Canada vs. Latvia in Sochi

SensChirp February 19, 2014 174
Canada vs. Latvia in Sochi

After a nail biter against the feisty team from Finland, Canada earned a bye to the Quarterfinal round and theoretically, a slightly easier route to the Gold medal game.

But standing in their way is Kaspars Daugavins and the surprising team from Latvia. Fresh off a huge upset over Switzerland, Latvia is all that stands between Canada and a spot in the semi-finals in Sochi.

Canada will shuffle the deck up front one last time, or so you would hope. Matt Duchene ends up being the odd man out up front while PK Subban has been identified as the defenceman that will sit. With the amount of offence Canada seems to be generating from the backend in this tournament, you could make a strong case for including Subban but that won’t be the case against Latvia.

The one certainty for this team right now seems to be in goal. And it was actually one of the more hotly debated positions leading up to the Olympics. Carey Price is the guy and Mike Babcock has made sure there is no doubt about that. Despite a strong shutout performance from Luongo in his lone start against Austria, Babcock went back to Price and seems intent on sticking with him the rest of the way.

Here is how Team Canada is expected to line up

Kunitz-Crosby-Bergeron
Marleau-Toews-Carter
Benn-Getzlaf-Perry
Sharp-Tavares-Nash
St. Louis

Keith-Weber
Vlasic-Doughty
Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo
Hamuis

The winner of this game will play the winner of Czech Republic/United States, which also starts at noon today. Sweden cruised to an easy win over Slovenia earlier this morning while Finland is on the verge of a huge upset over Russia. That game is entering the third period in Sochi. Finland leads 3-1.

  • Spoons

    Yussss! Russia eliminated by Finland!

  • Andrews theory

    Eesh…

    Might see some of the Russians catching an early flight out before the lynch mob catches up to them….

    Finland is the NJ Devils of International Hockey or possibly John Totarellas NYR’s..

    They have 6 goalies on the ice at all times

    • Spoons

      Finland are ranked 2nd in IIHF rankings for the past 3 years. Half the team NOT in the NHL and having such a superb system, plus TWO of the best goalies in the world makes them solid candidates for gold and possibly even nabbing 1st rank in IIHF standings

  • boom

    By the way, do any of you out there still think the NHL should go to the big ice???

    - No forecheck.

    - No hitting.

    - All 5 defenders skating backwards through the neutral zone.

    - No pucks getting to the front because all 5 defenders collapsing.

    Personally, i can’t believe how many people think big ice equals better hockey. I know I’m in the minority, but I bet the players would agree.

    Compare the hockey this year compared to back in 2010…not even close to the same entertainment value.

    • SensChirp

      I completely agree. These games have been dreadful to watch. Not at all what I was expecting. Teams line up five wide in the neutral zone then just clog the middle in their own end.

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      I’ve been reading “Empire of Ice” about the PCHA (Pacific Coast Hockey Association) and they made a rule that no more than three people could be near the net to defend at a time…of course they were six a side (seven wit ha rover) but I’d love that for international ice, force two or three people to be near centre ice and stop all the clogging up stupidity.
      TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!

  • Deadly

    In a way,PK can gain more brownie points by being a good team mate and not playing than actually playing the game. his power play strengths might not be required today and if if he supports his team mates it might work for him.

  • karlssens

    Finland is by far the most boring team in the tournament. It’s honestly sad how they use soccer tactics to sit everyone back and counter attack. I have to agree below that the big ice plays to their advantage as they can have more space to defend cohesively as a unit. If this was the small ice, canada would hit the body and grind those Finns down!

    That being said.. Still happy they beat Russia! But I don’t agree with their style.

    • Millennium

      There’s nothing “sad” about winning and upsetting the favoured host nation’s team. Is it NJ-esque, kinda boring hockey? Absolutely. Is it inferior to wide open offensive hockey? The result says no. Teams play to win, not to entertain. As long as this strategy works, there is zero reason why they should change.

      • karlssens

        I’m talking about from an entertainment standpoint.. It’s weak sauce

        • Millennium

          Fair enough, I’ll certainly agree to that. But I don’t blame them for choosing what works. If winning strategies are boring strategies, then its the IIHF that needs to change something to force more entertaining styles of play.

