The Olympics are drawing to a close, and so is the men’s hockey tournament. After the Canadian women went on to win gold against the USA yesterday, there were two men’s games today - the semifinals, which were both huge rivalries, and games not to be missed.
The day started with Finland/Sweden, which would decide the first team to compete in the gold medal game on Sunday, just before the closing ceremony. And after a 60 minutes battle, Sweden came out the winner, taking the game 2-1.
The quarterfinals day started with Sweden playing Slovenia, the underdog of the competition so far, along with Latvia. The Swedes dominated the game from the beginning of the first, and kept the game in their hands throughout, even with a solid effort from Slovenia.
The game would end 5-0 for Sweden, taking them safely to the semifinals. Alexander Steen, Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson and Carl Hagelin would be the goalscorers for Sweden, with Hagelin with two. Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya got an assist on Eriksson’s goal.
Today saw 8 of the men’s teams battle it out in qualifiers for the quarterfinals to play against the teams that already qualified: Sweden, USA, Canada, and Finland. The day started with Slovenia/Austria, which ended in a 4-0 win for Slovenia, a team that started off a bit shakily and seemingly found their feet. This is the first Olympics in which Slovenia has a men’s hockey team participating, and they’ll face Sweden in their quarterfinal.
The second game of the day was Russia/Norway, which, unsurprisingly, finished...
The day started with a Austria/Norway game that ended as a 3-1 win for Austria, thanks to two goals by Michael Grabner. Norway have yet to win a game in the Olympics tournament, while this was Austria’s first win.
Afternoon games in Sochi involved two teams with Blackhawks players: the USA, who played against Slovenia, and Slovakia, who played Russia.
The first period of the USA/Slovenia game saw Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Phil Kessel ...
Day 4 of the Olympics hockey men’s tournament was packed full of intensity, and started with an upset for Team Slovakia, who was beaten by Slovenia 3-1 in a game where they were touted as the favorite.
Team Slovenia, in their first Olympics, have little depth - they played their NHL star forward Anze Kopitar for 26 minutes in the game,but they still managed three goals from three different players: Kopitar, Rok Ticar, and captain Tomas Razingar. Slovakia’s Blackhawks stars, Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus, still have to g...
New York Islanders top prospect Ryan Strome continued to add to his impressive professional rookie season this past week in St. John's, Newfoundland. In the All-Star skills competition on Tuesday, Strome took a share of the accuracy shooting title and in the game on Wednesday he added 2 goals to help the AHL All-Stars down Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.
The first day of day 3 of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament saw Czech Republic face off against Latvia and earning themselves a win. Michal Roszival, of the Blackhawks, skated on a line with Tomas Kaberle, and was on the ice for each of the Czechs goals.
Czech Republic opened fire, with a goal by Martin Erat 10 minutes into the first frame. Latvia retaliated 3 minutes later with a power play goal by Janis Sprukts. It only took 6 minutes for Jaromir Jagr to give Czech Republic the edge again, scoring just before the end ...
After a strong showing of team Finland early on in day 2 of the men’s hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics, it was time for team USA (Patrick Kane) to face team Slovakia (Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus). And it ended up being an unbalanced game, with team USA taking the lead early and keeping it all through the game. It was a fast-paced game, and the US team seems to have find a very strong offense quickly.
Team USA opened up the scoring in the first with a goal from John Carson, which was swiftly tallied up by Slovakia&rsqu...
Team Sweden opened the men’s tournament at the Sochi Olympic by playing Czech Republic, while Latvia faced Switzerland. The Bolshoi Ice Dome was loud with Czech fans coming en masse to support their national team.
But in the end, it was Sweden that came out on top, led by defenseman Erik Karlsson, who scored 2 goals to help Sweden to a 4-2 win. Before even the halfway mark, Sweden was up 4-0, with 2 goals in the first period and 2 goals in the second.
The Blackhawks are one of the NHL teams with the most players headed to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Along with the three players joining team Canada and Patrick Kane joining team USA, there are six players joining their European country teams.
Three of them have been called up by team Sweden: Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Oduya is a 2010 Olympian while both Kruger and Hjalmarsson will participate in their first Olympics.