Liveblog: Olympic Games, Game 2: Canada 6, Austria 0

Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, who was a healthy scratch for Team Canada’s 3-1 win over Norway in its Olympic opener Thursday, was in the lineup Friday when Canada beat Austria 6-0.

Dan Hamhuis sat out to make room for Subban on the blue line. Forward Matt Duchene, who was a healthy scratch against Norway, was in the lineup against Austria, while Patrick Sharp sat out. Subban had 11:41 of ice time, the least of Canada’s seven defencemen, and didn’t pick up any points.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who earned the victory against Norway, was a healthy scratch against Austria, with Roberto Luongo posting the shutout and Mike Smith filling the backup role.

Canada led 2-0 after the first period on goals from defencemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber. Jeff Carter scored three goals in the second period for a natural hat-trick, followed by a goal from Ryan Getzlaf. There were no goals in the third period. Canada outshot Austria 46-23.

The Postmedia News live game blog was up and running with HIO’s Mike Boone joining other hockey writers from the chain. Boone will be blogging live during every Team Canada game at the Olympics. Canada’s final preliminary-round game is at noon ET Sunday against Finland.

You can join the live blog by clicking here.

(Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Canada dominant in win over Austria, Postmedia News

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1,297 Comments

  1. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Babcock is a great coach huh

    1.Norris trophy winner is not playing over Dan Hamhuis
    2. Art Ross is not playing
    3. Kunitz made the team to play with Crosby, Does not play with Him
    4. If Kunitz doesn’t play with Crosby sit him. Duh
    5. Bergeron not playing at Centre
    6. Not establishing a 4th line
    7. Moving the lines around WAY too much

  2. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Just watching CAN/CHN men’s curling, 4th end. Man, talk about a full house!

  3. Plekasuares says:

    Alright PrimeTime. Just want the best or Team Canada, playing Hamhuis over Subban (Norris winner) isn’t giving the team the best chance to win.

  4. habs001 says:

    Huge game for Canada as there is a very good chance that the loser of Canada/Finland will play Russia in the quarter finals…

  5. Plekasuares says:

    If Crosby doesn’t pick it up in this tournament we have to hear the good old Crosby vs Ovechkin debate again…

  6. Cal is Canadian says:

    So much for the Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament being “the best hockey.” It hasn’t been by a long shot.
    The only team living up to their rep is the Americans. They have scored a lot against inferior opponents. They look like they have a real shot at it.
    The Canadians, on the other hand, are bungling their way along, much like the surprisingly poor Russian team that can’t seem to get it together. Talk about the sum not being as great as the individual parts. One last note: who would have thought that Crosby’s game isn’t suited to international tourneys?

  7. SlovakHab is impressed after game 3. Good luck Canada vs Finland! says:

    Thanks for the support and night all!

    Here’s to Carey’s continuous shutout streak until the finals, starting today!!

    • ABHabsfanisCanadianbuthatesdrinkingCanadian says:

      You just jinxed it

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  8. Plekasuares says:

    Hab homerism?? Anybody in the right mind knows Subbans better than Dan Hamhuis…

    • PrimeTime says:

      Oh I think there are a few “right minds” behind the decision who may have a wee bit more knowledge and experience in coaching than PK fans. You’re question has been answered many times by other posters who understand the team concept and game that Babcock has been preaching. You have yet to provide an opposing argument to support your position as to why the team would be better with a player playing on his unnatural side and is less defensively responsible. PK is a very talented and skilled player but he is a different style D than Hamhuis. The Coaches have chosen the safer route this game.

  9. Sportfan says:

    Russians didn’t deserve that

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  10. habs001 says:

    The reach adv of the Canadian D has looked pretty good so far albeit vs inferior opponents..This is what the Habs D really lacks with Gorges,Cube and Murray…

  11. doogie says:

    Better win this thing in regulation time today, CP31′s strength is not shootouts. Would prefer Russia get to the gold medal game rather than the BS lucky Americans. So hopefully RUS can meet the Yanks down the road.

  12. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Here’s a sports cliché: when the Russians are struggling it’s because they’re “too individualistic”, they’re not “playing as a team.”.

    That’s how Russians play.

    So if you’re Doug MacLean being paid an actual salary to analyze hockey games, despite your track record, that’s what you say.

    Russians. Talented sure, but they don’t play as a team.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      It is amazing how consistent they are with that theme eh?

