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NBC Corrects Matt Lauer Mistake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Sorry, hockey fans. Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s “Today” show,  misspoke Friday morning when he said Sunday’s preliminary-round hockey showdown between the U.S. and Canada will be shown on NBC.

A spokesman for NBC Universal confirmed that the game will be aired on MSNBC, as planned, and that Lauer was mistaken in saying the game would be broadcast on NBC.

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Olympic Hockey Wake-Up Calls

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Prior to the Olympics there was rampant predictions that the hockey tournament was going to be a battle between Canada and Russia.  If yesterday’s games did not halt such folly, then nothing will.

Starting with Canada’s game against the Swiss, hockey fans and analysts were treated to a game that proved nothing can be taken for granted.  And there were a few things I’ve noticed as trends so far.

First, the SJ Sharks line of Thornton - Heatley - Marleau are Team Canada’s best forward line.  They provided more energy and scoring opportunities than all the other forward lines combined.  Despite some wishing to credit the victory to Rosby, it is evident that the skill and chemistry of the Sharks’ line carried Team Canada through a (too) tight game.

Second, while I cannot dispute that Pronger should be on the squad despite my loathing of him in general, he should never have been given Associate Captain status.  His completely brainless


play (edit: I was mistaken about the penalty) led to the tying Swiss goal.  In typical Pronger fashion, the Neanderthal put his own vendetta ahead of the team’s best interests.  I hope that Hitchcock bitch-slapped him all night for being his typical brain-dead self.

Third, remember those “Rosby doesn’t stop” Gatorade commercials?  They should be changed to “Rosby doesn’t stop, except to backcheck”.  It would be much more accurate given the Golden Child’s aversion to any backchecking.  By my (unofficial) Rosby Backcheck Tracker, Thid the Kid only backchecked twice.  When he chose to backcheck, he broke up the opposing rush.  See how that works, Rosby?  It’s a team game bitch, start playing like it is.

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Preliminary Round Schedule For Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Any upsets?


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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Oh Boy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the National Post via the Calgary Herald,

The Alberta government issued a release yesterday announcing that 2009 was the third year in a row for a record number of births in the province. Simple enough. But then it went on to list some of the names of those babies. They were ... eclectic. We’re being polite here.

Some favourites for boys’ names: Argyll, Bison, Boss, Chaos, Cherubim, Dice, Helix, Kal-El, Lightning, Morpheous, Mystery, Thunder and Whip

Boys were also named Costello, Ledger, Obama and Sutherland—and even Ericlindross, who presumably was named for the former NHL player of the same name, although his last name was spelled “Lindros.”

continue for the girl names and Hayleywickenheiser is not one of them…

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Women’s Preliminary Round Olympics

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The preliminary round in the women’s hockey tournament completed yesterday.  The women’s tournament is split into two four team groups that played a round robin tournament.  After it is completed, the top two teams in each group carry on to the medal round.  Winners of each group play second place in the other group in a semi-final and the winners of those games move on to the gold-silver game, while the losers play for bronze and 4th place.

Here are the results:

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Covering The Olympic Hockey Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What is your opinion of the coverage being provided to us by the hockey writers in Vancouver?

My opinion is many of the writers are used to covering one game a night, but now are covering two and sometimes three games in the same night.

Many have deadlines that need to be met and I am sure they are scrambling at times, but I have been impressed by the work they have done.

It may get a bit easier for them once the preliminary round has ended and we should see extensive, in-depth coverage of the remaining teams.

Overall, they have done a great job providing hockey fans with all the Olympic Games notes and news.

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Team Russia Lacked Passion In Their Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussianHockeyfans,

Russian coach Vyacheslav Bykov talked about the reasons of the loss to Slovakia, stated that not all players had passion, explained why Ovechkin had three shootout attempts and talked about power play units in an interview to Russia site gazeta.ru.

RussianHockeyfans.com offers you a translation.

What shortcomings of the team did you find out?

Bykov: “The players had no passion. It looked like it was a regular game for them.”

Ovechkin was turned on the whole game, made like five hits. Why weren’t other players pumped up?

Bykov: “Yes, Alexander was one of the players who tried to demonstrate their best during the whole game. Others were in shadow.”


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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Matt Lauer on the Today show on NBC just said- Big game this weekend, Canada versus the USA and you can watch the game on NBC.

Has something changed or did Matt make a mistake?

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It Is All About The Ratings For NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best at the GazetteXtra,

Like it or not, my fellow journalists and avid sports fans, the Olympics are a sports TV creature unlike any other, and NBC doesn’t care how often we rail against that reality.

Deal with it: Even in an era of easy access to real-time information, many of the non-typical sports fans who enjoy the Games—including the ones in my house—like a neatly packaged, conveniently timed show to digest after dinner.

NBC mostly has delivered on its promise to present marquee events such as snowboarding and figure skating live—or close to it—thanks to the favorable time difference with Vancouver. Americans Shani Davis and Shaun White won their golds live Wednesday before and after the Vonn Show.

But consider this: In the West, where everything is on delay, outraging many fans and journalists, the Games are doing even better than in the East.

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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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