February 26, 2010

Who's Up For More Hockey? Canada v. Slovakia
— DrewM

Snowy night in the northeast and not much news, so Canada-Slovakia for the right to play the US in the Olympic game. 9:35 eastern on CNBC.

Canada just had it's heartbroken when their womens curling team failed to close the deal (twice!) against the snowbacks from Sweden. Can it happen again? Mike Milbury says they have a chance, however small, which is funny since he's not exactly a fan of euro-hockey. Jeremy Roenick on the other hand say no way, no how.

FWIW- I'm in the JR camp.

Slovakia's kind of thin beyond Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra, Marian Hossa, and Zedeno Chara

Oh, if you don't like hockey, congrats. The ONT should be along any minute now for your enjoyment.

One other hockey note...turns out Sean Avery is on Twitter, what could go wrong? So is Marian Gabarik and Brendan Shanahan.

Here's tmi3rd's breakdown of tonight's game...

On the other side, Slovakia got past Sweden with superior team speed. Sweden was consistently scoring three goals a game, but an aging Swedish defense just couldn't quite contain Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra in particular. Jaroslav Halak has been very solid in net, and the Slovakian defense have some serious size on defense.

They will face Canada at 9:30 Eastern. Presumably, it'll be on one of the NBC cable networks.

Canada came out of the gate with their hair on fire, and quite cheerfully ran the Russians out of the barn in the first period. The game plan clearly indicated that they would hit Alexander Ovechkin back first, and the Russians came out flatter than a board. They were unprepared for the Canadian intensity (difficult to understand) and Evgeni Nabokov picked this game to utterly disintegrate. Three or four goals were completely stoppable by Nabokov, and the majority of Canadian goals came off of face-palmingly bad errors by the Russian defense.

It was said before the tournament that the Russian Achilles' heel would be their blueline, and this was borne out against Canada. It is also worth noting that their first line didn't backcheck for anything... the Russians didn't make a goaltending change until being down 6-1. With 9:58 gone in the second period, the score was 7-2.

Roberto Luongo had a few very nice saves, and did not make the kind of puckhandling mistakes that Martin Brodeur made against the US. He was beaten twice over the glove- surprising from a butterfly goaltender, and particularly on Maxim Afinogenov's goal in the second period. Long-distance shots through traffic beat Luongo in this game- worth noting for the future.

Can Slovakia beat Canada? It's unlikely but totally possible. Certainly, if Canada comes out with the same level of desperate intensity that they did against Russia, they're the best in the world. But don't lose sight of the fact that Slovakia's got huge defensemen who can clear traffic out, a goaltender who can steal the game for you, and a whole lot of scoring punch and speed. The Slovaks will need to make Canadian forwards pay a price every time they cross the blue line, and punish the Canadian defense (who have shown vulnerability) every time they touch the puck. And, of course, Halak will have to steal the game for the Slovaks.

For Canada, they're going to have to blunt the speedy Slovak attack at the blue line. Slovakia can score off the rush, or set Marian Gaborik up to snipe away. Their defense was much more part of the rush against Russia, and that worked well for them. It would be a disaster for Canada, however, if the defensemen pinch and aren't properly covered on the backline... the Slovak speed would be fatal.

The only prediction you'll get out of me is a Canadian win over Slovakia

Posted by: DrewM at 04:25 PM | Comments (231)
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1


USA vs. Canada on Sunday maybe. Other than that, no, I'm not up for it.

ONT Meat, c'mon we're dyin here.

Posted by: Blazer at February 26, 2010 04:29 PM (t72+4)

2 Good night, morons. 

Posted by: Jane D'oh, cold, cranky and unafraid at February 26, 2010 04:30 PM (UOM48)

3 Isn't the national anthem O Canda?

Posted by: RushBabe at February 26, 2010 04:30 PM (LKkE8)

4 game thread on!

