Liveblog: Olympic Games, quarterfinal: Canada 2, Latvia 1

OK, Canada … we can breathe again.

Shea Weber scored in the third period to give Team Canada a 2-1 win over Latvia Wednesday in quarterfinal action at the Sochi Olympics. Carey Price got the start in goal for Team Canada, while Habs defenceman P.K. Subban was a healthy scratch. Canada outshot Latvia 57-16 as goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis stood on his head. Gudlevskis has played this season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

Forward Martin St. Louis returned to the Team Canada lineup, while Matt Duchene was a healthy scratch.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the third period after first-period goals by Patrick Sharp for Canada and Lauris Darzins for Latvia.

Canada will now face the United States in Friday’s semifinals, starting at noon ET. The U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-2 in quarterfinal play Wednesday. The Habs’ Max Pacioretty had one shot on goal in 11:14 of ice time for the U.S., while Tomas Plekanec had two shots in 17:28 of ice time for the Czech Republic.

The other semifinal matchup will have Sweden facing Finland at 7 a.m. Friday. Sweden beat Slovakia 5-0 Wednesday, while Finland upset Russia 3-1. The Habs’ Andrei Markov had two shots on goal in 17:16 of ice time for Russia, while teammate Alexei Emelin had one shot in 14:07.

The gold-medal game will be played at 7 a.m. ET Sunday.

Mike Boone was blogging live during Canada’s quarterfinal game along with other hockey writers from Postmedia News. You can see the live blog by clicking here.

This week’s HI/O Show, with Chris Nilan and Boone as the guests joining sports editor/host Stu Cowan, will be taped on Thursday morning and be available online around 5 p.m. that day focusing on Team Canada. If you have any questions you would like answered on the show, post them in the comments below or email Cowan at scowan@montrealgazette.com and we will take them into consideration.

Here’s how the Team Canada lineup looked against Latvia:

FORWARDS
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Patrice Bergeron
Jamie Benn – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Marleau – Jonathan Toews – Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp – John Tavares – Rick Nash / Martin St. Louis

DEFENCEMEN
Duncan Keith – Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Dan Hamhuis

GOALIES
Carey Price – Roberto Luongo

SCRATCHES
Matt Duchene – P.K. Subban – Mike Smith

(Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News)

Mike Boone’s post-game take on Canada vs. Latvia, Postmedia News

Canada vs. Latvia live blog with Mike Boone, Postmedia News

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

Hamilton’s Big Three developing on blue line for Habs, by Brenda Branswell

703 Comments

  1. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Something I’ve noticed from a lot of Canadian players is the tendency to stand on the boards in the D-zone and wait for the puck to come to them from the defence.

    This works well in small NHL rinks, but takes longer on Big Ice, and gives the quick Latvians opportunities to intercept. Seen Getzlaf do it, and a number of others.

    As I mentioned below, having watched the Latvia-Swi game, we are in for a tough one – they are fast, and very physical. I have a feeling that they will be given more leeway than Canada, so we can’t expect too much in the way of powerplay opportunities.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. Sportfan says:

    Too cute sounds like the Habs when they try to make the “pretty” pass instead of shooting and trying to score. I rather 50 butt ugly goals from someone like Gally than one pretty goal any day.

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  3. Sportfan says:

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but rip them a new one grapes!

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  4. Sportfan says:

    I really, really hate that GoJit Dicom commercial

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  5. RetroMikey says:

    This team is missing 2 players I wish were on the team. David Legwand, a two way specialist to play with Bergeron and Eric Stahl who would compliment Crosby just fine who would replace the overrated Kunitz.
    Bigger ice surface is a weakness for this team we have assembled.
    Welcome to Olympic hockey! A big adjustment for these NHL superstars to adapt to.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • to steal someone else’s joke from four years ago, that would give us the possibility of a Crosby, Staal and Nash line. : )


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • RetroMikey says:

        Hey, I never though of that. lol
        Seriously, Latvia has been playing for years to prepare for the OLympics.
        They are ready, but we are not.
        You can;t assemble a team in less than a week and expect Canada to win it all.
        On paper looks good but in reality it’s not a good idea.
        I’m a big fan of the Olympic hockey team being compromised of University and Junior players!

