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Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 6

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...

Blackhawks’ Olympic Effort: Day 5

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 ...

Blackhawks’ Olympic Effort: Day 4

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...

Blackhawks’ Olympic Effort: Day 2

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...

A quick peek at the Blackhawks' European Olympians

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.

 

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