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Day 13 Open Thread

Canada-Russia is the matchup of the day

Last night’s awards:

Bronze – to Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, who threw down a 3rd place short program just two days after her mom died of a heart attack. Courageous.

Silver – to the hockey teams of Latvia, Belarus and Norway, who turned three should have been blowouts into phenomenal hockey games that all went down to the wire. If yesterday’s games were any indication, the next 7 games are going to be phenomenal.

Gold – To the United States nordic combined team, who won its first ever team medal yesterday, a silver. Nordic combined has taken place in every Olympics, the first of which was held in 1924. A huge drought is finally over.

Today is, in all honesty, a bit of a light day from Vancouver. At 3/2, the United States looks to earn a berth into the semifinals with a date with Switzerland.

At 5/4 on MSNBC, Great Britain and Sweden have a one game playoff in men’s curling to see who gets the 4 seed.

And on CNBC at 7/6 Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin face-off against eachother for the right to move on to the semis.

This will go up about an hour before the action starts, so see you then.

2:12 – Wow, we don’t look good.

2:38 – The US definitely picked up the quality of play there, but Jonas Hiller is standing tall. Tied at 0 going into the 1st intermission.

3:09 – USA on the power play now.

3:18 – The US looks to have some jump now. Once they crack the Swiss’ neutral zone play they should be fine.

3:26 – The US scored, but alas it was just as time ran out. Still 0-0 after 2, but the US is playing much much better now.

3:40 – 3rd period starting now. We’ll see if the US depth can get to Switzerland, especially since the Swiss had a hard game yesterday.

3:42 – Former All-American at North Dakota Zach Parise with a great great effort on a power play goal to make it 1-0 USA.

3:47 – Some craziness there folks. First the Swiss almost put in a goal that wasn’t a goal, then Ryan Kesler got called for a penalty that isn’t a penalty, but it has to be called because of the international hockey rules. US has had a good kill so far, hopefully they keep it up.

3:55 – US kills the Swiss penalty. Miller has faced more shots lately but has been equal to the task.

4:05 – Is Patrick Kane even in the arena? He has the same amount of points as Ryan Miller this tournament

4:07  – The one game curling playoff has started. Probably no updates until the end of the hockey game.

4:10 – There is no such penalty as 2 minutes for “not being able to skate well”

4:12 – Hiller to the bench. Extra attacker.

4:14 – Zach Parise with his second of the game! An empty netter with just over 11 seconds left. The US advances to the semifinals.

4:18 – Now that just one United State has vanquished Switzerland, let’s check in on the Great Britain-Sweden curling playoff, for the right to get slaughtered by Kevin Martin (although Murdoch of GBR has played him well recently)

4:34 – After two ends, it’s tied at 2

5:00 – sorry, I got logged off for a bit. Sweden is up 4-2 now. One of the Swedish curlers is from the same town as Peter Forsberg and the Sedin twins.

5:06 – Sweden steals in the 4th. Britain down 5-2. Kevin Martin is pleased.

5:20 – This time Murdoch takes his one. Sweden is up 5-3.

5:37 – American skiier Lindsey Vonn broke her finger in a crash earlier this afternoon. Ouch.

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  1. sportsgal
    February 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    A light day? It might be the greatest day for hockey ever!

    • Paolo X
      February 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      Fetch might argue it’s because there is no ice dancing?

  2. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    woot! so besides canada is the ruskies our biggest obstacle?

    • February 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      I think Sweden is personally. Russia is really good but I think we can score on them. Sweden would be much tougher to score on.

      The good news is, if (and it’s a big if) we win our next two games, we only have to beat one of them to win Gold

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

        Agreed with Fetch …Sweden are being overlooked now.

  3. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    i know nothing about hockey but i think our defense fucking sucks. we’re allowing way to many shots on goal and not forcing enough turnovers.

    /hockey expert’d

    • February 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      our defense does suck

      • mrejr8234
        February 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

        so that means im smaht!

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

        Switzerland have a solid goalie and also a gritty defense and style. They are a Euro team who to me seems to play like an North American team with physical play.

        We must now have a huge 2nd period or we are leaving too much to chance to let the game slip into OT and worse yet a penalty shoot-out.

