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… since we’re, you know, a Rangers blog, I thought I should point out that your heroes return to practice under assistant coaches Mike Sullivan and Jim Schoenfeld today. Or at least those Rangers who aren’t involved in that little tournament on the other side of the continent.

About that tournament: Canada did as expected last night, bounced back from the loss to the USA, and put itself back into medal contention. But, that is, only if the Canadians can survive the tough road that loss handed them, which means Russia tonight in the quarterfinals, just one night after dousing Germany.

Here’s the complete schedule, which includes the Red, White and Blue’s game this afternoon with the Swiss.

In case you missed this, the hit Russia’s Alex Ovechkin laid on Jaromir Jagr Sunday turned out to have injured Jagr’s neck. He’s questionable for today’s Czech Republic game against Finland (the winner plays the US-Switzerland winner in the semifinals). Jagr originally said only his pride was hurt, but it turned out he was dinged up and sore.

On the other side of the bracket, Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden play Marian Gaborik and Slovakia, the winner moving to the semifinals against the Russia-Canada survivor.

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AFTERNOON UPDATE: As expected, Chad Johnson was recalled from Hartford (AHL) and Steve Valiquette was re-assigned to Hartford.

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Mama here: I knew something was amiss when I saw such low numbers in the comments for a USA game, and from your posts, it seems we’re having some kind of problem getting comments through. It may be system-wide, not just at the Report. So sorry! So frustrating I know. I’ve alerted someone who I hope can help. Stay tuned. Hopefully it will be corrected before the Fins take on the Czechs.

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  1. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    “Motivation for me is looking across the ice and seeing a team wearing a different jersey,” Drury said. “If I need motivation from what people say or write, I probably shouldn’t be playing the game anymore.”

    Judging from his performance so far in this Olympics, Drury is nowhere near reaching the point where motivation — or performance — is an issue.
    ……….

    That’s right, Chris, you should get your motivation from the opposing team’s jersey! What did Sean Avery say? Oh yea, “I Don’t know what’s wrong, this is an embarrassment to the Rangers sweater.” I guess Avery doesn’t find his motivation in opposing jerseys!
    July, 1st, 2012 = Pure Bliss.

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Thanks Carp! I was crossing my fingers that Mandlebaum is still in his PJ’s and drueling on his pillow.

  3. Canada/Russia is going to be a war tonight. Very physical and it wouldn’t suprise me if someone gets hurt.

    Hiller looked very shaky for the Swiss yesterday. Just hope the US can keep crashing the net and good things will happen.

    Hank v Gabby. Who wins if they go one-on-one? I’ll say Hank, cause Gabby rarely goes high glove side.

    If you lose in the semis, are you guaranteed bronze or is there a game between the losers of the semis for the bronze? I can’t remember.

  4. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    There is also a Bronze medal game for the 2nd and 3rd best losers, one of whom stays the 3rd best loser and gets zilch.

  5. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    HAPPY HOCKEY almost afternoon everyone!! Great work last night! and a special Great effor to JB for this:

    JBytes
    February 24th, 2010 at 2:39 am
    [For Linda]

    Final “Edzo” count [Switzerland-Belarus]

    First Period: 8
    Second Period: 12
    Third Period: 6
    Overtime/Shootout: 2

    Grand Total: 28

    *********************************************

    i think that needs to be a new boneheads drinking game!

  6. BANJ, that was the first thing I thought of when that puck went through the net. Kocur! He was the first I’d ever seen do that. And there was no instant replay rule back then, I don’t think.

    Linda, thanks for counting the Edzo’s. Been a while since we’ve spoken, and I missed a lot of the threads last week … how’s your dad?

  7. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    Carp, that was actually JBytes doing all that work. he was keeping me updated on the EDZO counts. Dad is doing well, daughter may still be under the knife as we type. Still waiting to hear from my son in law! GRRRR

    Chris F, that is hysterical!

  8. Nobody seems to want to comment, so perhaps I will. Those pictures of Duff/Comrie that seem to appear all over the place, including this blog (twice) are annoying and somewhat disturbing. People deserve privacy. If you haven’t seen a..uhm..helmet in your life, then perhaps it’s entertaining. Otherwise I don’t find them amusing. Just an opinion.

  9. Tough schedule tonight for us hockey fans in Europe. Can-Rus at 0130 am, Swe-Slo 0600 am…. and since I’ve already got my first whiskey glass after the funural, maybe I should call in sick tomorrow and get all the hockey action (and whiskey) tonight!

