About this afternoon …

Maybe it was the midday start.
Maybe it was the large ice surface and unfamiliar camera angles.
Maybe it was the small crowd – a shade over 10,000 – and consequent lack of atmosphere.
Whatever … I couldn’t really get into Canada’s 3-1 win over mighty Norway today.

And neither could the team, at least through the beginning of the game.

So let’s cut quickly to what interests HIO readers:

Carey Price was … well, the stat line looked good: 20 shots, 19 stops – a .950 save percentage, compared to .925 in Price’s NHL season to date.

But I thought he looked uncomfortable. And those 20 shots were taken by Norwegians.

Price was bad on the goal that briefly made a game of it. With Norway on the power play, he mishandled the puck behind the net to set the scoring sequence in motion. And then Price might have been tighter to the post on the goal – although, to be fair, it hit a player and changed direction on him.

Bottom line: Price did not nail down the number one job.

We’ll see how Roberto Luongo fares against Austria on Friday. And then Mike Babcock has to decide who’s in nets when Canada completes its preliminary round with a game against Finland on Sunday.

Let’s hope we see P.K. Subban against Austria.

Canada’s defence corps was rock-solid against Norway – better, as a group, than the forwards, I thought. But the power play wasn’t great, and P.K. would help there.

I don’t know whom Babcock would sub out for P.K. All the D played well.

Here’s how your other Canadiens Olympians fared:

• In a 4-2 loss to Sweden on Wednesday, Czech Republic captain Tomas Plekanec played 22:04. Hes and Tomas Kaberle (!!!) assisted on Jaromir Jagr’s goal. Pleks had two shots on goal and was 9-11 on faceoffs.

• Coming on in relief of Jaroslav Halak, Peter Budaj stopped six of eight shots in Slovakia’s 7-1 loss to the U.S. Within two minutes of entering the game, 13:30 into the second period, Budaj was beaten by Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown.

Max Pacioretty played 11:30 in the stomping of Slovakia. He and T.J. Oshie drew assists on linemate Paul Stastny’s goal – the one that chased Halak. Max had two shots on goal in each of the first two periods and finished plus-2. On Mitch Melnick’s radio show, Pierre McGuire raved about the trio, which is ostensibly the U.S.’s fourth line. He was particularly effusive about Oshie. He’s the forward the Canadiens asked for in the Halak trade, but St. Louis said no way for T.J.

Andrei Markov played 16:17 in Russia’s 5-2 win over Slovenia and had a clean stats line: No points, no shots, no penalties. Markov was on the power play that produced Ilya Kovalchuk’s goal, making it 3-0 in the second period.

Alexei Emelin played 13:58. He was one for one goal for, one against and took a high-sticking penalty in the second period.

TGIF Special: Austria at noon tomorrow.

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

Read this great take on P.K.

(Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

 

 

 

398 Comments

  1. homerbowen says:

    Only 2 games in and I’m sick of the “Sat Nite Laff Lovers Crew” Just their voices make me want to puke especially Healy!!!

    • Frank2468 says:

      I hear you I just turned off the game myself. The CBC crew is making me vomit. It’s nice to see Babcock give PK 2 to 3 shift a period. On his last shift just going to commercial break I seen PK skating back to the bench and Babcock was leaning in to him for some reason. The critics are all over Price and P.K, Price is this and P.K is that. Well I don’t want to sound bad but it would look good on them if they blew it and didn’t win gold or even medal and Price and P.K were sitting on in the stands, who would they blame then? Would they then turn on Laughing Luooooooo??? and company

  2. Cal is Canadian says:

    Those black sweaters look like sh*t.

  3. Cal is Canadian says:

    Anyone have a link?

  4. scarboro_habitant says:

    that trivago commerecial is really starting to irritate me…

  5. Frank2468 says:

    I wasn’t impressed with Vlasic Mr Pickles with his of the cuff comment when asked by a reporter what he thought about Prices play yesterday. His stupid remark was in so many words “We played so good we didn’t need him net” What a tool, if I was Babcock and heard that I would hope he would be called on the carpet. What he should have said was “Price played well wasn’t busy a lot when when called on he stepped up.”

