians Behind Their Team

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.”

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Open Post- Team USA Takes On Team Finland

Game starts just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed live on NBC, CTV and online at NBCOlympics

Everyone seems to be predicting a low scoring game and the way Miller and Kiprusoff have been playing, I can see why.

It could be one of those games where one minor mistake could be the difference between a win or a loss.

Good luck to both teams and let’s hope the refs let them play.

A quick note and the only one you will receive on this- If you are not a KK member, I suggest you become one by 12:00pm ET on Saturday.  You never know, a KK member contest may be making a comeback.

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Womens Hockey Goes For The Gold

from Harry Thompson at USA Hockey,

For the third time in four Olympics, the U.S. and Canada have been on a collision course that will conclude with a gold-medal clash.

The Americans have outscored opponents 40-2, with 12-1, 13-0 and 6-0 wins over China, Russia and Finland in the preliminary round.

Meanwhile, Canada has steamrolled over Slovakia (18-0), Switzerland (10-1) and Sweden (13-1) before blanking Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals.

The Canadians are deep, talented and playing on home ice. The same could be said for the Americans coming into the gold-medal game in Salt Lake City in 2002. Canada hadn’t beaten the U.S. during the 2002 pre-Olympic tour, yet came up big when it counted to win the gold medal, 3-2.

That was then and this is now. With 15 players competing in their first Olympics, there is a new energy in this U.S. locker room, and it shows on and off the ice.

more and the game is on MSNBC with the puck drop at 6:30pm ET.

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Pretty Good Team Beats Sweden

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.

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The Canadian Way

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

On this improbable night of hockey, as Canada rolled to a lopsided 7-3 victory over a star-studded Russian team, Corey Perry was talking about what constitutes Canadian hockey at its very best.

“That was it,” said Perry. “Physical play, grinding, cycling, forechecking - that’s what we did tonight and that’s what wore them down.”

In one of the most hyped, heralded and anticipated hockey games in history, Canada unleashed a devastating first-period attack Wednesday night to crush Russia, the defending world champions and in some people’s minds, the gold-medal favorite, in a men’s Olympic hockey quarter-final game.

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Open Post- Team Sweden Against Team Slovakia

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.

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Open Post- Team Finland Takes On Team Czech Republic

The game is about to start- CNBC & TSN.  Winner of this game meets Team USA on Friday at 3:00pm ET.

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Report- Good News For USA Hockey Fans In The Pacific Time Zone

via Steve of Puck the Media,

It was just reported by Richard Deitsch of SI on Twitter, and I’ll look to confirm it with NBC myself, but Team USA’s game vs. the winner of Finland/Czech Republic on Friday at 3PM ET, will air live in all time zones on NBC.  This is good news.  More soon.

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Open Post- Team Russia vs. Team Canada

Puck drops on CNBC and CTV at 7:30pm ET.

Should be an exciting game to watch and I hope CNBC does not turn this into a Crosby vs. Ovechkin circus.

Ken Holland on 640am in Toronto about a 1/2 hour ago stated he expects a 3-2 game tonight and feels it will be a tight, defensive game.

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Enough Of The Talk, Let’s Play The Games

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.

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All The Crosby Against Ovechkin Talk

from Greg Inglis of NHL.com,

“Can we call this Super Wednesday?” asks Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on the eve of this feast of four Olympic quarterfinal games that features more than 125 NHL players pursuing their gold-medal dream in one spectacular day of competition.

“This is not merely a showstopper. This is a nation stopper,” proclaims Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber on the much-hyped Canada-Russia showdown….

“Sid vs. Ovie: The rivalry goes global,” reads the headline to Craig Custance’s preview in the Sporting News.

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Mens Olympic Hockey Quarter-Final Schedule

What are your thoughts on the games and what are your plans for Team USA against Team Switzerland?  Are you leaving work/school early or has the DVR been programmed?

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Loser Go Home

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The winner moves on, the loser faces hard questions. But there’s no question this contest means more to Canada, with these Olympics on its home turf and with the ballyhooed Own The Podium program having fizzled over the past 10 days.

Canada hasn’t beaten Russia in its various forms at the Winter Olympics in 50 years, a drought that stretches back to the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley.

Eight meetings between Canada and Russia at the Olympics, eight Canadian losses.

So no pressure, gentlemen. Just relax and breathe. And that goes for you too, Canada.

The game that will feature the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry, something everyone hoped to see at this competition.

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NBC- Hockey Fans Need Some Clarification

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.

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Russia vs. Canada Again

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun (Wednesday edition),

Somehow, it always seems to come back to this: Canada and Russia. A rivalry once dormant, now very much alive….

Now it’s a best-of-one.

And all this with reputations very much on the line.

This is Steve Yzerman’s team. He picked the players. He put the coaching staff together. He never once considered the possibility of finishing sixth.

This is Sidney Crosby’s team. He was left off the Canadian roster four years ago. He is the captain without the C. He has a Stanley Cup so young. But this is the world. This should be his time.

This is Roberto Luongo’s opportunity. You can only be so great without winning anything for so long. This is his chance to shed the loser label. One game can alter a reputation forever.

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Open Post- Canada Takes On Germany

Puck drops at 7:30pm ET and the game is on MSNBC, CTV & RDS.

I am sure Canada is looking for a quick start while Germany will be trying to take the crowd out of the game early.

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Team Switzerland Now The Underdog Against Team USA

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.

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Canada Can’t Afford A Letdown

from Jamie Bell of TSN at CTVOlympics,

While Canada has not been at their best thus far, Germany’s Marco Sturm, who plays professionally with the Boston Bruins, realizes that an angry Canadian team is a dangerous team.