    After the Slovaks game against the Norwegians I’m really not that worried today, who will progress to the semis and what will the scores be? :D

  10. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    ilb, iknow this is going to sound weird but it was funny because it almost seemed as if the pictures were a set up. As a “celebrity”, you should KNOW that people with long range lenses are going to shoot into your hotel rooms, especially when you don’t draw the curtains. And since ‘celebrity’ these days doesnt necessarily mean someone with noticeable talent, keeping your name in the spotlight by doing things like that can only help with keeping your 15 minutes of ‘fame’ going.

  11. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    Thanks Rick, hopefully this is the last surgery story you guys will hear from me for a while! 2 in one month, a lil too much, but,my nephew will be born tomorrow..not exactly a surgery story hehehe!

  12. Linda, that could well be the case. Who knows? The clue is, who cares? I still don’t find that amusing.

  13. Now, back to important stuff.
    Some people, including myself can not watch the game at 3pm. So we need your input. Which means if you woooohhhhhoooing, we need to know why. And we also need to know which Ryan scored. Much appreciated.

  14. Linda, you’re gonna be an auntie? Congrats!! My 22 month old niece said “Aunt (Mickey)” for the first time to me on Valentine’s day. It was so precious. :)

  15. ilb, well, if we say ‘Cally’ and linda goes apecarp about it, you’ll know at least one of them.

  16. Pretty fair day of hockey today, no? I expect that the Swiss will be like the home team, with all the Canucks cheering for them.

  17. LI, I was warning everyone around here that was bitching about the lack of snow so far that we were gonna get walloped at some point. We’ve had so little that it was bound to happen. And now, here it is.

  18. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    stu, i dont think they invented numbers that go that high, lets just say the doc count goes to infinity on a nightly basis

  19. I’m missing a lot of good stuff here, damn work ! Stupid customers, I could get more work done if the customers would stop calling – LOL
    Welcome back Carp !

  20. I think it’s funny seeing Jagr get smoked like that and not able to play. Shows that he certainly can’t hang in the NHL for 82 games.

  21. As for Alex Ovechkin… I am a Capitals season ticket holder. Grew up a Rangers fan, and they are still my favorite team. Alex has a ton of skill and an unusual combination of skill, speed and toughness, but I am really beginning to hate him little by little. He was suspended earlier this season for his illegal hit, but I have to say he should have been suspended about 20 times before that. This guy place a reckless brand of hockey, and if he had another name on the back of his jersey and was not one of the NHL’s most marketable players, he would have been suspended before. The way he runs guys from 20 feet out and leaves his feet is really starting to piss me off. The Jagr hit was no exception. He left his feet. Colin Campbell and Gary Bettman are duschbags for not doing anything about this.
    One other thing I have to add. I predict that long term, Sidney Crosby will be the better player. Right now Ovechkin is in a class by himself. But the way he hits, skates and plays that banging brand of hockey, I’d say he has about 4 more seasons left before his stats start to drop off dramatically. And his contract that he signed is going to handcuff the Capitals. Hell, maybe they will trade him to the Rangers then…
    I guess I have more to say, but it probably isn’t too relevant. Hopefully some of you agree with me on this one.

  22. Salty, I think any player would be laid out by the hit that Ovie put on. Just think if that was Patrick Kane, the kid might have disintegrated.

  23. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    grabby
    morning bro!

    I actually hope that the US game is on simultaneously with you guys because i always see the results before i SEE the results!!!

    We here is wickyville are torn with who to root for…USA or Canana, the constant family dilemma. I guess due to the fact that I served in the US military, it will have to be USA!!!

    I’m afraid russia is going to win today, and that sucks (no offence my russian friends, gotta love the “russian hammer” though!!)

  24. US 4 Swiss 1
    Russia 3 Canada 2
    Finland 2 Czech Rep 0
    Sweden 2 Slovakia 1

    I think the match ups of elite teams tend to be low scoring given the quality of the defense and goaltending. It’s important that the US scores first so it forces the Swiss to open up.

    It will be curious to see how the Canadian D holds up against the Russian top 6. They haven’t been tested that hard in the tournament. Even if the US scored 4 (not counting the empty netter) against Canada, that was more Brodeur’s doing than the D.

    A diminished or absent Jagr is a big blow to the Czechs. Even if they have other weapons on offense, he’s such an inspirational player for them. I also think the Finns never get the respect they’ve earned in these tournaments.

    Lundqvist outplays Halak. Slovakia’s top forwards continue their inconsistent production.

    More of a coincidence than anything else, I’m picking all the teams that had a bye to win today.

  25. Salty, I think any player would be laid out by the hit that Ovie put on. Just think if that was Patrick Kane, the kid might have disintegrated.

