HI/O Show: Nilan says the ‘curse of Ovechkin’ cost Russia at Olympics

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.

You can watch a new HI/O Show every week at hockeyinsideout.com.

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.

(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show) 


  1. RD says:

    So…where did you get that opening music? Is that CBC sports stock audio from the 60s? Also…Stu, do ya think you could try to sound more Canadian eh?

    Otherwise, great show.


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  3. We’re packed for the 2014 Manitoba Bantam Provincials going to miss all the Olympic live games this weekend, and Daytona but wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

    Matthew and I have been pretty lucky, we’ve been to the Provincials every year since he’s played. Not sure how big Provincials are in your province but here, it’s the biggest honor in hockey.

    I will be announcing to the arena to keep their scores to themselves so we as a team can watch it at the hotel on webcast.

    Have a great weekend and see you all online later.

    Moooooooooring JImmy!!!!! I love you Man. 🙂

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  4. habstrinifan says:


    Tongue in cheek but still good read to get that ‘hate’ going.

    Sorry Habsfan10912 and all the other USA posters… this is WWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

  5. Maritime Ronn says:

    Here’s wondering if anyone else is seeing the same thing.
    While Canada has had a huge amount of shots on goal, the guys aren’t taking their ‘normal’ shots.

    More often than not, they seem to be looking to pass – perhaps out of respect to line mates, instead of just firing the puck…almost like what happened when Iginla played for Pitt during the playoffs last year.

    Not firing the puck right away results in a few things:
    1) The goalie has more time to move or square up.
    2) The player is ‘off’, and ends up shooting right at the goalie.

    I believe that’s why Team Canada forwards have made the opposition goalies look like Vezina winners.

    Coach Babcock’s pregame speech should be 7 short words.
    “Shoot the puck-go to the net.”

  6. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Powerplay Finland, come on Fins, bury them here!

    Lundqvist with a bad goal, Alfie with a stupid penalty.

  7. Saintpatrick33 says:

    !0 bucks Peel screws the Fins and blows this call

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