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Canada Not Looking So Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s a big team, not overly physical. It has okay speed, but not great speed, not really quick. The players can’t finish. It certainly does sound like a Canadian hockey team. Still, we know this is the best men’s team Canada can put on the ice, because the hockey media told us. And the media were virtually unanimous picking them to win the gold medal.

  Based on what the team has shown over two games, that isn’t going to happen at the Vancouver Olympics. Unless it gets miraculous goaltending and Sidney Crosby carries it on his shoulders, this team won’t make it to the gold medal game, never mind win it.

added 8:46am, Burnside and LeBrun of ESPN discuss the hockey action from yesterday, mainly the Switzerland/Canada game.

Watch below…

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  Tags: team+canada

Slovakia Upsets Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

cotninued

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  Tags: team+russia, team+slovakia, winter+olympics

You’re Next Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo,

The U.S. is boasting a 9-2 goal differential, yet there is plenty of room for improvement. They know that. For a team that’s been together for just four days, though, it’s been impressive enough.

If you want validation of the Americans’ obvious potential, it’s that Canadian fans bothered cheering against them.

On both sides of the border, Sunday’s was the game that got circled as soon as the schedule was released. Both teams will almost assuredly advance out of pool play, so winning means relatively little.

It’s about pride. It’s about country. It’s about rivalry.

“I’m anticipating one of the best atmospheres I’ve been in,” said coach Ron Wilson. “Here, it’s going to be on every TV in Canada and a good number in America. Anyone who is a hockey fan will be watching.

“It’s going to be a great day for hockey.”

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

If You Know It NBC, Why Don’t You Do It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Livingstone of USA TODAY,

Hockey fans looking to watch the USA-Canada game Sunday will need to view it like the rest of NBC’s pre-gold medal hockey package —on NBC’s cable partner MSNBC.

With an Olympic audience that skews heavily female, NBC will opt to show figure skating’s original dance programs live, rather than the hockey rivalry which will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Christopher McCloskey, vice president of communications at NBC Sports, says the three-hour time commitment makes for a difficult situation, in part because hockey fans want to see games in their entirety.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Get Well Paul Henderson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

Canadian hockey hero Paul Henderson has revealed he is battling cancer.

Henderson made his illness public on CBC-TV’s Connect with Mark Kelley on Thursday.

Henderson, 67, from Lucknow, Ont., is perhaps most famous for scoring the series-clinching goal in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet Union hockey teams.

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  Tags: paul+henderson

Close, But No Cigar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You know that guy who likes to spread made up rumors.  Well, today he answered a few questions people tweeted him.

This one shows off his hockey knowledge…

@exqueezme asks: do you find it surprising that frolic didn’t make the Russian roster?

answer: First off, killer twitter name! The Russians wanted a certain number of KHLers to help give their league credibility.

Maybe someone should tell him Frolic is from the Czech Republic.

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  Tags: michael+frolik

NBC Picks Chicago/Detroit Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010 - The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. 

This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

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Steps To Sochi

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, Before The Road to Sochi 2014 lurches to a conclusion, the NHL needs to tidy up some issues. In no particular order:

• Licensing. During Salt Lake City 2002, the NHL had the right to have its shield appear with the Olympic rings. That didn’t happen in Turin or Vancouver. To extract more from its Olympic participation, the NHL would like more co-branding.

• Scheduling. Like the Players Association, the NHL is concerned about the abruptness of the switch from league games to Olympic games. (Edmonton played Anaheim on Sunday night. This tournament began Tuesday.) A buffer would be nice, in any case, although travel from North America to Sochi would make it imperative.

• Coverage. The league has its NHL Network, but in the Vancouver pecking order, it runs neck-and-neck with The Score. (The Score, for those not privileged to live in Canada, is a tertiary all-sports network that is a non-rights holder here.) The NHL Network does not envision showing games, naturally, but at least it would like greater access to players.

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  Tags: iihf, ioc, winter+olympics

Open Post- Team Canada vs. Team Switzerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+switzerland, winter+olympics

Bruins In The Hunt For A Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Reports from TSN hockey guru Darren Dreger out there that the Bruins have something cooking with a defenseman that should be announced after the Olympics are completed.

Two different NHL sources have confirmed that the B’s are indeed zeroing in on a defenseman, and one source further indicated that 27-year-old Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis could be Boston GM Peter Chiarelli’s main target.

Aaron Ward hadn’t heard anything about a potential trade when CSNNE.com contacted the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Wednesday night, but that “there’s a list of places” he may be headed before the March 3 NHL trade deadline….

The sticking point right now appears to be Nashville’s asking price for a rental defenseman.

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