          • karlssens

            Agree. We see it in soccer all the time when the giant plays the minnows. They sit back, park the bus, and counter attack. It’s a strategy that works with more space, and I don’t blame them at all for doing it. Just think it’s sad and unfortunate for everyone else.

          • SENSsmile

            If this is where hockey is going, I’m going to stop being a fan. There is nothing exciting or interesting in watching a team smother all creativity from the other more talented team. Booooring!

  • SensChirp

    Daugavins out of the line up for Latvia

  • BFR

    Really frustrated wasting a spot on Kunitz at the expense of Duchene.

  • MikeS

    So russia didnt start Bob, I guess they were trying to lose

  • Sicilian

    I’d rather we had eliminated Russia but that works :)
    Go CANADA!!

  • esk

    WHY CANT YOU FIND HIGHLIGHTS ANYWHERE FOR THESE GAMES. SERIOUSLY FUCK THE OLYMPICS.

    • MikeS

      I watched the replay on CBC and just skipped to the goals times. Goal-tending 100% won the game.

  • Andrews theory

    Any idea why I don’t have access to make comments from a PC? It only seems to be available by using my ipad…?

    • Andrews theory

      Cancel that, just deleted all my cookies etc. and the problem is resolved..

      PHEW

  • Andrews theory

    @Deadly..

    Was thinking the same thing, we’ll see how much Subban has matured based on his reaction to not playing when the Olympics are all done. If he doesn’t get into a game, you know the MTL reporters will be right up his ass hoping to provoke a response.

    Be the bigger man Subban…you’ll steal the show in 2018

    • esk

      I look at what karlsson is doing with sweden and ask myself what if subban was playing? Would we be struggling to score goals? Leaving the reigning norris champ out of the line-up is a VERY questionable call. If canada gets eliminated..your never going to hear the end of it.

      • BFR

        Production from the backend is not this teams problem. Getting the forwards scoring is.

        • esk

          defence is suppose to help forwards generate offence. subban one of the best in that department

          • PraiseAlfie11

            The team management obviously doesn’t like his attitude. Big surprise there.

            They probably just took him because they didn’t want to hear about racism if they didn’t bring him.

            PS: no sense bringing Karlsson into it. He’s lighting it up for Sweden. Does subban even have as many minutes played that karlsson has for points? After all, KK65 is on the leaderboards for points, goals and assists.

        • Zelle

          I’m not a Subban fan but they obviously picked him for the team for a reason; why not use him?

          • BFR

            They are probably not comfortable with the risk/reward aspect of his game. Like Latvia has shown, one defensive breakdown can lead to a goal. Not a good recipe for success when your forwards aren’t scoring much.

          • esk

            karlsson than subban is worse in terms of defensive breakdowns.

          • BFR

            Ummm… No, he is not.
            Are Sweden’s forwards scoring?

          • TookieIs100PercentRight

            Canada has what, 5-6 Norris finalists? Subban, Weber, Doughty, Pietrangelo always in convo, it’s not like they need ALL their “D” to be Norris winners…they can give the other peonic countries a SMALL chance to win. Sweden has only one good “D” in Karlsson so they need to overplay him…
            TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zelle

    Latvia playing some good hockey. That breakaway never should have happened but at the same time Price dove really early and did not go for the poke check either. Still 1-1. Go Canada!

  • Miguel

    was there any doubt that the attention craving Russians, would self destruct!
    i mentioned it earlier that as soon as any adversity hits that Russian team they would start to point fingers bicker and fold like a lawn chair.
    They have that KHL is better than the NHL mentaility, and it would come in and bite them in the ass.
    They lost to finland in the quarters, and IMO are not amongst the worlds best anymore.
    Again my biggest concern are and will be the Americans, that speed will be the demise of many teams they will meet,
    Go Canada Go!!!

    • esk

      i was watchiing the usavsrussia game..they werent playing as a team at all. just freestyle/street hockey style

  • Tooks

    There is no way in hell we win a Gold if we keep playing like this…Why cant we score at will vs these bad teams?