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Strummer says:

      Leg wand is American

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  6. BJ says:

    Not too many would have guessed that score after one. Anyone else almost cheering for Latvia? Canada is not inspiring confidence in any games so far. Outhit and outworked. They are in a game and better pick it up.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Canada are still playing like a collection of individuals, whereas their opponents are a unified team.

      There’s something to be said for the sense of desperation a smaller team can draw upon in games like these. Adversity. Canada hasn’t felt that yet.

  7. Strummer says:

    Watching Team Canada I have the urge to fill my car with gas
    ____________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  8. Grimmly says:

    Im so glad we have Babcock, the engineer of a perfect team, and not Nolan.

    Babcock is cattering around Crosby when this WHOLE team has problems scoring

    WHY IS KUNITZ STILL NOT SITTING

  9. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Woah!
    Boss called, stepped out for a minute, and it’s 1-1.
    Who scored, why, and how?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Timo says:

    This team is useless. Now that Russians are out I don’t think I’d be too upset if Latvia pull this one off.

  11. jols says:

    No one going to comment on how brutal Price looked on that breakaway?

  12. melski says:

    Ozolinsh doing a Noel Price imitation

  13. Strabo says:

    10-6 Canada
    Ran China out of rocks
    Canada to the gold medal game in curling.

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  14. Rugger says:

    Clearly Price’s fault as they had on lefty and one righty on D so it couldn’t be a D problem.

  15. adadi says:

    Latvia has come to play. Good on Nolan.

  16. Sportfan says:

    Every time I see the d take a shot and missed or it doesn’t go in I say PK would have scored that :P

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  17. nellis13 says:

    PK would have never fallen for that!

  18. savethepuck says:

    The St Louis tandem effed up big time there.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  19. 25 Stanley Cups says:

    Price looks uncomfortable. Lol

  20. Timo says:

    10-6 Canada after 9

  21. desertman says:

    how good is this indrasis kid?

    Big fast and drives the net… lets sign the fool

  22. Strabo says:

    10-6 Canada
    Open hit for 3
    China has the Hammer in the 10th

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  23. johnnylarue says:

    Gonna go out on a limb here and say there’s no way in hell Canada is going to lose this game.

  24. Timo says:

    Do these stiffs stiffs know what a bodycheck is?

  25. savethepuck says:

    With the talk of the Russian women curlers, has everyone seen this?

    http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/medal-detector/icy-hot-russian-curler-turns-heads-012814

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  26. 25 Stanley Cups says:

    Price looks uncomfortable in net so far. I hope we score soon, and first.

    Nevermind, im watching with no sound, and not in HD, thought whites were the Latvians.

  27. Marek says:

    Is there any way we can get Timo behind the bench next olympics?

  28. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Good to see St. Louis in the lineup.
    Hope he does well.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. Timo says:

    Crosby is having Ovechkin like Olympics… only with fewer shots.

  30. jols says:

    Some really pretty passing by our boys but no finish so far. Now short handed. Hope Price gets some action.

  31. Timo says:

    Is that the solid defense we are witnessing?

  32. habsguru IS CANADIAN - is Babcock? says:

    how did Tim Peel get this game???

  33. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Any idea who has ‘home ice’ and how it’s determined?
    (for reasons of last change)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Strabo says:

    7-6 Canada
    China with 2 in the 8th

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  35. Timo says:

    Crosby and Kunitz are useless.

  36. Sportfan says:

    Kunitz already played 10 seconds and it was terrible get rid of him also GET RID OF HEALY CBC

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  37. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    I don’t know how many of you watched the Latvian game yesterday, but they are fast and strong, and very physical.

    We could be in for a surprise.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Timo says:

      And Canada is supposed to be what? They have almost 150 mil in payroll in the lineup. Too much money, not so much heart.

      • Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

        I disagree (as I always have) that money determines performance.
        My boss regularly throws thousands of dollars at me in performance-related bonuses but it has no bearing whatsoever on how hard I work. I work as hard as I can/want regardless of whether those bonuses exist or not.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • mrhabby says:

        I would like to submit my CV.

  38. Timo says:

    LAtvians came to play. Canada is floating. The usual.

  39. desertman says:

    Is CBC showing the game online?

    Does anyone have the link, i cant seem to find it

  40. Timo says:

    I see Kunitz is in… so they will never admit a mistake. aholes.

  41. krob1000 says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444192
    Zuccarello injured at Olympics…leading scorer for Rangers in midst of a playoff race…one GM wo will vote against Olympics next time.

  42. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Watching the game (beginning at least) in the McGill library.
    Maybe not the best place…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Shiram.ca says:

      Heh count yourself lucky, I have to work untill 1pm, at which point I’ll hope there’s a place for me to watch the screen down in the food court.
      And might have to miss the end of the game as my lunch ends at 2.

  43. Cal says:

    Holy Crap! Tim Peel is reffing. Insert ominous music here.

  44. Timo says:

    Canada by 3 after 7h. Come on guys.

  45. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Glen Healey is the reason I shall be enjoying today’s game in French.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. Strabo says:

    7-4 Canada
    Draw for 3 in the 7th

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  47. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    I would not want to be a member of the Russian hockey team today.
    “Witness relocation program”, please.

  48. BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

    Asking in the poll if we’d like to see the NHL change to a larger ice surface is a moot point.
    Given how many premium seats the teams would have to remove, we all know…. it ain’t happenin’!

    • Shiram.ca says:

      You know they’d just increase the ticket prices everywhere if they lost some seats.

      • BriProfessional Team Canada Hockey Fan says:

        Nu-no.
        You’re not looking at removing some seats.
        You’re looking at removing several rows of big $$$.

        • TheCanadianDagger says:

          Raise the price a bit of every other seat = offset of the losses. It wouldn’t be a money loss issue.

        • Shiram.ca says:

          I know, what I’m saying is that the new “next to the glass seats” would just be more expensive then the old ones, as there would be less seats all around.
          a 60$ ticket would go up to 70-80 bucks…
          the 200$ tickets would go up to 260$
          etc…

    • Chris says:

      The time to do that was back in the 1990’s when there was a flurry of new rinks being built. The time is past now, as the cost to expand the ice and the lost ticket revenues simply aren’t going to make it feasible.

      I think the most likely scenario now is moving to 4-on-4 permanently, but that is also years away, if ever. The big ice has advantages, but one thing it does not do is boost scoring: many of the most loathed defensive systems are mastered in the international game, including everybody’s favourites, the neutral zone trap and the left-wing lock.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      If the Olympics are any indication, a bigger ice surface would not improve the game to any significant degree. It’s all about the approach to how the game is played. Perhaps, owners and G.M.s need to stop firing coaches based only on the most recent results. Ruff did not become a bad coach. Buffalo had a bad team. Therrien on the other hand is the type of coach to avoid. We need coaches who will encourage offense and 29 owners who realize only one team wins it all. Otherwise entertainment is, apparently, the last of their priorities.

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

  49. nellis13 says:

    What they need is someone to carry the puck into the offensive zone and who’s better at this than PK? At the very least he has a unique skill set so why not keep him on the bench as the 7th d-man just in case but maybe Babcock likes to golf with 3 drivers and 4 pitching wedges. And by the way, do you know when Hamhuis is going to win the Noris? NEVER!
    Also why the f*&# is he still playing Kunitz? It’s not working with Crosby and Duchene’s twice the hockey player.

    • TheCanadianDagger says:

      Kunitz is still in because they don’t want to look stupid for picking him because Crosby makes him look good. Just trying to justify that pick. So many better options.

      Also, I LOVE the Benn – Getz – Perry line. Beast mode all game.