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 04:31 PM (xtR+a)

5 Which NBC channel is this on?  I'm getting women's speed skating on NBC network.

Posted by: Tami at February 26, 2010 04:32 PM (VuLos)

6 I just found it on CNBC.  Weird.

Posted by: Tami at February 26, 2010 04:35 PM (VuLos)

7 So we can get this in before the Canada-USA hate really begins...

I would much prefer to see this than some meaningless All-Star game... this has been the best of the best playing the best of the best at the best level imaginable. I haven't had this much fun watching hockey since the '96 World Cup. Even the last World Cup wasn't this good.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 04:35 PM (u+G1L)

8 Anyone have a live stream link to the game?

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 04:37 PM (tgXx6)

9 CTV carries it

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:37 PM (I7mrm)

10 Anybody catch the Olympic recap on MSNBC this afternoon? The network of choice for sophisticated liberals had a telephone interview with Ryan Miller. Miller apparently developed a pronounced Noo Yawk accent sometime during these games. Oh, and he finished the interview by guaranteeing a gold medal win over Canada.

Hook, line, sinker.

I expected to hear "Ba-ba-booie" at the end.

Posted by: schizuki at February 26, 2010 04:39 PM (KvdPX)

11 If you need another place to look for it, try justin.tv

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 04:39 PM (u+G1L)

12 I have been trying to post link but sais long string not allowed

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:39 PM (I7mrm)

13 Best part of the Olympic break? It's almost long enough to make me forget that Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival play for the Rangers.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 04:39 PM (9B5OK)

14 ctv wont fucking work..whatever ctv is.

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 04:40 PM (tgXx6)

15 bverwey, go to tinyurl.com and do it that way... the software here can be a little cantankerous.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 04:41 PM (u+G1L)

16 CTV.ca

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:41 PM (I7mrm)

17 I love hockey.

Posted by: Andi 'Tonsil Hockey' Sullivan at February 26, 2010 04:42 PM (1fanL)

18

Speaking of Hockey and MSNBC, remember during the election when Sarah Palin got punked by a radio jock impersonating Sarkozy? Everyone on MSNBC went on about how dumb Palin was including Willie Geist for falling for it?

Well Willie Geist got punked by someone impersonating the American Golie. The impersonater was being a real condesending prick, guaranteeing a US Gold Medal and ripping the Canadian Team. The real Golie had to call in and say hey, that wasn't me you were talking to.

Don't forget to email Willie.

Posted by: robtr at February 26, 2010 04:43 PM (fwSHf)

19 Best part of the Olympic break? It's almost long enough to make me forget that Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival play for the Rangers.

Rangers??? Never heard of them.

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at February 26, 2010 04:44 PM (xtR+a)

20 http://tinyurl.com/yf4gefc

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:44 PM (I7mrm)

21 Man. Ohno's Dad speaks like a Jap POW.

Posted by: 48%er at February 26, 2010 04:44 PM (gxpfq)

22 Die, Olympics, die!  *ducks pucks and beer bottles, laughing!*

Posted by: Jane D'oh, cold, cranky and unafraid at February 26, 2010 04:45 PM (UOM48)

23 logprof, I saw it live. I don't sorry.

Posted by: robtr at February 26, 2010 04:46 PM (fwSHf)

24 Come on, Jane. We know you had to settle for Bronze at Torino.

Posted by: 48%er at February 26, 2010 04:46 PM (gxpfq)

25 Cant get link to work, dammit

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 04:47 PM (tgXx6)

26 Don't forget Hossa. And Satan. You gotta love a team that has Satan on the roster.

Posted by: TonyRezko at February 26, 2010 04:48 PM (fL5Vp)

27 http://preview.tinyurl.com/yf4gefc

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:48 PM (I7mrm)

28 Miller called in, in the middle of hardball and they interupted hardball to let Miller say it wasn't him. Geist took the fake interview before that on MSNBC post game.

Posted by: robtr at February 26, 2010 04:48 PM (fwSHf)

29 Cant get link to work, dammit

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 09:47 PM (tgXx6)

Try typing in out here but as words.  Like, Ace of spades dot com. 

Posted by: Tami at February 26, 2010 04:48 PM (VuLos)

30 Oy, Sean Avery. What he said about hockey players & women was correct, but he should have been more careful. Certainly didn't help my Dallas Stars any. Anyhoo, Go Canada!

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at February 26, 2010 04:49 PM (sZ+lP)

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:50 PM (I7mrm)

32 I think you have to be a Canadian to watch on ctv.ca..lol

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 04:51 PM (tgXx6)

33 thornton is the biggest jerkoff in hockey

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 04:52 PM (WSEof)

34 Sorry beerologist.  I misunderstood what you were talking about.  Thought you were trying to post a link that wouldn't post.  Nevermind...

