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Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 9

As the Olympics draw to a close, the bronze medal game was played in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi. The penultimate game of the tournament would see Finland and the USA face off against each other to bring home a medal. Tuukka Rask was back into the net for Finland after sitting out the semifinal, and Jonathan Quick was playing for the second time in two days, after the USA’s loss to Canada yesterday.

 

The game started fast, with plenty of chances that would not come to fruition. In the first period, the USA were awarded a penalt...

Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 8

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.

 

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Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 7

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.

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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...

Isles Fans Voice Their Displeasure With Team USA Omitting Kyle Okposo From Their Roster

You really could not have written it up any better for Kyle Okposo's game-winning goal last night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Just a day after the management personnel of Team USA announced their roster for the Olympic games, choosing to omit Okposo from the competition, KO would come in and score the decisive goal in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup Champions at Nassau Coliseum

(Photo credit: bridgetds/Flickr).

John Tavares Set For Breakout Year

Saying that John Tavares will have a breakout season when he recently became a Hart Trophy finalist and has scored 249 points in 291 played NHL games in just four seasons might sound a bit ridiculous. But it very well may be true (Photo credit: theseoduke/Flickr).

Tavares was just one point shy in each of the past two seasons from establishing himself as an official point-per-game player (47 in 48 games in 2013, 81 in 82 games in 2012). He also has only eclipsed the 30 goal mark once, scoring 31 in 2012 with a whopping 50 assists to go along with his scoring touch.

With all of that being said, it is very possible that John Tavares still has not reached his full potential.

Will Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson Make The Isles Cut?

There will be plenty of tough decisions to be made for New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano when training camp starts in September, especially when it comes to deciding which young forward will have a chance to be on the opening night roster.

Both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson have earned the deserved opportunity to get a long look before being sent back down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; the only question is which one will stay.

Giroux Lone Flyer Invited to Canadian Olympic Orientation Camp

With the NHL announcing that its players will officially compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Finland, invites to orientation camps have been announced the past couple days.

Today, the first Flyer has been announced to earning an invite. Flyers captain Claude Giroux is one of 25 forwards invited to the Canadian Orientation Camp.

This is the first of said honors to Giroux, who is a heavy favorite to make the team. Giroux, 25, is coming off a 48-point season in which he scored 13 goals and added 35 assists in 48 games for the Flyers in 2013.

Giroux has established himself as one of the top players in the NHL, recently earning a brand new 8-year, $66.2 million extension from the Flyers.