Price will start for Canada against Latvia; Subban a healthy scratch

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the start in Wednesday’s Olympic quarterfinal game against Latvia, while Habs defenceman P.K. Subban will be a healthy scratch for the third time in four games.

Forward Martin St. Louis will return to the Team Canada lineup, while Matt Duchene will be a healthy scratch. 

Latvia beat Switzerland 3-1 Tuesday in a playoff qualification game to advance to the quarterfinals. In other playoff qualification games Tuesday, Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin were both plus-2 as Russia beat Norway 4-0, and Habs forwad Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist as the Czech Republic beat Slovakia 5-3.

The Canadiens players who aren’t in Sochi will see their Olympic vacation come to an end on Wednesday when they hit the ice in Brossard for a scheduled 2 p.m. practice.

Mike Boone will be blogging live during Canada’s quarterfinal game along with other hockey writers from Postmedia News. Check HI/O around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to get a link to the live blog.

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 the projected Team Canada lineup against Latvia from The Canadian Press:

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 Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Price gets start, St. Louis returns to lineup, Postmedia News

Video lookahead to Canada vs. Latvia, Postmedia News

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

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

727 Comments

  1. L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

    double

  2. L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

    test

  3. boing007 says:

    Markov and Emelin will soon be leaving Russia, singing Charlebois’s ‘Quand je reviens à Montréal’.

    Richard R

  4. zephyr says:

    I posted earlier about Canada’s risk aversion. I think that’s why they do everything by committee. it’s a big cya in case they lose. so no young guys or small guys (st. Louis was an afterthought & won the art ross last season). I think subban was only asked to come along because there would have been too much heat if the reigning Norris trophy winner was left off.
    I also think bettman is in town to muscle the Olympics. I think he wants team usa to win & is pressuring Olympic officials to use nhl refs in the key games to they can influence the outcomes like they do in the nhl. all this is with a view to increasing the bottom line of the owners back home. they’re getting a much wider u.s. hockey audience than normal in the Olympics & they need the u.s. audience to be enthusiastic about it. that’s why I think bettman is threatening to withhold nhl participation in future Olympics. that’s why I think there’s some fighting going on there. all Canadian teams are already profitable but the big money to be made is in the u.s. & bettman & the nhl owners know it.
    hey, if our pairs figure skaters can only take silver because of inside political agreements, then we have a precedent for this kind of thing.

  5. habsfan0 says:

    With PK not in the lineup,part of me wouldn’t be too disappointed if Ted Nolan & Latvia won.
    It would look good on Babcock & Yzerman.

  6. krob1000 says:

    I feel bad for Datsyuk. That team had some serious top end talent…the kind that should be able to produce more than 1 goal in a do or die game. Unfortunately Datsyuk reminded me of Crosby when the Pens played the BRuins in the playoffs. Both he and Datsytuk tried to play hockey and move the puck.,….but guys lie MAlkin, Ovie, Kovalchuk (Russia) and Pittsburgh had Neal, Malkina nd Letange who would jsut circle out in the neutral zone…skate through the first 3 defenders ..not be ablet o get byt eh 4th, 5th or gaolie and repeat until the clock wound down. Remined me of the same thing. Pittsburgh has no system or teammwork and the Bruins ousted them….Russia hd no teammwork and the Finns ousted them. Ovie should have learned his lesson long ago after amny years of Washington having similar problems.

  7. ianism says:

    anyone think the Czechs will beat the US? I don’t see it happening… they haven’t been great. have lost to the Swedes and Swiss. beaten Slovakia (barely) and Latvia. not too impressive.

    • mrhabby says:

      Czechs will come out flying for a bit and then they will be run over by Yanks speed/skill. Czechs are the older team it could get ugly.

    • krob1000 says:

      I will say Czech upset. The Czechs play a very tight game as well. They have a ton of veteran leadership on the at club. They are outsjkilled on the whole but they enough horses to pull it off. I just think any team with Pleks and Kerjci as two of your centers is goin to match up pretty well against anyone. THen they have vets like JAgr, Elias, Hemsky,etc. They can do it for sure.

  8. ClutchNGrab says:

    I was expecting the big ice to give more open, exciting hockey. I have to say I am a little disappointed. One thing I learned yesterday is the “big ice” is only on the width of the ice, the space between the blue line and the net is smaller.