    • MikeS

      Finland isn’t that bad, Latvia however….

    • Andrews theory

      Just need to dumb it down…lots of guys capable of breaking this game open but they all seem to prefer an assist….

  • Deadly

    Like watching the Sens. Playing just well enough to make us squirm.

    • Senatollah

      How good would Spezza have been as the 13th forward. Even if only for the power play. Where are the shooters on this team? Where is the creativity?

      • Deadly

        Like Subban,there is no room for a specialist. Much less an injured one that needs the rest.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        Never would have made the team, too high-rish with the turnovers/brain cramps in the “D” zone.
        We’re good, we’ll beat the U.S.A.
        TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrews theory

    Penalty shot hand on the puck….

  • Andrews theory

    What the fuck is Kevin Lowe wearing lol…..

  • Zelle

    Wow Canada just got robbed.

  • Andrews theory

    Canada needs their defense to walk the puck in off the line, nothing getting through from the blue line…

    • MikeS

      too bad karlsson isnt canadian :(

  • Andrews theory

    St. Louis with the winner! Book it

    • Deadly

      Could be a good call but is he seeing enough ice time?

  • Andrews theory

    Captain Webber!

  • MikeS

    finally

  • Sensnation

    Finally!!! Man these Latvians are giving it their all.

  • Zelle

    Atta boy Weber! Can’t believe how productive the defense has been for Team Canada.

  • MikeS

    So that goalie is playing for Tampa’s farm team. With him/Bishop are anyone gonna score on them for the next 20 years?

    • Sensnation

      He’s not even their top goalie prospect. They also have Vasilevskiy who is one of the top goalie prospects right now, and a couple others. Crazy!

      • MikeS

        After this game how does he not become one of their top prospects?

        • Sensnation

          It’ll be interesting to follow his career going forward. This could quite possibly be the best game of his life. Either way though, outstanding performance!

          • Zelle

            I’d say. Saves on Crosby, Tavares, Bergeron, Toews, etc… win or lose he has to be proud of his game.

  • Kohlmanator

    WEBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  • Deadly

    Enjoying this discussion without all the negative vibes that usually come out when the Sens play.
    I am sure many among us are missing Cowen.

  • MikeS

    Stevey Y must be really conflicted on this one, the stock of one of his prospects roze 1000x but it must be really stressful

  • Sensnation

    Tim Murray should definitely keep Nolan around for the Sabres rebuild. Talk about getting the most out of your players and team. Nothing but respect for the Latvian effort, top to bottom!

  • PESPOSITO

    DA DA KANADA

    NYET NYET SOVIET

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Holy Crap, that was a game and a half. Rask got a lot of attention for the game against Russia today, but where did Kristers Gudlevskis come from?

    I know Yzerman won’t be happy that Canada had such a hard time solving Gudlevskis. But on the flip side, having him in Tampa’s system must put a smile on his face.

    Go Canada Go!!

  • Tooks

    Well now its a showdown vs the States…If we had trouble vs Norway, Latvia and Finland, imagine the hernia we will have vs the high flying States.

    Its going to take a miracle game by Price.

  • Sensnation

    Tavares out for the rest of the Olympics. Oh boy, owners and gms are not going to be happy with all these injuries.

    • esk

      where do you see this? yah i would be pissed if i was the islanders and the nhl. get out of the olympics and its shitty coverage. world cup of hockey in the summer every 4 years. more hockey spread out throughout the year, better coverage, more money for the nhl….can even get the olympics to sponsor that event

      • Sensnation

        Gamecenter update.

        Why would IOC sponsor a world cup if they don’t get nhl players at olympics anymore?

        At the end of the day, players want to play in the Olympics as it is one of the top 2 accomplishments in the sport in North America, and the #1 in Europe. They just may need to help bridge the insurance coverage for the players who get injured.

      • aegiszx

        World Cup of Hockey will never achieve the sheer volume and exposure that the Olympics gets. The World Cup of Hockey would tune in hockey fans… the Olympics is like Wimbledon, or the Masters, it’s a global event with rich history. It allows families, other athletes, and many communities to tune into hockey to witness the best of the best as opposed to top seeds or bottom feeders.

