Habs’ Subban paired with Hamhuis at first Team Canada practice

Team Canada held its first practice Monday in Sochi as it prepares for its first Olympic game at noon ET Thursday against Norway.

The Canadiens’ Carey Price was on the ice along with the other two Team Canada goalies, Roberto Luongo and Mike Smith. The three goaltenders will be roommates in the Sochi Olympic village.

On Monday, Price was named the NHL’s first star of the week after posting a 3-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage and one shutout. Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was named the second star and Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla was the third star.

At the Team Canada practice, Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban was on the fourth defence pairing with Dan Hamhuis. The other defence pairings had Duncan Keith with Shea Weber, Marc-Edouard Vlasic with Drew Doughty and Jay Bouwmeester with Alex Pietrangelo.

After Thursday’s game, Canada plays Austria at noon ET Friday and Finland at noon ET Sunday in its final preliminary-round game.

Max Pacioretty, who is part of Team USA, has been skating on a line with Paul Stastny and Ryan Callahan at practice.

There are seven Canadiens players in Sochi. Here’s a look at when their teams will be in action during the preliminary round (all times ET):

Pacioretty (USA): The Americans play Slovakia at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Russia at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Slovenia at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin (Russia): The Russians play Slovenia at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the United States at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Slovakia at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic): The Czechs play Sweden at noon Wednesday, Latvia at 3 a.m. Friday and Switzerland at noon Saturday.

Peter Budaj (Slovakia): The Slovaks play the United States at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Slovenia at 3 a.m. Saturday and Russia at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Olympic tournament schedule

All the latest Olympic hockey news, Postmedia News

Price named NHL’s first star of the week, NHL.com

Bulldogs’ Andrighetto named AHL Player of the Week, hamiltonbulldogs.com

443 Comments

  1. Strummer says:

    Heard a comment on Hockey Central at Noon-
    Team Canada always has trouble scoring when they start out at the Olympics. When it happens this time, PK Subban will be inserted in the lineup to fix it.
    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  2. Timo says:

    Germans killed it on the luge track.

  3. AllHailTheFlower says:

    A message for Marc10 and slovakhab. I googled sportsbars in Sydney, and came up with this:

    http://www.churchillsbar.com.au/

    You can check the viewing schedule, and it shows at least two screens for Olympic viewing.

  4. Say Ash says:

    Als need to get rid of Arland Bruce asap.

    • CH Marshall says:

      He’s going to find out real soon that he’ll have to play Subban in key situations

      • Timo says:

        I just hated his answer.. “Are you from Montreal?” WTF does that mean? That all people in Montreal are clueless and bias and think that PK should be on the team just because? Arrogant a-hole.

        • D Mex says:

          Who and What don’t you hate or dislike ?

          How would you answer the question genius, because it’s tough to imagine it wouldn’t start with an opening remark about firing Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin, followed by ” duh, would you mind repeating the question ? ” …

          ALWAYS Habs -
          D Mex

          • PrimeTime says:

            Dont bother D Mex. Timo is out of touch as much as his avatar, his Insult Dog and Dice Clay routine. Just wants to bring others down to his level. We know the only thing he can lift.

    • PrimeTime says:

      He answered the question in terms of the broad team perspective. Something wrong with that? Does Babcock make too much money too? This is a team game, not Team Subban. The Coaching staff is more than qualified to make the decisions that need to be made to give this team the best chance to win.

      • D Mex says:

        This is what ‘ chemic ‘ refers to as going ” full retard “.
        Maybe this clown is wishing an injury on Babcock as well … it conjures up the image of a grown man sitting on the floor playing with voodoo dolls.

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

  5. habs001 says:

    Price has played very well in the regular season for the majority of his career…The question still has to be answered that in huge games where he is playing great and so is the other goalie will he give up the key goal before the other goalie…

    • D Mex says:

      Wasn’t that question answered at the WJC, which was the same season he ended with MVP honours in the AHL playoffs ?
      Maybe the question applies equally to the team assembled in front of him – you know, team game and all …

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

    • PrimeTime says:

      The question is does a goalie give the team a chance to win. It has nothing to do with “giving up the key goal”. Only fans believe that…..not coaches or players. Heroes are media stories for the fans.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Price played well when we lost in OT in the 7th game to Boston a few years ago.

      If you couldn’t see that the defence was beyond brutal last year in the playoffs and down the stretch, you weren’t watching.