      MacLean is the Top AssHat on Sportsnet, at least Kypreos has an excuse given he used his face to stop punches for 12 years.

  13. Sportfan says:

    So Russia is bad at hockey, or?

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  14. Plekasuares says:

    Someone explain why Hamhuis is better than subban

  15. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I don’t know who Jan Laco is, but his performance today is positively Halakian.

  16. habs001 says:

    Does Canada have enough speed on the wings?..

  17. 24 Cups says:

    So if Canada wins in regulation today they will get the top seed in every round.

  18. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Russia aren’t really playing poorly. The Slovaks are just defending incredibly well.

  19. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re all these Preliminary games
    No one gets knocked out after the these games

    ALL 12 teams move on.
    4 get a buy to the Quarter finals, and the other 8 play what is called ” Qualification playoffs.”

    The only advantage of winning 1 of the 3 sections – or being the 2nd best of the rest ( 4 Total teams), is a pass of the “Qualification Playoffs” and an extra day of rest.

    Feb 18: Qualification Playoffs
    Feb 19: Quarter Finals
    Feb 21: Semi Finals
    Feb 23: Gold Medal (Feb 22 Bronze Medal game)

    Well described how it works here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2014_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men's_tournament

  20. Sportfan says:

    WHY the bloody hell does Kunitz who has been useless get to play this game and not St Louis.

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  21. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Mesjarros channeling his inner Ryder!

  22. Plekasuares says:

    CAREY FRICKIN PRICE BOYS AND GIRLS! WHOO! GO CP!!!

  23. DoopsyDiddler says:

    What????

    Every team moves on????

    Why am I watching this?

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      I am just wondering the same. Has it really been this stupid all along at Olympics? Unbelievable that at least 3-4 teams don’t get punted after these games.

      • ffenliv says:

        I don’t mind it. There’s probably great value in avoiding the first round of elimination games, which Canada probably will do. With teams like Russia not doing so well, there’s always a chance of drawing a good team in the first elimination games, which would suck.

        It also gives the second-tier teams a chance to play in a real elimination game.

        It might encourage some odd upsets by giving everyone a shot, but really, if you lose to Norway in an elimination game, did you really deserve better anyway?

    • Mavid is a Canadian says:

      its hockey..better than nothing i say..and it gets us warmed up for the big dance

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  24. Captain aHab says:

    Man, Slovakia is JUST holding on.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  25. PrimeTime says:

    Amazing how far down the “Greatest Goalie in the World” has fallen. Where’s The Dude?

  26. PrimeTime says:

    What a star studded PP Russia puts out there. Amazing they haven’t scored yet?

    • ffenliv says:

      PP units in the NHL are usually well-oiled machines that practice and play together. I think you can’t underestimate the importance of that.

      They may have lots of stars out there, but these guys don’t play together. They don’t have good reads on tendencies beyond the ones even TV viewers can see.

  27. ffenliv says:

    So, are the Russians going to flame out on home ice even harder than they did in Vancouver? If they do, I think they’re officially the England of international ice hockey: home to a top league, some big-name talent, but with consistently inflated expectations.

  28. PrimeTime says:

    I hope Canada is not offensively challenged. Would like to cheer for a team for a change that doesn’t have trouble scoring goals. Would like scoreboard for Pricer as well.

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      If Tavares is your 4th line center and you have trouble scoring, then I wonder if that team isn’t coached by MT.

  29. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Brutal penatly call as a trip that didn’t trip!

  30. PsyCANADIAN29 says:

    What’s the story with Medvedev on Russia’s defense? 31 years old, 6-3, 187….never drafted by the NHL? He looks pretty good out there…

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      I thought the same… Likely too old to ever cross the pond. But looks competent. Certainly NHL level D.

  31. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    If Slovakia get an OT point can they move forward or do they have to win?

  32. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    I’m sure that puck went in by Russia.

  33. 24 Cups says:

    Rumour has it that today’s line will be:

    Benn/Crosby/Bergeron
    Duchene/Getzlaf/Perry
    Marleau/Toews/Carter
    Kunitz/Tavares/Nash

    I imagine Hamhuis gets the nod based on the experience factor. He also has some history playing with Weber in Nashville.

    The heat is now officially on for Carey Price as it’s his tournament to win or lose.

