Former Canadien Chris Nilan and Mike Boone were the guests on the latest episode of the HI/O Show, discussing the Sochi Olympics and Team Canada along with Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan.
Nilan had a simple explanation for Russia’s early elimination in Sochi.
“It’s the old curse of Ovechkin,” he says about the star player who was limited to one goal at the Sochi Games while Russia was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Finland. “The Washington Capitals are stuck with the curse of Ovechkin … he’s never going to win anything there. …. I don’t think this guy will ever win a Stanley Cup or a gold medal.”
Among the other topics discussed on the show are Team Canada coach Mike Babcock’s strategy and his decision not to play P.K. Subban, Sidney Crosby, the pressure of playing at the Olympics and whether NHL players should return to the next Olympics.
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The next episode – with Nilan and Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs as the guests – will be available at around 5 p.m. on Thursday. We’ll look back at the Sochi Games and ahead to the Canadiens’ returning to the ice after the Olympic break on their drive to the playoffs.
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