      He’s been awesome this year.

      So I really haven’t seen him play poorly in quite some time?

  6. sweetmad says:

    Just been reading a lot of complaints about the coverage of the Olympics,coming from England I do miss the BBC coverage of anything, they always manage to get the best coverage.I also miss the coverage of the the Commonwealth games and the world championships of most sports,which you don’t have here,I miss all the atheletics,I used to see more skiing on the BBC than I ever do here,during the world cup season,they would show all the races on Ski Sunday,you can even get the NHL playoffs on channel four,which I have to say was hilarious with,the English commentaters between periods,who knew absolutly nothing about hockey.

    I have Telus here in Vancouver,I have no problems with HD and I pay nothing extra for it,and I definatly get a better picture even with a cheap TV.
    GO HABS GO<GO CANADA GO

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      World cup skiing used to be a big deal in Canada back in the 70s and 80s during the heyday of the “Crazy Canucks” (among others). When they faded from the scene interest did as well. Cutbacks at the CBC around the same time (skiing is expensive to cover) pretty much ended televised coverage. It never recovered.

  7. Hobie Hansen says:

    Jacques Martin took the Habs to the 3rd round of the playoffs. The furthest any Habs team has been in 20 years. If posters dislike him so much they must really despise all the other coaches since 1993?

  8. Storm Man says:

    I don’t think they care how the team curls they are enjoying the view

  9. Storm Man says:

    That is not JM with pricer and PK it’s Boone lol

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It was harsh. She hit the deck so hard she bounced back in the air, from one angle it’s amazing to see it and then find out she wasn’t more badly injured. Really brave of her to persevere on that jump, almost reckless, where other skiers aborted mission when they thought they wouldn’t have enough speed to make it to the transition. She was really going for the gold, you can’t fault her determination.

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    If you have the same extra Olympic channels I have from CBC on your cable package, you can catch the Russian women’s curling team playing China now, they’re about to start the sixth end.

    Russian fans are enthusiastic but may not be the most knowledgeable. They just cheered the fact that the Chinese skip, who had the hammer, cleared their end, and that her shot stone didn’t stick. They don’t really understand she voluntarily blanked the end and retained the hammer, being down by two.

  11. durocher says:

    Nice to see that Jacques Martin has made the trip to Sochi — here he is with PK and Pricey

    http://instagram.com/p/kR_1qshmvL/

  12. Un Canadien errant says:

    I thought HD tv’s were made for hockey and football, that that’s where they shined. I now have to at least make it a three-way tie with the Winter Olympics though, the crisp picture, the bright colours, the slow-mo, the snow or ice shavings flying off the blades or runners, fantastic stuff. Great to wake up to find the Canadian ladies added two more medals in the ski slopestyle, what a treat that was to watch, aside from a couple of competitors who were clearly overmatched and cowed by the course.

    Congratulations Dara Howell on your gold medal, well deserved after an excellent run, although I really like the trick Kim Lamarre did where she launched a huge jump swithstance (riding backwards) and sailed all the way to the landing without rotating, and stomped it switch. Compared to a scrambly over-rotated trick with a hasty grab, it looked really cool and different from everyone else’s attempts.

    We had the 2010 Olympics here, but somehow I don’t remember enjoying the telecasts as much. Probably (duh) because I could attend a few of the events live. Another factor would be how busy, almost frazzled we all were with work, aside from making sure I didn’t miss any Canadian hockey team game, my viewing was pretty limited.

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  13. Timo says:

    Here is hoping one of Canadian D man goes down with an injury.

  14. Timo says:

    Subban practiced as an extra dman again. I can’t believe they have Bouwmeester and Vlasic ahead of SUbban on the depth chart. Babcock is a retard.

    • Le Jadester says:

      Totally !
      Can’t understand how “smart people” like Babs can’t see that ?

      Habs, OLE !

    • D Man says:

      The pejorative “retard” is really ugly. Honestly, can’t you all come up with a more intelligent way to express yourselves. Maybe however you are just thoughtless. Perhaps if you knew somebody actually in this situation you would think twice.

      You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

    • Dust says:

      ugh.. he is not behind boumeester and vlasic on the depth chart.
      He is behind weber doughty and pietrangelo.
      They want right handed dman on the right and left handed on the left. It has been stated over and over. Is it really that hard to understand.