    • ffenliv says:

      If they’re not playing Kunitz with Crosby, why play him at all? I mean, it’s hard to imagine that a substantial part of his selection was his chemistry with 87.

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      Those lines look as random as it gets.
      Like thrown into a blender..

      As for losing, a team with John Tavares as 4th line center should score 10 goals a game, let alone losing any.

      Seriously.

  34. ABHabsfanisCanadianbuthatesdrinkingCanadian says:

    So the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner and the Norris winner can’t make this squad? I have nothing bad to say about the guys who draw in, quality players, but it seems this team is getting over-coached. I guess if they win, the end will justify the means.
    Let’s go Carey! Stone ‘em, baby!

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • ffenliv says:

      I tend to look at it this way:

      Stamkos, probably the best sniper on the planet, isn’t in. I know it’s the result of an injury, but he’s out, and was replaced. The difference between Stamkos and the next-best sniper on the team is pretty substantial.

      The difference between PK, MSL, and the guys that are in while they sit out is quite a bit smaller.

      The coaching staff has their plan that was worked out with the coaches and team management. PK could well draw back in if someone has a rough game or – god forbid – and injury today.

      • ABHabsfanisCanadianbuthatesdrinkingCanadian says:

        True, there is not much between the guys who are in and the scratches.
        Given Rask is in the other cage, I thought PK would get in since he has done well, along with many other Habs, against Rask in recent NHL play. All Western Conference D-men, they don’t see Rask very often. I guess that doesn’t matter

        “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

        • ffenliv says:

          That’s a fair point.

          On the other hand, Rask let in 4 against either Norway or Austria, on 20 shots. Maybe we don’t need special coaching to put pucks past him.

          • ABHabsfanisCanadianbuthatesdrinkingCanadian says:

            That’s right; with Rask it seems if you beat him early, you’ll beat him often. Let’s hope that’s the case today!

            “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
            Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • CJ says:

      There will come a point, if it’s not here yet, where we will need to let go of the fact that PK was the Norris trophy winner in 2013. At the risk of being overly dramatic, Scott Gomez and Tyler Myers were Calder trophy winners. Cheechoo scored 50+ goals…. The list goes on.

      PK had an amazing year and is an amazing player. However, his game the past 4-6 weeks has been average.

      Price getting the start makes perfect sense. If there is a goalie who has been hotter leading into the Olympics I’m not aware of it. What I am aware of is the fact that PK has struggled. He may yet get his chance and needs to remain ready. This is a great learning experience and he will come ahead much better for it.

      Just my two cents….

      Go Canada! Cheers, CJ

      • CJ says:

        One last thing, I would have taken Giroux. Since December 1, no Canadian player has more points. The guy is playing his best hockey right now. He needed to be here, more so then Kunitz.

        Sorry to nitpick….

  35. 24 Cups says:

    Price gets the start today and that doesn’t generate a new thread?

    I realize it’s Sunday but it’s also 9AM in the morning.

  36. Danno says:

    Russia’s not playing like they should. If Slovakia kills Chara’s penalty they gain momentum and could pull off an upset.

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  37. PsyCANADIAN29 says:

    I cannot believe that Pacioretty isn’t playing for the USA today! What is coach Bylsma thinking??? I hate Bylsma with a passion. He is a terrible coach who’s only successful because of Crosby and Malkin!!!
    He obviously holds something against Americans of Italian heritage. Or maybe because Patches married a Russian girl??? It’s gotta be something!!!!!!

    ;-)

  38. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Bone headed penalty by Chara….. I think we are seeing Chara reach a point in his career where he is finally starting to decline (age related).

    The NHL has crafted a hodge podge of non-calls making his style of play highly effective, especially in the NHL Playoffs. Here on the big ice with less clutching and grabbing he is a fraction of the player he is as a Bruin.

  39. habs001 says:

    USA forwards looked like in top gear since the beginning of the tournament….The forwards for Canada so far looked mostly not in sync and seem to have problems with tight checking.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      001

      It may have something to do with the competition played against.
      Team Canada has played against AHL caliber teams to date.
      Something about playing down to the competition.
      Here’s expecting they turn it on a little better today.