Posted by: Tami at February 26, 2010 04:53 PM (VuLos)

35 41 I think you have to be a Canadian to watch on ctv.ca..lol
 I get that when trying American sites as well sometimes.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:53 PM (I7mrm)

36 1-0 Canada

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:53 PM (I7mrm)

37 Shea Weber demonstrates why he's on this team yet again...

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 04:54 PM (u+G1L)

38 Canada scores

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 04:54 PM (awtW3)

39 Nice tip.

Canada 1-0

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 04:54 PM (9B5OK)

40 Who is the dude painted on Halak's mask?

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 04:55 PM (9B5OK)

41

That's a good goal...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 04:55 PM (vjkqP)

42 C'est la but!!!!!

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 04:56 PM (udVuV)

43 Going to the cameras upstairs...tipped puck up on high stick....goal stands

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:56 PM (I7mrm)

44 Wasn't even close to being above the crossbar.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 04:57 PM (9B5OK)

45

Weber's shot is a thing of beauty.

Guy's got a - What's Canadian for Howitzer?

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 04:58 PM (vjkqP)

46 It's a great day for hockey--and yesterday was too, even if the USA lost.

Posted by: MM at February 26, 2010 04:58 PM (JyNpR)

47 Evening, folks.

Curling took too much out of Liz, she's passed out on the couch, but I'm here for a few before a shower and a sprawl on the bed to read.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 04:59 PM (QjuDE)

48

I didnt know the goalie til 6min left..obviously luongo, but.

i'm on a channel with slovak announcers, but so what

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 04:59 PM (WSEof)

49 2-0 Canada

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 04:59 PM (I7mrm)

50

Guy's got a - What's Canadian for Howitzer?

Posted by: garrett

Nerf

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 04:59 PM (QjuDE)

51 C'est la but!!!! 

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (udVuV)

52 Garrett-
I believe the term is howitzer, eh?

And there goes Pronger... looks like Morrow got it.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (u+G1L)

53 2-0

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (awtW3)

54 That's going to be a problem if they can't get it back before the 2nd...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (vjkqP)

55 yayyy!!  2zip

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (WSEof)

56

GOOOoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!

wrong sport

2-zip

Posted by: ncj at February 26, 2010 05:00 PM (GKkkn)

57 Who is the dude painted on Halak's mask?

Found this...

Jaroslav Halak has two faces painted on his goalie mask.

One is of Vladimir Dzurzilla, the beloved Slovak goaltender for the Czechoslovakian national team, famous for shutting out a powerhouse Team Canada 1-0 at the first Canada Cup in 1976.

The other is of Juraj Janosik, an 18th century Slovakian version of Robin Hood, who robbed the rich and shared the loot with the downtrodden.

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 05:02 PM (xtR+a)

58 64 And there goes Pronger... looks like Morrow got it.

Morrow as in Brendan? *swoons*

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at February 26, 2010 05:02 PM (sZ+lP)

59 2-0 Canada.  God.  Dammit.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at February 26, 2010 05:03 PM (zgZzy)

60 Why does Eddie O. think Satan is suddenly going to be a grind it out in the corner kind of guy?

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:04 PM (9B5OK)

61 The barbed stick of Satan is not working yet.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:05 PM (udVuV)

62 Goal: Morrow (2)
Assists: Pronger, Getzlaf

15:17

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:05 PM (u+G1L)

63 Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 10:02 PM (xtR+a)

Thanks

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:05 PM (9B5OK)

64 Period 1 over at 2_1 Canada

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:07 PM (I7mrm)

65

You guys playin' cards?

/Flounder

Posted by: rdbrewer at February 26, 2010 05:07 PM (LsIqi)

66 Can't wait for the gold game on Sunday.

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 05:07 PM (tgXx6)

67 @75 - God hates me.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at February 26, 2010 05:08 PM (zgZzy)

68 That got your attention right? 2-0 Canada end if the first.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:08 PM (I7mrm)

69 About as advertised.... Slovakia's speed has been blunted at the Canadian blue line, and the goals have come off of shots from the point and resultant deflections.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:08 PM (u+G1L)

70 The Slovak's defense is playing much better compared to the Russian defense.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:08 PM (udVuV)

71

79 Can't wait for the gold game on Sunday.

That's silver game isn't it?

