On the last day of the Olympics, the very last event was the men’s hockey gold medal game, in which Sweden faced Canada. It meant that 6 of the 10 Blackhawks players that went on to the Sohi Olympics would get a medal, be it silver or gold. Patrick Kane just missed out on bronze yesterday, the USA losing out to Finland.
Three Blackhawks players were on each side of this gold medal game: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith for Canada, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger for Sweden. Niklas Backstrom, of ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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.
With the world junior’s tournament coming to a close earlier this week, it seemed like a good idea to take a look at the two Islanders prospects that took place in the games. Ryan Strome played for team Canada and Johan Sundstrom played for team Sweden. Of course Sundstrom seemed to come out of the games better as he is walking away with a gold medal (probably good for some locker room trash talk in the future).
Ryan Strome led the favored Canadian team into the tournament and didn’t disappoint with his play. In his six games played during the tournament he scored three goals and added another six assists. Unfortunately, Strome left the games with a bronze medal after losing a tough game against the Russians in the semi-finals.