Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin and Team Sweden advanced to the gold medal game on Sunday with a thrilling 2-1 win over Finland this morning.
Lundqvist finished the game with 25 saves. Hagelin had two shots on goal in 10:25 of action.
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...i'm sure Lundqvist wants back the only goal he gave up, but he has been brilliant throughout the Olympics. He's the reason Sweden should be favored against Canada in the gold medal game. I know who I'm rooting for.
...hate to praise a former Devil, but big time props to Oduya for pummeling the Finnish player who ran Lundqvist in the third period. Hope the Rangers defensemen watching the game took notice.
In the more agonizing game for us American Rangers fans, the United States men's team couldn't avenge the loss of their female counterparts and lost to Canada 1-0.
Ryan McDonagh was again a beast on defense, while Ryan Callahan played his usual hard-nosed game including two blocked shots on a pressure penalty kill in the third period.
The Americans will play Finland for the bronze medal tomorrow.
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...whatever, who wants a gold medal anyway? Playing for the bronze is much more prestigious.
...not sure about you guys, but I got to assume if Stepan played today the Americans win the game running away.
...was very happy to see Callahan's stick break and not his leg during that penalty kill shot blocking sequence in the third period.
...a couple of Nash appearances, but for the most part...meh.
...i felt like I was viewing tape of the Rangers power play last season watching the Americans today.
...this will sound like sour grapes, but that had to be one of Price's easiest shutouts. Zero traffic in front and no second chances by Team USA. Everything was from the outside.
...Quick gives up a lot rebounds but the Canadians probably win that game by three or four goals without him.
...while Toews was held off the scoreboard, he may have been the MVP of that game for shutting down the Kessel line.
...the Rangers have a chance for six of their seven players who participated in the Olympics to come home with a medal. That would be very impressive.
...no time for the Americans to feel sorry for themselves because if they're not mentally ready for Finland tomorrow they'll be coming back from Sochi without a medal.
The most exciting and fun to watch Olympics hockey was Lake Placid, not only because of the miracle win, it was just simply the best and most exciting hockey period. Most anyone who saw that will agree. These kids were hungrier, they had more to win or lose than national pride alone . A professional career was on the line. That's what made the Olympics great, not just the hockey part. All competitions. Pro careers, prestige, big money along with national pride were all on the line. Allowing professional athletes to compete changed all that and disrespected the meaning of the games as well as those who had the vision in the first place. . Pro competition, world cups etc. are great, don't get me wrong but it's a whole different culture and experience and these young and up and coming athletes who are usurped by the pros are the ones who get shafted. Damn shame if you ask me. Ok, rant over. Just my opinion,
Tavares factor...i love the olympics...i understand why the nhl would want the exposure...BUT i am a ranger fan ,my season shouldnt be tettering due to the possible injury factor,i feel for what season the Islanders had went down the tubes ...that said it explains alot about the lack of presence in front of nets
and the one stab at offense and done (no rebounds or scrambles) ...i am so happy Nash Cally survived and worry about Nash ..i saw flashes of his drive when the fire is lit and on high flame ...what a bull and fast w/quick sharp shots ...i dont why he dosnt score more with that snapper he has in slot ?Anyway
seeing a top guy go down and all the work it will take ..is it worth 6 game s for a season/career every 4 yrs ...helll they dont even practice till the day before ...almost all star like plan ....if i were a player ? any body know where Milan Lucic is & what team would he play on ? same for Toronto's Phaneuf ? lucky if they were passed over or medically unable...more upset women spit the bit with 3 minute s and let then off the hook ....they are done ,no season to jump into ....LOVE THE HOCKEY LOVE THE PASSION ...WOULDNT MIN D SEEING GUNG HO COLLEGIANS ...aka 80' lake placid ring a bell
the americans needed to take some chances and they didn't. the fact is a couple of second chances and the americans would be able to solve price. not enough when it was all on the line. and i agree. cally looked like a captain. parise did nothing.
That's why Cally should of been Captian American, not Parise since he was completely absent. And Brown is such a buffon he has a Knee fetish.
I know I posted this in the other thread, but whatever... I feel that strongly about it!
No more NHLers. Bring back the kids, let 'em play for 3-6 months together to gel, then maybe they can bring more excitement & enthusiasm.
Yes I'm old, and remember 1980 fondly, but that's the way to do it. The Junior teams are exceptional - why can't it be more like the World Junior Championships?
@Snot-Bubbler You're correct, they may have won the game.. By the way, this what happens when the more talented team shows up with no heart. They lent it to the Canadian team. SHAMEFUL AND EMBERESSING!
You would have been on the mashed potato line....
@Derek Stepan You're probably correct. Specially if Bobby Ryan played too.
@rjonyr87 You must play with heart and the Americans played scared not with heart. Got what they deserved. Bunch OF RICH Pricks..
@JoeNYR I agree, Cally should have been the Captain. he was the only one played with passion. By the way, Brian Burke is a first class moron and I hope he'll stay away from hockey and pursue something he knows about because he knows nothing about hockey.
@DPSnotty Ament to that Brother!
@DPSnotty Completely agree NHL players have contracts to honor and I know they can get hurt anywhere but take The Islanders for example what if (yes a big what if but work with me here) they actually were a playoff team do you think its fair to them that their top player takes a break in the playoff stretch of the season to play elsewhere and is now out for the season?? Plus why not give juniors a chance NHL stars are already stars let the kids get some big stage experience.
And he's just as useless there as he is with the Rangers
Honestly, I'm not even thinking about contract/injury stuff. To me, there's just something inherently "wrong" about professionals playing hockey in the Olympic Games.
Way back when the Olympics were an "amateur" competition, it just seemed more exciting.
Like I said, the World Junior Championships are very exciting to watch - and now that all the Junior talent is the same status (no more Russian Army teams that have been together for 12 years to contend with) the playing field would be way more even that it was in the past...
Interesting, Canada got him for the PK. I was watching all the commentary on why he was taken, when I was pretty sure he was a lock
@Jolo I read it came down to Nash Bergeron and one other for 2 spots, and they went with Nash & Bergeron for their defenisve reliability...Really???