  6. mrhabby says:

    RM..Interesting stuff about Markov to Pitt.

    Lets be prepared to suffer if Markov is traded at the dead line to Pitt or anybody. The Canadiens have no one to fill the void and even into next year unless we pick up a dman in the summer. A quick exit from the playoffs could very well happen if he goes. I would at least want a 1st rounder for him plus a great prospect if this happens.

  7. arcosenate says:

    PK is going to have a monster game today, this size ice is going to benefit his style more than anyone on the team. I also can’t wait to see him play in a rink that doesn’t boo him every time he touches the puck.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff allows him to hang onto the puck and rush up the ice like he does in Montreal.

      • arcosenate says:

        I think he’ll be tame for a while but eventually with all that open ice he won’t be able to help himself.

        And if he’s making good plays what are the coaches going to do…tell him to stop playing so well?

    • Pierre Maguire says:

      Did you say MONSTER game?
      As Scotty mentioned over lunch yesterday, Canada’s sure to win Gold. The USA is our biggest competition. Mario said to look out for Russia…

      ——————————————————————
      Me loves everything Scotty and Mario.

  8. Cal is Canadian says:

    So, what’s the over/under on today’s Canada/Austria tilt?
    Will Canadians be as underwhelmed as yesterday or will Austria be over-awed? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  9. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Always the most important day of the year for those who really appreciate Sports Illustrated.

    http://swimdaily.si.com/2014/02/13/nina-agdal-lily-aldridge-chrissy-teigen-cover-is-pure-joy/?eref=sihp

  10. Coach K says:

    Was not impressed with Carter and Pietrangelo. IMO, Carter had way too many defensive zone lapses where he allowed the opposing players to get really good looks at Price. If he doesn’t figure it out against Austria I find somebody else to play there. You can’t have that kind of non-effort against the US, Sweden or Russia.

    I also though Pietrangelo was brain dead on the goal against. Price was clearly leaving the puck for him and he didn’t pick up that cue. If Price is the goalie going forward, I’d put Subban in there. He and Price know each other and he has a harder more accurate shot from the blue line. Just my two cents…

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  11. Mavid is a Canadian says:

    The guys on the team 1200 were saying that in order to get a medal you had to dress, that is why Smith is dressed today instead of Price…after today it will be back to the suit for him..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  12. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    So the NHL flew in some of its own doctors as they were apparantly worried Russia would use injury reports to help their team.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/olympics/20140214_Flyers_doctors_in_Sochi_to_attend_to_NHL_players.html

  13. Maritime Ronn says:

    Another rumor floating around re Markov that almost makes sense.

    Markov to the Penguins for Simon Despres + something else – another prospect of pick..

    While many GMs avoid trading within their own Division/Conference, Markov would not be the difference if the Habs ‘ever’ reached the Conference Finals against the Pens.

    How does this make even a little sense?

    1) Despres is a young 22 year old, pending RFA Dman that has now become a victim of numbers/waivers on the Pens who also have a ton of young depth at that position. ( Olie Maatta, Derrick Pouliot, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson, Scott Harrington)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?season=20132014&gameType=2&team=PIT&position=D&country=&status=&viewName=summary

    2) His is 6’4-214 with a good offensive upside and played almost 18 minutes in his Pens games this year

    3) He played with Beaulieu in junior at St. John where Habs now assistant coach Gerard Gallant was coaching and won the Memorial Cup.

    4) The Quebec Factor – Contracts and Future:
    Moving Markov and his requests for big dollars and term, vs. acquiring a local born 22 year old pending RFA who can play right now with a nice future, would calm the media and fan base.
    GMMB would come out winning.

    5) Pitt GM is not afraid to make the big trade deadline acquisitions (Hossa-Iginla) and giving up futures

    6) The best O Dmen for the Pens are Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen – both Right side guys.
    With the potential loss of Letang for a long time, the Pitt PP will be hurting.