        What so many people fail to acknowledge is the Olympics is about more than NHL participation… It’s about an elite athletes legacy, the best of the best, reaching the pinnacle of their sport, proving he or she is able to conquer the sport and forever cementing their legacy in the history of the sport.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I have to ask, what is the international rule about a hand on the puck in the crease?

    • Sensnation

      Automatic penalty shot. Refs just missed it live.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Missed it live AND missed it on the 2nd video review. Can’t they go back and make that call?!?!

        • Zelle

          From what I understood, they can’t make the call on a video review. If they miss it live that’s it.

          • Sensnation

            Exactly, it cannot be reviewed for that purpose. The refs caught it on review and explained it to Babcock.

        • Tooks

          Its not a reviewable play. He told Babcock he missed it. To be honest it shouldnt have been an issue playing Latvia…

          • s3nsfan

            It was an issue because it was a blown call by a well disliked referee in these parts. Wasn’t an issue in the game as the Canadians won and dominated the game. Even against a hot goalie.

      • Sandy

        Gee, imagine Tim Peel missing a call. How the hell he got to ref in the Olympics is beyond me..

  • sprucesens

    gonna be tough to win against the “better” teams if we are just squeaking by against the lower teams. Too bad the games are on at a terrible time for Canadians to watch, not at work. Anyways, chirp, and news about cowen missing from practice, as referenced from the tweet you posted? Or any news on who the GM has been talking to regarding trades? gonna be a whirlwind week when they are back at it.

  • jason_1212

    Interesting, albeit obvious observation on my part. The more I listen to Coach B, the more I can see just how Mac was mentored. In many instances the similarity, even identical phrasing, is fascinating.

  • boom

    For all of you predicting failure against the USA – in 2010 the Americans came into the final off of a dominant performance, and Canada barely squeaked by in theirs (Quarter-Finals)

    USA 6 – Finland 1
    Canada 3 – Slovakia 2

    Have faith. Canada will come out on top.

    • Sensnation

      Agreed. The US have mainly been allowed to play the more open style that we’ve been dying to see. Canadian opponents have all played the new international trap-collapse style that is plaguing the KHL game right now. I look forward to seeing an old school run and gun, physical game!

    • MikeS

      slovakia was semis. They beat russia 7-3 in quaters

    • Mat

      I like your optimism. I’m not feeling confident right now. My reservation at Real Time Bar and Grill could very easily get cancelled…

    • Tooks

      Yeah but that was on NA ice, this one isnt. Canada wont be able to bottle up the American speed.

      • boom

        Your consistency is something to behold.

  • A-Train

    I expect a more entertaining game and a better performance by Canada against the Americans….seeing another all-NHL team of guys used to the N.A. ice will make a big difference.

  • Andrews theory

    Jared Cowen missing… now for the big trade that will shock the hockey world. Cowen is part of a package for Dustin Byfuglien. Power Forward -check, top 4 D -check … too bad he can’t play both positions at the same

    • two to Tootoo too

      JC02 has the flu

    • Doc

      Funny you say that, because I’ve been having discussions with friend where I suggested that we try and get Byfuglien from the Jets and have him play as a forward with Spezza.

      He was a really crucial part of the Hawks cup run in 2010. The guy couldn’t be budged up front is a beast when he is on.

      Would cost an arm and a leg though, but one can dream right?

  • Kielbasa

    I have to admit that after the second period, I was hoping for the upset. Watching this team of overpaid superstars unable to dominate on the scoreboard says so much about the makeup of this group. Superstars are only successful with good supporting teammates. A team full of stars can’t win when they play as individuals. A very disappointing win for a boring group. Kudos to Latvia for playing with heart.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Now I see why you are like you are with the Sens!

      • Kielbasa

        What a moronic comment. I’ve always stood by the Sens from the moment they first skated on the ice at the Civic Centre. Through the awful seasons to the greatest ones. That includes season seats. Being critical where it is warranted doesn’t mean one is less supportive. So before you make remarks like this, learn something about the individual you are commenting to.