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (I7mrm)

72 I call the BANHAMMER forth!

By the power of HOBOS!!!!!

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (QjuDE)

73 86

79 Can't wait for the gold game on Sunday.

That's silver game isn't it?



For the Canadians

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (tgXx6)

74 How many nations play hockey? Five?

Posted by: Mike at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (gGy1d)

75

If I am Slovakia, I'll take that and press hard for a goal in the first 5-7 min of period 2.

If they can gain ground and give Halak some Hope, they'll be in OK shape.

Watch Demitra, and Gaborick.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (vjkqP)

76

That's silver game isn't it?

Posted by: bverwey

Silver is tomorrow

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:10 PM (QjuDE)

77 thornton is the biggest jerkoff in hockey

Obviously you've never seen me play.

Posted by: Mike Ribeiro at February 26, 2010 05:12 PM (xwoLE)

78 Why do dudes from Quebec always sound soo ghey?

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 05:14 PM (tgXx6)

79 Zip, zero, zilch with scoring chances for the Slovaks. A lot like the Russians. Gotta get through somehow, and make Luongo work.

With team USA having a cakewalk today, it'd be nice to face a Canadian squad coming off a grinding game, playing for the gold.

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 05:15 PM (xtR+a)

80
94 Why do dudes from Quebec always sound soo ghey?
 It's the accent.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:16 PM (I7mrm)

81 96
94 Why do dudes from Quebec always sound soo ghey?
 It's the accent.


Yeeeaaahh...riiigghht

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 05:17 PM (tgXx6)

82 bverwey, where in Canada do you live?

Posted by: beerologist at February 26, 2010 05:18 PM (tgXx6)

83 Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:19 PM (I7mrm)

84 Great, Canadian Match.com...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:20 PM (vjkqP)

85 get a room, Hosers!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:21 PM (vjkqP)

86

Go Slovakia!

Tan Those Beaver!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:21 PM (vjkqP)

87 Game on!

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:22 PM (udVuV)

88 Niedermeyer fucks little boys!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:22 PM (vjkqP)

89 garrett likes tight undies

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:23 PM (I7mrm)

90 garrett likes tight undies Posted by: bverwey

Those tight little boy shorts?

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:24 PM (QjuDE)

91 oh oh penalty to Canada

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:24 PM (I7mrm)

92

Power Play!

 

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:25 PM (vjkqP)

93 Defense blocking shots, nice.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:26 PM (udVuV)

94

Those tight little boy shorts?

I love those things!

No defense for those on a lady.

None.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:26 PM (vjkqP)

95 Dear God, please let one of the greatest rivalries in hockey take a break tonight and let Chara of the Bruins pass to Gaborik of the Rangers for a score.

Just for tonight.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:26 PM (QjuDE)

96

I love those things!

No defense for those on a lady.

None.

Posted by: garrett

Yeah, those shorts are evil because of the things it does to my libido....

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:27 PM (QjuDE)

97

Slovaks need to throw that third forward at the net while cycling the forward that gains the zone.

They are playing a prevent type O.  It won't cut it.  They need to pour the pressure on in a timely manner.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:28 PM (vjkqP)

98 14:16 and the penalty is over

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:29 PM (I7mrm)

99

i wish the olympics had fighting..in all competition

more like the roman coliseums

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 05:30 PM (WSEof)

100 Demitra looks like he's a half step slower tonight than he's been all tourney.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:31 PM (vjkqP)

101 Before I forget- Canada's Cheryl Bernard is one beautiful woman (Canadian women's curling captain).

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:31 PM (u+G1L)

102 GAH!

Chara....

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:32 PM (QjuDE)

103 Chara got a little to aggressive.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:32 PM (udVuV)

104 Cheap Call.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:32 PM (vjkqP)

105 Before I forget- Canada's Cheryl Bernard is one beautiful woman (Canadian women's curling captain).
Posted by: tmi3rd

The skip?

If so, she's one hot cougar

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:32 PM (QjuDE)

106 Canadian power play

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:32 PM (I7mrm)

107 That was a bullshit call. Chara's elbows weren't up.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:33 PM (u+G1L)

108 Before I forget- Canada's Cheryl Bernard is one beautiful woman (Canadian women's curling captain).

Not a good finish tonight though... Canada looked like it had gold wrapped up if she coulda made her final shot.

