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!
February 17 2014 07:52PM
Image via Jean Levac
By now you're all well aware of the narratives surrounding Mike Babcock, P.K. Subban, and Team Canada's personnel decisions. And let's face it, there was going to be controversy surrounding them no matter which players were scratched and which were dressed. We Canadians panic a lot about small things like this. It's just what we do.
But at the same time, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as last year's consensus best defenseman in the known universe was scratched yesterday in favour of three inglorious minutes from Dan Hamhuis, as Canada just barely squeaked by a Finnish team that's probably not even as deep as the Buffalo Sabres by a 2-1 score in overtime.
It's not exactly a stretch to say that they probably could've used the services of one Pernell Karl..
February 17 2014 03:09PM
Lots of people might be worried about the Canadian men's hockey team right now. My advice? You probably shouldn't be. As much as people are focusing on the negative, there's a lot of positive arrows - including their three wins.