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Is That You Germany?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Razor With An Edge,

After watching you in fits of capitulation for an hours’ worth of nauseating elimination “hockey” against Canada – a game that was lost 8-2 but might as well have been 80-2, I have a question: What happens to you Germans when you slip that national jersey on?

I mean - you play like frightened little frauleins right from the opening face-off.

Why? Why do you cower so?

You’re GERMANY for crying in the beerstein!

You make cars that attack the Autobahn, challenging every curve and testing the engineering from Audi, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes Benz. Yet when you grab a hockey stick you become Yugos with only two gears – neutral and reverse.

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A Russia/Canada History Lesson

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from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

The politics may have changed, but the cold war is back in full force.

As enjoyable as the Canada vs USA rivalry has become, for old fogies like me Russia vs Canada will always be the great rivalry.

It goes back to 1954, when the Soviet Union entered a hockey team at the World Championships and shocked the world by defeating Canada. Almost from that moment on, international hockey was their great domain, changing hockey for the greater in the process.


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Loser Go Home

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

Injury Report

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via Martin Merk at IIHF.com,

Slovak forward Lubos Bartecko suffered a severe concussion and a laceration in the back of the head in Tuesday’s qualification playoff game against Norway.
Norway’s Ole-Kristian Tollefsen checked Bartecko to the head with his elbow at 6:01. The Slovak, who seemed to lose consciousness for a few seconds, was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

According to the first medical information available, Bartecko is conscious and doing fine, considering the circumstances. The doctors made a joint decision to take the player to the Olympic Village polyclinic for an MRI, and the MRI results were good, showing no negative effects.

Czech forward Jaromir Jagr left the qualification playoff game against Latvia after his first shift of the second period with an upper body injury. Jagr did not appear on the ice for the remainder of the game, which the Czechs won in overtime. But he will be able to play in the quarterfinal game against Finland on Wednesday.

added 12:02pm, Video of the hit on Bartecko can be watched below…

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Ehrhoff Says Russia Over Canada

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from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

German defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, who plays for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, is picking the Russians to beat Canada Wednesday in the Olympic quarterfinal.

Minutes after Canada blasted the Germans 8-2 to punch their ticket to that game, Ehrhoff didn’t hesitate when asked who would win.

“Russia,” he said. “They bring skill, but they also play very hard and physical. They have a great goalie and I think they have the complete package to pull it off here.”

Ehrhoff agreed Canada isn’t yet at the level of team play the Russians and Americans have shown so far.

“I was a little surprised. But it can happen in a tournament,” he said. “You’ve got to get together quick as a team and so far the Russians have done that.”


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NBC- Hockey Fans Need Some Clarification

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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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  Tags: nbc, team+switzerland, team+usa, winter+olympics

Don’t Forget About Team Sweden

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from John Dellapina at NHLcom,

...But there is one generalization about him and his countrymen that Lidstrom is proud and happy to perpetuate: that they are an amicable and understated bunch that requires neither acclaim nor any fanfare.

That’s why captain Lidstrom and the rest of the Tre Kronor are only too happy to enter Wednesday’s quarterfinals the same way they entered the entire Olympic tournament: as the defending champs that so many have somehow managed to overlook.

“I think it fits us perfectly,“Lidstrom said, smiling as he came off the University of British Columbia ice after a light-hearted Team Sweden practice Tuesday. “We’re kind of sitting in the weeds. And people are picking other teams and kind of not talking about us.

“I would pick Canada and Russia as well. You look at their lineups and the players they can put out there on the ice.”

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Russia vs. Canada Again

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

Can Ovechkin Be Stopped?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal,

If you want to win Olympic gold in men’s hockey, you’ll have to stop a scruffy, gap-toothed, trash-talking Russian named Alexander Ovechkin. Good luck.

Mr. Ovechkin, who plays wing for the Washington Capitals, has been confounding opponents in the National Hockey League for five years. Now, as the Olympic hockey tournament heads into its final rounds, the star of the Russian Federation team poses a problem of global proportions.


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Open Post- Canada Takes On Germany

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

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