Sorry for the late post folks, as I'm recovering from a vasectomy (three kids are enough for me!).
In today's first semifinal, Sweden leads Finland 2-1 in the first period on goals from Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson. Finland's goal is from Olli Jokinen (Grrrr)
Some bad news for Team USA as Paul Martin is out of the second semifinal vs. Canada due to a hand injury. So, Justin Faulk will see his first action of the Olympics.
...was hoping maybe Byslma would go with just six defenseman and dress Stepan, but going with Faulk is the smart move.
With Faulk being thrust into the spot light, there will be more pressure on Ryan McDonagh, who Bylsma praised yesterday (via Sporting News)...
“Ryan McDonagh has played the off side in New York. He's played some off side there, he's killed penalties on the off side and that is something that we were looking on and possibly counting on coming into the tournament. We made that change in game two and I think he has grown even stronger and stronger with a couple of games under his belt. With the two shut down pairs of Suter and McDonagh, Orpik and Martin we have been able to get good matchups for our team.
One thing I didn’t know as much of from Ryan McDonagh was how well he skated, we have seen that both offensively and defensively and that pair with the top four guys have been a good shutdown group for our team.”
...McDonagh has literally made himself a household name during these Olympics. Two more wins and every fanbase in the NHL will be begging their team's management to find a way to aquire the Rangers stud defenseman. Talk about a steal of a contract Sather got him to sign this past offseason (six years, $28.2M or $4.7M per year)
...it's been a rough Olympics for injuries. So, I'm sure owners and fans are going to be even more reluctant to want their players to participate in the Winter Games four years from now. But injuries are part of the game. Who's to say if there weren't Olympics that Tavares, Zuccarello, Martin and others might not have gotten hurt during NHL games? All I know is the hockey has been spectacular. We're literally watching All Star teams play with passion. As a fan of the sport of hockey, how can you ask for anything more? And today's USA/Canada contest has the makings of being better than any regular season or playoff game we will watch for the remainder of the year. I don't understand why anyone would want to get rid of that.
Jesus, it looked like our PP from last year! By the way, I did not hear anything about Nash at all throughout the olympics. Superstar?? I hope he is not invisible once he gets back with the Rangers in a few days. The women's game and today's game were just heartbreaking. Time to cheer for Hank! Hank deserves a gold!
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?
Well Mcdonagh has become the best American player in the game, with suter a close second. Can take that away from this game. Can't win when your most talented player (Patrick Kane) doesn't show up for the entire tournament.
As per usual, Team Canada finally comes together as a unit just in time to play the USA...we'll get 'em in 2018 in Korea, boys
Quick has been on his game, too bad the forwards didn't show up... For a semifinal game..... In the Olympics!
Need to get going in this period! C'mon boys! In the words of the most famous Canadian, "never say never"- Justin Bieber
Wishful thinking re:Nash
Crosby (Canada's most talented player) didn't show up for Canada and they still one. Stat wise USA was better, just like in Vancouver, it's just that Canada found a way to win a hockey game.
@NYR44 He fell over a couple of times and got his shot blocked by McDonagh.
Amazing because the game itself was comprised of allstars. But it had basically zero storyline
Oh, that's a fact.
@Bleed_the_freak Maybe Bylsma is Torts in disguise ?
@Hotfreak Thats negative talk mister.
You mean it was separated from the Dairy line?
forget mike milbury how does sather have a jop
Crosby, I thought, played pretty well, just didn't get on the scoresheet. He was a constant offensive threat throughout the game and he and Kunitz had some good chances. I think the difference is that Canada's superior skill level shone through today (they finally looked in sync) and was basically able to prevent the US from having possession of the puck, cause CAN was so good at having the puck possession on their side.
Maybe not on the score sheet but in the third period he was the most dangerous player for Canada. Kane was a ghost.