Olympic Report: 2/22
- There will be no games today, as teams prepare for the start of the medal tournament. Games will resume tomorrow.
Russia defeated Czech Republic 4-2
- Russia Goals: E. Malkin 2 (PPG), V. Kozlov, P. Datsyuk (ENG)
- Czech Goals: T. Plekanec (PPG), M. Michalek
- Quote from Evgeni Malkin: “It’s a good line. We played simple today. It’s a great feeling. Everybody went hard to the net, and everybody came back.”
USA defeats Canada 5-3
- USA Goals: B. Rafalski, B. Rafalski, C. Drury, J. Langenbrunner (PPG), R. Kesler (EN)
- Canada Goals: E. Staal, D. Heatley, S. Crosby (PPG)
- Quote from Ryan Malone: “It feels good,” Malone said. “I think we realize it’s not the end, though. It was important to finish on top of our group. There’s a lot left in front of us.”
Sweden defeats Finland 3-0
- Sweden Goals: L. Eriksson 2 (PPG), N. Backstrom
- Finland Goals: N/A
- Quote from Henrik Lundqvist: “The first round here has been good for us. It seemed like we raised our game each game like we should. And now we get a good day off (today), a good practice Tuesday and get ready for Wednesday.”
- 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.
Now that we’re into the medal tournament, we’ll be following a bracket system, as opposed to a point-based standings system.
- View the brackets and results here
Preliminary Round Leaders
- Points: B. Rafalski (5), E. Malkin (5), S. Crosby (5), & 4 others (5)
- Goals: D. Heatley (4), B. Rafalski (4), E. Malkin (3), & 4 others (3)
- Assists: M. Zidlicky (5), N. Backstrom (4), R. Suter (4), J. Toews (4)
- +/-: B. Rafalski (+5), R. Suter (+5), D. Backes (+4), J. Toews (+4)
- Sv%: H. Lundqvist (100%), J. Halak (95.12%), R. Miller (92.96%)
- GAA: H. Lundqvist (0.00), J. Halak (1.30), R. Miller (1.67)
Tough Road Ahead For Canada
Sidney Crosby may not be worried about Team Canada’s chances of taking home the gold, but the reality is, his team has a tough road ahead.
With last evening’s loss to Team USA in what already is being deemed a classic by many Canada not only has an extra game on schedule, but also has a very strong draw for the second round.
FF’s Brackets show that Canada has an easy draw in Germany for the first round, but beyond that, they’ll face Russia, who, at the very least, has been formidable.
“I mean, this is a short-term event and you look to get better every game, and guys would probably agree that this was one of our better games,” Crosby said to NHL.com. We generated a lot, held on to the puck, and those bounces go their way — but it’s not always going to go that way.”
But, while Crosby is showing confidence, the Canadian media and general population are beginning to doubt their beloved team.
Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out writes:
“Unless Canada is about to string together four Ws, there are going to be a lot of questions asked about this team’s personnel.
“Are Pronger and Scott Niedermayer better than Mike Green?
“Are Jarone Iginla and Corey Perry better than Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos?
“Is Ryan Getzlaf better than Brad Richards?
“Is Joe Thornton the worst money player in the history of hockey?
“Patrice Bergeron played 5:27 last night, while Jeff Carter watched the game on TV.
“Much to discuss.”
In other words, as we’ve known since Vancouver was announced the home of the 2010 Winter Games, anything short of a gold medal will be a colossal failure for the home team.