Update, 4:00 p.m.:
According to Swedish website Aftonbladet (H/T reader Jessiman), Hagelin left the game for precautionary reasons and the injury, which was not specified, is not considered serious.
Good news, bad news for Rangers fans today as Henrik Lundqvist backstopped Sweden to a 5-3 win over Latvia improving their record to 3-0 to start the Olympics, unfortunately it came at a price, as a day after being forced to leave the victory against Switzerland because of a stick to the face, Carl Hagelin again went to the locker room with an apparent injury.
No details were given other than he wasn't able to return to the game.
...obviously, this is the nightmare for any team with participants in the Olympics. Just have to hope it's nothing serious, but with the way Swedish players have been dropping like flies, I'm a little concerned.
I also heard there was another contest this morning. I think it was Team USA vs. Russia, but I'm not sure. Something about some guy named Oshie doing this!!!!!:
For Oshie's entire shootout results, click here.
Here's Ryan McDonagh on Oshie (via USA Today)...
"I've never seen anything quite like that. I never knew he had that in his repertoire, all of those moves."
...first to the game. Gary Bettman should be fired on the spot if he decides that NHL players aren't allowed to participate in 2018 Olympics. Easily one of the most exciting, skill filled contests I've ever seen. And that was just a preliminary round game! But I guess if Bettman wants to halt world class ice hockey, so his watered down product isn't interrupted...
...Russia probably should have won the game if it wasn't for Radulov (heard Putin asked what room he was staying in after the game) and a beneficial no goal call on the net being knocked off the mooring by Quick (assuming at least one of those refs goes missing tonight). But give Team USA all the credit in the world for hanging in there and playing a very physical game with the Russian's top players.
...to the shootout. While that was some show Oshie put on, I'd much rather see the NHL rules for the shootout (every player gets a chance before duplicating a shooter). Hockey is a team game and shouldn't be dependent on one player to get the job done.
...i know he missed the breakaway in OT, but I'm pretty sure I'd trade the entire Rangers team minus Lundqvist and McDonagh for Patrick Kane.
...Stepan might find himself in the Team USA lineup tomorrow against Slovania as Wheeler was benched after a turnover and a penalty on his first shift of the game.
Oshie wasn't the only player who became a household name today as America fell more and more in love with Ryan McDonagh with every blocked shot. Assuming John Tortorella had a big smile on his face during the short-handed sequence in the second period when both McDonagh and Ryan Kesler sold out to block shots.
I also thought Ryan Callahan had more bite to his game. His performance can be summed up by this picture...
I'm of the opinion that the Olympics should be an U-21 tournament and they should bring back the World (Canada) Cup to be played in September of that year.
So does Step get a shot tomorrow? Brown and Wheeler haven't exactly been great. Especially Brown. I'd rather have Okposo or Dubinsky in than Brown.
People who say "send the amateurs". Here's the problem with that: other countries still send professionals. Guess what, Kovalchuk still plays in this game today if there were no NHL players allowed. He's in the KHL now. Still a pro though, just not an NHL'er.
How would it be fair for us to be stuck sending college kids, while Russia could send KHL players? or other Euro players can send pros from their leagues?
It would be going back to the pre-NHL days of when the US kept getting screwed by being stuck with using amateurs against pros.
Where are the 2018 games? There's no way you can argue this wasn't more exciting than regular season hockey. But the problem is that February is a small window with only the NBA to compete with where the NHL needs to attract viewers to get in to hockey. Videos from bars this morning were awesome, but every one there had this on their schedule for days, maybe weeks. A game at 7am EST/4am PST isn't going to pick up any casual viewers. While this game may attract viewers to future games, those will be band wagoner fans, not fans looking for a new sport to follow.
The NHL gets a lot more out of games that are played at reasonable hours of the day. Today was awesome, but it's not "growing the game" like the US vs Canada game in Vancouver did, and the way Bettman and the NHL wants.
Just wondering if anyone else saw Brooks' pure speculation garbage that the Rangers would move Mcdonagh to the right side and trade Girardi... I don't even know how he comes up with this stuff. He is dumber than a 5th grader. The only reason he did it in the Olympics was because Bylsma wanted him on the ice as much as possible and Suter has the veteran status. Brooks' stupidity never ceases to amaze.
In case anyone here needs to go to school on the NHL rulebook (emphasis mine):
"63.6 Awarded Goal - In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions of a defending player or goalkeeper, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal ***PRIOR*** to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts."
Since Quick knocked the net off its moorings a full EIGHT seconds before Tyutin attempted his shot, the goal should not have counted, either under IIHF rules *or* NHL rules.