    • SensChirp

      Haha what a ridiculous comment. This was one of the most one sided games I’ve ever witnessed.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I’ll agree about the part of over-paid superstars at the Olympics! These guys take away from the amateur athletes there, which is what the winter games are suppose to be all about. It’s the same thing with NBA players for the summer games. Didn’t watch the game, don’t care about it. But as a kid from Northern Ontario, a big congrats to the Jacobs rink out of Sault Ste. Marie! I’m stoked for that curling final. My family will be making moose callers out of cans for that one!

        • bluebuyyoo

          Oh please! Get off your high horse!

          The Canadian curlers (Jacobs & Jones) are the closest things to professionals in the curling world and are showing their total domination at the Games.

          • Aaron 2.0

            You are not seriously lumping curlers and professional hockey players into the same category? Curlers certainly make some money, but earnings are strictly performance based. Winnings are split over the team. And, not everything is covered for these guys, like a professional hockey player on a franchised team.

            FYI

            Jacobs – Attended Algoma University; Works as an accounts manager.
            E.J. Harnden – Attended Algoma University; Works for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
            Ryan Harnden – Attended University of BC; Works as a real estate appraiser.
            Ryan Fry – Attended the University of Manitoba; Not currently employed.

            Are you seriously calling these guys professional athletes? It seems weird most of them have other professional careers…

          • bluebuyyoo

            Did you even read what I wrote?

          • Aaron 2.0

            ??? [Blank stare] My original post was about not loving professionals being at the Olympics (particularly hockey players). I talked about curling, because a home team just qualified for the finals. But, the example could have been about any other winter sport with amateurs. Your response to my post was about curlers (specifically Jones’ & Jacobs’ rinks) being as close to professionals as you can get. I suppose if I take your message in isolation from my original post, maybe you’re not making the comparison b/w the 2 sports. But, then, if you’re not doing that, I’m not even sure what your high horse comment is about. Maybe I’m missing something…

      • Kielbasa

        You’re right it was one sided. But even as one sided as it was, our Goliath barely squeezed by to the next round. And I was hoping the little guy could pull it off in the end. Our team does not look competitive enough to compete for a medal at the moment. Sorry if you disagree, but nothing I have seen remotely resembles a strong competitive team.

        • Tooks

          Get out of here with your common sense…Such sillyness is not permitted here!

          • boom

            So it’s common sense to hope against Canada, because you feel they aren’t playing up to your standards?

  • Mat

    Too bad for Tavares. I’m not disappointed to see Duchesne come back in though. Tavares was not having a great tourney thus far (at least I thought) and Duchesne’s speed will be important vs the US. Anyone know if this is just precautionary? He looked legitimately injured. This could have an impact on the Sens playoff push. We play NYI twice before the end of the season.

    • SensChirp

      Only caught part of it but I thought I heard on TSN “multiple ligaments” damaged.

  • Sandy

    That young goalie for Latvia was sensational today. Canada threw everything they had at him and they couldn’t get it by him…
    Really surprised 4 games into the Olympic tournament, that neither Crosby nor Toews have a goal..

  • Jacques

    Baby Sens win 4-3 in OT, Stone 1g and 1assist. They keep on rolling!

    • Deadly

      No Dacosta in the line up tonight…shuffling off to Buffalo?

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Been looking online, no reports of injuries or anything that I can see. So either it was just a maintenance/personal day, or he’s getting ready to head back up to Ottawa for practice with the Sens.

        On that note, Da Costa was called up because Stone was injured. It appears Stone’s been playing well since returning, so what do the Sens do now?

        • Zelle

          Keep both, replace Greening?

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Here’s hoping the Canadian Women take gold today. Go Ladies!

    Tomorrow’s Canada vs USA game will be epic. We’ve seen the US blowing teams out of the water and we’ve seen Canada play some tight matches. But tomorrow, the American’s will face the toughest opponent they’ve had all tournament and Canada will be ready for them.

    I think Canada is seen as the underdog, due to goals for and against. And the fact Canada has played in more close games, gives them the advantage when this game is decided by 1 goal. I would LOVE to see Canada open the match lighting the lamp a few times in the 1st and taking the early lead. But I do think it’s going to be a very close game.

