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Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

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You missed out, man. There was drama. There was hilarity*. There was epic. There was awesome.

*A goalie's worst nightmare: Staring down Datsyuk/Kovalchuk in a shootout over and over and over and over again. At the Olympics. In Russia.

Oshie should get a gold medal right now for that individual performance. And I loved that he looked to his 'tender immediately after he scored the winner. So much win in this kid.

In all honesty...I hope the St.Louis Blues represent the Western Conference for the 2014 Cup Final...They seem like a decent bunch of guys to cheer for.

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In all honesty...I hope the St.Louis Blues represent the Western Conference for the 2014 Cup Final...They seem like a decent bunch of guys to cheer for.

They were my prediction to win the west this year. Their team is so strong top to bottom. Them and Boston is the finals I predict and would actually love to see. Shattenkirk is a very good player as well. Didn't look to get too much ice time today (I could be wrong though), but he's a good guy to fall back on if needed to step up.

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Well, if US beats Slovenia (which they should) and Russia beats Slovakia in regulation, both teams will probably go straight to the 1/4 finals. I'm cheering for a regulation win in Canada - Finland game, whoever wins.

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They were my prediction to win the west this year. Their team is so strong top to bottom. Them and Boston is the finals I predict and would actually love to see. Shattenkirk is a very good player as well. Didn't look to get too much ice time today (I could be wrong though), but he's a good guy to fall back on if needed to step up.

Blues vs Bruins is something I can get behind, and cheer on the Blues...I've been to St.Louis a handful of times; really nice folks, and great hockey fans (and unlike Chicago you can wear your Red Wings gear, and not be threatened)...If there's a franchise out there along with a fan base that deserves to have a shot at winning the Cup - I'm thinking the Blues would be at, or near the top of that list.

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They were my prediction to win the west this year. Their team is so strong top to bottom. Them and Boston is the finals I predict and would actually love to see. Shattenkirk is a very good player as well. Didn't look to get too much ice time today (I could be wrong though), but he's a good guy to fall back on if needed to step up.

They are a scary, scary team. No holes.

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Well, if US beats Slovenia (which they should) and Russia beats Slovakia in regulation, both teams will probably go straight to the 1/4 finals. I'm cheering for a regulation win in Canada - Finland game, whoever wins.

Looks like the only chance there is of a rematch of todays game is either an overtime game between Canada and Finland tomorrow or as a gold medal game.

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I'm sorry it took so long to get on here and talk to you guys, I was busy calling everybody I knew. How awesome was that shootout? T.J. Oshie hasf****** ice water in his veins. Him vs. the best that Russia had to offer and he stood tall...WITH A GRIN ON HIS FACE THE WHOLE TIME!!!! What a game. Team USA was picked on swagger, and so far swagger has delivered.

p.s. For the rest of eternity T.J. Oshie is aces in my book.

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I'm sorry it took so long to get on here and talk to you guys, I was busy calling everybody I knew. How awesome was that shootout? T.J. Oshie has f*cking ice water in his veins. Him vs. the best that Russia had to offer and he stood tall...WITH A GRIN ON HIS FACE THE WHOLE TIME!!!! What a game. Team USA was picked on swagger, and so far swagger has delivered.

p.s. For the rest of eternity T.J. Oshie is aces in my book.

I've calmed down some but I"m still on an adrenaline high, it was just a completely awesome game with a completely awesome ending. T.J. Sochie!

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I've calmed down some but I"m still on an adrenaline high, it was just a completely awesome game with a completely awesome ending. T.J. Sochie!

I want a framed picture of Oshie grinning before those shootout attempts. There is literally no situation in hockey where there's more pressure on an individual player. No shootouts in the NHL playoffs. This is as high stakes as it gets, and that kid had to shoot what 5, 6 times? And he did it with a smile on his face. That dude rules soooo much.

Kudos to quick for standing tall as well. I haven't even spoken about him yet. I absolutely love this hockey team.

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Just to be clear, what are the exact rules re: the shootout? Like, did Bylsma have to keep going to Oshie? Or does Bylsma just have a wicked sixth sense for these things? (See also: that time he said Jussi Jokinen was gonna score on the next play, and Jussi Jokinen scored on the next play. I also vaguely remember him saying something about Max Talbot prior to The Game That Shall Not Be Named.)

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Just to be clear, what are the exact rules re: the shootout? Like, did Bylsma have to keep going to Oshie? Or does Bylsma just have a wicked sixth sense for these things? (See also: that time he said Jussi Jokinen was gonna score on the next play, and Jussi Jokinen scored on the next play. I also vaguely remember him saying something about Max Talbot prior to The Game That Shall Not Be Named.)

The first 3 shooters must be different, after that anyone can shoot as many times as the coach wants.

O'Shie was hot, so Bylsma used him, and used him, and used him,...

Good coaching.

On an unrelated note, one of the refs today was American. The episode with the (correctly) disallowed goal proves that it is a bad idea to have a ref of the same nation as one of the teams playing. Appearance of a conflict of interest. Controversial decisions are bound to happen. It's tolerable in a round-robin game, but I hope it is not going to happen in elimination games.

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The first 3 shooters must be different, after that anyone can shoot as many times as the coach wants.

O'Shie was hot, so Bylsma used him, and used him, and used him,...

Good coaching.

On an unrelated note, one of the refs today was American. The episode with the (correctly) disallowed goal proves that it is a bad idea to have a ref of the same nation as one of the teams playing. Appearance of a conflict of interest. Controversial decisions are bound to happen. It's tolerable in a round-robin game, but I hope it is not going to happen in elimination games.

What "episode"? The net was dislodged, I was watching CANADIAN tv and even they said it was clearly not a goal under the rules. Should they have blown play dead as soon as it happened? Yeah, but then the goal wouldn't have happened...so you lose under both scenarios.

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