    • habsfan0 says:

      However,Babcock does have a personal development program to rival MT’s.

  15. Storm Man says:

    Most of laff land is smoking rock

  16. Timo says:

    Really? They are still talking in laffland that Reimer should have been on the Olympics team? THe same Reimer who gets pulled every second game he plays or the same Reimer who greatly contributed to the meltdown against the Bruins in game 7? That Reimer?

  17. Luke says:

    A little article on the Windsor Spitfires and Brady Vail.

    Not too much going on in it, but the ‘Trade ‘em All’ and ‘Trade some of ‘em!’ crowd might like to point out how the Spitfires improved after unloading their Veterans.

    http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/around-the-ohl_158725/158725

  18. JUST ME says:

    I think that the gold medal is ours to lose. I like our chances we have a very good team with depth,talent and power. The americans won`t be far behind though.

    I know that the host country has lots of pressure and must aim high but i think that russia will have a very bad surprise cause everything seems to hold on the gold medal from the hockey toutnament. I would not be at ease if i were them and would probably fear an all expenses one way trip to Siberia wouldn`t you ?

    There are way to many question marks on that team and i just do not see them in the final dance. 5 th position in my book.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Canada is the favourite for sure. However, once the stupid little meaningless games are over, it’s one loss and you’re gone.

      Canada could be playing in the quarter finals and have a puck go off someone’s skate and into their net and have another softie go in and the game is over. Anybody who’s a slight underdog can easily win in a single elimination game. That’s what is scary.

      Best of 7, Canada wins against any team almost every time.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Who’s officiating? Putin will attempt to have the thing fixed, of course. As weighted towards a Russian win as possible would be my guess.

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

    • Cal says:

      The large ice surface makes a big difference. I am not so confident to say that the gold medal is Canada’s to lose.
      I remember Turin and Nagano. I’m certain Babcock and co are sweating over the details.

  19. Storm Man says:

    I think I’m going to watch a little more curling ;-) the better half won’t mind she played volleyball at USC ;-) got to love a woman who is 6 feet tall mmmmmm

  20. Habfan17 says:

    I love Price’s masks for the Olympics! Just saw them on facebook. Very cool! I hope he stands on his head, when he needs to and shuts up those annoying folks who keep ragging on him making the team and not deserving to be there! What a joke they are!

    Habfan17

  21. Chuck says:

    Media blowhards here in Laffland suggesting that if Price is the number 1 guy in the Olympics, it’ll be because he “end’s up” with the starter role, saying that he hasn’t played well enough to earn it.

  22. habbytent says:

    (apologies if this has already been posted somewhere here)

    Neat article on making Canadian hockey better, more opinion that advice, and we have all heard how great the Swedish system is before, but hell, still good to read.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/olympics/why-isnt-canada-more-dominant-in-hockey/

  23. Luke says:

    Morning folks.

    Did the Habs hire Timo yet?

  24. commandant says:

    Deidre Matthews had the opportunity to conduct a short interview with Ryan White after his big week. White talks about his injury and rehab, his big week of scoring, his role on the team, and his teammates in Sochi.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/02/11/five-minutes-with-ryan-white-habs-centre-having-his-best-season-yet/

    I also finish my first round of February Draft Rankings
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/02/11/2014-nhl-draft-february-rankings-part-6-26-30/

    And our latest Sochi Preview is Team Sweden
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/02/11/sochi-preview-sweden-hopes-to-avenge-2010-elimination/

    Go Habs Go!

    • scotland says:

      great report on and interview with White.

      thanks

    • Cal says:

      Good report on White. (a minor criticism of the piece: quote the interviewee exactly word for word- the players appreciate it, especially when the context is laid out before hand.)
      He is looking more and more like the 4th line center the team has needed for years.

      • commandant says:

        I know. I talked to Ms. Matthews about that. But it was too late, and I felt we should still run it as it was interesting.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
        http://lastwordonsports.com/

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Good to see Ryan getting some props lately, and getting some love from the media. Nice job Ben.

        My ardor had cooled on Ryan after last season. While not exactly giving up on him, I was afraid he’d plateaued, got sidetracked by the fighting aspect of his game, maybe he’d never fully develop. Maybe the concussions would derail his career. I still was happy to see the Canadiens retain his services, there was no reason not to really, he was a cheap asset to keep.

