February 21 2014 01:44PM
Smile, Stevie Y, Canada is off to the Gold Medal Game!
We'd been highly anticipating these 2-3 hours of action ever since Drew Doughty put home the overtime winner vs. Finland last Sunday, essentially providing a blueprint for the route to the medals. Canada/United States, in a rematch of the 2010 Gold Medal Game that won't ever be forgotten around these parts.
While the game itself may not have been as dramatic as that one four years ago, or even more recently, the one these two countries' women engaged in yesterday, for my money it completely delivered on its promise. It was fast-paced, it was highly skilled, and the best players in the world were all for the most part playing at their best.
Sure, there may've only been one goal scored in the 60 minutes of play, but that hardly tells the story of what was a fantastically played, and uber competitive hockey game. For those of you keeping score at home, it's now Canada 2, USA 0 in meaningful hockey games in Sochi.
February 20 2014 03:56PM
Image courtesy of UticaComets.com
Things are getting intense over in Sochi with the semi finals set to take place tomorrow morning. Obviously discussing how Canucks prospects are doing these days isn't nearly as fun as talking Canada/USA and what not, but the other leagues around the world have carried on without missing a beat during this NHL Olympic break, so we've got lots to look at as it relates to the former.
Continue past the jump to read the latest in Comets Militia updates, the OHL, and the NCAA. As always, follow me @nuckprospects on Twitter for the latest in prospect news. Please feel free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
February 19 2014 01:26PM
Good Kristers Gudlevskis action shot.
In a sort of tongue-in-cheek manner I tweeted prior to the game that there was a part of me hoping that Edgars Masalskis would stop 57 shots in a Latvian victory as Matt Duchene and PK Subban watched from the press box.
I was obviously kidding because, let's get real, there's no time for trying to prove a point when patriotism and potentially Olympic Gold are on the line, but the horrendous tactical decisions Mike Babcock and his staff continue to make are unquestionably beginning to take hold as one of the biggest storylines currently going. It's a shame that it's in a way overshadowing the actual hockey itself, which is fantastic.
It turns out that it was actually Kristers Gudlevskis who manned the net for Team Latvia, but otherwise, for a while there it looked like my wishes may actually come true. He (and the defenders in front of him) put on a show in stifling the Canadians for as long as they could, before Our Lord and Sheaviour finally came through.
Team Canada won by a 2-1 score on Wednesday morning to move on to the semi finals, but the story for at least a couple of hours will surely be about the difficulties they encountered in accomplishing that task.
February 19 2014 03:28AM
When the term "Miracle on Ice" gets mentioned, you've been conditioned to think of the US national team upsetting the powerhouse Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics. At least that was the case prior to Wednesday February 19th, 2014. Sometime around 1:30 AM PST the most unforeseen, unrealistic, and unimaginable of events took place as you slept.
Daniel Sedin scored a goal. I assure you that this isn't part of some elaborate and cruel dream state that you're still in. I have video evidence to prove it just past the jump.
February 18 2014 11:45AM
You know things have come to a screeching halt in Canucks Nation when you are pondering doing a "Where Are They Now?" piece on Mason freaking Raymond.
I am a big believer in not forcing through articles that I don't believe in, so rather than bore you all with an introspective look on Mason Raymond's year with the Leafs (Fun Fact: He had pancakes for breakfast yesterday....please don't face check that Dimitri), I figure I might as well use this Olympic break to simply talk about the main attraction of the Olympics (my apologies to curling fan Cam Charron), the men's hockey tournament. Since everything is sped up during a tournament like this, and one game can make the difference between excellent showing versus "You let our country down, we hope you burn in a fire", I figured it would be fun to hand out awards based on the world's smallest sample size of three games.
Who has impressed? Who has failed? Who has surprised? Let's dive into this and find out!