  50. Timo says:

    I still hate babcock. He is an a-la Therrien ahole.

  51. AceTen says:

    As much as it sucks the way PK has been treated by team Canada, it could actaully benefit the habs in many ways:

    1. I think the whole experience will be a good reality check for him. He’ll realize that yes he is good but he still has a long way to go to become the best.

    2. It should really help our contract talks with him. If anything I think it makes 8 mil out of the question. So many D are playing much better than him and only make 6-7 mil. (Karlsson 6.5, Doughty 7 etc.)

    3. Another good thing about him not playing is he’ll have more in the tank for the rest of the season and playoffs. Plus he’ll come back rested and probably more motivated than ever to prove his critics wrong… Starting with their first game back on the 26th against Babcock and the Red Wings.

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      1. He won the Norris last season I think that makes him one of the best. Just because a short sighted coach doesn’t play him in favor of 3 defenseman who just aren’t better in Vlasic, JBo, and Hamhuis doesn’t mean that Subban isn’t one of the best d-men in the league.

      2. The Olympics have no bearing whatsoever in what he will get paid. He’ll still command 8 mil a season regardless and rightfully so.

      3. I hope he puts on a show against the Wings and sticks the puck straight up Babcock’s ass.

      • AceTen says:

        1. I never said he wasn’t one of the best I said he has a long way to go before he becomes THE best, no questions. And yes it might be hard to swallow but his overall game still needs a lot of work.

        2. Since when do the Olympics have no bearing? Do you recall last season when Subban’s last contract talks weren’t going well? Perhaps you don’t… Subban was asking for Doughty like money and what is the first thing Meehan said to Bergevin:

        “Uh there’s just the problem that Doughty had a huge role with Canada as a 19 year old defenseman at the Olympics” At 19 Subban was still in the OHL. So don’t even try and say the Olympics have no bearing.

        3. Agreed.

    • The Jackal says:

      How has he been “treated,” like a POW?
      Give us a break!

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      • AceTen says:

        Yes it might be news to you… But having a Norris trophy winner sit in the pressbox while 7 other D get a chance to play is not how one would like to be treated. Nor is it how we would like our star player to be treated. Hamhuis getting a spot over Subban is outright ridiculous. Figure it out

  52. Strabo says:

    4-4
    China ties it up in the 6th
    Canada with the Hammer in the 7th

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  53. Timo says:

    COngrats to Jones and the rest of the curling ladies for making it into the gold medal match.

  54. Habilis Canadianis says:

    Latvia is starting their other goalie that none of us know instead of the one we sort of know because he beat the Swiss yesterday.

    Ted Nolan is sneaky like a fox. The boys better be ready to play.

  55. youngwun says:

    I really hope USA take a loss today.

  56. ooder says:

    how f!@!#ing hard is it to find a competent coach for Russia. Honestly, what the hell is wrong with these people.
    Second olympics in a row where they are a laughing stock. Are you telling me that if they played all their games like they did in the 3rd they wouldn’t have done better. Yes team D is important, but don’t turn them into a checking team.
    Why on earth put in Varlamov when Bobrosvki looked way mroe comfortable all olympics long.
    also , some plyaers should be ashamed of how they just couldn’t get it done.

    • Cal says:

      Too much reliance upon stars to “get it done” without a team plan.
      Hockey players need a bleeper of a coach who demands it all, much like Scotty Bowman. Tikhonov (spelling?) used to get it done.

      • Timo says:

        Tikhonov never had to work with millionaire brats from NHL. In Tikhonov’s era it was much easier to motivate – “don’t want to to work hard and produce, back to the army barracks for you. 3 years in the navy somewhere in lovely Vladivostok”. Now, if Bill, as Russians call Bilyaletdinov, tells Ovechkin or Malkin to get their shit together they can tell him to eff off and there are no consequences.

        • Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

          And light his cigar with their 1,000,000,000,000 ruble notes.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • ooder says:

          then u figure out how to work with NHL brats. The russian mentality of play or you get the stick has been outdated for 20+ years.
          I honestly thought they were turning a corner with Bykov, but then they forgot to prepare an actual game plan in 2010 against Canada.
          Then they hired Bilendintinov who was teaching the russians the importance of team D.
          too bad he forgot that you need to score once in a while

      • D Mex-iCanadian says:

        For all intents, Bowman dictated what would happen, how and when with the Habs, and is still revered here as a result.
        Victor Tikhonov coached Soviet ‘ soldiers ‘ long before they were permitted to shine as individual stars.

        Stating the obvious, times they are a changin’ and that, combined with players like Radulov and Ovechkin appearing to struggle with individual success and fame etc, is not a winning formula for Russia – a symptom of why the KHL will continue to play 2nd fiddle to the NHL in the foreseeable future IMO.

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    • Habilis Canadianis says:

      Same story for Russia as it’s been for the past 20 years, IMO. Too many players who try to do it all and a coach who thinks likewise. Look at today, the first thing the Russian coach did in the post game presser was throw Ovechkin under the bus.

      No sense of team whatsoever. Just a bunch of really great players who happen to be on the ice at the same time. You just can’t win an elite tourney like that.

      • Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

        They need the pressure of KGB minders to remind them that it’s better to stick together than to be ‘individuals’.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    Glad that Marky and Yemmy get a breather before the league starts up again.
    Just wish that Czech had lost to give Pleks a break and Chara some more ice-time.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  58. Timo says:

    Fun reading russian blogs today. However, unlike HIO hand wriggling, there is a lot of dry bitter humor wr to their team. Have to say that most of the posters did not believe in Russia’s victory yesterday.

    Everyone is ripping into Ovechkin who yesterday declared there would be a war against Finland. Another example where athletes should just shut the f up and play their sports.

  59. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Subban slighted will be Subban energized when he gets back. Count on that.

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

    • The decision to sit Subban isn’t crazy IMO. In that all-star D squad, he’s among the strongest offensively but among the weakest defensively. I’d love to see him out there too, and this is no knock on him — saying he’s weaker than those guys defensively is like saying I’m a lousier driver than Lewis Hamilton. But on a team like Canada, with that ridiculous roster, I guess Babcock wants the D to prioritize defence and let the forwards lead the O.


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • Timo says:

        So D priority is turnovers from Vlasic and JBo? Hamhuis? Are these the all-stars you are talking about?

      • TheCanadianDagger says:

        I agree that the top 6 is solid and should be kept as is. But with the luxury of dressing 7 D having Ham sandwich in over Subban is stupid. PK can be a game breaker should Canada need an offensive push. I have no issue with him not being in the top 6, but it makes no sense not to have him as the 7th for PP, down a goal, etc.

      • DoopsyDiddler says:

        Please stop repeating the misconception that PK is weak defensively.

        • I didn’t say he’s weak defensively — he’s excellent, but just not as strong defensively as the other players on a scintillating D squad.

          Sure he’s one of the best in the league, but he makes bad turnovers at inopportune times, and he’s no one’s idea of a rock-steady defenceman. Even a guy like Gorges is better defensively than Subban.


          Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • habsguru IS CANADIAN - is Babcock? says:

        what’s this “weakest defensively” garbage. PK has shut down the leagues best an a nightly basis. any liabilities are usually on puck handling, which he MORE than makes up for. how often does he blow coverage, or play an opposing forward wrong. this mentality is for card carrying CBC/TSN groupies.

    • Timo says:

      And on the bright side, Markov and Emelin would come back sooner and without injuries.

  60. Strabo says:

    4-2 Canada
    China with the Hammer in the 6th

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  61. Drew42 says:

    Ummm…. correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Czechs beat Slovakia and Sweden defeated Slovenia….
    I’m just saying…. at least give Pleks’s team props for taking out Chara’s team… oh and to report things accurately.

  62. j2w4habs25 says:

    I am going to miss the first 10mins of the game… Price has this

    Carey Price #31

  63. jols says:

    Not at my TV till game time. How are the men doing against China in curling?