“They’re pissed off, obviously,” said Sturm on Monday. “They want to win, they want to go for gold. They’re not going to mess around.”

While Canada is expected to win, they have even bigger challenges on the horizon as a quarterfinal matchup with Alexander Ovechkin and Russia looms.

That being said, Canada cannot overlook a German team that plays a patient and defensively strong game and will try to quiet the partisan crowd by slowing down the game.

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Rooting Interest

Of course, today in my NHL.com blog, I discuss the Winter Olympics, specifically the mens hockey.

Now that we are in elimination mode- Are you rooting for a certain team, players that play for your NHL team even they though they may not represent your home country, or are you just enjoying the hockey with no particular rooting interest?

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Watching NBC & MSNBC

VANCOUVER – February 22, 2010 – NBCU’s Sunday Olympic broadcasts were seen by 87 million total viewers, the most viewers for any day so far for the Vancouver Games, 16 million more and 22 percent higher than the comparable Sunday from the 2006 Games (72 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

The primetime coverage on NBC and MSNBC that included figure skating’s original dance and alpine skiing’s men’s super combined on NBC and the USA-Canada hockey game on MSNBC had 69 million total viewers, the best viewership for the comparable Sunday night since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (79 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

8.2 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP FOR WATCH USA-CANADA HOCKEY GAME ON MSNBC: An average audience of 8.22 million watched the USA hockey team defeat Canada, 5-3, nearly matching the best average viewership for a program on MSNBC. (Election Night Coverage, 8.23 million on Nov. 4, 2008).

★ The hockey game on MSNBC received a national household rating of 4.3, the third highest-rated program in MSNBC’s history behind the Democratic Presidential debate (2/26/08, 4.9 rating) and the analysis following the debate (4.4 rating).

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Afternoon Line

If Canada manages to get there and to win the ultimate prize on home ice, as so many have imagined for so long, it will go down as arguably the greatest triumph in the country’s glorious hockey history, and you can bet that the Olympic party here will not only restart, but reach a true fever pitch - to be echoed all across the country.

-Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics.  More on Canada…

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The Dedicated Hockey Players

from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk at NBC Sports,

...here’s something pure and admirable in the dedication that hockey players have for their chosen sport.  After watching the American upset of Canada’s national team, a game for which the players will not receive a dime of salary, we’re now convinced that most if not all of the men who play hockey for money would play the game even if they were being paid nothing.

How many pro football players would do that?

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More People In Buffalo Watch Hockey Than Ice Dancing

via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Locally, the coverage of Team USA’s 5-3 victory over Team Canada Sunday night carried on cable’s MSNBC out-drew NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics coverage that was on Channel 2.

MSNBC never out-rates its bigger brother NBC, which makes this “victory” almost as astonishing as the 42-save performance by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Team USA.

The US victory, which gave Team USA a bye into the quarterfinals and an extra day of rest, attracted a 14.6 rating locally on MSNBC, representing 14.6 percent of area households. Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of skiing and figure skating averaged a 13.4 rating during the game on Channel 2.

And the hockey audience undoubtedly was even much higher here because it was simulcast by CFTO, the CTV affiliate in Toronto.

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NBC Sends The NHL A Message

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

First, the NHL in the Olympics mirrors the silliness of the parallel universe that is the whole warped fantasy sports experience, where Blackhawks fans are rooting for Duncan Keith to turn over the puck in the slot.

Then there’s the whole stupid notion of shutting down the league for two weeks. What business does that? What business with good business sense, I mean.

And wise up, the argument ended Sunday when NBC decided the NHL is not good for Olympic coverage, at least not on its big-boy channel, no matter that it was the greatest possible rivalry the NHL could offer network TV.

Nope. Sorry. Ski cross gets the kids and pretty, shiny hobbies like that cockamamie pairs ice dancing get the women. U.S.-Canada hockey, you be good kids and run down to a cable channel without high-def, OK?

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Can Team USA Handle The Pressure?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

The young Americans are doing it exactly the way Burke anticipated when he built the team. Everybody knows his role, and everyone is filling it perfectly.

Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan are providing energy and have been strong on the penalty kill. Ryan Malone and David Backes are throwing their big bodies around and being a nuisance to opposing goalies. Martin Brodeur was irritated enough to take a swipe at Backes for what he thought was goalie interference, and the Americans scored on a distracted Brodeur a moment later.

At some point, scorers like Paul Stastny and Parise will start producing as well. They’re too good not to.

But now comes the pressure and we’ve learned how that can change everything in this tournament. The Canadians are still dealing with the mountain of expectations that accompanied them to Vancouver. When Jonas Hiller and Switzerland took on mighty Canada and the United States, they were outstanding. Against Norway? Not so outstanding—perhaps because they were expected to win.

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We End The Great Hockey Day With Finland vs. Sweden

Puck drops just after 11:55pm ET on MSNBC and CTV.

Trust me, you may want to stay up for this game.  Get the late for work or school excuses ready.

Also, have to feel for the people in Finland, Sweden and all of Europe.  It is very early Monday morning for those dedicated hockey fans.

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Was A Timeout Needed?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN at CTVOlympics,

...But it all comes back to Miller, who was pretty special on this night.

There was a strategic question that could be asked - whether or not head coach Mike Babcock should have called a timeout during the last faceoff outside the American zone.

Well, I don’t mind saying now that I would have, but while it was happening, the Canadians were having a very good shift. They had Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty with sustained pressure in the U.S. end for a long time and they were exhausted.

Canada has a lot of weapons and I’m sure Babcock was thinking he wanted to save the timeout for an offensive zone faceoff. But it was off that faceoff that they had the San Jose Sharks’ line on and the shift eventually led to the empty net-goal.

So at the time, I might have been inclined to call it.

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