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Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

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Pure domination by team USA! Can't wait for the next game! Hopefully Canada can fight hard and get past the powerhouse team Latvia. That way we can have the USA vs Canada matchup that most of us want to see. BRING IT ON!!!

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Pure domination by team USA! Can't wait for the next game! Hopefully Canada can fight hard and get past the powerhouse team Latvia. That way we can have the USA vs Canada matchup that most of us want to see. BRING IT ON!!!

The euro clash in other SF won't disappoint either :)

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I can't even watch this game, and every website I visit to get real time updates is either terrible (ESPN), incomplete (TSN), or timing out (everyone else). This is absolutely killing me. It's like they didn't have four years to prepare for these games or something.

http://stream.nbcolympics.com/hockey/winter/14621/

Working fine for me with only the occasional brief buffer.

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Disco Dan and Laviolette are probably laughing at Czech's coach for constantly sending Červenka-Plekanec-Jagr to match the Backes line up :lol:

Parise 4:1 another short side goal blew by Pavelec

The Czech coach has been incompetent every game I've watched. It's like all he does is stand there behind the bench and watch the players go.

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"One player on this roster nobody can reproach was the captain. Playing with a suspected injured knee, Pavel Datsyuk was easily the best player on his squad in this tournament, tying for the team scoring lead with six points (2-4) and a force on every shift. His linemates, KHL stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, also had strong tournaments."

"Most notably on this night, Datsyuk stood there and answered endless questions about his team's failure, in both Russian and English, polite and patient throughout in his Wednesday postgame presser -- unlike some of his young star teammates that bolted through the interview area as if they were late for a flight (Kovalchuk and Radulov among them)."

"Inside I feel absolutely empty," Datsyuk said through an interpreter.

"Disappointed we lost with home advantage and we can't score today. Hard to win if you're not scoring."

Both on and off the ice, Datsyuk made Russia proud, and that shouldn't be forgotten in the rubble of this collapse.

And leave it to another classy veteran to put it in perspective. Finnish legend Selanne openly felt bad for the host team's nightmare end.

"I feel sorry for Ovi and the rest of the Russians, because they had a dream to win the gold medal here in front of the home crowd," said Selanne, who scored the game-winner in the opening period.

"But in hockey you never know. That's why it's so exciting because you never know what's going to happen. Tonight was a good example of that."

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The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?

Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

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The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?

Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

Absolutely but they're not alone. I would say so do the Czechs and Slovaks. Laco over Halak...Nedved and others over Hudler, Hejda, Vrbata...

Russia just seems to be so focused on some grand big scheme and forgot to complete step #1.

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From the link above...

The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?

Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

Ovechkin plays in the KHL?

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Don't fool yourself.The KHL is full of very good and somehow unknown players.That's why you have Latvia and Finland where they are.

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From the link above...

The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?

Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

Sorry, but that analysis is utter BS. Medvedev played over Nikulin (KHL), Nikitin (NHL), and Belov (AHL mostly). He was one of the better D-men for Russia. Not great, but then noone on our blue line was even above average. On the 3 Finnish goals today: 1st, Nikitin, NHL Dman got beat like a schoolchild; 2nd, Voynov had a puck bounce over his stick, and didn't have enough speed to recover, so he lost the puck to Garnlund, but his D-partner, the most titled of the Russian D, Markov fell down and left Selanne wide open; what happened to play the pass, not the man on the 2-1???;

3rd PP goal for Finland - Tyutin, our supposedly 2-3rd best D, got blocked out by Granlund and had a best seat watching him score. This was not KHL-NHL problem. Our only effective forward line was Kovy-Datsyuk-Radulov, KHL(sorta)-NHL-KHL. OV-Malkin-Semin didn't work at all, in spite of Malkin's efforts, so coach broke them up, putting Popov on that line so at least somebody would chase the puck and backcheck. As a result, 3rd line of Semin-Anisimov-Kulemin got at least some shots. Perhaps Tarasenko, Nichushkin, Tikhonov with Tereshchenko centering might have gotten some more time, but they weren't standout either.

IMO, the major problems were Ovechkin never finding a place, being unable to change his game from stand-wait-shoot approach. Use your GD speed Alex...

The constant attempts of our D to find forward with a long stretch pass at other blue line drove me bats***. That never works.

Our PP wasn.t working. If they scored on just 15% of the PP opportunities, they'd be in the semis now.

Other than that, they did just about what i expected. The players we had were the best of a short list, so all the KHL-NHL talk is uniformed. Who was left at home that was better than the ones on the ice for Russia?

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I would easily be happier about a Latvian upset than a Swedish gold. Would be so hilarious.

Not going to happen though. I predict a minimum of 4 Canadian goals in the 3rd period.

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From the link above...

The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?

Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

It makes me so sad for players like Pav who so desperately wanted to win gold for their country in front of a hometown crowd, when the powers that be couldn't set aside their pride and KHL pushing agenda long enough to give the coaching staff control of the team in order to make a run. So shortsighted.

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Serious guys I'd take Medvedev and Nikulin over Quincey and Kindl without thinking twice :ninja:


Weber's gonna kill someone once with his rocket shot

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If Canada loses this I am corking up the champagne :lol:

Not me. When Sweden wins gold I want it to be because they've beaten the best teams.

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Not me. When Sweden wins gold I want it to be because they've beaten the best team

It will be because they beat the best team. US has this game in the bag pretty much. :ninja:

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Not me. When Sweden wins gold I want it to be because they've beaten the best teams.

I'll gladly celebrate a swedish gold won against Latvia in the finals.

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