    I like the fact that we’ve been winning games, without scoring contributions from our biggest players. If guys like Crosby and Toews are going to elevate, this is the game to do it, when it matters the most. Can’t wait to throw on my Team Canada Jersey, tune in and cheer throughout the office!

  • Millennium

    Tavares done for the season. Ugh. Even though the Islanders probably weren’t gonna make the playoffs, that is brutal for such a superstar. Bettman will definitely use this as ammo for not sending players in 2018.

    • Andrews theory

      well that’s definitely another vote from Snow in favor of not sending the players next time.
      now, who can we pluck from the Islanders cuz I’m assuming a fire sale is pending

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Vanek is the only player I think they are trying to move, unless Snow can sign him to some 20 year deal, lol

    • Tooks

      Yep hate to see that happen, especially playing on the 4th line and doing 4th line stuff.

    • Zelle

      Wow I can only imagine losing Karlsson for the season again, ugh…

  • Zelle

    I know we are all hockey people here, but how amazing is Jennifer Jones going undefeated the whole way to a gold medal? Have to be proud of our Canadian athletes :)

    • Deadly

      Awesome performance .Dominated the whole event.

      • spartacus

        Canada dominates both curling and hockey. Kudos to those representing Canada in those respective sports. They are truly the best in the world year in and year out. If you have never tried curling, you should because it is an awesome team game and sweeping is incredibly physical. I have played this game for over 35 years and I still love it.

        • Zelle

          Canada hadn’t won women’s curling gold since 1998 though, so that must have felt good. Not just that but going undefeated, a women’s first. Just incredible. And Jennifer Jones’ first Olympic performance! The women athletes have gotten Canada’s last three golds. Outstanding. All of them.

  • boom

    Last week I commented that I thought it was sad that there was an apparent lack of pride around our Olympic team. In hindsight, I can understand how some people attach less importance to it than others – probably alot to do with age.

    What i will never understand, however, is the constant negativity of some posters.
    I have seen one admit that he was pulling for Latvia over Canada, and then be commended for it???
    Of course, that same poster then stated that Canada won’t be able to compete against the US….Holy predictable Batman

    I hope these people never have kids who play hockey – cheering agaainst their kids when things aren’t going well would be tough to explain in the stands…

    Go Canada Go.
    Go Sens Go.

    • Michenator

      I love a good underdog story, so if Latvia had upset Canada(which almost happened) I would have rooted for them hard the rest of the way. BUT! I am still stoked that Canada won. Bummed for Tavares though… Makes me really wonder if they should be sending NHLer’s. I’d love to see a team Canada made up of non-NHLer’s! See what kind of team we could ice…

      • sprucesens

        agreed on the underdog story part. like I said before, its not like i’m rooting against Canada or anything, but a feel good underdog story always makes you feel good, even if its against us. My only point in cheering for Canada over another team, was to point out that they are people too. Working harder to get where they are, and likely not paid to do so, as a full time job. As much as its nice for Canada to win, and prove why its OUR sport, I certainly don’t have a hatred towards other teams, like I do in the nhl. For all I know, I could easily have been best friends with the Latvians in real life, and not stand the ego’s of the guys on Canada? I didn’t watch the game, but it sounded like a 1 man performance from Latvia, and kudos to him.
        It’s kind of like loving alfie and karlsson for 99% of your life, then cheering against them simply because they have a different jersey on. hell, would you still cheer heatley if he was on team Canada? the guy who asked to be traded off a Canadian team, and wouldn’t play in another Canadian city? Just making a point, is all.

      • Kielbasa

        Agree with you completely. And yes, near the end of the third, I was rooting for Latvia, as they were hanging in there and actually close to defeating a seemingly unmotivated Canadian team. Even though they barely pulled it off, I’m still excited about them moving on. Hopefully seeing how the women came out and fought hard to win gold, will light a fire under them against the US.

  • Deadly

    Da Costa suffered a minor injury at Tuesdays practice. Should be back for the next game.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Been watching the Canadian woman battling the USA. US is up 2-0 and it looks like Canada may end up with Silver in this one. It’s been a grueling game, both sides have had chances, but the USA has clearly had the upper hand most of the game and they will now be playing keep away for the next 4 minutes. Way to go Canada, you did a great job!!!

