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Frustration Sets In

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NBC, get your act together when it comes to broadcasting Olympic hockey.

Hockey fans in the USA deserve much better than what you are providing.

The latest example, Sweden/Germany game tonight.  Had to switch to MSNBC (due to extended curling action_ to catch the game, then 8pm ET rolls around, Doc Emrick tells us switch to CNBC to continue watching the game, yet curling is on.

Four stations available to broadcast on and yet you can’t get the game on TV?

Again, hockey fans deserve better treatment than this!

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  Tags: nbc

Open Post- Sweden vs. Germany

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Game time is 7:30pm ET on CNBC and here are some notes on the game from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Total NHL players on rosters—Germany 7; Sweden 19

Puck Drop—“We haven’t been playing with each other for a long time and we only have two practices to get things back together, so it’s important to get a good start,” Zetterberg told NHL.com. “But, in the same way, the tournament really starts after the round robin. That’s how it was in Torino (in 2006). We didn’t have a great start of the tournament, but from the playoff games in we played good and that’s why we won.”

NHL.com predicts—Sweden wastes no time getting off to a good start by winning in a blowout



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  Tags: team+germany, team+sweden

Reaction To Heatley On Team Canada

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from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

So I was watching Canada dominate Norway after a slow start Tuesday night and my wife, who is a rabid Ottawa Senators fan, didn’t seem to know how to react to Dany Heatley’s two goals in the first game. If you’re new to this blog and only pay attention to hockey when the Olympics are on, Heatley mysteriously demanded a trade from the capital last summer and was dealt to the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of training camp.

continue & James wants feedback from Senators fans on how they feel about Heatley on Team Canada.  I may as well ask Oilers fans (or any other fan base) the same question.

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  Tags: dany+heatley, team+canada

The Olympic Hockey Playoff Format

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics,

Every year, the International Ice Hockey Federation tweaks the format of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament and every year, it becomes more complicated - to the point where even the principal players aren’t exactly sure of how the tie-breakers work, or more importantly, whether they’ll need to run up the score on a hapless opponent to ensure a higher seed for the playoff round.

“I have read the rules,” said Brian Burke, Team USA’s general manager. “I went to Harvard law school and I’m not sure I understand them.”

Officially, the 12 competing teams are divided into three groups of four teams for the preliminary round and play a round robin, with three points awarded for a regulation win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss and zero points for a regulation loss.


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  Tags: iihf, winter+olympics

Could Kaberle Land With Vancouver?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.


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  Tags: cody+hodgson, tomas+kaberle

DUI Charge Facing Khabibulin

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via the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.

The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

All The Hockey Talk From Vancouver

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from NHL.com,

Here is a daily look at what’s being said about the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament.

• A statistical note after Day 1: Individual ice time figures are far below what we would see in a typical NHL game. According to stats at the IIHF website, only one Russian player hit 17 minutes (Konstantin Korneyev, 17:00), leading U.S. player was Erik Johnson (19:23), the leading Canadian player was Dan Boyle (20:12). There are 129 players averaging 20:12 or more in the NHL this season.

• Iginla on the standings tie-breaker: “It came up before the game. It came up between periods, because the goal differential may be a big part of this. We tried to stay focused as the game went on, for every line to keep pushing. Get a power play. We need those goals.”

much more

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Strike Two NBC

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

You see, tt was important for CNBC to stay with women’s curling because they promoted the heck out of the event during the U.S. men’s ice hockey team game earlier in the day, with an interview featuring ... oh, wait, that was Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, whose Team Canada game was being preempted by preliminary round women’s curling? Our mistake.

So the Canada game started late into the first period over on MSNBC, before it was moved back to CNBC around 8 p.m. EST, so the Peacock’s cable news outlet could fulfill its nightly obligations of progressive indignation and Sarah Palin outrage.

read on

The least the NBC umbrella of channels could have done was run a crawler on the bottom of the screen or announce the channel changes, but they did not.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Afternoon Line

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But to be honest our Red Outs and our crowds at Caps games are louder and more passionate than this game at the Olympics. I mean that.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ted at his blog, Ted’s Take.

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  Tags: team+canada

The Last Great Russian Olympic Moment

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from John Sanful at IIHF.com,

Russian hockey has a rich history. Since first winning gold at the 1956 Olympics, the hockey program has experienced many glorious moments- including the most successful run in hockey history from 1964 to 1992. During those years, spanning eight Olympic tournaments, they lost only four games en route to seven gold medals and one silver medal.

Russia has also seen lean times, including a disappointing fourth place performance at the 1994 Olympics.

The last great Olympic hockey moment came in 1992 when an old Soviet dinosaur coached a team of talented youngsters to the gold medal.


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  Tags: team+russia

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