      • habs001 says:

        Hopefully..while one player only i think they really miss Stamkos and i still think a player like Seguin would not have hurt…The Finns will try to lock the entire game down and make it a 1-0 or 2-1 game…sounds like a team we know…

  40. Kooch7800 says:

    That Mcdonagh was a good draft pick. Makes me really not like Scott gomez

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      Switch to the Russia / Slovakia game, that’s all I got to help you Kooch.

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      Subban – McDonagh as our first pairing?

      People say that we wouldn’t end up with Galchenyuk had we kept McDonagh, as we would likely have had a better season.

      But the young fella is so good, that I would take McDonagh + Forsberg (for example) over Galchenyuk.

      On the other hand, Gally would end up as a Leaf, which would give them real superstar #1 center… so I guess the things have worked out okay.

  41. PsyCANADIAN29 says:

    Wow…Did you know it was 3-0 for Phil Kessel of the Leafs? Thanks CBC guys on TSN!

    • PrimeTime says:

      what aren’t posters wondering why the #1 team of Hughson and Simpson aren’t doing the Kessel /JVR game?

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  42. habs001 says:

    Kessel hat trick…

  43. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Slovakia giving Russia a game, powerplay chance here for the Slovaks. (Feel like I am cheering for Chara, this is confusing)

  44. SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

    Slovakia – Russia game update:
    - Kovalchuk injured, leaves the game
    - Emelin takes a stupid tripping penalty and puts Slovakia on the PP

    Scoreless midway through the second.

  45. habsguru IS CANADIAN says:

    great for Price, he deserves it, and his numbers support that. unfortunately for PK, he is the easy sitting for Babcock. other than PK’s fans, not many are wishing success for him.

    What I don’t get, is sitting one the best skating/passing/shooting players for Hamhuis. other than depth of “safe” Dmen, what does he bring? so don’t play PK on against the top line in plays starting in Dzone… how freakin’ safe do you need to be? anybody see that beauty pass Markov made yesterday? that’s what PK does, and the puck ends up in the net.

    Marty out instead of Kunitz or Marleau???

    I have always liked Babcock, but this is ridiculous. MSL is an absolute pitbull on skates. ridiculous, stupid, amateur, self serving (not sure how, but it is), political, and even more stupid.

    • ffenliv says:

      I’ll agree that MSL sitting out is a bit odd. That said, he was a replacement (say what you will about his initial exclusion). As Habs fans, we’re about to benefit from the coaching staff’s ‘set plan’ regarding goaltenders. I imagine that they had some pretty clear ideas about the skaters to dress each day, too, unless someone really surprised them.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Maybe dressing Hamhuis as the 4th left hand Dman is more of a lack of trust for the other 2 left side Dmen after Duncan Keith.
      Could Subban play the left side?
      Has he ever played the left side in his career?

      • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

        That is what I was wondering on the previous page. Only way i can make sense of the decision. ANd looking on paper at the names on the left side, it makes sense I think.

  46. Walmyr says:

    hello everybody…

    For the first time in one month we in Rio de Janeiro will have a rainy day…unbelievable!…

    Well here in Brazil two tv channels are broadcasting the olympics in Sochi. Of course we (tropical citizens) have close to zero knowledge or exeprience in those sports. (The first time I heard anything about bobsled was after watching “Cool Runnings”)…

    It’s nice because there are so much people watching the Olympics…talking about it…trying to understand and be familiar with some of these sports…

    …funny to see we yelling “goal!!!” after a USA or Russia, like in our football games….

    So I am watching RUS vs SVK…just because they prefer to broadcast this game…

    “Yemelin” is playing as RD…
    Jon Laco is in…Halak and Budaj out…

    Good Olympics to you all!

  47. scarboro_habitant says:

    wow beauty 2nd goal by kessel.

  48. habs001 says:

    Canada only 3 pp chances so far….Sweden leads with 13…
    If Canada wins in regulation they are the number one bye seed

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Big game for Canada and you are right.
      They would have the #1 seed.
      That would give them a bye in the “Qualification playoff round” then they would meet the winner of the 8th-9th place game.
      That would set up a semi final against most likely Russia, while the other semi would proably see USA-Sweden

  49. JohnnyCanuckful says:

    Mornin’, all.
    Good to see Price gets the start, not so good to see PK gets a seat.
    However, his play the latter part of the season has been below the standard he set last year, giving rise to concerns about how he would stand up to the rigours of Olympic play. He can still make a difference if given the opportunity — and with clear instructions as to what is expected of him — something along the lines of the well-known KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Subban).
    It’s too bad he hasn’t had a coach like Price has had this season to get him back on track. Therrien’s personal development program, apparently, has its limits and offers no refresher course.