      • Garland Greene
        February 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        The U.S. will wear the Swiss skaters down as the game goes on and get a ton of chances. The one question is how lights out will Hiller be. They just can’t have any slip ups that allow the Swiss to go up 1-0.

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

        GG says it well here and so far the shot stats heavily in favour of Team USA support this point.

  4. February 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Sweden at 6-1! Lets go Lundqvist!

  5. Paolo X
    February 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Wow imagine that …hockey for Team USA on NBC as opposed to some other channel …was that so hard?

  6. Garland Greene
    February 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Worried yet? Not being an ass (I’m pulling for a U.S./Canada final). Just wondering.

  7. Garland Greene
    February 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    That was a beautiful hip check. I miss those.

    • Paolo X
      February 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Yes I am worried GG. I don’t like that now the Swiss will play conservative and try to force overtime. Also I don’t like that one of Canada, Russia, or Sweden have some excellent tape to watch as far as how to defend against the US effectively.

      And Hiller is coming up for the Swiss bigger than did Miller for us! 32-8 on the shots!

      Yes give us some insight is that like old school hockey with the hip check?

      If you like also physical hockey short of goon fights like me, with that being the case too much in the NHL, this is a fun game to watch with the physical play only increasing.

      Thanks for stopping by GG for sure. 🙂

      Note that in the off-topic section of the CFL forum, it seems most Canadians see this game tonight as if it would be cruise control to get past the Swedes should they beat the Russian, with which I disagree highly. Sweden is slightly better than Russia the way I see it.

      • Garland Greene
        February 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

        Paolo – I agree with your take on the game.

        As for hip checks, it’s tough to do without going too low and clipping the knees, which is a dirty play. It also an all or nothing tactic that leaves the defender way out of position if he misses. For both of those reasons, it’s used a lot less frequently than it was in the past.

        Lots of respect for the Swedes up here. I think your just picking up on the fact that the media and fans here are totally dialed into the next game and aren’t assuming a victory. That’s why you hear very little mention of the semi-final opponent. Believe me, if Canada is fortunate enough to win tonight, there will be all kinds of people that get very nervous about the Swedes

  8. Garland Greene
    February 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    How do they not have an angle from directly above the net? That’s f’d up.

    • Paolo X
      February 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Not on CTV? They did down here on NBC. Clearly it was no goal as the puck was right on the line with no time left.

      • Garland Greene
        February 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

        I was looking at both. The angles on both networks look like the camera is slightly out from the goalline and looking down on an angle. It’s close enough that you couldn’t really argue either way but I’ve seen other NHL arenas that have the camera looking straight down on the crossbar.

  9. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0 USA!

  10. Paolo X
    February 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Strange sequence …wow that was a close one for the Swiss and our goal won’t count.

  11. Paolo X
    February 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    This announcer Emrick(?) is as solid as the awesome Gary Thorne. He needs a former NHL player with a voice somewhat like that of Jesse Ventura as the perfect complement for this sort of physical game.

    Fetch let me know when you get a curling team together to compete in the Olympics and I’ll be the team manager stirring things up in our favour and taking on the trash-talkers off the ice.

    Plus we’ll use intimidating wardrobe and farting tactics to secure some extra edges. Just imagine if showed up on the ice sometimes looking sort of like NeoGoths, Barbarians, Pirates, or Raiders fans and all. We will dare folks to fuck with us without saying a word and only indecipherable grunts and primal screams.

  12. Paolo X
    February 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Hockey question — does the empty net strategy in the last two minutes work less often, about the same, or more often than a one-man power play advantage?

    • February 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      Well obviously less because there is no goalie in net.

      There’s some good pulling the goalie analysis somewhere though. I’ll try to find it.

  13. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    WOOOT!

  14. jpq1999
    February 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MILLER TIME!!

    /missed the last two periods except for 5 minutes ago’d

    • Paolo X
      February 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Hey some folks actually have to be at work and can’t be watching the game there you know …

      (which fortunately is my temporary state until I can just leave PA for good when I’ll be happy to work for far more money after I make that happen; another fuckin’ snowstorm is on the way)

  15. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Canada and russia is on when?

    • February 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      READ THE POST

      • mrejr8234
        February 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

        I CANT READ!

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

        Too much Twitter and high ADD? Twitter to the shitter!