    7) Freeing up Markov-Gionta money would allow the Habs to trade for other needs or make moves in the UFA market

    The LA Kings will probably also be watching closely.
    Markov is being paired with Slava Voynov.
    The Kings Power Play ranks 29th in the NHL, and after Doughty-Voynov, are lacking some vetran offensive skill

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      If the Pens threw in their late 1st round pick to go along with Despres…done!

    • Shiram.ca says:

      Any reason to believe this rumor, where did it come from?

    • scarboro_habitant says:

      id have no problem with us trading markov. hes been a good hab but its time to cut him loose before his value is gone. gotta think long term. wouldnt bother me if pleks got dealt either. both would fetch a nice return. sorry to those who disagree but the habs arent going anywhere in the playoffs. by the time they are ready to make a run, markov will be enjoying retirement in russia and pleks will be near the end of his career.

    • 24 Cups says:

      The only problem with trading Markov is that the team will be shit out of luck next season. Not many teams can afford to lose their 2nd best Dman.

      As well, the team would probably implode after the trade deadline. MB would be putting his neck on the line if the Habs miss the playoffs after having a 7 point lead and a 75% chance of making the post season.

      As for Despres, how good can he be if Pittsburgh wants to trade him? Does that mean he’s dead last on the depth chart that you mentioned?

      As long as the Habs stay in the hunt, I think it’s best to stand pat. I would only make a trade if there is a serious injury. Even then I would have to think twice.

    • piper says:

      I just hope MB has the sack to move this guy before the deadline. Preferably to the west but if it has to be in the East then that would be fine too.

    • CJ says:

      I suggested two weeks ago that the Penguins or Capitals would be excellent trading partners. I do appreciate the reluctance teams have had in the past to deal within their conference, however the new playoff seeding should negate a great deal of those concerns.

      Secondly, I respectuflly disagree with the notion that Markov will be our second best defencemen going forward. Markov’s greatest impact (positive) is on the special teams. Unfortunately, our PP success has dried up, which negates a great deal of the value that Markov adds to the lineup. As such, I think Beaulieu will be our second best all around defencemen next year. Looking even further ahead, in 2 or 3 years time, Markov will only continue to drop further down our depth chart.

  14. jols says:

    As Hab fans we all hope Subban plays the rest of the games and plays well but not playing Duchene is also a huge error by the Canadian coaches. I think Duchene will spark the offence. I’m surprised it is Sharp he is re-placing though, I thought it would be Carter or St.Louis sitting.

  15. krob1000 says:

    ? I really hope you aren’t serious? comparing a tournament wth the top playes in the world in a 6 game tournament where every penalty and infraction is under international scrutiny to an 82 game season where liberties are taken if no policing. There is a reason enforcers are not oftne used in the playoffs….they quite simply are not normally good enough to play in those situations. However, the duration of the season, the number of games against heated rivals, retribution and eye for an eye mentlaity of sports in general make it necessary to have a team that cannot be intimidated and can defend itself. Using the Olympics…where it is one game eliminations is an irrational argument. Until the league really starts tocrack down on offenses…and they hav eproven inept at that…then fighting is a necessary evil ….ther e will always be retribution…so if a guy hits your player from behind into the boards…believe it or not…it is actually a much more honourable and LESS RISKY means of settling the score to have two willing combatants duke it out then it is to have an unsuspecting player get hit from behind late in retaliation…..

  16. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Real_ESPNLeBrun: Further to @TSNBobMcKenzie, word here in Sochi is plan for tonight is to have Martin St. Louis on Crosby line with Kunitz

  17. Thomas Le Fan says:

    After reading that about P.K., I wonder is it not sort of just as racialist to say that he plays the way he plays because he’s black as it is to say all criticism of his actions on the ice arises because he’s black? Can’t we be like Martin Luther King, not make any decisions or character analysis based merely on skin colour and just let P.K. be P.K.? Me? I just like the young man.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  18. jols says:

    “McDonald’s the official restaurant of the Olympic Games”

    How sad is that. “Tobacco and Alcohol the favorite pastime of the Olympic Games”. I guess that would be considered over the line.