    Seriously, folks, I hope I never see another shootout.
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    (I warned you)

    • Blondie est Canadien says:

      Good read Johnny, thanks. Maybe they should change it and decide the game with fights – best of 3. Makes the enforcers more useful if they’re going to be dressed anyway.

      I’m sure front could get behind it.

  50. Bash says:

    Our Habs coach has not inspired PK or the brain trust. Playing ice time rewards with your best player is peewee philosophy. We all know that Subban hot dogs at times and tries to do too much…the latter because as he and Price go so go the Habs – he has to do too much.

    All said Therrien is not the coach we need. Lil Davey plays like shit forever and gets more ice time with better players. PK makes a mistake and gets benched. WTF?

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  51. Maritime Ronn says:

    Habs fans have to be extremely happy that Price is getting the call.
    The net is now his.
    If he is solid today, he will be the Team Canada goaltender moving forward…which something tells me he will be.
    —————
    As for Subban, there is much disappointment from Habs fans, but there should be little surprise.
    The process and Team Canada feelings were evident from last summer’s Orientation Camp.
    Regardless of a * Norris win, Subban was considered a bubble player by the Team Canada brain trust.

    Why?
    Here’s thinking Subban was a victim of some great ‘right sided’ Dmen, situations, trending, and Team Canada ‘trust’…and incredible pressure to BOTH make the team and do well in a Contract Year.

    Right sided Dmen/Situational play:
    All of Weber-Doughty-Pietrangelo play on their team’s 1st Unit Power play and 1st Unit Penalty Kill.
    Subban is not part of the Habs Top 4 in penalty kill.
    Disadvantage Subban…even if he was a decent PK man 2 years ago, his present Habs coach appears not to trust him in PK situations.

    Trending:
    Subban started the year on fire, yet there had to be concerns from Team Canada people about Subban’s ‘trending’ since being benched for 10 minutes in Philadelphia.
    You all know the story, and Subban has not been the same, dominant player since that time.

    Trust:
    It was well documented that the Habs present coach was not playing Subban in the crucial last minutes of tight games early in the season, along with not being part of the Habs penalty kill.
    Team Canada management and coaching staff must have taken note of this.
    The question they had to answer was “If his own Habs coach doesn’t trust him in shut down or PK situations…..”

    Here is NOT believing that makes Subban 1 dimensional, yet it’s really only the feelings and thoughts of Yzerman and the Canada coaching staff that count.

    Lastly, tape of all games played exists, yet perhaps the last evaluation tool was ‘Live games played’ in front of Yzerman-Babcock-Hitchcock-Julien.
    Simply put, Subban did not have great games against Tampa, Detroit, St.Louis, and Boston this year.

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      I won’t comment on the whole thing, but in regards to the “trust” thingy.

      MT not relying on PK more is a sign of him being utterly incompetent. If team Canada pays any attention whatsoever to his terrible coaching, it’s not a good sign for you guys. Luckily you have not lost your top 4 centers (like Finland) to injury, so a medal is almost certain. A very likeable team too!

    • Cal is Canadian says:

      The rationale is stupid. PK is better than at least 3 of the Dmen that are dressed. Canada’s “brain trust” is more like brain dead. The “left-right” thing is nothing but shit that’s been spread since August against one of the best Dmen in league today.
      I feel badly for PK as this is likely the last time the NHL goes to the Olympics and he is being shafted by old guard morons.

      • ffenliv says:

        Ya, it’s not like it’s something Babcock does in general … and Babcock has been pretty successful as a coach.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hey Cal
        It is what it is, and it’s tough to fight against City Hall.
        Maybe dressing Hamhuis is more of a lack of trust for the other 2 left side Dmen after Duncan Keith.
        Could Subban play the left side?
        Has he ever played the left side in his career?

  52. Grimmly says:

    Go Price go !!

  53. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Say what you like about Kessel but, man, the guy can score!

    • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

      Burke did a great job trading for Kessel and JVR. Great scorers.
      Having said that – screw the Leafs. May they never win the Cup again.

      • Blondie est Canadien says:

        Agree wholeheartedly. BTW your handle change almost made me spray my monitor with coffee, funny stuff.

        • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

          I’m afraid after this game, it will be something like “SlovakHab is depressed after a 10-0 loss”

          Don’t be fooled by that scoreless draw after the first.. We have been known to concede 6 goals in a single period. Still plenty of time for a rout.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      I have no issues with the guy, what is surprising to me is how many Leaf fans I know who don’t like him. Makes zero sense to me, guy is one of the elite talents in the league, flat out goal scorer.

      • ffenliv says:

        Kessel’s problem is that he just isn’t personally likable. Of the league’s stars, he’s probably the least comfortable with the media, and always looks like he’s thinking about ways to escape when a camera does catch up to him.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi burli

        The guys in the Leafs room couldn’t care less about what fans and media think about Kessel.
        It’s what he brings to the team and whether or not he is a good team mate.
        If he was uncomfortable with his own guys – or they with him, he would have played out the year and become a UFA.
        He is one of the best snipers in the league and can just about guarantee +30-35 goals.
        He also shows up in the playoffs.
        21 points in 22 games including 13 goals.

        • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

          I do realize Leaf teammates don’t care, my comment was directed at how foolish many Leaf fans can be for not appreciating what Kessel brings to their team.

    • ffenliv says:

      His ability to put the puck in the net is pretty ridiculous. Some guys just have that talent.

  54. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Kessel with a nice goal early, 1-0 USA.

  55. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Wow, that was pretty quick. Early returns do not bode well for an upset – lol.

  56. ffenliv says:

    Every time a Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team is picked, there are people griping about who was chosen and who was left out.

    Every time lineups are set for games, people gripe about who is playing where, and who is in the press box.

    When we win gold, these folks disappear. When we don’t, they come out of the woodwork, telling all how THEY knew the right answer.

    Canada is the clear favourite, and despite us wanting to see Subban play, griping about this is no different than we’ve seen from other fans down the other Olympic years. Win or lose, outside of the guy between the pipes, it’s very likely the result of much more than the choice to play or sit one guy.

    • SlovakHab is not impressed after game 1 says:

      I reckon not all posters here are Canadian.

      I like Canada, but I like Habs more. Hence I’d prefer Subban & Price dominating the tourney and Canada not winning, to the opposite case. And I might not be the only one, I think Habs have quite many fans in USA.

  57. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    Happy for Price. As much as others are questioning the lineup decisions, I’m not surprised. At the end of the day, Price’s play this season has been steadier and on a great trajectory then Lou’s. He is peaking at a critical time and I think we ride this success to gold.

    Price has bounced back from a tough ending to last season and is poised, at 26, to become a mainstay in the conversation of best goalies in the NHL for the foreseeable future.

    PK had a tremendous season, however that was last year. If the Olympics were played last April (2013), PK would be on the top pairing. Unfortunately, after a great start to the season, PK’s play this past month has really fallen off. Would I trade PK straight up for any defencemen on the Olympic roster? Maybe Keith or Doughty. That said, PK is not playing better right now.

    Again, professional sports is all about what have you done lately. These decisions simply validate this theory. At the end of the day, as much as I want to make this about PK and Price, it’s really all about team Canada. I can’t wait to see the boys against better competition.

    Go Canada!

  58. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    I think mentioned earlier but Stepan in for USA today, MaxPac out of lineup. Miller starts with Howard as backup today also.

  59. CJ says:

    Price to start, no Subban.

  60. Blondie est Canadien says:

    U.S. vs. Slovenia shortly, has Slovenia got another upset in them?

    Slovakia is in pretty tough after losing to Slovenia, they’re 0-2 and facing Russia next.

    • SlovakHab is not impressed after game 1 says:

      We are done like dinner.
      Terrible tournament for my homeland.

      • Blondie est Canadien says:

        It’s a tough tournament in that regard. You don’t get much of an opportunity to recover from early mistakes.

        • SlovakHab is depressed after Game 2. Russia, please have mercy. says:

          You don’t get a better redemption opportunity after being smashed by the US, than playing Slovenia next.

          The thing is that our players are better than the Swiss or Slovenians. Hossa, Chara, Halak, Sekera… They just played terribly as a team. It’s all on coaching. They play like headless chicken.

  61. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Congrats to Jan Hudec, big medal in the Alpine Super G downhill for Canada. This guy has had more injuries than Markov and continued to battle back. Good for him.


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