        Boo-yah to this say the bojacks in questionable states like OH,PA,NY,NJ,CT,NC, et cetera.

  16. jpq1999
    February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I WILL READ THE POST! I JUST GOT HERE WHEN THEY SCORED!!! GIVE ME A CHANCE!!!

    /faux outrage

  17. February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    That game should have been 3 or 4 nothing even with Hiller standing on his head. The no goal at the end of the second, the waved off goal after the Swiss hit the post. Nothing to worry about.

    Except Patrick Kane. He’s had an AWFUL tournament.

    • February 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Yeah he’s been bad.

      He’s the 2nd or 3rd most talented forward on the team though, so I think he’ll show up when we need him to.

    • Paolo X
      February 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Hey JPQ and GG is this that same Kane you were talking about in that story about the Buffalo cabbie getting beat up for no good reason by a drunk guy named Kane?

    • February 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      by the way, thanks for hammering Duffy. He is an absolute dumbass when it comes to the Olympics.

      • February 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

        He has no idea what he’s talking about. Not surprisingly. He is Ty Duffy, master of nothing.

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

        Thanking us all or who?

        Most of us wrote rather fairly about him the other night, with some like me assessing his strength in writing about soccer. I comment on his soccer posts on his own site to this day.

        As we pointed out he has many weaknesses otherwise and writes about way too many topics he ought to avoid whether or not on a sports forum.

        Over the last year he’s really gotten slammed and it has taken its toll. That’s what happens if you do not or cannot back up what you say with more evidence or credible experience lest you want to come across as just another ideologue or just plain not credible.

        Give him credit for sticking his neck out more often that a lot of guys though. I’d like to see some more of those same critics do that too instead of just twittering all the time.

        And when you do screw it up, admit it, correct it, give credit to whomever got it right, learn, and move forward without looking back. You have all sorts of folks who never do that for sure.

        But when you do get it right, I say more power to you to stuff it in the face of mostly the uninformed detractors to put them farther down from their lowly place.

        Definitely I enjoyed doing that last year to all the Laker-haters and and after the Colts kicked the Jets’ asses and those obnoxious douches went so quiet so fast. I get a whole year to remind them of the douchebags they are irrespective of their taunts about the Super Bowl too.

      • Paolo X
        February 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

        Also note that the Godfather on that site has an all-around awful staff of folks except for Captian Duffy on soccer, Captain Hernia on humour, and Cousin Mexico about once a month.

        I think more than likely he cherry-picks folks who share his views on a variety of matters outside of sports rather than considering the quality of content he provides.

        He’s an East Coast media guy after all with a likely emphasis on what he thinks is “professionalism” akin to one of his favourite lame-ass TV shows, “The Office,” rather than on superior results.

        And really how much does he know himself about any sport other than his favourite college basketball? He is better off the field or court actually for sake of pop culture than for on the field or court.

        Some of the time he’s just parroting ESPN even though he does slam them well and did a great job getting the word out after months of effort on that phoney Tony Kornheiser, who is Dan Synder’s boy for sake of “managed dissent” in that fascist DC area reality.

        Anyway, when you have a person with those skills and talents who narrows his focus for talent within largely only his scope, well of course the branches won’t stray far from the tree on that site.

        /End Rightful Slam Backed By Volumes Of Evidence 😀
        //Bring It On If You Want Bring It On Anytime …Otherwise See You Around

  18. Paolo X
    February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    USA! USA! USA! **== **== **==

    Hard-earned win for sure. We have severe deficiencies on our power play.

    Miller finishes his first shut-out of the tournament for Team USA since the great Mike Richter back in 2002.

    Hiller finishes with a career game in a losing effort.

    I’m feeling good against either the Czech Republic or Finland. Let them beat each other up too.

  19. jpq1999
    February 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Paolo:

    Yes, the one and the same. He’s a young kid (just turned 21) who seems a little intimidated by the lights, which he shouldn’t, in that he’s performed well in World Juniors (granted no Olympics)

  20. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    who are you thanking for hammering duffy?

    • February 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      READ!!

      /just kidding

  21. mrejr8234
    February 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    nevermind…nice work rs27

  22. srabonicu
    February 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hip hip hurray!!!!!!! hockey rocks

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