Olympic Hockey Thoughts

Jason Strudwick
February 22 2014 10:03AM

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I played with many Russians in my time in professional hockey. I was always amazed by their skill and skating ability. After being traded to the Vancouver Canucks, during my first practice I was taught a harsh lesson on Russian ability by Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny.

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The Log Off Podcast: "Now let's talk about the Czech goaltending pipeline.."

Dimitri Filipovic
February 21 2014 03:04PM

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Chris Kunitz's efforts weren't enough to get Team USA over the hump.

  • An in-depth review of Canada's 1-0 win over the US 
  • A look at what went wrong for USA, and where they go from here
  • A chat about small sample sizes, and narratives
  • A preview of Canada/Sweden, with predictions

Click past the jump to stream the podcast!

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Jamie Benn's Army Postgame: Canada v. USA

Dimitri Filipovic
February 21 2014 01:44PM

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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.

Canada best.

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Comets Milita Weekly Prospect Report - February 20th, 2014

Josh W
February 20 2014 03:56PM

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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. 

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Postgame: Canada v. Latvia

Dimitri Filipovic
February 19 2014 01:26PM

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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.

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