    …..

    Yeah, I agree… but most good NHLers don’t let themselves get laid out in center ice either.

    It’s just comedy that people want to act like Jagr could just mosey on back into the NHL and be dominant. He left for a reason.

  26. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    Good post Steve.

    You just have to wonder if, when trying to annihilate someone, OV is going to wind up injuring himself one of these days.

    Wicky, I hope you can SEE the game today. Hour and a half until the puck drops. Another full day of Dinglebury, Circumsized head, countless edzos and docs… let the drinking games begin!

  27. Linda- that would be nice for him to get a taste of his own medicine… a face-plant into the boards or a dislocated shoulder when he misses one of his full-steam-ahead blind checks.

  28. Congratulations on your soon to be born nephew, Linda!!!

    Any thoughts on what his name might be!!…

    please let it be JAROMIR ;)

  29. Carp,

    Russia-Canada should be a tight game. It will come down to goaltending. And I also predict Luongo has a good game.

    Also, what is your thought on Ovechkin’s hits?

  30. Doodie Machetto on

    From the recap on NHL.com

    ”’We just have to turn 360 degrees and play way better, because it is not going to be enough against Sweden,’ Slovakia’s Marian Gaborik told NHL.com”

    Good thing we pay Marian to score goals and not to be a mathematician. 360 degrees would leave them exactly where they are.

  31. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    I was looking forward to jagr vs ruutu II, but i hope jagr recovers ok.

    that being said, I thought the ovie hit was clean! Of course i thought the sutton hit on dupuis was just a hockey hit as well!

  32. One other thing I have to add. I predict that long term, Sidney Crosby will be the better player. Right now Ovechkin is in a class by himself.

    ………

    I may catch a ton for this, (that’s nothing new), but I think Crosby is already the better player. Ovechkin is not really in a class by himself, its him and Sid that are alone together. Sid is much more well rounded and makes people around him better, which in hockey, is everything.

    I’m not a Sid fan by any means, but he’s still a child. People love to forget what a complete whining b1tch Wayne Gretzky was in his early years, with the refs in his pocket and still looking for every possible call. The guy grew up into one of the classiest guys ever. Ovechkin will never be like that, and it’s easily argued that Ovechkin is more obnoxious than Sid.

    That said I still love OV, hate Crosby, etc.

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    My picks today:

    Canada, USA, Finland, and Sweden (although I still REALLY like Slovakia).

  34. “It’s just comedy that people want to act like Jagr could just mosey on back into the NHL and be dominant. He left for a reason.”

    In case you got that impression from me the other day, I do not think that at all.

    He is up there in age, and cannot hack the physical nature of the NHL any longer….

    but I do have one point to make, Liver Lips would not be able to hack it either IF other teams made him the focal point of their physicality and the referees did not protect him.

    It speaks volumes, that at 38 years old, Jaromir is still the player on the team being targeted, and with the Rangers, he did not get any protection from referees following his 54 goal season.

    If Jagr went to the Penguins, he then might receive the protection from the refs, and also might not be targeted by other teams, as both he is no longer a Ranger and he would be on a team with more significant firepower.

    Also, in the above scenario, on the Penguins, he probably would be dominant.

  35. CTBlueshirt: I like your scores, but I think Russia will be on the losing end. Also, keep in mind that Lundqvist is due for a softie, which could be costly.

  36. Salty- I think you may be on to something there. While Ovechkin was out during his injury, the Caps really developed better team chemistry and pulled together a winning streak.

    A year or two ago, while Federov was playing for Washington, a reporter asked him what he thought about Ovechkin’s game. Federov responded saying something to the effect of “he needs to use his teammates”.

    We shouldn’t deny that Ovechkin is a world class player. He is dangerous in some respect every time he is on the ice. But I do not think he makes his teammates better the way Crosby does. He does take some pressure off of them, because he garners attention. However, he does not utilize them well enough in terms of passing, communication, etc. When he is on the ice, it is the Ovechkin show.

    Anyway, enough about the Caps. I am a Rangers fan first and foremost.

  37. They’re just two different types of players. Crosby has a less flashy style but he rips apart D just as if not more effectively than Ovechkin. He attracts extra coverage, pulls guys out of position and is one of the best stickhandlers in high traffic areas that I’ve ever seen. He also plays the game with more deception than Ovechkin. However, Ovechkin has a wonderful way of disappearing in the zone and ending up un-defended in prime scoring areas, particularly on the PP. Physically Ovechkin can do more, but Crosby I think has a substantially more acute hockey sense.

  38. but I do have one point to make, Liver Lips would not be able to hack it either IF other teams made him the focal point of their physicality and the referees did not protect him.

