After yesterday's intense 3-2 shootout win vs. Russia, Team USA (2-0-0) is on the verge of clinching a bye into the quarter-final round of the Olympic tournament. The only thing standing in their way is Anze Kopitar and Slovenia (1-1-0) at 7:30 a.m.
Assuming Dan Bylsma just needs to match the defensive pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Suter up with Kopitar and Team USA should have an easy victory.
Word out of Sochi is that Ryan Kesler may sit this game out to rest his hand which he injured blocking an Ilya Kovalchuk yesterday. Which obviously means Derek Stepan could see his first Olympic action.
With Blake Wheeler's day to forget yesterday, Stepan may have been in the lineup anyway.
And if you still haven't had enough of the TJ Oshie show, how about this mashup with the movie "Miracle"....
And obviously we can only hope for another wrecking ball performance from Ryan Callahan this morning (via reader NH_NYR_88)...
...my apologies if I just ruined your breakfast.
Also today, Mats Zuccarello and Norway (0-2-0) look for their first win of the Olympics against Austria (0-2-0) (3 a.m.) to keep their fleeting chances of making it into the next round alive.
Meanwhile, Rick Nash and Team Canada (2-0-0) attempt to secure a bye into the quarter-finals with a win against Olli Jokinen and Finland (2-0-0) at noon.
Zucca is not training today (Monday) with the Norwegian team. He was stopping a shot with his hand in the game against Austria. This was happening late in the 2nd period, but he was playing the rest of the game
@TheNYRBlog who was scratched in place of Stepan?
Hagelin and Mcilrath (heck even throw in a pick) for Wheeler. That connection with Mcdonagh was sweet.
@TheNYRBlog extra six pack leads me to believe there was an initial 6 pack? Well done.
@TheNYRBlog extra six pack?
@TheNYRBlog hahah same woke up with 12:15 left in first
@TheNYRBlog i woke extra early because too hung over
WHere the $#&% is Slovenia? http://i.imgur.com/qyT5weL.jpg
they are a beautifully mismanaged team
@AnnoyingJoe in the KHL, wood chucks you
@stevenljc @TheNYRBlogpacioretty maybe? havent noticed him
It's fun dreaming. But I think Wheeler will be staying put.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne sure, but i dont think Winnipeg is gonna go for that one.
@AnnoyingJoe man, we need to see that shot more at MSG
@Steviec226 Had one. Decided to have another and I overslept.
that goalie looked lost on that 1st goal.
looked a little stiff early.