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 05:33 PM (xtR+a)

109 That was a bullshit call. Chara's elbows weren't up.
Posted by: tmi3rd

Chara with his arms at his sides hits most people in the head...

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:33 PM (QjuDE)

110 Precisely my point, Mortis.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:34 PM (u+G1L)

111 Precisely my point, Mortis.
Posted by: tmi3rd

I call him 'Lurch' here at home.

Don't tell him.

Please.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:35 PM (QjuDE)

112 Lot's of eye candy north of the 49th

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:36 PM (I7mrm)

113 The captain of the Russian Wimmens Curling Team was teh Hawt!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:37 PM (vjkqP)

114 Where's Doc Emrick?

As for the color commentator, I'd rather have Joe Micheletti than Eddie O.

This is like the worst possible combination.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:38 PM (9B5OK)

115 Lots of eye candy on the Canadian team

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:39 PM (tgXx6)

116 Eddie and Doc need to be together.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:39 PM (vjkqP)

117 Drew where ar you watching?

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:39 PM (I7mrm)

118 Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 10:39 PM (I7mrm)

CNBC in the US.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:40 PM (9B5OK)

119 Nice save for Jaroslav Halák

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:41 PM (udVuV)

120 Garrett, one of the Canadian women has the same last name as me... it was really weird to hear Emrick call my name out periodically. I kind of wanted her to score one so I could hear him say it.

Then all I'd need is for Gary Thorne to make a similar call and life would be good.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:41 PM (u+G1L)

121

Lots.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:41 PM (vjkqP)

122

132 Lots of eye candy on the Canadian team
 What team specifically?

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:41 PM (I7mrm)

123 If the US doesn't win the gold JR is going down to the Olympic village and trashing the dorms again!!

Posted by: Masshole at February 26, 2010 05:42 PM (hjyb5)

124 That wimmens final was a good game.  Too bad they don't hit.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:42 PM (vjkqP)

125 i say no one builds blonds like the swedes&california

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 05:44 PM (WSEof)

126

 What team specifically?

Check the Hash.

 

 

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:44 PM (vjkqP)

127 JR is going down to the Olympic village and trashing the dorms again!!

Heh.

Here's my dream...Milbury asks JR about that, then JR asks him how trading Chara for Yashin worked out. Then they get into a fist fight right on the set and knock Bill Patrick off the stage.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:45 PM (9B5OK)

128

i say no one builds blonds like the swedes&california

What takes money with those, can be had with toilet paper in Russia!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:46 PM (vjkqP)

129 Bverwey, there are some pretty attractive Canadian hockey players... as well as some shaved-sides-of-the-head, heavy-boot-wearing... well, you get the gist.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:46 PM (u+G1L)

130 Canada looked like it had gold wrapped up if she coulda made her final shot.

She had two opportunities, too - in the 10th and the 11th.

Disappointing.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 05:46 PM (xwoLE)

131

144

Hey just curious is all.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:47 PM (I7mrm)

132 Holding the stick, that's a no no.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:48 PM (udVuV)

133 3-0! Woot!

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 05:49 PM (xwoLE)

134

3-0

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:49 PM (I7mrm)

135 USA-Canada...should be fun.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 05:49 PM (9B5OK)

136 Getzlaf, C'est la but!

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:49 PM (udVuV)

137

just curious is all.

I know, most Canadian men are.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 05:49 PM (vjkqP)

138 Lou!!!!!!!!

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 05:51 PM (udVuV)

139 That was pathetic. If they'd scored there I would have given them a chance.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 05:51 PM (QjuDE)

140

150 Yeah, French Canadian babes are among the hottest in the world, but 90% of them have insane politics.

It's the accent again I am affraid and yes their politics are socialist for the most part.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:51 PM (I7mrm)

141 That should wrap it up. Slavakia was carrying the play in this period up to the Zednik penalty. Nice save by Bobby Lou on Palffy... I'd think you want to go high glove on Luongo, though.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:51 PM (u+G1L)

142

3zip

yaaaay.

and then the slovaks hit the post

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 05:52 PM (WSEof)

143 Canadians bodychecking each other. Smart.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 05:52 PM (xwoLE)

144 Lets see...

If it takes the Canadians almost 2 periods to score 3 goals, and it takes us 1 to score 6, then we should be golden for Sunday. heh

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 05:54 PM (xtR+a)

145 End of the second 3-0

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:54 PM (I7mrm)

146 166 Lets see...
 It's a different team and thus different mind game dynamics.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 05:56 PM (I7mrm)

147 Little evil, it'd be a shock indeed for things to be that easy against Canada. This should be a monster game on Sunday.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 05:58 PM (u+G1L)

148 if the slovaks want in then Chara should kill someone, playing for Canada he would be expected

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 06:00 PM (WSEof)

149 168 166 Lets see...
 It's a different team and thus different mind game dynamics.