        I know it’s a small sample size, barely a blip, but I hope the last three games are an indication of what he can become, a Matt Hendricks-type of player who rounds out your roster, whose teammates love him, and who brings a physical game but is also reliable and can take a regular shift, and play a defensive game that’s effective, and makes our team tough to play against.

    • shiram says:

      Good read, but I agree with Cal, direct quotes would have been better.

  25. Maksimir says:

    Posting this for Timo.. and anyone else who wants to get an eye-full of the Russian women’s curling team… yeah – that’s right: curling team!

    http://www.rsvlts.com/2014/02/06/meet-russias-olympic-curling-team-smokeshow-overload/

  26. L Elle says:

    I’ve been reading all kinds of BS re our Canadian goalies. Seriously, do these “journalists” watch every game, or just repeat what they’ve heard,and pile on a la broken telephone?

    A Hab fan that has watched every game this season knows how awesome Price is. I’ve also been reading how good our defense is. lmao. Price has covered up all the deficiencies, and even in his so called January slump, he was still lights out, and has been winning games all on his own since the start of the season. No doubt Luongo is a great goalie, but Price is greater. But, with the level of the team, all three goalies can run away with it. Still, Price would be my choice, and I don’t even think I’m a bit biased. ;)

    Can’t wait to see how all this will play out. I hope Budaj gets to play as well.

    Hope he gets the starts and runs away with it. Success at the Olympics, not only for him, but all of out team members, can only bode well for future Stanley Cup runs.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hi Elle

      No doubt Price has been absolutely awesome this year.
      He has been Top 3.

      I have read a lot of those journalists you refer to, and they always point to his NHL playoff stats and especially his numerous playoff OT losses since his NHL career began…in other words, some of them have the opinion Carey can’t handle the pressure.

      it’s now up to Carey to shut them up.

      • L Elle says:

        Hi MRonn!

        Can’t handle the pressure? Too funny! Playing in Montreal, pressure is our middle name. :)

        Given the chance, he will shut them up. Ancient Armenian saying:

        “It’s better to have an eye out, than your reputation out.” It loses something in the translation, lol. But, you get my meaning.

        Imagine what Price can do with that defense and goal support!

      • scotland says:

        price has played in two game 7′s . both against the bruins. his first he got a shut out. his second he lost a battle to tim thomas of the eventual stanley cup champions. (011) how did bobby lou do against those same stanley cup champs a few weeks later? lol

    • Psycho29 says:

      On TSN690 this morning Martin Lemay said he was listening to the Phoenix broadcast last week and the Coyotes’ announcer said that the way Mike Smith is playing, he has a chance to take the number-1 spot from Luongo. No mention of Price.
      I think thst some members of the media just like to hear themselves talk.

    • Caesar says:

      I’ve actually heard out of a Laffs fan ‘s mouth that the consensus is Reimer is better than Price, and should be going to Sochi instead. Imagine that ?!

  27. Marc10 says:

    I’m torn on this one. Martin is a Devil, but he would be doing Uncle Lou a favour by going on loan to a playoff team. At least, they’d get a pick. There’s some poetry to playing your entire career with one organisation though. Lemieux, Sakic, Stevie Y… Yeah, Martin F should see this out with his team.

  28. Storm Man says:

    Canada at the head of the table got to love it!!!!!

    • Cal says:

      It’s the Rangers and Islanders. Lots of numbers that players can use there. ;)

    • Luke says:

      I recall guys like Kessel saying that they wanted #9 but since it was taken he wanted 18 (1+8 = 9) but that was taken so he wound up with 8+1.

      I find that all very interesting, to be honest. Why people like or hate certain numbers… I’m not a fan of the football numbers (PK, AM, LE etc) but for some reason I do not understand, I have an affinity for #27.

      I like the “box cars”, too… 11, 22, 44, 55, 77. Not a fan of 33 (unless a goalie) 66, 88, 99 bug me. And its not because of the players that wore them… they just do.

      Oh, and ‘Bendy’ numbers. Thats probably why I was drawn to #27 & #37 & #47. Poulin and Lind are my two favourite Habs players ever. (Well, almost).

  29. Lafleurguy says:

    Hurray!
    Christine Dufour-Lapointe, Charles Hamelin, Alex Bilodeau, Dara Howell!

