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Mens Semi-Final Schedule For Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will it be a Canada/USA final?


A note to NBC affiliates across the USA.  Please don’t cut away to local programming right after the final horn sounds of the Finland/USA game.  Hockey fans enjoy watching the post-game and I am sure would appreciate your station staying with the broadcast.

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Women’s Medal Games Olympics

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The women’s hockey tournament at the Olympics concluded last night.  The preliminary round results are here and the semi-final results are here.  These are the results of the medal games.

Bronze - 4th Finland 3 Sweden 2 (overtime)  Teams exchanged goals throughout regulation, with Finland holding a 1-0 and 2-1 lead.  In overtime, it was Karoliina Rantamaki scoring the game winner for Finland.  Sara Grahn was solid in net for Sweden.  She was the busier goalie facing 24 shots.  Noora Raty of Finland faced 18 shots and won the game.  Finland wins the bronze medal.

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Yzerman Talks Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All Wings talk with Steve Yzerman.

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Clean-Up Needed In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

If my name is Jeff Vinik and I’m about to complete the purchase of the Tampa Bay Lightning, there is one more caveat before I sign the deal.

I want a broom - a big one - and I want to sweep the Forum clean. It’s non-negotiable.

Given the events of the last couple of days, it’s reasonable to ask just who the soon-to-be owner of Tampa Bay’s hockey team can trust over on Channelside Drive. General Manager Brian Lawton? Rick Tocchet, the head coach?

The guy who runs the Zamboni?


Who could blame the new owner if he starts sweeping at the top and doesn’t stop until he reaches the bottom floor.


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Can Team Canada Be Stopped?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All it took was one whirlwind stretch Wednesday, and the entire Olympic hockey tournament was flipped right back to where it started: Canada is the heavy gold-medal favorite.

Down went Russia, pummeled by the suddenly rejuvenated Canadians.

Down went Sweden, the 2006 champion, outhustled by the upstart Slovaks.

Just like that, the best offensive and best defensive teams, respectively, were out of Canada’s path, the only two that could challenge or exceed Canada in either facet. And all that is left of the field will play out on the dual semifinal stage today at Canada Hockey Place:

Is it a done deal?

Not so long as three other teams still can dream of that gold.


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Rafalski At The Top Of His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Coffey of the NY Daily News,

He’s bald and small and the oldest player on his team. He has a crooked smile and the flamboyance of an accountant. Brian Rafalski doesn’t do much of anything to command attention, except trying to do whatever is required to win.

“Whatever they put me out there for that’s what I’ll play,” Rafalski said after practice Thursday….

“It took me 60 games to get four (goals) in the NHL. I don’t know what’s going on,” Rafalski said. His Red Wing teammate, Valteri Filppula, is a Finnish forward.

“He’s a really, really good player,” Filppula said. “Plays well and definitely he looks like a young guy out there.”


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Semi-Final Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

Best goals-against average for a 2010 semi-final starting goalie: Ryan Miller (USA), 1.25

Best save percentage for a 2010 semi-final starting goalie: Miikka Kiprusoff (Finland), 94.6

Number of previous Olympic semi-final appearances for Slovakia: 0 (does not include 1992 appearance under flag of Czechoslovakia)

Most goals by one player in an Olympic semi-final: 5 Russia’s Pavel Bure vs. Finland, final score 7-4 Russia

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The Difference Is Night & Day

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from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Americans play at noon local time Friday, which will mark the fourth time they will play the lunchtime special at these Olympics.

Obviously, it requires that players prepare differently than for normal NHL games in the evening or even midafternoon tilts.

“You wake up, you eat breakfast and play. It doesn’t give you a lot of time to think about the game, which can be good. You don’t sit around all day. You just get up and play. I don’t mind it at all. I thought I wouldn’t like it at all, but I do,” American forward Zach Parise said.

One of the other differences has been dressing in rooms that have no clock ticking down to the start of the game. In NHL dressing rooms, there are clocks that allow players—especially those who hold to a firm pattern or ritual of pregame readiness—to know exactly how much time they have before having to take the ice.

Those clocks do not exist here, or at least the clocks in the room have been difficult to follow.

Chris Drury joked that there some players who follow the ritual so closely that he doesn’t think they could survive this tournament.

continue for Team USA and Canada notes…

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Champagne On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CTVOlympics,

Hockey Canada apologized Thursday for an impromptu party the Olympic women’s hockey team threw for itself on the Canada Hockey Place ice after winning the gold medal.

Canadian players, still wearing their uniforms and with gold medals draped around their necks, celebrated their victory by drinking champagne and beer at centre ice following a 2-0 win over the United States.

The International Olympic Committee said it will investigate the celebration, which included drinking by one of Canada’s underage players.


added 8L17am, Empty Netters has some photos of the on-ice celebration.

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The A2Y Baby Monologues: Bella Edition

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I am proud to share with you some very special stories these next few days relating to some of the 19 that we all know and love.

The appearance of Jonny Ericsson on our roster last spring was hailed by Red Wings fans around the world as a momentous event.  The men recognized his potential as a franchise defenceman.  The women praised his handsome looks and swooned in a way not seen since Beatlemania.

What you may not know is Jonny Ericsson is not only a defenceman, he is also a fertility god.

I have indisputable evidence of Jonny’s ability to cause couples to conceive.  Exhibit A comes from our beloved Bella.

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