No, no, I know, I know (prolly shoulda thrown a sarc / in front of the heh).

I have no delusions that the Canadian goaltenders/defense are gonna play as disastrously as the Finns did earlier.

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 06:00 PM (xtR+a)

150 Hmmm, kid from Aneroid, Saskatchewan (population 45), a kid from Carlyle (population 1260), Saskatchewan, and a kid from Regina, Saskatchewan make it in the big show and score the goals.  Must be something in the water.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:04 PM (udVuV)

151

3-0 is the worst lead in Hockey...ask anyone.

Looks to be a N.American party.  Only 20 min. left.

Hope the Beaver don't choke it...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:04 PM (vjkqP)

152 3-0 is the worst lead in Hockey...ask anyone.

Really? I always thought it was the 2 goal lead...far enough in front to get comfortable but too close that one goal changes everything.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 06:06 PM (9B5OK)

153 Some of the coolest things about playing college hockey happened off-ice... namely, being introduced to folks from Alberta and Saskatchewan who shared a lot of common beliefs with us Morons and who also helped me improve my game as much as they did. I'm glad that hockey's international title will reside in North America.

That said, I wish Canada great success on Sunday in its quest for silver.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:07 PM (u+G1L)

154 Bruins lost like 12 straight.

A lot of those games they went up 2-0...

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:07 PM (QjuDE)

155 Oh man, Liz is doing the groan thing as she moves.

Muscles are stretching and it's killing.

I almost feel bad knocking her up.

But I feel WICKED bad she's hurting.

I may have to smother her.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:08 PM (QjuDE)

156 176 I have a good feeling, but I know these Slovaks can score quickly if need be.

Drawing a power play or two would be nice.

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 06:09 PM (xtR+a)

157 3-0 is the worst lead in Hockey...ask anyone.

Don Cherry sez he always hated 2-0 leads the most.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 06:10 PM (xwoLE)

158 As a player, I always hated 2-0 the most... one breakdown made it a one-goal game. At 3-0, the other guys seemed to see it as a hell of a mountain to climb.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:11 PM (u+G1L)

159

173 Hmmm, kid from Aneroid, Saskatchewan (population 45), a kid from Carlyle (population 1260), Saskatchewan, and a kid from Regina, Saskatchewan make it in the big show and score the goals.  Must be something in the water.

No it's all those thousands of bark yard rinks and nothing else to due during the foucking winters other than curl.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:12 PM (I7mrm)

160

I was always taught it was 3-0.

Relaxed, confident when one goes in and panic when it's down to a single goal lead. 

I always thought it had most to do with the goalies head.  In any game.  Goalie loses his edge and it all goes to shit.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:13 PM (vjkqP)

161 Something that came up today- I'll be pulling for Slovakia tomorrow in their bronze medal game. According to Peter Bondra (former Washington Capitals great and Slovak GM), the developmental organization for hockey in Slovakia is horribly corrupt and is pocketing money rather than developing young players. Chara, Demitra, and Gaborik seem to think that this may be the last hurrah for Slovakian hockey in this generation.

That's a damn shame.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:15 PM (u+G1L)

162

If you have a hot goalie and half a team you have it amde in the shade.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:15 PM (I7mrm)

163 Shut up, garrett. I've heard it from my coaches already.

Posted by: Mikka Kiprusoff at February 26, 2010 06:16 PM (u+G1L)

164 Yes bverway, with the sloughs and dug-outs frozen for six months of the year, it does have it's advantages.  But you make that sound like a bad thing.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:16 PM (udVuV)

165

188 Yes bverway, with the sloughs and dug-outs frozen for six months of the year, it does have it's advantages.  But you make that sound like a bad thing.