    “Bends but won’t break”

  30. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning
    If anyone has questions about how the Olympic hockey tournament works, Wiki has done a great job putting all the relevant info on 1 page.

    They cover the Groupings, the Officials to be used, the exact schedule of all rounds, TV times in EST, the brackets, tie breaking procedures, how to get a bye into the quarter finals without playing in the qualifying round once the preliminary round of 3 games is completed, and  the points system used.

    Ex: 3 points for a regulation win-2 points for an overtime or shootout win-1 point for an overtime or shootout loss.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2014_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men%27s_tournament

    On another page, they provide the complete rosters of evey team including birth date and place, size, and present team.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2014_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men%27s_team_rosters

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks Ronn. Can’t wait for the games to start. Monday the NHL Network-US has another 24CH marathon. I recorded them and to help with my withdrawal I watched a couple. I found myself getting angry at Gorges again for his rah rah stuff. :)

      I’m not a fan of Therrien at all. In fact I might be labels a “disliker” but his personality on the show comes across as a decent guy which conflicts with my imagined opinion of him.

      On one show, Galchenyuk took a puck to the body and Therrien asked if he was all right. It wasn’t just what he said but I really thought he showed legitimate compassion for the young man. This conflicts with my opinion of him.

      Maybe I should stop watching?

      CHeers.

  31. clutch73 says:

    Anyone here that tells me PK doesn’t belong in the top 6 on team Canada is out to lunch.

    On this team he is

    Goals #2
    Assists #3
    Points #3
    +/- #7 (Shea Webber is a -10 )
    Power Play Points #1

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You have to be cautious when comparing Plus-Minus stats of one player to another.

      A few examples.
      Johnny Boychuk of the Bruins has the 2nd best Plus Minus of ALL NHL Dmen, (+27) because of the team he plays on and Rask.He would never be considered as Team Canada material.

      Shea Weber? Nashville’s starting goalie Pekka Rinne has been injured and has only played 9 games this year.Nashville has used 4 other goalies in all or parts of 45 games.
      Weber and Doughty are the best ‘All Around’ Right side Dmen in the NHL.

    • scotland says:

      well they have 8 guys that all “deserve” to be on top 6. tough calls all round for babcock.

      i love pk…….

      weber kieth
      doughty subban
      boumister petrlangelo

      that would be my top six

  32. Timo says:

    Russian skip looks angry, but beautiful.

  33. HankHardball says:

    Before these games started I saw former VANOC CEO, John Furlong, say this could be the best Olympic team Canada has ever put together.

    I was surprised he’d say we might do better than Vancouver. But right now we are in 1st place by virtue of the quantity and quality of our medals.

    There’s something special going on in Sochi. Possibly even historic. So let’s put the negativity aside. And watch and support what our kids are doing for our country.

    Be proud of them. Be proud of Canada.

  34. Timo says:

    UCE, how are hockey games in HD on Telus TV? I was often told that image gets fuzzy and not crisp?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      You get moments when it pixilates, maybe two three times a game, a little bit like when I was trying to watch Bell Satellite feed during snow or heavy rain.

      I’ve been told it depends on how good the fiber optics are in your neighbourhood, and how much traffic. I think mine aren’t very good, since my PVR can only record two HD programs at once, and the limitation is from the feed, not the hardware. If I lived in Vancouver I could record four HD’s at the same time, apparently.

      I used to have Shaw for the last couple years, made the switch to Telus because it costs me less, I don’t have to buy a whole lot of channels I don’t want as I did with Shaw, and I get RDS in HD, which wasn’t available on Shaw. The picture quality is essentially the same, I can’t notice a difference.

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    So the Russian women’s curling team’s skip is, uh, everything she was cracked up to be. Nice that the CBC is giving us so many different feeds you can pick and choose to watch any event going on in real time, with no commercials. Any event at all. Like the Russian women’s curling team match, for example.

    • Chuck says:

      They’re certainly easy on the eyes. The Americans? Not so much. But oh how do I long for the days of slap brooms and kilts. :)

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I have to add that it was adorable the way they would yell “Sveep” at each other to direct/encourage the sweepers. They played a great game after a rough start, beat the U.S. team easily.

      I was flipping back and forth between that and the women’s ski slopestyle competition, which was amazing. I won’t be able to stay up to watch the finals, but even the qualifying round was amazing, three Canadian women made it and looked strong, definitely medal possibilities here as well.

