Olympic Report: 2/25
Third-seed Russia had a monumental collapse in a blowout loss to Canada, while Team USA narrowly defeats an impressive Switzerland team, plus more!
The remaining four teams will have the day off as they prepare for the Semifinal Round Friday.
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals Results
United States (1) defeats Switzerland (8) – 2-0
- USA Goals: Z. Parise (PPG), Z. Parise (ENG)
- Switzerland Goals: N/A
- Quote from Zach Parise: “I mean, I was kind of happy with the way I was playing. But I knew I could play better. And I wanted to contribute more offensively.”
Canada (6) defeats Russia (3) – 7-3
- Canada Goals: R. Getzlaf, D. Boyle (PPG), R. Nash, B. Morrow, C. Perry (2), S. Weber
- Russia Goals: D. Kalinin, M. Afinogenov, S. Gonchar (PPG)
- Quote from Alex Ovechkin: “Well, I’m disappointed. It’s life. Again, it’s a bad time for us, for our team, but it is what it is.”
Finland (4) defeats Czech Republic (5) – 2-0
- Finland Goals: N. Hagman (PPG), V. Filppula (ENG)
- Czech Goals: N/A
- Quote from Miikka Kiprusoff: “We are probably not the biggest favorites here. But when you play as a team, everything is possible.”
Slovakia (7) defeats Sweden (2) – 4-3
- Slovakia Goals: M. Gaborik (PPG), A. Sekera, P. Demitra (PPG), T. Kopecky
- Sweden Goals: P. Hornqvist, H. Zetterberg, D. Alfredsson
- Quote from Peter Forsberg: “They are pretty good when they get to back up and play five on their own blue line. They have great guys when they get turnovers. They have a couple of the quickest guys in the world, so you can say that they played us the way they wanted to play us. It’s pretty hard when they are up; we have to go after them.”
- 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.
Crosby, Ovechkin Blanked In 10-Goal Game
It’s uncommon for Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to go pointless in any game. It’s even more rare for such a feat to happen on the same night.
It’s downright unheard of for the game’s premier players to be held without a single point in a head-to-head matchup.
Well, that’s exactly what happened last night in Canada’s 7-3 romping of Russia. Ten goals scored and neither Crosby nor Ovechkin so much as bumped a puck before it hit the back of the net.
Ovechkin skated to a minus-two rating and three shots, while Crosby drew an even plus/minus and landed four shots on goal.
Milbury Spouts His Mouth
“I’m was really disappointed that these guys came with their, their Eurotrash game,” NBC analyst Mike Milbury said, referring to the Russians following their 7-3 loss to the Canadians. “It was just no heart, no guts, no nothing there to back it up.”
Eurotrash? Really, Mike?
No need for further analysis.
Multiple City Olympics?
In what might be one of the dumbest ideas of quite some time, Sports Illustrated columnits Frank Deford proposes the idea of having a multi-city Olympic hockey tournament so as to better promote the NHL.
“The National Hockey League is dubious about whether the Olympics really do promote the league, so, come 2014, why truck all the way to some arena in Russia just to help the IOC sell tickets? Look, if the Olympics want hockey, well, let the mountain come to Mohammed, let the NHL boys play for their gold medal in Montreal, Toronto and Madison Square Garden. This business of jamming everything into one place just because the Greeks kept things in Olympia seems so outdated today.”
Now that we’re into the medal tournament, we’ll be following a bracket system, as opposed to a point-based standings system.