  19. 4m3y2j says:

    Would somebody PLEASE explain to me whay Price has thios legendary puckhandle reputation?i have seen this guy f%$%k up more times behind the net than I care to remember that resulted in goals,in the playoffs,against Winnipeg and tampa bay recently;and yesterday.Why do his coaches not insist that unless he can seal the deal like brodeur then stay the hell in your net and stop pucks,That is what you are paid for
    john slattery

    • Shiram.ca says:

      Without the trapezoid and with larger ice, if you got a goalie that can handle the puck that’s a definite benefit.

      The goal from yesterday was deflect in very close range, I give him a pass on it.

    • Blade says:

      First of all, yesterday was a miscommunication due to unfamiliarity between a goalie and his defenceman. No big deal. It is something that can get fixed easily. Second, Mr Brodeur has had his fair share of mess ups handling the puck including a memorable one in the Stanley Cup Finals against Anaheim. Nobody is perfect my friend, mistakes will happen. His puck handling is way above average.

    • BJ says:

      Maybe if you look at the ratio of success vs goals, its probably worth it. He does handle the puck frequently and an occasional screw up is the hazard.

    • PsyCANADIAN29 says:

      Wow…impressive looking at your comment history. Ever have anything positive to say?

      If you look at the number of times Price handles the puck and how many times he messes up, its a very low pct. Yesterday was not on him.

      Of course if you’re only looking for negative stuff….

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Martin Brodeur never mishandled a puck in his life. Right.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

      • krob1000 says:

        Carey seems to mishandle quite a few….comparing MArty Brodeurs puckhandling to Carey Price is like comparing MAx PAcioretty to Wayne Gretzky. Carey has great puck skills…however he seems to flub quite a few and is too non chalant when he goes aout after pucks. Brodeur attacks pucks and is much more deliberate in his play. In fact Mike Smith ….is a far better puck handler than PRice. He played under Turco and actaully dedicates a fair amount of time to it as well. Price is very skilled in warmups and has a great puckhandling tool box but he is definitely in need of better situational skills and there seems to be no chemistry between he and the Habs D. Price needs to handle the puck…this is true…but sometimes he needs to realize it is time to retreat or just let the dman pick it up. Brodeur screwed up…Turco screws up…but they also made a very high number of lengthy passes nearly every game…they truly were like another dman…I do not see that from Price yet…I do see the potential as the guy stickhandles and shoots great as can be seen in any warmup…but his application and sense of when to apply those skills is very much a work in progress…

        • Thomas Le Fan says:

          Only time will tell. I think that’s pretty ridiculous, however. Price is a very good young goaltender and any team would be happy to have him.

          Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

          • krob1000 says:

            Who said any team would not be happy to have him or that he isn’t a great goaltender????I am quite entitled to be terrified every time I see him leave the net..fromw hat I have seen he is much better in it than out of it…doesn’t mean I don;t think he is a great goalie

    • turbodragon says:

      He’s had a few fuck ups in the last month or so, but he’s been great otherwise, especially this season, I thought.

      This is typical habs’ fan myopia. You have to look beyond just recent events.

    • Cal is Canadian says:

      “Such an embarassment to what should be a proud franchise.I am not tuning in any more,to this season.”

      Do us all a favour and follow your own advice.

    • Prop Is Canadian says:

      Anyone who is anyone in the NHL will beg to differ on your opinion of Price’s puckhandling abilities.

      ____________________
      DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • Wintercount says:

      Did you not see him zip that pass to Keith in the corner.

  20. DoopsyDiddler says:

    After Mike Boone earlier, it’s time for another mea culpa (except this one will be sincere).

    I’ve often thought it was illogical to claim that without enforcers hockey players would just start injuring each other.

    After all, the NHL has enforcers and an almost daily occurrence of concussions and dangerous hits, while Olympics and NCAA hockey, without fighting, seem to lack those types of dangerous plays.