    From La Presse:
    « La zone offensive est plus petite que dans la Ligue nationale. Oui, il y a plus d’espace en largeur, mais il y a moins d’espace de la ligne bleue au but. Dans l’enclave, ça compresse pas mal plus », note l’attaquant québécois, qui a amassé deux points en trois matchs.
    Dans la Ligue nationale de hockey, 19,5 m séparent la ligne bleue de la ligne de but. Sur une glace internationale comme à Sotchi, c’est plutôt 17,6 m. La zone offensive est donc plus courte, mais plus large.

    • krob1000 says:

      The big ice actually almost forces trap play otherwise too much speed is gained through the neutral zone. It turns into a possession style almost soccer like game. However, if the made the ice wider and left the neutral zone and areas inside the bluelines NHL size then you may have something. You always have to remember thoguh teh net is still in themiddle of the rink and any areas yu add to the the outside is just that ….area in the outside. With the way goalies are these days they rarely get beat out there so between that, the trap and the smaller blueline to goal line distance you do not see a ton of goals in international hockey. Go to any Euro leagues scoring leaders and you will see the leaders are lucky to have a point per game in most cases and the scoring is less than in the NHL. I would rather see hem back th bleulines up if anything…at least then palyers would have room to ick up steam from offensive zone possessions…as is there is play of fthe rush…and then the give and go in tight game. If you could somehow increase the speed and room in the scoring zones that could help…but I am sure then you would just see teams collapse even more.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Look how big a soccer field … er … pitch is (see I know s**t) and how much scoring you find even with nets the size of barn doors. The big ice is a guarantee of nothing if soccer on ice is the coach’s and team’s approach to the game.

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

  9. BJ says:

    Anyone else have the feeling when they watch Rask that he knows no one is going to score on him? They could be in the finals, Lundqvist will have to match Rask.

  10. Lafrich says:

    PK not in the lineup?!?!? THAT’S RIDICULOUS!

    INSERT LAST WEEK’S WORTH OF COMMENTS HERE.

  11. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Didn’t get to watch Russia Finland. Was it exciting in any way or another trapping snoozefest?

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

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

    Holy Baryshnikov, the Gulags will be full tonight…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Strummer says:

    What Jonathan Toews likes about Price:
    “Pricer has that personality, too, where he can just keep things even-keel even if half the city of Montreal wants to come have a word with him on his doorstep,” Toews said. “I think that’s what makes him the type of goalie that we really trust in our locker room at this tournament.”

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/hockey/2014/02/18/carey_price_keeping_level_head_going_into_olympic_quarterfinal_feschuk.html

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

  14. Sportfan says:

    Healy is such an @$$ clown he says because the russians had to many KHLers they lost, they had 8, the Fins had 11…

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  15. frontenac1 says:

    Watching the Finns and Latvia is like Butch and Sundance looking over their shoulders saying”Who are those guys?”

  16. DoopsyDiddler says:

    The idea that Russia are a talented team that didn’t produce is probably wrong. They have 4 outstanding hockey players, two good goalies. But after that? Andrei Markov, as much as I love the guy, wouldn’t be in the conversation for Canada or the US. And then you have Belov who can barely crack the worst team in the league, and Emelin, who is, let’s face it, a horrible defenceman this year. Kulemin is a 3rd liner on the Leafs!

  17. Sportfan says:

    Look at it from a Karma perspective, if the Russians and Americans really did make a deal in skating well then their karma is getting there butts handed to them in hockey!

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  18. j2w4habs25 says:

    I knew the Russian’s were going to lose after that goal celebration it was too cocky. I don’t think the Fins liked it.

    Carey Price #31

  19. Say Ash says:

    Glenn Healy or Jack Edwards?

  20. JUST ME says:

    I just do not see that result as a big upset really. Russia did not have what it took . Probably the weakest team in a long long time. To be on the podium would have been an upset so a gold medal seemed soooo out of reach. Great job by the Finns although some key players are missing. A 3-1 deficit with Rask in nets ….

    • CJ says:

      Good points. This is a single game elimination tournament. Anything can happen. I think the underlying issue is that it just got tougher for Canada. IMO, the game against the Americans (provided both teams advance) will determine who wins gold. Kinda like when the Americans played the Russians in 1980 at Lake Placid (which was not the gold medal game).

    • Yup — and no sleight to Markov or Emelin, but Russia’s D just doesn’t stack up.


      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.”

  21. Lopaz is Canadian says:

    Oli Maata, 19, plays in all situations, produces offence, shut down defenceman, against the best players in the world, on hockey’s biggest stage.