  64. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I assume someone here understands curling.

    When a team has the lead and the hammer, why can’t they just keep blasting the other stones out and force a 0-0 on every end (is that what they’re called?)?

    Your opponents throw one, you blast it out, ad infinitum.

    • Cal says:

      Curling remains the last bastion of sportsmanship. You can’t clear stones if they remain in front of the house for the first 4 stones thrown. After that, it becomes a little more difficult to remove them all, especially if they are guarded.

    • Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

      Because a team can win by more than one point, so you want to maximize your points with your last rock rather than just get one point (or zero).

      I think.

      -edit- (or what Cal said)

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • krob1000 says:

      They do blast them out sometimes because when you ahve the hammer it is assumed you will score 1…but you want multiple points. So what you do is you blank the end to maintainthe hammer until you get an opportunity for multiple points.

    • commandant says:

      You can throw guards in the first four stones. If they sit in front of the house, they can’t be removed. These stones are then used to guard the ones behind them.

      The more guards in play the more likely an end is to have points scored, but they could be risky for steals too.

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    • Habilis Canadianis says:

      Don’t quote me, because I could be wrong, but I think that’s where the whole “guard” thing comes into play. I’m pretty sure that the first two shooters can’t remove the other team’s rocks if they’re in the “guard position”. I don’t think that’s the right term, but you know what I mean, the rocks that are in the neutral zone before the rings.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      They sort of do that sometimes, after a fashion and within the 4 rock rule, if a team plays the hitting game, but someone will eventually miss and then the curling begins.

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

  65. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    So when teams go into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it is much talked about having experience, veterans who have been there, who know what it’s all about. But for some reason in the Olympics we want our youngest players in the lineups?

    Who knows if Babcock is making a gross miscalculation, but looking at the team he is icing with no allegiance to any NHL Club teams and where the players come from, one can understand the logic. It may be old school and it may be wrong, but it is the basis in which most NHL teams operate as the playoffs approach.

  66. habs_54321 says:

    still waiting for the tavares crosby tandem to happen.

  67. adadi says:

    Kunitz. Sheesh!

  68. CJ says:

    Delayed a meeting and pushed back my lunch to catch a few minutes of team Canada this afternoon. No surprises please!

    Enjoy both games this afternoon everyone. Looking forward to talking Habs hockey following practice this afternoon.

    Cheers, CJ

  69. ClutchNGrab says:

    If Babcock wants to give a good pep talk, that video could help…maybe not.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Ah_hZCEpk

  70. Wilhelm Friedrich says:

    What Mike Babcock really thinks about Subban: http://imgur.com/Ve3mpg8

  71. commandant says:

    Kuznetsov is going to join the capitals at the end of the KHL season. What are they getting?
    http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/02/19/kuznetsov-finally-joining-the-capitals-what-will-he-bring/

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  72. commandant says:

    Duchene and Subban scratched….

    I expected Subban, not surprised they are still idiots, but Duchene too?

    Why are we scratching the fastest skater amongst the forwards and on D too, on big ice? And playing our least talented wingers with Crosby.

    Look, Kunitz is here because he plays on Crosby’s team, he’s easily the least talented forward.

    Bergeron’s role on this team should be penalty kill, 4th line centre, key faceoffs… not playing RW on the top line. He’s a second liner for the Bruins and he’s top line on Team Canada. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy on the team, but in a role, not on the first line.

    I don’t care that he once had chemistry with Crosby. That was 9 years ago, at a a Junior Tournament FFS.

    I’m not worried about this game, but I fear the same lineup in the semis.

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  73. bwoar says:

    Yowza!

    “thoroughbred”

  74. Maksimir says:

    Forget them… should be Giroux and Subban playing.

  75. Les Canayens says:

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  76. Les Canayens says:

    Thanks for the suggestion, I just felt better already.

  77. habs001 says:

    Reality is if it was other refs Canada would have double pp opportunities..they have had the fewest chances of all teams..


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