February 16 2014 01:53PM
Image via the man himself
Heading into the Sochi Olympics there was a general perception that the bigger ice surface would bring with it a more exciting, up-tempo, back-and-forth brand of hockey. But as many people, including Smilin' Don Cherry himself, have astutely pointed out: the big ice has allowed defensively inclined teams to load up on the blue line and force the opposition to dump the puck in (which is generally speaking a much less effective form of zone entry than actually carrying it in with possession). There's a lot of "trapping it up" unfolding before our very eyes.
As a result, we've only seen an average of 2.65 goals/game in preliminary group play despite all of the world's top players being involved. I don't even want to imagine what the play would look like if this wasn't a "best-on-best" tournament, because it would probably make for unwatchable viewing.
While this morning's 2-1 overtime victory wasn't *that* bad, it was still riddled with dry moments that were severely lacking in excitement. For a team that's as depleted as the Finnish squad is, I'm sure that it was music to their ears. By keeping a much more talented Canadian squad to the outside, and limiting the number of events for the majority of the time, they were able to give themselves a fighting chance.
Fortunately there's only one Drew Doughty, though.
February 15 2014 09:33PM
Courtesy of @UticaComets
With the hopes of quickly forgetting the results of last night's 7-3 loss to Rochester, the Utica Comets partook in a back-to-back against that very Amerks squad, but this time on their own terms at the Utica Auditorium.
This game made for much more pleasant viewing from a Comets perspective; Joacim Eriksson made sure to bring his A-Game after he was pulled early last night, and the #JensenTrain continued to gain more steam.
Read on past the jump for a recap of their 2-1 revenge victory.
February 15 2014 01:33PM
Courtesy of UticaComets.com
While the Comets have recently been reloaded with all of their players being returned to them due to the Olympic break, it wasn't nearly enough to stop the Rochester Americans last night.
With recent injuries to Canucks prospects Henrik Tommernes and Peter Andersson the back-end for the Comets was severely depleted, so it's not exactly a total surprise that they were giving out goals against like they were hot cakes.
Read past the jump for a recap of their 7-3 loss on Valentines Day. Where is the love?
February 14 2014 03:44PM
That's Donald S. Cherry, giving a hearty THUMBS UP! to Team Canada following their almost routine demolition of thoroughly inferior hockey club. The people that were crying for the team to show more of a killer instinct en route to building up a healthy goal differential following their win yesterday by *only* two goals, got what they wanted. Six, count 'em, six goals goals were scored, all by the good guys.
And in something of an ironic twist, the team wearing the Nazi uniforms eviscerated a bunch of Austrians. We'll leave it at that, and get into some analysis, scoring chance data, and Canucks-specific discussion just past the jump.
February 14 2014 07:56AM
Can't sleep.. hockey.
I've come down with a lethal case of the Olympic fever and its progressively impairing my ability to sleep at the hours that I'd typically being doing so at. For the past two days now, my schedule has consisted of napping throughout the day so that I can run the Men's hockey gauntlet at night (with the trio of midnight, 4:30AM, and 9AM games).
Based on Twitter traffic, some of you out there are crazy enough to devote your sleeping hours to watching hockey, but most of you aren't (and I don't blame you for it). If you're in the latter camp you're probably waking up just now, wondering what you've missed over in Sochi as you snoozed.
Luckily for you, I've got you covered. Read on past the jump for some of the most important things that you need to know to be able to consider yourself caught up with the happenings.