    But now, after a dozen or so games of the Olympics the pro-fighting lobby has a point. It’s been non-stop head hunting hasn’t it? Dangerous hits, sticks to the face, players insulting other players’ mothers.

    And a hockey game isn’t the same without the sweet anticipation of that Parros – Orr tilt: the pre-fight discussion, the tapping the stick on the shin, the dropping of the gloves, the circling each other looking fearsome, and then the never boring sight of two large men twirling each other around on the ice, arms flailing.

    • Shiram.ca says:

      I propose a new Olympic discipline, ice hockey fighting!
      The team would line up for the draw, and as soon as the puck hits the ice, everyone takes a partner and starts throwing knuckles.

      The fights videos could then be posted on hockeyfights.com where they would award a winning team, based on which team had the most players win their fights.

    • Strummer says:

      ” the never boring sight of two large men twirling each other around on the ice, arms flailing”

      Ha- how about the fact they spend the whole time holding each other’s sweaters never throwing a punch and finishing up by patting each other on the ass and winking.

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • Cal is Canadian says:

      Hilarious, Doopsy! But tell us something. Are you Canajun?

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      I brought an almost 4 year old to his first hockey game last weekend, and there were two fights in the first period. I have never had much of an opinion either way until then. It was flat out embarassing. This was an OHL game, how in the world we say its ok for 17 year old kids to pound on each other like that is beyond me. You could make a point that the NHL, may be different, but as far as I’m concerned, with these teenagers, it should be simple, get in a fight, hang up your skates. Besides the specific fighting sports, this is the only forum where this is condoned instead of condemned, and that is simply wrong.

      Greg

      • krob1000 says:

        That is one place where I wish tehre was a little more sense re fighting….in the Junior levels. There are not hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, there are huge age discrepancies and like you said most of them can’t even vote. The OHL is gradually cutting fighting out but I still do not see how they can prevent it from being necessary at the NHL level. There is too much at stake from teh owenrs and players perspectives…even when excluding the entertainment value ( I enjoy a good fight as much as the next person but I think from that standpoint the game could survive without).
        However, how is an owner going to feel when a 4th lines takes out their top scorers knee…their top scorer who they paid 50 million dollars for? You will never completely get rid of cheapshots but at least fighting does make someone somewhat accountable. Until something drastic is done…and that will be decades becuase noone will be in agreement on how to do that…then it will be necessary.

  21. habs001 says:

    You would think Price starts Sunday otherwise he would have played today instead of yesterday..but Scotty Bowman stated yesterday that he is pretty sure that Canada will go with Luongo Sunday and the rest of the games…

    • Blade says:

      Interesting. I thought for sure Price was the guy after being announced for the first game. I hope Scotty is wrong, but he definitely would know more than me…

    • The Juice says:

      Big mistake to go with Lungo over Price, I hope TC management is not that dumb!

      __________________________________________________________________________

      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”
      @JohnnytheJuice

  22. CJ says:

    Good morning from snowy Ottawa.

    Looking forward to having an opportunity to enjoy watching team Canada today. Like everyone else, I hope PK acquits himself well, which I am sure he will. I trust the coaching staff will provide him with a chance to showcase his skills and abilities and look forward to watching his skating and decision-making with the puck shine on the larger ice.

    At the end of the day, this game has everything to do with team Canada, so the results are of greatest interest to me. Sure, I hope PK shines, but this is a team game and we are here to win gold. Much like Price, I think PK will be great, so I really haven’t any worries there.

    Lastly, my condolances to coach Therien. Losing your mother must be devastating. I sincerely wish him the very best during this difficult time.