    Unreal.

  22. 24 Cups says:

    This is a far cry from 1972 when only an injury to Kharlomov on a dirty play by Bobby Clarke saved Canada from the biggest embarrassment in all of hockey history. Everybody remembers the Henderson goal but Canada was on the ropes for every minute of that series. It was life and death until the final buzzer.

    Those Russian teams were composed of five man units. They played with discipline and precision as they utilized skill sets that went back to the very roots of the game itself. Now, 40 years later, the Russian “national” team is the exact opposite of those wonderful Soviet juggernauts. Not even four of the top dozen players in the world could save them, yet alone score any goals when it counted the most.

    How times change.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      As I watched that game today Steve, I couldn’t help but think of the same thing. How those Red Army teams played such a beautiful passing game, holding the puck for a minute at a time before shooting, only when the opportunity was perfect. What a far cry indeed this present team is from those magnificent teams of the 70’s and into the 80’s.

    • Chris says:

      The Russian system has basically been dead since the late 1990’s. You get the odd extremely talented kid out of it (Galchenyuk, Tarasenko and Kuznetsov are probably the big guns…Nichushkin could join them), but they aren’t churning out players the way they used to. And they certainly aren’t churning out skill players at all positions the way they used to.

      • Chrisadiens is a Canadian stuck in an American body says:

        Chucky was born in Wisconsin.

        Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

        • Luke is Canadian says:

          I believe he grew up and played the majority of his youth hockey in Russia. Hence the accent…

          From Wiki:

          They moved to Europe when Galchenyuk was four, following his father’s hockey career in Germany, Italy, and Russia. They settled in Russia where Galchenyuk began his hockey career before moving back to North America when Galchenyuk was 15,

          • Chrisadiens is a Canadian stuck in an American body says:

            Very cool. Thanks for the info Luke.

            Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

          • Chris says:

            Correct. Galchenyuk played in the Russian system from age 8 to age 15, which are largely the formative years for youth players. I’ve always gotten a kick out of how people insist he is a product of the American system, despite playing the grand total of one year in that system, a year where he came over to try to boost his OHL chances as teams were wary of drafting Russians.

  23. Cal says:

    Individual stars not willing to play the team game is why Russia lost. Guys like Radulov, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin taking a lot of ice time and producing zip.
    Bad choice by the coach to start Varlamov. Bobrovsky a better bet and proved it by keeping them in the game.
    Markov and Emelin are in the special limo heading to the airport now….

  24. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa!Those pesky Finns do it again. The same guys with the depleted line up that took us to OT! Canada game and USA game coming up at the Saloon.Let’s Go Boys! Go Canada Go!

  25. A couple of guys mentioned signing Komarov down below — with our lack of depth and toughness at forward in Hamilton, he’d actually be a great pick-up if MB could convince him to play in the AHL. We need to have more/better call-up options than Leblanc, Andrighetto, Thomas and Holland IMO.


    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.”

    • CJ says:

      He would be a great addition, however I believe he will be an NHL player next season. This tournament will only help to build his profile. Given his age along with NHL and international experience, he will be able to step into a lineup and contribute.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      He will not go to the AHL. He is an asset in the NHL. He was a really pesky forward for the Leafs. if the habs could sign him you put him on the 4th right away but we would need to make room

      “Lets Go Canada”

    • Ozmodiar says:

      0% chance of him coming to NA to play in the AHL.

      • scarboro_habitant says:

        actually i remember watching a laffs game (i live in toronto) a little while back and they were talking about komarov. they said he was considering coming back to the NHL.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      That is why he went to KHL, because Toronto had him spend some time with Marlies. He wants back in the NHL, but one way contract only.

  26. montreal ace says:

    Finland had 10 forwards 6 ft and under on their roster, heaviest forward was 6 ft 210. It seems to me they all played bigger today, big win for them congrats to Finland

  27. Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

    Let that be a lesson for Team Canada vs. Latvia. ANYTHING can happen in a one-and-done scenario, especially if you don’t give your opposition the credit that they deserve. Canada needs to crush a Latvian team that’s short on talent and that played a tiring game yesterday.

  28. Habfan10912 says:

    Milberry calling out Russian player effort and intensity. He didn’t call out any individual players except Ovie. Citing his lack of passion. No leadership or accountability.

    Cry about officiating all ya want but this Russian team played like they couldn’t give two poops. They got exactly what they deserved.