  • MethotToMyMadness

    OMG Canada Scores!!!!

  • MikeS

    Wow that last 3 minutes were crazy

  • Deadly

    The lineswoman almost became an Olympic footnote , a goat in Canada and a hero in the US.

    • Zelle

      Could you have imagined the uproar if that puck had gone in the open net, which I think everyone thought was going to happen.

  • MikeS

    Lol biggest even up call i have ever seen

    • Deadly

      You mean the non penalty shot or the slash. The ref opened the door with the first call and then didn’t want to be a factor. Then the avalanche happened and he was caught up in the wash. He might of been looking for another call against Canada.
      Anyone who has refuted hockey has been in similar situations.

      • MikeS

        The first penalty to the USA in OT

        • Deadly

          Yes ,very weak but he was thinking that he did not want to effect the outcome. Gutless yes but not everyone is Kerry Frasor.

    • Zelle

      They were apparently warned to stop doing that after the 2nd period.

  • sprucesens

    gold for women hockey. well done. but wow is that ever some weak calls. i’m not 100% on rules for women’s hockey, but man, those were 3 terrible calls, in overtime of a gold medal game. oh well, good come back win. Congrats to the ladies for a win

    • Zelle

      They were weak throughout the game, I believe the contact is much lighter and absolutely zero tolerance for “stuff” after the whistle. That being said they were weak calls by comparison to what we’re used to in the NHL, but they went both ways.

      • sprucesens

        yeah, must be soft stuff for calls. I only got to watch the ot. completely different game if that’s the case

        • Zelle

          When the first penalty of the game is for “body checking” you know that they are not going to let anything go, big or small lol So although the tap on the goalie pads was a very soft call, it was after the whistle, and so a penalty.

  • Kohlmanator

    Amazing comeback. Congrats ladies!

  • MethotToMyMadness

    YEEHAAAA Canada completes the comeback and wins in OT. Gold for Canada Ladies!!

  • Zelle

    Great game! Score three straight to get the Gold medal in what looked like a US win. Hopefully the Canadian men can come out and win big in their game as well.

  • Kielbasa

    Now that was a hockey game!!! Great comeback. That’s showing some Canadian fight.

    • Daybreak Maidenhead

      too ta nuttin

      da woyst leed in hawkey

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Has the Canadian women’s team ever played an exhibition game against an NHL team?

    Even if it were non contact, would the ladies stand a chance?

    • MikeS

      No Chance, they would get destroyed by a junior team

      • Zelle

        Disagree completely. They obviously have quite a lot of skill in the game.

        • Loyd

          If you disagree completely, your completely wrong. If they have a losing record against 17 and under boys……

          • Zelle

            What were the rules for those games? He said non contact.

    • Andrews theory

      they’d be destroyed and that game would never ever happen.
      it’s like fighting a midgit, you win you lose, you lose your really lose…
      Ever notice, girls can play boys hockey but boys aren’t allowed to play girls hockey? why do you think that is…

    • yeesh

      ask yourself one question – how many 140 pound players are there in the NHL ?

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Which is why I explicitly said non contact. That said though, I have to agree with the majority here. After seeing the very end of the game, it looked like skating is much slower and passes aren’t as fast (but saw the end of the final game on large ice). Would assume then that an NHL shot is much faster than what the women goalies are used to as well.

        • senshockeyfan

          the national woman’s team went approximately 12-16-3 in exhibition games against Midget AAA boys of the Alberta Midget Hockey League this year.

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Thanks for this! More ammo for me to tell the wife that women’s lib is a joke…second thought, maybe not :)

  • Daybreak Maidenhead
    • IcySurfas

      This video is really making the rounds in social media … its everywhere! Great job girls … Knock knock … whos there ? GOLD MEDAL , thats who. haha

  • better singers than players ?
  • IcySurfas

    Wheres the best place to catch the semi-final game tomorrow? Canada / USA … giddy up!

  • Spoons

    This billboard is apparently up in Chicago
    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8074435072/h53B9A920/

    • their new theme song ?