    Go Canada and Happy Valentine’s Day! Cheers, CJ

  23. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Reading comments about PK having to simplify his game…disagree. If he goes out trying not to make a mistake, he will play poorly. He was brought here for one reason…offense. That is why he is not in the top 6. He is not going to be the number 7 D-man trying to play like Dan Hahmius. Excuse the pun but the “bland-vanilla-style” is not PK and it shouldn’t be. He should go out looking to score. I agree he should avoid the end-end rushes for now; but he still has to attack offensively. Point shots are critical with this type of hockey and PK should tee it up every chance he gets. If the opposition wants to get in front of his shot, make them pay (one off the chest, head, who cares..). PK needs to worry about giving Babcock a reason to play him; not a reason not to play him.

    • CJ says:

      Good morning. I think sometimes comments/ideas can be lost in translation. Speaking for myself only, I think PK is at his very best when he creates offence from the rush. He has the ability to take over a game with his skating and puck control skills. That said, this is Olympic competition, where the opposition will be the best he has ever faced.

      When I think of simplifying the game, I am not suggesting PK restrict his offensive ability, however I would suggest that his puck distribution change. Further, PK will not need to take over the game. If PK plays a sound game and picks his spots to move the puck and join the rush, we are in for a huge treat. The kid gets it. I have no worries whatsoever.

      I firmly believe that some of the mistakes we have seen over the past month are the result of PK trying to overcompensate for an offense that has dried up.

  24. BJ says:

    I don’t know if this has brought up. MT’s mother passed away today. Condolences to him and his family.

  25. jols says:

    I know it is all about the Olympics now but any word on Galchenyuk’s hand? Has the cast been removed?

    I was hoping for a 2 or 3 game conditioning stint in Hamilton during this break. It feels like he hasn’t played in a very long time.

  26. Steeltown Hab says:

    Am I the only one who feels like PK has simplified his game too much this year. How many times do we see him look for the pass coming up the ice see nothing and curl back.

    He needs to just skate through space and use his assets like he did when he came in the league and no one was tearing him down. I hope he uses the big ice to his advantage.

    Ps. Duncan Keith looked bad yesterday, I know he’s all world and would never worry about him, but if that was PK, wow the critics.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • Cal is Canadian says:

      PK tries to do too much sometimes. The problem is that he is so damned good at controlling the puck he can get away with it. He has to realize he has 3 forwards heading up the ice and he should get it to them ASAP and join in on the rush to outman the opponents. Like this, he will catch the forwards who are slow on the back check.
      I am all for PK rushing the puck when the forwards are changing up. Otherwise, he slows things down too much.

  27. boing007 says:

    PK Subban is a work in progress. We cannot even imagine yet how good he will become in the coming years. Sounds promising.

    Richard R

  28. habsfan0 says:

    Given what happened with the luge competition,I’m concerned what the Russians may have planned if there is a Russia Canada hockey final.
    Could they tilt the rink?
    Make the ice slushy in the Russian end?
    Have Putin sit in the stands glaring menacingly at Team Canada?

  29. Cal is Canadian says:

    Swedes just running out the clock. Yawn.

  30. Hobie Hansen says:

    So this number 55 guy on the Norway team yesterday. He took runs at our guys on 3 or 4 different occasions. Just like when someone smokes Galchenyuk on the Habs, I get upset when the stars on Team Canada get rocked.

    I’d have loved it someone like Shea Weber could have grabbed this punk and taught him a lesson! On an occasion like that I wish there were fights in the Olympics!

    • jols says:

      Yep, that guy was throwing reckless hit after reckless hit. I commented how I thought he would injure on of the Canadian players, luckily that did not happen. If there is ever an argument as to someone needing a good ole’ fashion beat-down to settle him down, he is it.

      • scarboro_habitant says:

        hahaha yah he was pushin it. PK probably would have tried to hammer him. i can see him throwing a big hit in todays game. just to get the coaches attention a little more.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        He was getting a little too carried away. In my world, I’m totally fine with a good fight in that situation. If it were the NHL, I’d have no problem with a 4th liner being sent out to beat on him.

        • jols says:

          That is exactly the way it would have played out in the NHL. That is what they mean when they talk about ‘policing themselves.’ I’m OK with that.

          • frontenac1 says:

            I believe you are allowed to smack a guy upside the head with your gloves on in Euro Hockey. If you drop your mitts and fight like a man,you get tossed for the tourney.

