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Hasek Downplays Czech Team

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from the Prague Daily Monitor,

The Czech ice-hockey team is considered one of the hottest favourites as betting shops, experts as well as Czech fans expect the team to win a medal. Hasek said he had heard this and read about it. He said the Czech team came to Turin to do its best and represent the Czech Republic. He nevertheless added that he cannot promise anything because of tough competition. Hasek said he considers important the first game which the Czechs play against Germany on Wednesday. He pointed out that the Germans have been jointly training for some time already, while the Czechs will play only one training together and some of the players may not even arrive in time for it.
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Gagne Travels With The ‘Gold’

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from the Courier Post,

Simon Gagne's 2002 Olympic gold medal rests neatly in a shiny wooden case. And it goes with him wherever he goes. "If I go back home to Quebec it's in my luggage," said Gagne, who is in Torino, Italy for his second Olympic experience. "When I'm in Philly, it's with me. "Every place I go for a long time the medal is going to come with me. At one point I'm going to have to do something special with it. But for now it stays with me."
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Anything Can Happen

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from the Globe and Mail,

It would be hard to imagine a more different approach. In the search for the gold medal in men's hockey -- which begins tomorrow with six games, including Canada against the host country -- there is the Canadian way, and there is the Finnish way. The Canadian way is all the way or nothing. You go for gold, you accept nothing less. "It's different for Canada than for us," Finnish captain Saku Koivu said at the end of his country's first practice yesterday. "We just go step-by-step and try to finish in the top four.
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Red Wing Fans Can Score

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via the Michigan Lottery,

Play Area 1: If YOUR GOAL is higher than THEIR GOAL in the same Game, win prize shown for that Game. Get a "HAT TRICK," win TRIPLE the prize. Play Area 2: Get three identical symbols in any one row, column or diagonal, win prize in PRIZE box. PENALTY SHOT: Get a "NET" symbol, win $20.
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Niedermayer Has Surgery

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via Sports Ticker,

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer could miss up four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. Dr. Ronald Glousman performed the surgery at Kerlan-Job Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, which resulted in the removal of a medial meniscus tear. Niedermayer is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. With the Olympic break, the Mighty Ducks are off until facing Detroit on March 1.

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Report- Gretzky Lost $2 Million

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via the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, under scrutiny after his wife, Janet Jones, was implicated in a sports betting ring, has lost more than $2 million in Las Vegas casinos, an insider said. Gretzky, head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, has a credit line that allows him to bet up to $25,000 per hand but plays well below that level, I'm told. "Anyone who bets $25,000 a hand is a whale. Less than half of 1 percent bet at that level," a casino executive said. "At $25,000, you've got a credit line of $1 million. At that level, you can demand anything you want."

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Where’s Miller

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from the Akron Beacon Journal via the Mercury News,

If Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckardt want to volunteer for a patriot mission for their country, they must do three things: Obtain a passport. Buy a plane ticket to Turin. Remember to bring the lead pipe. The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team will play without its best goaltender, alternate Ryan Miller, unless one of three non-descript net-minders selected ahead of him suffers an unforeseen injury - say, a two-hander across the shins, a la Nancy Kerrigan.
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Hasek’s Equipment Missing

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from the CP via Sportsnet,

Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek made it to the 2006 Winter Olympics, but his equipment didn't. Hasek borrowed old gear from the host Italian team to wear in practise Monday after his equipment was lost en route to the Games. "It's probably somewhere in Washington, but we don't know for sure," the Ottawa Senators goaltender said. "I hope it's here (Tuesday). I need at least one practice with my equipment to play the game." Czech coach Alois Hadamczik has not yet announced whether Hasek or Tomas Vokoun of the Nashville Predators will start, although Hasek, the hero of his country's 1998 Olympic victory, is the favourite.
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Panthers Claim Jamie Allison

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via the CP,

The Florida Panthers have claimed defenceman Jamie Allison off waivers from the Nashville Predators, the club announced Monday.

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U.S Olympian Rips Canadian Team

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Ruggiero, a three-time Olympian, was especially critical of the 16 goals Team Canada pumped past Italy in its opener, a prelude to the dozen the defending Olympic champions scored against Russia 24 hours later. "I'm upset that Canada has been running up the score, especially against the host nation," Ruggiero told SI.com on Monday. "There was no need for that. They're trying to pad their stats ... Canada is running up the score for whatever reasons -- personal, short-term."
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