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Published: 2018-02-19T12:31:49+00:00


More Than Just A Game For The Olympic Athletes From Russia


from Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail, After being battered, manhandled, shut out and generally embarrassed by a team of hockey players from Russia over the weekend, a few shell-shocked American players struggled to explain what had just happened. "I don't really have words for it," forward Ryan Stoa said.... But one man knew exactly what he'd just seen. Leaning against a wall in the bowels of the Gangneung Hockey Centre after the game, a wry smile on his face, Igor Larionov recognized it. The former Soviet and NHL star needed just two words to describe what transpired on the ice. "Foreign affairs," Mr. Larionov said with a laugh. "Let's put it that way." Hockey wasn't supposed to matter at these Olympics because the NHL isn't here.... But then, the Russians played the Americans and suddenly it was the 1980s again. It was NHL-fast, it was dirty and it was inspired. But it was a certain kind of inspired that international hockey hasn't seen in while. Anyone who thinks there aren't a few games at these Olympics that matter more than others hasn't been reading the headlines. "We're talking about sports. But next to sports goes politics," said Mr. Larionov, a veteran of the Soviet "Big Red Machine" that was as much a demonstration of Russian hockey prowess in the 1980s as it was an expression of Kremlin ideology. read on

A Disappointing Loss By The Columbus Blue Jackets


from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, which is like having Batman, Superman and a rotund Robin. Give them a coach who knows what he’s doing, and they’re going to contend for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis. In fact, they do just that. The Blue Jackets have one elite offensive player in Artemi Panarin. They have two terrific, young defensemen in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, and they have a world-class goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky. They can be a playoff team if they score enough — and to score enough, they need contributions from up and down their lineup. Sunday evening, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,100 in Nationwide Arena. The Pens were playing the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and Crosby, Malkin and Kessel combined for one assist. They still enjoyed themselves immensely. The Penguins got five points from their third line, and another six from their defensive corps. They won with depth, which isn’t supposed to be one of their strengths. They won with emotion and determination, which are supposed to be hallmarks of the Blue Jackets. They made Bobrovsky look shaky, and it was like the playoffs all over again. continued Game highlights are below...

Video- The Best Action From Sunday’s NHL Games


Five minutes to watch.  

U.S. Olympic Woman’s Team Will Play For Gold


GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded two goals and an assist and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made 14 saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team shut out Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 22), when it will play either Canada or the Olympic Athletes from Russia. “Tonight, we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team” said U.S. Olympic Women's Team head coach Robb Stauber. "Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament and today we were rewarded." Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 1:10 p.m./11:10 p.m. (Feb. 21) and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as streamed on The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006), is competing in the gold-medal game of an Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time. For the complete game recap, click here. added 8:44am, Video highlights here.

NHL Short Notes


SUNDAY’S RESULTS Home Team in Caps Philadelphia 7, NY Rangers 4 Edmonton 4, COLORADO 2 New Jersey 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT) Pittsburgh 5, COLUMBUS 2 Toronto 3, DETROIT 2 SAN JOSE 5, Dallas 2 WINNIPEG 7, Florida 2

Women’s Olympic Semi-Finals Start Tonight


USA vs. Finland at 11:10pm ET Canada vs. OAR at 7:10am ET on Monday Gold Medal game is 11:10pm ET on Wednesday

Video- Miles Wood Suspended Two Games


The explanation.  

NHL Statement On The Incident In Chicago Last Night


NEW YORK (Feb. 18, 2018) – "Last night in Chicago, individuals directed racial taunts and abuse at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior. The League fully supports the actions taken by the United Center and the Blackhawks to eject the offenders and would expect the same response to any similarly unacceptable behavior at any of our arenas. "While this incident was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games. The League will take steps to have our clubs remind all stakeholders that they are entitled to enjoy a positive environment - free from unacceptable, inappropriate, disruptive, inconsiderate or unruly behaviors or actions and may not engage in conduct deemed detrimental to that experience." If you missed it earlier this morning, go here.

Morning Line- Bob Murray


“I’m not a rental fan. I’ve never been a rental fan. The last couple of things we’ve done, I’ve ended up signing the guys because we’ve liked them. But are there things out there? Apparently. I know what’s out there. I know the price tags teams are asking for right now. And I’m not interested.” -Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks.  Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more.

The Dynasty Is Dead In Chicago


from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald, Little thought is given to what's occurred the past 10 years on West Madison, no pause for reflection, hardly a memory of what the previous two decades resembled, hardly a memory of what it feels like to escape the abyss, breathe clean air and celebrate a generation of excellence. Not that long ago -- relatively speaking, and especially for any who lived through the misery -- this was the worst franchise in all of sports, but under Rocky Wirtz it has become one of the very best in every imaginable way, using any imaginable metric. It has been a heck of a run and worth a few moments to celebrate before taking a match to all of it. All good teams must come to an end. It is the eternal way of things. more