February 23 2014 08:39AM
There was a lot of self-inflicted angst, and consternation in Canada after the men's hockey team *only* beat the likes of Austria and Norway by a combined 8 goals. After it took an overtime to beat Finland, and a late 3rd period goal to beat Latvia, some people were misguidedly viewing the perceived lack of offense as some sort of fatal flaw that would eventually catch up to the Canadians.
All of that seems more than silly in retrospect after they went out and thoroughly dominated both the Americans and Swedes en route to repeating as Gold Medalists at the Winter Olympics. Despite the overwhelming built-in expectations that they brought with them into this tournament, they somehow managed to surprise.
It was nothing short of pure, unmitigated excellence. "It was too easy", "It wasn't nearly as exciting as it was in 2010", It was.. Gold.
February 22 2014 12:19PM
Courtesy of UticaComets.com
After having the last four days off the Utica Comets got back into action last night with the first leg of a back-to-back-to-back this weekend. One thing was certain: travel wouldn't be an issue, with the Comets playing next door in Syracuse, against the Crunch.
With the Thruway Throwdown on the line they managed to prevail 2-1 in overtime, and just past the jump you can read all about it.
February 22 2014 10:48AM
The last time we checked in on the Vancouver Giants, they were fresh off a loss against division rival Victoria, but just a game removed from a 10-0 blowout of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (despite having lost their captain and #1 defenseman Dalton Thrower to a reported ankle injury).
Since then, times have been tough for the G-Men as they stared down one of the toughest stretches of the season without their best player. The wins have stopped coming, goaltending has struggled, and the possession numbers have slipped.
More importantly, Vancouver has lost ground in the all-important race to stay out of 7th in the WHL. They sit just 4 points up on the 7th place Everett Silvertips, and with just 10 games remaining in the regular season, it's definitely scoreboard-watching time. For a look at how the rest of the season is shaping up, read past the jump.
February 22 2014 10:03AM
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.
February 21 2014 03:04PM
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!