  31. Cal is Canadian says:

    A mishandled shot by Berra and old man Alfredsson pots the rebound.

  32. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Unlucky rebound and Daniel F. all over it.

  33. jols says:

    The analysts keep harping on how fast these games are. Are you guys noticing this? Maybe it’s just my TV but it doesn’t look blazing fast at all. Looks no faster than a regular season NHL game.

    • Cal is Canadian says:

      Exactly. More hype than reality.

      • scarboro_habitant says:

        theyve been trying to sell this tourney pretty hard from the get-go.

        • Blondie est Canadien says:

          As they should. They may indulge in a bit of hyperbole but it’s still the highest level of competition in the sport.

          • scarboro_habitant says:

            some of the better NHL clubs could beat most of these teams. especially on an NHL rink.

          • Blondie est Canadien says:

            And some of the 2nd tier teams in the Olympic tourney could make the NHL playoffs.

            The top teams still provide the highest level of hockey.

          • Cal is Canadian says:

            Not really. the best that many of the teams in tournament can offer is dull defensive crap.
            A few, like the Americans and the Russians, can score while playing run and gun hockey. The rest? Not so much.
            Last season’s Playoff series between Chicago and Boston was better (thus far).

          • scarboro_habitant says:

            the 2nd tier teams try and sometimes keep it close by collapsing to the net making it hard to score but get outplayed for most if not all of the game. they dont really play to win.

          • Blondie est Canadien says:

            I expect things will pick up after the round robin. Then we can compare playoffs vs. playoffs. :)

          • Blondie est Canadien says:

            @scarboro_habitant.

            “the 2nd tier teams try and sometimes keep it close by collapsing to the net making it hard to score but get outplayed for most if not all of the game. they dont really play to win.”

            Ha! Sounds like the Leafs.

          • scarboro_habitant says:

            hahaha yah i guess it does :P

      • jols says:

        Maybe Cal, but I was wondering if it was the bigger ice or different camera angles that just aren’t capturing the speed? Or are they just over-hyping it?

  34. jols says:

    Diaz and Weber look great in Swiss uniforms, I’m just so happy we don’t have to see them in Habs’ uniforms anymore.

    Both are well suited for the Swiss Elite League though.

  35. Sportfan says:

    What is up with the Swiss man are they underrated or what?

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  36. scarboro_habitant says:

    these wide rinks make for longer passes, giving defenders more time to get in the shooting lane. hard to get shots through.

  37. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Still no score. Can’t take the Swiss lightly, they always seem to be in the game.

  38. scarboro_habitant says:

    would like to see the habs pick up neiderreiter. hes 6`2, an RFA, plays RW and future sounds uncertain with the wild.

  39. Maritime Ronn says:

    So today is P.K.’s Olympic coming out party.
    Here is wishing him only the best.

    If Subban wants any type of longevity in these Games, he is going to have to simplify his game.

    Contrary to how he has been playing for the Habs recently, he is going to have to move the puck quickly to the talented forwards, and no spinning and losing zones while holding the puck too long…and forget about those end to end rushes, or pinching too deep and causing odd man rushes against.

    In several Habs fans eyes, Subban is “Spectacular” and a game-changer…and on many occasions, he is exactly that, yet this is the Big Stage and not the Calgary Flames.

    The big test for Subban will be to prove to the Team Canada Coaching staff that he has a ’200 foot game and high hockey IQ’ ESPECIALLY in the defensive zone, where he has been prone to errors/giveaways and a lack of total concentration at times.
    That is the only aspect of his game holding him back.

    Also looking forward to some Power Play time for Subban.
    It’s being reported that he will have 2nd Unit duty with Duncan Keith.

  40. Lopaz is Canadian says:

    Since the ice is much wider the offensive team can gain the blue line with speed.

    Less reason to dump and chase, as it avows offensive players who keep the puck.

    Anyone who likes hockey would prefer the plays created crossing the blue line instead of the dump and chase game.


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.