Olympic Report: 2/20
Teemu Selanne becomes the leading scorer in Olympic history with a Friday afternoon assist, Jaromir Jagr continues to impress with another goal, and more.
- Norway vs. Switzerland – 3:00 pm EST on MSNBC, V, SNET
- Latvia vs. Slovakia – 7:30 pm EST on MSNBC, RDS, SNET
- Germany vs. Belarus – 11:55 pm EST on MSNBC, TSN, V
Sweden defeats Belarus 4-2
- Sweden Goals: D. Sedin, D. Alfredsson 2 (PP, EV), J. Franzen
- Belarus Goals: D. Meleshko 2 (PP, EV)
Czech Republic defeats Latvia 5-2
- Czech Republic Goals: D. Krejci, T. Plekanec, J. Jagr, T. Kaberle (PPG), P. Elias (ENG)
- Latvia Goals: K. Sotnieks, G. Ankipans (PPG)
Finland defeats Germany 5-0
- Finland Goals: T. Ruutu (PPG), K. Timonen 2 (PPG), J. Ruutu, J. Pitkanen
- Germany Goals: N/A
- Dejan Kovacevic: At The Olympics. Kovacevic does a liveblog for each game, then seeks out Penguins and ex-Penguins for post-game interviews. I highly recommend following his first-hand blog.
Selanne Sets Olympic Record
With an assist in Sweden’s 4-2 win Friday afternoon, Teemu Selanne moved out of a four-way tie for first place in all-time Olympic scoring and now holds the record on is own.
Selanne, who remains quite humble despite an amazing professional and Olympic career, has avoided talking about his accomplishment, but his coach didn’t.
“It’s very difficult to think he’s almost 40-years-old,” Finnish coach Jukka Jalonen said to NHL.com. “He plays like he’s 30-years-old. Great athlete. Great leader. Great person.”
Jagr Back To NHL?
It’s nearly impossible to overlook Jaromir Jagr in his first stint on North American ice in nearly two years.
Quite simply, the 38-year-old is rejuvenated and has a lot left to offer, both as an Olympian and a professional.
Yesterday, Jagr told NHL.com he’s pondering a return to the NHL, though he doesn’t want to look beyond his current two-year KHL contract, which expires this spring.
“NHL is a special League, no question about it. It has a lot of history and I think I was playing 18 years in the NHL and then I decided I am going to go back to Russia, and I can not say anything about my decision because I said I am not going to look back,” Jagr said. “I’m just going to finish my contract there and then I am going to make a decision what I’m going to do next. But they treat me so well in Russia that it would be tough to leave them. On the other side, I want to maybe try to come here.”