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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The men’s tourney at the Winter Games was almost unwatchable and was certainly nothing to remember. The hockey wasn’t much to see four years ago in PyeongChang, but even that — planned in advance — seemed somewhat better, more interesting than this. This last-minute attempt featured rushed-together teams with a strategy of hope and produced roster after roster of excited indifference. The players involved were blessed to be chosen.

Those watching from home, not so much.

I kept watching and waiting and hoping for something good to happen — some play or game to remember, some moment to file away. Instead, a few lost NHLers, a few hopefuls, a bunch of minor leaguers and European professionals were put together and didn’t form teams as much as collections of unconnected parts that didn’t know how to do anything but trap....

- A quick bad trade update: Mason Marchment scored three goals for Florida against the Minnesota Wild. That’s nine goals in his past 12 games and 26 points in 24 games for the season. Denis Malgin, whom the Maple Leafs acquired in exchange for Bryan Marchment’s son, scored a goal for Switzerland, which finished 1-4, at the Beijing Olympics.

- In the NBA, you just don’t ask to be traded. You let them know what team you want to be traded to a la James Harden and Ben Simmons. The same might be working with Marc-Andre Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t be surprised if he winds up in Boston at or before the trade deadline.

more on the first topic plus other hockey notes...

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Gold For Finland

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Finland won its first ever Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal with a 2-1 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee on Sunday in Beijing.

Finland forward Hannes Bjorninen scored the game-winning goal just 31 seconds into the third period. He added an assist on Ville Pokka's goal in the second period that tied the score after the ROC opened the scoring in the first period.

This was the 18th Olympic men's ice hockey tournament appearance for Finland, which was undefeated in six games in Beijing. The nation won silver in 1988 and 2006 and captured bronze four times (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) before capturing gold.

"It is hard to put in words what it means. What a tough tournament. I felt like we played well the whole time, and this is the reward," said Finland forward Valtteri Filppula, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. "Hockey's a big thing in Finland. This is for all of us, for sure."

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Finland/ROC Will Play For Gold

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

The Russian Olympic Committee needed some shootout heroics to beat Sweden 2-1 on Friday.

It's the second consecutive gold medal appearance for the Russians, who, under the Olympic Athletes of Russia banner, beat Germany for the title in South Korea in 2018.

Since breaking off from the Soviet Union, Russia, or teams affiliated with it, have won two other medals - a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2002. Russia's last gold at an IIHF men's level under the "Russia" banner was at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk following a dominant 10-0 record....

It was a similar game to Finland's 1-0 shutout over Slovakia earlier in the day, with neither team taking many risks in a defensive-minded game.

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The gold medal game will be played Friday night at 11:10pm ET.

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Gold For Canada

from the CP at TSN,

Led by their clutch captain, Canada brought back that golden feeling in Olympic women's hockey.

Marie-Philip Poulin's two goals spurred Canada to a 3-2 win over archrival United States in Thursday's final in Beijing.

The 30-year-old from Beauceville, Que., has scored in four consecutive Olympic finals for Canada with a total of seven goals in those games.

Poulin also scored the game-winner in Canada's last three wins in Olympic finals.

"She's not just a superstar with the puck, she's a superstar without the puck, and just a great leader for us," said her Canadian linemate Brianne Jenner.

"We're happy to follow Pou wherever she's going to take us.

“Canada is a hockey nation and hopefully we’ve given everyone a reason to celebrate back home."

The Canadians reclaimed gold after losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Americans four years ago in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Team USA And Team Canada Go For Gold Tonight

from Hockey Canada,

A rematch four years in the making, Canada’s Women’s Olympic Team faces its long-time rivals from the United States in the gold medal game at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

LAST GAME

Canada got points from 16 different players (including all 13 forwards) and racked up 61 shots on goal in a 10-3 semifinal win over Switzerland. Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and Sarah Nurse recorded four more assists, tying Hayley Wickenheiser’s 2006 record for helpers in an Olympic tournament with 12. Brianne Jenner made a little history of her own, closing out the scoring with her ninth goal, equalling the Olympic record.

The Americans started slow against the Finns in their semifinal, but Cayla Barnes got the scoring started on the power play early in the second period and the U.S. never looked back, earning a 4-1 victory. Barnes and Hilary Knight finished with a goal and an assist each.

LAST MEETING

In their 163rd all-time meeting just seven days ago, Canada used a second-period flurry to earn a 4-2 victory in the preliminary-round finale. Ann-Renée Desbiens was the big story, making 51 saves to set a Canadian Olympic record for stops in a game (men’s or women’s hockey). Jenner, Jamie Lee Rattray and Poulin (on a penalty shot) scored 5:25 apart late in the middle frame to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. Jenner finished with a pair of goals, Poulin added a goal and a helper and the Canadians killed five of six U.S. power plays.

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Watch on NBC & Peacock in the US and CBC in Canada.  Puck drops at 11:10pm ET.

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Move Hockey To The Summer Olympics

from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo,

The Olympics have a men's hockey problem.

It isn't very good.

That is said with all due respect to the former NHLers, career Euro leaguers and college kids who play as hard and as well as they possibly can to represent their countries.

This isn't even their fault. Part of the low quality of play stems from the fact these guys were thrown together on makeshift teams, given about three practices and told to hit the global stage.

The IOC, true to its well-established arrogance, has always taken the position that the National Hockey League needs the Olympics and thus must bend to its schedule.

In truth, the IOC needs the NHL. What should be one of the marquee events of the Games — and has been a breathtaking exhibition of skill and passion — is an afterthought, even as it enters the semifinal rounds in Beijing, when the best in the world aren't there.

The IOC should listen to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and move the men's tournament to the Summer Olympics during the league's offseason, when participation will be assured and preparation maximized. Bettman has reportedly lobbied the IOC for this since the 1990s only to be rebuffed.

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Afternoon Line- Hilary Knight

"It's wonderful hockey, it's the most beautiful rivalry in sport. It gets the best and the worst out of both of us at the same time. It's a wonderful game."

-Hilary Knight of Team USA on the rivalry with Team Canada.  Ryan Quigley of NBC Olympics has more.

The two teams go for gold tomorrow night at 11:19pm ET.

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Open Post- Team USA vs. Team Canada

via USA Hockey,

BEIJING – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team will play its second of three preliminary round games against rival Canada with opening faceoff set for 11:10 p.m. ET tonight (12:10 p.m. on Feb. 12 local time) at National Indoor Stadium.

The game will air live in the U.S. on USA Network with Kenny Albert calling the action. All games of the Olympic hockey tournament are available live on Peacock (premium tier) or NBCOlympics.com (with cable authentication) and through the NBC Sports app (with cable authentication).

The game is also on CBC and NBC 4K2.

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