Not at all in fact it is what makes Canada the greatest.....seasons...each with their own lure.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:20 PM (I7mrm)

166

190 The fat lady is warming up. . . .

What is she wearing...I need to know

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:22 PM (I7mrm)

167 Speaking of fat ladies I noticed and empty first row seat at the last WH briefing I watched.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:24 PM (I7mrm)

168 3-1

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:26 PM (I7mrm)

169 Hold the phone- this could get interesting.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:26 PM (u+G1L)

170 Slovakia!!!!

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:26 PM (QjuDE)

171 Shut out broken, come on defense.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:27 PM (udVuV)

172

lou allows a soft one,,

probly fell asleep

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 06:28 PM (WSEof)

173 I don't know but I feel that the "morons" are pulling for Slovakia.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:29 PM (I7mrm)

174 Damn Souvlakians. Go back to making your tasty lamb skewers.

Posted by: Confused Hockey Fan at February 26, 2010 06:30 PM (xwoLE)

175 That goal has lighted a fire under the Canadian's asses.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:30 PM (udVuV)

176

202

Pure Seinfeld.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (I7mrm)

177 Nice check Mr. Weber.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (udVuV)

178 Oh Oh 3-2

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (I7mrm)

179 I don't know but I feel that the "morons" are pulling for Slovakia. Posted by: bverwey

Two of my Bruins play for the Slovaks

SCORE SLOVAKIA!!!!!

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (QjuDE)

180 Crap, Slovak goal.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (udVuV)

181 Canadians run into each other again, Slovaks score.

Faaack.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 06:32 PM (xwoLE)

182

how awesome is weber?

and now it's 3-2

Posted by: ron dorque at February 26, 2010 06:33 PM (WSEof)

183 That was high glove...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:33 PM (vjkqP)

184 And here we go. Silence in GM Place and Michal Handzus from Richard Zednik.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:33 PM (u+G1L)

185 It's a Cinderella story now, lol

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:34 PM (QjuDE)

186 What just happened???

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 06:36 PM (awtW3)

187 Slovakia remembered they have balls, Blend.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:36 PM (QjuDE)

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:36 PM (vjkqP)

189 >>That wimmens final was a good game. Too bad they don't hit. It's no-check hockey, not non-contact hockey. When you can't take the body, good skating is emphasized more. MM [refereed women's college hockey]

Posted by: MM at February 26, 2010 06:37 PM (JyNpR)

190 Lou!!!!

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:37 PM (udVuV)

191 Fouck they are getting off their game...fingers crossed

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:38 PM (I7mrm)

192 Slovakia is getting close, but I think time may expire on them.

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 06:38 PM (awtW3)

193 I Want OT! I Want OT! Overtime! Overtime!

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 06:39 PM (awtW3)

194 that's it, rooting for slovakia....had just about enough of Canada and their cheating speed skaters.

Posted by: curious at February 26, 2010 06:39 PM (p302b)

195 that's it, rooting for slovakia....had just about enough of Canada and their cheating speed skaters.
Posted by: curious

Saw something about this on Twitter, but don't know crap about it.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:40 PM (QjuDE)

196 Pulling the goalie

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:40 PM (udVuV)

197 NO!!!!!

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:41 PM (QjuDE)

198 Wow.

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at February 26, 2010 06:41 PM (a9UO0)

199 AWWWWW they almost tied it

Posted by: little evil at February 26, 2010 06:41 PM (xtR+a)

200 How did Demtria miss that?

Damn.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 06:41 PM (9B5OK)

201 Well, a win, but a sucky one.

That collapse in the last five-ten minutes is a terrible way to go into the gold medal game.

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (xwoLE)

202 Not sure how Demitra missed that one at the end. Gonna be good on Sunday.

Posted by: tmi3rd at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (u+G1L)

203 Wow, what a final minute.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (udVuV)

204 Goal post at 7 seconds for Slovakia ....but 3_2 final

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (I7mrm)

205 in the gold medal round are there only going to be canadian referees so that canada wins?  Just like in speed skating?