    • adadi says:

      Yeah, let’s listen to Milbury now shall we.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Milbury is a complete tool. How he has a job in broadcasting is way beyond me

      “Lets Go Canada”

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I agree Kooch but in this case he may be correct. Russia showed little intensity. There was too much talent on that team to lose to Finland on home ice. They should have come out guns-a-blazin.

        • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

          I think Russia lacked structure and patience in their game. As soon as something didn’t go well, players started getting individualistic, which is common with talented teams struggling.

          I think the effort was there, but the system didn’t allow them to succeed.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          In saying that though Jim, the way the Finss play can make the game look very boring and uninspired similar to when you play the NJ devlis. The Finns made the CDN team look very ordinary as well. I think they deserve a bit more credit

          “Lets Go Canada”

    • mrhabby says:

      Milberry..they guy is to funny bordering on pathetic really.

    • Chris says:

      What a load of bollocks.

      The Russians were passionate and they were certainly trying. But Finland plays a stifling defensive system and feature perhaps the best goalie in the world right now.

      Let’s see…the Russians outshot the Finns 38-22. For comparison’s sake, Canada outshot the Finns 27-15 in their OT win in the round-robin.

      I wouldn’t expect much in the way of actual analysis from pinheads like Milbury or Healy, because that actually takes intelligence. Why did Russia lose? Because they simply don’t have the horses. Varlamov was shaky, their coaching was shaky, but at the end of the day, they simply lack talent: guys like Popov, Belov, Emelin, Medvedev, Nikitin, Tereshenko and Tikhonov should not be on your national team if you want to contend. They certainly are not the style of player that allows you to play the style that the Russians were trying to play.

      Russia should have modeled themselves more after Finland, who recognize their talent deficiency against the hockey powers and make up for it by playing a strong defensive system. That system gave Canada fits, and it gave Russia fits.

      Coming into the tournament, I was hoping Russia could have a good showing on home ice because it would be good for the sport. Hockey is dying in Russia: their infrastructure is crumbling, and their coaching is poor. Their stars are the last players that came of age in the old system. The new system is simply not working.

      But heaven forbid that people actually dig a little bit deeper. Instead, we have morons like Healy and Milbury spouting xenophobic nonsense, as has always been the case in hockey, and people just lap it up because hey…they are Russians. It is so nice when we hear things that fit the stereotype.

  29. krob1000 says:

    MCcarron up to 6 goals and 6 assists in last 12 games.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      That’s great news. Starting to bloom is he?

      • CJ says:

        Much improved. His move to centre has really helped to provide him with a structured mandate. Further, getting away from the Rupert brothers and acting as the defacto bodyguard on that line have really helped him focus on his play both with and away from the puck.

        McCarron is a project. I think, given the graduations in London next season, he will assume a larger role with PK and PP time and we will see a significant step forward.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      He will be just fine. I think the injury and adjusting to the OHL took him a few months. I think you will see him play much better next year

      “Lets Go Canada”

    • Chris says:

      London has figured out their lines, it seems. With a guy like Mitch Marner dropping down to the fourth line, you’ve got some good offensive punch everywhere in that lineup now.

      McCarron has been playing with Gemel Smith and Brett Welychka the past couple of games, which gives McCarron two talented players to play with: Smith has an excellent shot, while Welychka is a speedy playmaker. McCarron was not well cast in playing so much with the Ruperts earlier in the season.

  30. scarboro_habitant says:

    OV only guy to stop to talk to the media…gotta give him credit for that. for cbc to boot.

  31. Lopaz is Canadian says:

    No question the Russian philosophy of rolling the lines costs them big time.

    Ovechkin is first class for giving Freedman an interview. Kudos to him.

  32. adadi says:

    Good for Ovie to come out and face the music. All class.

  33. keithmacv says:

    PK and duchene scratched again today while Hamhands and Kunitz take up space on the bench…what a waste.

  34. jols says:

    Well that puts a damper on the entire proceedings. Was looking forward to a classic Canada vs Russia battle after we won a classic Canada vs USA battle. This tournament was far more exciting when Russia was part of it.

  35. mfDx says:

    Did that CBC dude, in congratulating Rask on being 2nd star, sya that he “just scored his 22nd gold of the Olympics” ?

    Sent from my CHphone

  36. Cal says:

    And the Russian Men’s hockey team goes down with a thud.
    Putin is beside himself. Or is that his look alike?