      LMAO

  • Tim

    Phantom slash call. And Absolutely no contact by Hilary Knight…bullshit win and u know it

    • Tim

      No argument from anyone? I must be right then…a breakaway cross checking? No penalty shot? No dive either…Crosby international rule…

      • Loyd

        Nobody wants to argue with you, they are too happy about the win and don’t really care how it came to be. Bottom line is if your up 2-0 with 3.5 minutes left and you can’t close it out for gold, then you don’t deserve to win anyway.

    • MikeS

      I said below that the slash was a make-up call because the ref didnt want to decide the game. Id have to see the breakaway again but at full speed the ref has to call it.

    • sprucesens

      an american i see? while i’m a canadian, and did see the OT only, and am not familiar with the rules of women’s hockey, i would agree that was blatant failed reffing. The only call, assuming no contact hockey, is the one against canada.(cross check)There should be no make up call, (unless that was considered a bad call). Watching live, the breakaway looked like a penalty. And thats a tough call for the ref to make at full speed, on a breakaway in OT for the gold medal. After watching the review of the play about 5 times, at most, wickenheiser catches her skate against knights leg, and they both go down. While the right call would have been no call at all, if a penalty was to be called, it should have been a penalty shot, because of the breakaway. So i guess its a 50/50 on that. shouldn’t have happened at all, but could have been even worse, and the ref doesn’t have the benefit of replays. All she saw was a breakaway with a US player behind, and then both go down. Logic says she was some how taken down, so the attacker gets the benefit of the doubt on that play every time. sucks, but its the way it is.

      I would say the bigger blown call was the slash. I guess its in the rules that they aren’t allowed to touch the goalie at all? Because that was a super weak slash call, and wouldn’t even get a second thought in the NHL, or even men’s olympics. A make up call for a bad call is one thing. A call to even out a penalty in OT is bull any way you look at it. I certainly feel for the american women on this game. They may have lost anyways, but for it to end like that is upsetting.

      • Lucretia

        You have a lot to say for someone who watched 8 minutes of the game. The Americans had been let off once and warned that if they kept slashing the goalie they would be called for it. Guess they should have listened.

    • BFR

      Nobody likes to argue with an irrational sore loser. The ref told the players that she was not going to tolerate slashes on the goalie in the 2nd period after she told Duggan to knock it off.

      Knight clearly took out her right foot, as the pic shows. It also shows the ref’s vantage point, so when she saw both of them go down, it looked to her like it might be a crosscheck even though it was a trip. Either way, a penalty shot should have been awarded, but we’ve seen similar penalty instead of PS calls on breakaways in the NHL now and then.

      And while we are correcting all the refs calls in OT…. The Canadian penalty should have been body checking and not crosschecking. Tough to crosscheck with one hand on the stick and gloves together, pushing the opponent in the chest.

      Go sleep it off, you still have a chance to win tomorrow…

  • FAB

    Sooooo – the Brooklyn Islanders will be “sellers” at the upcoming trade deadline ?

    ======================================================================

    Islander’s captain John Tavares’ season is over after being injured in
    Team Canada’s 2-1 win over Latvia. Tavares suffered a MCL tear and a
    torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the 2013 2014 season. If
    there is any silver lining to this story; Tavares’ ACL is intact and the
    face of the Islanders’ franchise will be ready for training come
    September 2014.
    =========================================================================

    • Millennium

      Well realistically they were going to be sellers before this happened, so I doubt their plans have changed much.

  • Spoons

    Totally off topic…

    Phil Kessel`s been busy. HBO execs liked his so much in The Road To Winter Classic, that he landed the role of Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones:

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. Do these two have the same father? I hope not for Phil’s sake, because Randyll Tarly is one very intense and crazy guy!

  • Guest

    Why the hell is finland playing Lehtonen over rask?

  • MikeS

    So Rask has the flu, what a lucky break for sweden

  • MikeS

    So the announcers keep saying karlsson is the bottom pairing D-man yet he is playing with both OEL and Edler, basically they are playing 8-dmen with him playing twice

  • MikeS

    karlsson scores. tied for tourny lead with points