Posted by: curious at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (p302b)

206 Bummer, but a great ending

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (QjuDE)

207 Whew. Canada squeaks by.

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 06:42 PM (awtW3)

208 Yeah, Canadians are going.... 'Fuck, we got lucky...'

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:43 PM (QjuDE)

209 Slovaks got some class, you got to admit

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:43 PM (QjuDE)

210 I was hoping for OT to wear down Canada. Oh well, we're #2! We're #2! USA USA

Posted by: BlendXD at February 26, 2010 06:44 PM (awtW3)

211 It'll be interesting to see how Luongo does with those big American forwards in his face all game long.


Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 06:44 PM (9B5OK)

212

Slovakia played Possum for like 46 minutes!

Demitra could have forced overtime twice, maybe three times...if they had Ganorik in there???

At least I called the 2 goals and the 6 on 5 ending...

Sunday, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!!

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:45 PM (vjkqP)

213

It'll be interesting to see how Luongo does with those big American forwards in his face all game long.

I don't know that there won't be a little Goalie controversy tomorrow????

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:46 PM (vjkqP)

214

241 I just want  another kick-ass game Sunday!

That's what I am thinking.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:46 PM (I7mrm)

215 It'll be interesting to see how Luongo does with those big American forwards in his face all game long.

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at February 26, 2010 06:46 PM (a9UO0)

216

I just want  another kick-ass game Sunday!

That will be a given.

I just hate that so many of my Blackhawks are going to be draining their tanks this early iun the NHL season...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:47 PM (vjkqP)

217 Canada USA final Sunday.  Let the trash talking begin.

On the sports talk radio today, they reported that scalpers in Vancouver were buying tickets for Sunday's game for $2000 each in anticipation of a Canada win.  I could see them making a 200% profit because hockey fans in Canada are nuts.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 06:48 PM (udVuV)

218 No way Brodeur is starting Sunday.

Luongo for sure.


Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:48 PM (QjuDE)

219 You guys really think they are going to back to Marty? No way, he lost his gig because of his play against the US.

Babcock should have gone to Flury but now he's riding Luongo into Sunday.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 06:48 PM (9B5OK)

220

That was tighter than I wanted.

That's what she said!

Not sure how Demitra missed that one at the end.

Demitra hit that hole like Michael in Mi.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:50 PM (vjkqP)

221 Bruins still have two players in it.

Thomas for the US, Bergeron for the Canucks.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:50 PM (QjuDE)

222

I think Lou will start, but I think the Press in Canada will be all over the map on it for the next 36 hrs.

This bodes well for the US team.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:51 PM (vjkqP)

223 248

I just want  another kick-ass game Sunday!

That will be a given.

I just hate that so many of my Blackhawks are going to be draining their tanks this early iun the NHL season...

Garrett I am a life long Leaf fan.....couldn't care less if your guys burn themselves out in the Olympics. As a life long Leaf fan I know disappointment.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:51 PM (I7mrm)

224 Should have put a / sarc on my last comment . My guess is that Marty get's the Tonya Harding treatment in his hotel room tonite .......

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at February 26, 2010 06:52 PM (a9UO0)

225 First goal is going to be big on Sunday.

Canada has to be a little tight coming out with the pressure and that 3rd period. Get the first goal against them and the US might be able to put them away.

The US hasn't trailed all tourney. If Canada scores first, the building will go nuts and the US will have to make a come back.

Man, I hope this is a good one.

Posted by: DrewM. at February 26, 2010 06:53 PM (9B5OK)

226 Lifelong Hawks fan.  I know only pain...

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:54 PM (vjkqP)

227 Okay, boys and girls, I'm off for a shower and bed w/book.

Have a great night, see you tomorrow for the Bronze.

Posted by: Mortis at February 26, 2010 06:55 PM (QjuDE)

228

US - 

 'D' is still Solid and contributing on Offense.

Kane, Kessler, and Stastny got going today.

Miller still has his Olympic Hymen intact.

...looking good.

Posted by: garrett at February 26, 2010 06:57 PM (vjkqP)

229

257

Good thoughts Drew, a hockey mindset you have.

Posted by: bverwey at February 26, 2010 06:58 PM (I7mrm)

230 Good night all,  got a curling bonspiel to go play in early tomorrow morning.

Posted by: qwerty1 at February 26, 2010 07:07 PM (udVuV)

231 pretty darn cool that in the final minutes of the game, 4 Blackhawks were on the ice. Hossa, Kopecky, Toews and Duncan Keith.

Posted by: LtE113 (Mike in Chicago) at February 27, 2010 02:53 AM (3NFq/)

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