  37. scarboro_habitant says:

    russian coaches gonna snub the finns too?

  38. boing007 says:

    To Siberia with all of you!

    Richard R

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Well Markov and Emelin get a little break after all.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      They will need it. Morning Jim! Good luck to your boys today, would love to see a USA Canada game.

      CHeers!

    • CJ says:

      Markov looked good with Voynov. Just saying……

      Unfortunately for the Russians, they were the only defence pairing that posed any offensive threat.

      • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

        Voynov however, was brutal on one of Finlands goals today and Markov tried to come over to help but couldn’t.

        I still don’t want to see Markov traded, he is a key component as a mentor to all that young Defence talent we have coming up. I also think he has done so much for Montreal, I would like to see him finish his career a Hab. He is still very good, but needs his minutes managed. Hopefully with upcoming talent like Beaulieu this can happen.

        • CJ says:

          It will be interesting Burly. I just hope that if we don’t trade him, we get him signed ASAP. If he goes to July 5 as a UFA, I fear someone will be willing to offer 4-5 years. I would not want to match that offer.

  40. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Well that team that Canada “should have rolled over” just rolled over Russia. Make of it what you will.

    • CJ says:

      Not to over simplify things, but it seems to me if you can get a lead in this tournament, given the poor ice conditions and unusual rink dimensions, you can lock it down with greater certainty then what we are accustomed to watching in the NHL.

  41. CJ says:

    Interesting story regarding Ryan Clowe. Not sure if it was posted already, but thought I would share with the commentariat.

    http://t.co/5wBdbNjZab

    Money talks I guess. Looks like he was very close to signing in Montreal, given his connection with the city and the fact that he was a big Canadiens fan growing up. Loyalty does have a price…

    Looks like Briere was option C, after Vinny and Ryan Clowe fell through. I liked reading that Montreal was only willing to give a 2-3 contract. I love the player, but five years is simply too long.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning CJ. I agree. The term for Vinny and Clowe would have made those signings ugly. Briere seemed to be coming around prior to the break. He needs to be better to help the power play.

      • CJ says:

        Good morning Jim. I agree completely. Interesting article.

        This team would look a whole lot different if Clowe would have taken a 2 year deal though. I can see Briere sticking around, at least until next season. I wonder if Gionta ends up being the odd man out? Maybe the player and team part ways in the offseason, but I don’t see him as part of the future.

        In any event, hoping everyone has a great day! As excited as I am to watch Canada and Latvia (who am I kidding), I can’t wait to read updates from Habs practice this afternoon.

        Cheers, CJ

  42. scarboro_habitant says:

    finns missing some keys players from this team. would be interesting to see what they could do with those guys on this team.

    • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

      Sometimes adversity brings out the best in a team. No doubt they miss the talent whom they lost, but others have a chance to step up and make a name for themselves. Beware the wounded animal.

  43. adadi says:

    The Fin Swede came should be a dandy.

  44. Sportfan says:

    In Soviet Russia, Finland beats you!

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  45. Plekasuares says:

    I CALL THAT UKRAINIAN KARMA . Cya Russia !!!

  46. AceTen says:

    Is it safe to call Russia the Edmonton Oilers of the Olympics?

  47. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Perhaps the implosion which Russia is presently going through is exactly what the Canadian Coaching Staff is trying to prevent from happening, thus the conservative gameplan etc….

    • DoopsyDiddler says:

      Is Russia imploding? Close game between two good teams from where I sit, and one team has a very hot goalie.

      • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

        With all the talent Russia has up front I expected far better scoring chances. Instead I am seeing a great deal of solo rushes with the puck and some shots right at Rask from far away.

        Rask is playing very good no doubt, but Finland is not exactly giving up glorious scoring chances.

        Rask had to make better saves against Canada than he has today.

        • ianism says:

          they’ve played excellent team defence and the russian forwards have less chemistry than the canadian ones. recipe for offensive disaster on russia’s part. finland aren’t great on offence, but have been opportunistic enough. we’ll see what they have against the swedes. should be an awesome game.
          interestingly, we could have have all the ‘grudge match’ games in one tourney, except for canada-russia – we got SWE-FIN, CZ-SVK, USA-RUS, and maybe CAN-USA. pretty cool

    • adadi says:

      I would say the exact opposite. Canada is not playing to its strengths. Frankly Canada may still win this thing, but they are a couple of bounces away from imploding as well.