In other words, a good call was made in this game, and would have been made in an NHL game. If anything, the refs were at fault for not noticing the net's being dislodged sooner, which would have prevented the whole scenario in the first place.
I guess I'm a bit of an Olympic purist and in the minority. The Olympics are for amateurs, that's how it was set up and when pros were allowed in it changed the whole culture. Sure it's exciting to see the best hockey players in the world, and athletes of all sports going toe to toe but that is what you have the world cup, and other professional competitions for. The Olympics were special and stood out as the crowning achievement for amateur athletes. It will never go back but these games were set up to showcase amateur competitors for a reason and the excitement level was extremely high as these kids were hungrier for the opportunity then those already making a fat paycheck and it made the competition a lot of fun to watch.
So Oshie was picked specifically for his shoot-out prowess. Poile looks like a genius right now. As far as I'm concerned, the "no goal" call was payback for the Brown "interference" call where the Russian player tripped over Brown even though Brown had is back to him and had no idea he was there. I disagree about 2018. I'd much rather see the amateurs go at it. The level of play might diminish, but the intensity will certainly amp up a notch or 2 in All the games.
Give Olympic hockey back to the amateurs Kevin. Can't believe you want the NHL to send players in 2018. Are you out of your mind??
@TheNYRBlog holy shit you scared me!
@TheNYRBlog did you see the play?
@TheNYRBlog hoping for the best. Hate to see any injury but especially considering this roster's finally as healthy as it's been all year
@TheNYRBlog thank god. Love this hockey, but all soldiers need to be accounted for healthy next Monday.
@TheNYRBlog Kev how bad?
the shootout was retorted, anyone else agree?? after that game it came down to a practice drill pretty much of oshie vs. bobber didn't like that one bit .. the repeat shooter thing ruined that shootout. no ovi, no malkin, no kane. just wasn't realistic
you know when its a 7-1 laugher full of skill a dazzle you won't notice ryan callahan much. but when it comes time to face to face hockey, playoff style, 2 evenly matched teams not giving an inch, thats where you see ryan callahan stand out. of course mcdonagh is the man thats becoming an automatic but so fuckin proud of callahan glad that boy is ours..
CALLAHAN'S THE FUCKIN MAN, HE SET THE PACE THATGAME. HIS LINE AND PK WAS THE DIFFERWNCE IN THE GAME. USA WAS TENSE AS SHIT UNTIL CALLY TOOK THAT WRIST SHOT AND CHARGED THE NET AND BROKE THE ICE.THATS A CAPTAIN FOR YOU, ZACH PARISE TAKE A NOTE
btw our college kids would beat the majority of those teams regardless
"send the amateurs" would be an olympic rule I'm pretty sure. not just a usa rule , so amateurs would mean players who don't get paid to play the sport. meaning kovalchuk would not be allowed professional doesn't mean nhl it means getting paid/ amateur means not getting paid
are you kidding me, he gas to be
@RangerBlue Oh, it was 100% the right call, but took a lot of balls for them to call it.
@gravey94 Olympics should have the best athletes participating in every sport. Leaving the NHL guys out of it takes that away.
Next we'll only want the amateur figure skaters and not the best because they're "professionals." The same with snow boarders and so on.
When I watch the Olympics, I expect to see the best.
@lennynyr No, I just enjoy the game of hockey being played at its highest level.
That game was supposed to be televised but they switched and televised the other one. Think in North America, Sweden game was only available in Canada.
@Willc22 I did not.
@Theric Taken out of game for precaution. Refresh page for update.
@RUMAN79 Hearing it was just precautionary.
@Jessiman Thanks for the update.
@DubiLeetch Agree 100% on the shootout. It's a team game.
@DubiLeetch If you had a choice between Cally and Bobby Ryan, who would you pick on your team? my guy would be Ryan without question. Just to show you what a moron Brian Burke is for not picking Ryan. Hope Bobby scores 6 goals against Calgary the next time they play each other.
i think the other usa players took a note from callahan. they are a bunchof west coast players or offensive players who haven't won anything (besides kane) ansi think they realized what its like to play eastern conference hockey from callahan and mcdongah. yeah your good kessel and pavelski but when it comes time to look ovi in the face and pop him on the boards or lay down to block a kovalchuk shot . CALLY
@DubiLeetch Zach who? The guy's been invisible. Maybe they ran out of chocolate milk in Sochi.
@TheNYRBlog haha I feel like no one saw the play
@TheNYRBlog thanks Kev
If you can read swedish :)