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- The Boston Bruins have given towering defenceman Zdeno Chara permission to leave the team early so that he can carry the Slovakian flag at the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies.
The ceremony takes place on Feb. 7, six days before Slovakia's first game in men's hockey and before the NHL breaks for the Games.
Boston will allow Chara to miss their final game before the Olympic break so that he can fly to Sochi early to take part in the ceremonies, Puck Daddy reports.
It marks the fourth time a hockey player has carried the Slovakian flag at the Games.Share this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- The Latvian men’s Olympic hockey team is facing a possible disqualification as a second player has reportedly failed a drug test.
The team surprised many in the tournament (and in Canada) by putting up a strong showing — mostly on the back of stellar goaltending — in their losing quarter-final bid. They placed 8th.
Last week, forward Vatalijs Pavlovs failed a drug test. Rules state that teams can be disqualified if more than one player tests positive for a banned substance.
The second player has not yet been named. The investigation is ongoing.
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- Teemu Selanne was named MVP of the men's Olympic hockey tournament.
Selanne led Finland to its second consecutive bronze medal, scoring six points in six tournament games (4G/2A), including two goals in the bronze medal win over USA.
Oddly, though, Phil Kessel was named best forward in the tournament, scoring eight points in six games, and Carey Price was named best goalie, even though Henrik Lundqvist was the goalie named to the all-star team.
Who do you think should have won tournament MVP?
Selanne was the right call
Someone else (share in comments)Share this Story×Google+posted by: julian_meiOpinion
- Canada is going home happy, but many of its rivals are not.
Russia- Hoping to win on home ice, Russia never looked in sync and lost to Finland in the quarterfinals.
USA- The Americans rolled through the preliminary round and looked destined to finally get by Canada in the semis, but Carey Price had other plans.
Slovakia- Almost a medal winner in Vancouver, the Slovaks finished 11th in Sochi.
Switzerland- Thought to be a dark-horse medal contender, Switzerland was eliminated by Latvia in the qualifying round.
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- Vancouver may have been more exciting for Canadian hockey fans, but Sochi was a far more dominant performance by the Canadian men's hockey team.
The team never trailed in the tournament and only allowed three goals against; ironically, shutting out Sweden and USA, but giving up goals to Norway and Latvia.
The team posted a +14 goal differential, played solid defensively the entire tournament and got spectacular goaltending throughout the Olympics too.
Which gold medal did you enjoy more?
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- The last two gold medalists will meet in the men's hockey final Sunday at 4am PT/7am ET when Canada takes on Sweden in the gold medal game.Sweden, the winner in '06, edged out Finland 2-1, while Carey Price's shutout got Canada past the U.S.Neither Canada or Sweden has lost a game this tournament.
Join us for our LIVE WEB COVERAGE of the Gold Medal Game!
Who do you want to see win the gold medal?
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- If you live in Vancouver and want to cheer on the men's hockey team as they attempt to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals at your local watering hole you'll have to find a different beverage of choice.
Vancouver bars will be permitted to stay open for the game, which will be played at 4am local time, but they can't serve beer.
"Twenty-four-hour liquor is problematic. We haven't permitted that in the past so we're not going to make that change now," Justice minister Suzanne Anton said.
Watching hockey without beer doesn't sound very Canadian.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- If Latvia's magical run in the men's ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Games had somehow led to a spot in the gold medal game they would have been without the services of forward Vitalijs Pavlovs because he failed a doping test.
The stimulant methylhexaneamine was found in his system after the IOC tested him following Latvia's loss to Canada.
Pavlovs is the fourth known Olympian to fail a drug test, following German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Italian bobsledder William Frullani, and Ukrainian cross-country skier Marina Lisogor.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- The goal for the U.S. men's hockey team was to win gold. They finished off the podium and American goalie Jonathan Quick wasn't happy about it.
"We're professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long. There's no reason we show up and not piss a drop," Quick said.
The U.S. lost the bronze medal game by a score 5-0 to Finland, but it wasn't all Quick's fault. The U.S. team came out lackadaisical, perhaps having checked out after losing 1-0 to Canada in the semis.
After scoring 20 goals in their first four games, the U.S went scoreless when it mattered.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- Round one of the North American hockey battle at the Sochi Olympics went to Canada after the women's team beat the U.S. in today's gold medal game. Next up is the men's semifinals game between Canada and the U.S.
In 2010, Canada beat the U.S. in overtime by a score of 3-2 to win the men's gold medal. The exact same result of today's women's game. Spooky.
While Canada and the U.S. men's teams aren't playing for gold this time around, the game has a gold medal feel to it.
Who do you think will win and advance to the men's gold medal game?Answer period expiredCanadaUSAShare this Story×Google+posted by: salvatorePredict
- In 2010, Canada beat the U.S. in overtime by a score of 3-2 to win the men's gold medal. The U.S. has looked more dominant this tournament than Canada, but the red and white are as talented as any team in the world.Share this Story×Google+posted by: JH822Info
- The weekend doesn't start until tomorrow, but in Canada and the U.S. it wouldn't be a surprise if hockey fans called in sick so they could watch the Canada-U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey semifinal game.
If you're trying to come up with a clever excuse to tell your boss why you won't be coming into work today NBC has you covered. Unofficial doctor and hockey announcer Michael "Doc" Emrick have a fake "doctor's note" you can use to sneak off to watch the game.
Are you a crazed hockey fan willing to do anything to watch the game today?
Yes, I'm willing to get fired.
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- Not only has Team Canada lost forward John Tavares for the rest of the Olympics, but his New York Islanders have lost their top player for the rest of the season.Reports indicate that Tavares tore his MCL in his left knee when he went awkwardly into the boards under a check during Canada's quarter-final win against the Latvians.With the NHL's future participation in the Olympics in doubt for several reasons (including injuries) does this incident give NHL owners more of a reason not to let their players attend future Games?
Yes - Enjoy this while it lasts
No - The NHL will keep comingShare this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganOpinion
- The Finnish men's hockey team, already facing several injuries to their top forwards, will be forced to play the Swedes today in the semi-final match without their star goalie Tuuka Rask.Rask will not dress due to illness, according to a tweet by the International Ice Hockey Federation just moments ago.That means that back-up net minder Kari Lehtonen will take over net duty in today's game. Anti Niemi will back-up Lehtonen.You can follow our live coverage of Sweden vs. Finland here. It starts at the top of the hour.Share this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- The Canadian women's hockey team needed overtime to win their fourth straight Olympic hockey medal. It looked grim at one point for Canada, who were down 2-0 with under four minutes to play.
A goal by Brianne Jenner cut the lead in half and then Marie-Philip Poulin shocked the Americans, scoring the tying goal with under a minute left and sending the game to overtime.
Poulin scored again on the powerplay in overtime to win the game 3-2 for Canada and become a Canadian hero. She also scored both goals in Canada's gold medal win at the Vancouver Games.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- Join us for live coverage of the women's gold medal hockey game pitting Canada versus the U.S.A. in a re-match of the 2010 gold medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. Canada won the gold four years ago, beating the U.S. 2-0.Share this Story×Google+posted by: JH822Info