  36. Marc10 says:

    Coverage is shocking here in Oz (not surprising… it’s a summer country.)

    But thank the maker for Roy and HG. I couldn’t find their Sochi coverage on YouTube yet, but this is a worthy trip down memory lane (slowly it takes 20 odd seconds to load up…)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jagh3l5lMvY

    • SlovakHab says:

      Hey Marc,

      do you know of any pubs with big screen to show Sochi Olympics (especially hockey) here in Sydney?

      I checked King St. Brewhouse website, but they seem to be ignoring the Olympics.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I had a Skype session with my ex a couple days ago, she said there is absolutely no press in Australia on the games, even with a couple of their sons and daughters involved in a few events. This is the height of cricket season she says, and if she wants any news, and she kind of does, because she was here for the 2010 games, she has to look for British or Canadian sources.

      • Marc10 says:

        There’s most certainly not much in the way of press. The Aussie medal hopefuls aren’t looking to good…

        But the Russian women’s curling team might well turn that around… a bit anyway.

        I trust the hockey will make it on somewhere. I think there’s a pub in North Sydney that goes out of its way to cater to Canucks. I shall investigate.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I lived in Melbourne, and loved it, except the absence of any civilized sports

        …You put Your finger on the reason I returned to Canada :)

  37. The Jackal says:

    Mm burgers and pints. Life es good.

  38. Timo says:

    Oooh, Andi Petrillo. She should do daytime coverage.

  39. habstrinifan says:

    Ok Admit it! You cried when Bilodeau (hope I have the name right) and his ‘special needs’ brother hugged on screen.

    • Marc10 says:

      Got me in Vancouver… Got me again in Sochi.

      It was a beautiful moment. :-)

      • habstrinifan says:

        Agreed! I find that I am watching these Olympics with less investment in national fervour for Canada the country and more personal feeling for each athlete.

        Maybe I am jaded with all the national pride stuff now or am dealing with my guilt at enjoying the spectacle of the sports and having to deal with some of the unfairness of the Olympic movement and the cynicism of how the venues etc were sometimes built on th ebacks of unpaid immigrant workers. Ther eis a dirty underbelly to these games which is better coped with if you focus on the athletes… rather than countries.

        • Marc10 says:

          Right there with you. I’ve been away from home for about 17 years now and the patriotic stuff when I see it abroad sometimes annoys me so I’ve dialled mine right back. (I am saving a bit of sledging for this one Swedish dude should we ever beat them though…)

          It’s also nice to see a competition (the freestyle skiing) that’s spectacular and I would assume less prone to drug cheats than some other pursuits. Here’s hoping we see more of that Olympic spirit. That Bilodeau kid was good fun to watch and so were his mates.

        • Timo says:

          Thats why I love olympics. We get to see so many other different athletes. A welcome break from NHL spoiled millionairs and their “problems”.

  40. ClutchNGrab says:

    How about a piece on NHL.com on the American team that doesn’t even mention Pacioretty?

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=704573&navid=DL|NHL|home

  41. Timo says:

    Everyone asleep? Sheesh, it’s not even midnight on the east coast yet.

  42. ProHabs says:

    Why did CBC replace Brian Williams with Ron MacLean. Williams was great at doing interviews with the athletes. MacLean, not so much.

  43. ClutchNGrab says:

    @Mattyleg Your comment made me laugh because I just read the following article:

    “Just days into Sochi, thousands have revived the Twitter hashtag #NBCfail from previous Games with fresh complaints, while an online petition to wrest broadcast rights away from the peacock network has popped up online, and at least one desperate household has purchased a Canadian IP address to stream CBC coverage instead.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/some-us-viewers-turn-to-cbc-amid-complaints-about-nbcs-olympic-coverage/article16790846/

    I haven’t seen much coverage myself, but I’m in the US this week and can say most Americans couldn’t care less… It’s NCAA Basketball all over the place here.

  44. Timo says:

    I think Boone should blog ladies hockey games too. It was some good hockey earlier today.

    … that’s not to say that I care much for Boone’s blogging.

  45. Bripro says:

    I decided to catch up on the 13 episodes of 24HD I missed.
    It might be a long night.

    • Timo says:

      Did you ensure you have enough refreshments?

    • frozengolf says:

      Where did you find them? I’ve been looking to download them and have had no luck.

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