  48. adadi says:

    No way Russia wins this? Body language all wrong.

  49. Chris says:

    I have always found it amusing how Canadian players criticise European officials. In this tournament, the NHL officials have largely been brutal: lots of terrible calls and non-calls.

    • Luke is Canadian says:

      I hate the ‘Non-Call’.

      The idea that refs ‘let ‘em play’ to me, is worse than making a marginal call.

      When the refs are ‘letting them play’ they are impacting the game just as much, if not more, as they are when they call a ‘chinsy’ hook.
      Except they are letting the team that is breaking the rules benefit by not making the call.

      /rant.

      • adadi says:

        Especially when they make completely bogus calls 5 minutes before.

      • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

        I actually haven’t heard the Canadian team complain at all at this Olympics regarding refereeing. Many years past when there wasn’t NHL refs involved, the game was called much stricter.

        This Olympics like the last has an NHL ref with a European ref and they are allowing much more contact away from the puck to occur.

        • Chris says:

          I can’t remember the player (I think it was Getzlaf) that was talking about the shoddy international refereeing coming into the tournament, complete with that abomination of a saying “It is what it is.”

          That expression needs to be smote.

          • HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

            I think the stereotype of “International Reffing” is definitely something we hear here in North American hockey circles all the time. Something that I believe was born out of World Championships and Olympics from long ago.

            As I mentioned to Luke, now the reffing has a combination of NHL and European refs. I was actually surprised by how much was let go in this tournament.

            Getzlaf may indeed have said that pre-tournament, but as I said I haven’t heard or seen complaints from Team Canada in this tournament as of yet.

            Edit: People like Don Cherry do little to help remove that stereo-type.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            One player sets the trend. Oh Chris you may have a bit of the sour grapes this morning.

          • ianism says:

            ^^ that’s cause they haven’t lost yet.

          • Chris says:

            No, Jim, not sour grapes. I just can’t stand stereotypes in hockey…they are so often wrong. In that quote of Milbury’s case, it was purely lazy thinking, but that is par for the course for that lummox.

            As for the refereeing, it was actually the Finns who I felt were getting shafted when I made this post. It was right after the nonsense call when Malkin lost the puck.

  50. mrhabby says:

    Iam surprised and not surprised about Russia…still play like individuals not as a team.

  51. Sportfan says:

    Headlines after this game, “Putin announces invasion of former Soviet countries only because he wants their hockey players”

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  52. Sportfan says:

    I can see it now Russia complains about Canada vs. Latvia “We wanted easy opponent” :P

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  53. adadi says:

    Russia diving. C’mon Malkin!

  54. scarboro_habitant says:

    is vlady poo at the game? havent seen him yet.

  55. Grimmly says:

    Healy will be proposing to Rask after the game FYI

  56. 2014 Norris Trophy winner, "Dan Hamhuis"! says:

    PK will suit up when Canada plays for the Bronze against Finland as Canada gets to watch the US and Sweden play for Gold. I really hope not, but its a feeling i have right now.

  57. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Might Russia be pulling their goalie with 5minutes left in game?

  58. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Russia is only here because of that crazy shootout.

  59. DoopsyDiddler says:

    I’ve said it before, but the Habs should be scouting the heck out of Finland and Sweden.

  60. adadi says:

    So if the NHLers are not allowed to play in 4 years, who plays for Canada?

  61. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    RUssia starting to implode, Kulemin of! all people takes a boarding type penalty.

    Komorov from Finland is a very good agitator. Sign him MB

  62. adadi says:

    Healy loving the goon Komorov. What a surprise.

  63. zephyr says:

    I have a bad feeling about team Canada. I think our coaching staff is way too risk averse. lucky that price made a huge save late vs. finland or we’d have lost that game. part of their risk aversity is not playing subban.. who is simply their most dynamic dman. I see julien doing his utmost to discriminate against subban & price too.
    I think we’d be naïve to think those politics aren’t part of the process.

    the nhl refs suck in the Olympics too. where do they recruit these guys from? remedial education classes in adult high school? maybe they’ve just been corrupted by bettman’s bias for so long they don’t know how any more. that bettman strikes me as a major arsehole.

  64. Marc10 B All About Gold Baby! says:

    So this is what 50 Billion buys you?

  65. adadi says:

    Wow BS penalty.

  66. adadi says:

    Gotta wonder if the Finns had not lost their 3 top C men to injury, if they would not have been the team to beat.


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