    …….

    are you honestly saying that teams do not focus on Sid Crosby? are you honestly comparing a 22 year old to a 38 year old?

    stop trying to blame officiating for Jagr getting old. Why did Jagr have so many off years before ever coming to NY? Was that the refs fault too?

  39. We shouldn’t deny that Ovechkin is a world class player. He is dangerous in some respect every time he is on the ice. But I do not think he makes his teammates better the way Crosby does. He does take some pressure off of them, because he garners attention. However, he does not utilize them well enough in terms of passing, communication, etc. When he is on the ice, it is the Ovechkin show.

    …….

    It’s just rare to see Ovechkin ever pass the puck, let alone in the offensive zone. He reminds me of a basketball/NBA player in a lot of ways. Hockey is just too much of a team sport. Caps happen to have a solid bunch of players now, but when they didnt/don’t… they will not be good, again. Crosby is the kind of guy that can make a team a team. He captained a Stanley Cup at 21. That’s *serious* business, whether we like it or not.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    When I saw the OV hit live, I thought he had left his feet. On replay I saw it was just the explosion.

  41. I agree, it’s only a matter of time before OV seriously hurts himself on one of his checks. Even though he’s what, 230 pounds, the overly physical style he plays is going to wear him down by the time he’s 30. Kinda like with NFL players, he’ll only be able to take to punishment for so long before his body breaks down.

  42. Except for his 65 goal season, Ovechkin usually has equal numbers of goals and assists.

    Pitt has a similar nucleus of talent as the Caps. The Pens were pretty bad Crosby’s first year until Malkin came along, Fleury grew a pair and Kris Letang/Jordan Staal/Max Talbot became valuable secondary/depth players.

    And as great as Crosby might have played last year in the playoffs, it was Malkin that was given the Conn Smythe.

    I’m not denying that either are great talents, but in a sport where even your best players play at most half the game, it helps having a strong supporting cast.

  43. I’m not comparing a 22 year old to a 38 year old…..

    Yes. I’m saying that teams do not get physical with Crosby, or at least to the point that they did with Jagr.

    Jagr has already been the recipient of 2 huge hits this Olympics, in 4 games. Crosby has been the recipient of none.

    The referees have everything to do with it. You said it yourself, Jagr is hated by many, that includes referees. The referees protect Crybaby, and did not protect Jagr.

    His years prior to a NYR were not bad, statistically.

    His worst year points-wise came in his final year with the Rangers, when he battled injuries, referees, and the physicality from other teams, while saving himself as best he could for the playoffs.

  44. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    I still say the 54 goal season was partly due to the over zealous NHL and WAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY to many speed up the game ticky tack penalty calls, the other two seasons were more reflective of jagr the focal point!!

  45. question all

    who needs rest more

    hank or gabby

    as ranger fans who losing tonight benefits the rangers

  46. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    lmao CR, brother is an Islander fan, but the baby’s name will be Logan.

    Steve,it’s only a matter of time before that happens. He plays with a reckless abandon, but eventually those uncalled hit are going to catch up to him

  47. USA, Russia, Finns and Swedes!

    Forsberg had a similar (but not quite) style of play as Ovie, hit a lot all the time and scored lots of points, although not as many goals. What happened? He ended up with injury after injury and the guy you see now with no21 in the swedish jersey is only 50% of what it once was… maybe that’s the future for Ovie if he doesn’t tone it down?

  48. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    crosby, sadly enough, stands up for himself far more than jagr ever thought about and that makes a difference, jagr is an easier target. For a big guy, he just isn’t physical enough in a malicious way, a gentle giant if you will!

    The guy that really used to get to sid was witt, but everyone thinks he sucks!

  49. CR9, Part of that(Crosby not getting hit as opposed to Jagr getting hit), can be attributed to the fact that Crosby is more adept at avoiding the hits. He’s more elusive than Jagr ever was. Almost Gretzky-like in his ability to sense the big hit coming and ducking out of the way. Maybe it’s just a survival-thing for Crosby, considering he’s not as big as Jagr was/is, IDK. But he’s still able to avoid them.

  50. I kind of like Brendan Witt. He would be worth a $750,000 one year contract, not what he is making now. That’s why the Isles sent him to the minors like the Rangers did with Brashear. He is slow, but he plays an in-your-face aggressive hitting style. We have that up front, but we still need it on the D corps.

  51. ok, now our weatherman is predicting 40 inches of snow over thurs/fri. FORTY INCHES! Apparently, it’s a winter hurricane.

  52. Orpik is great. Again, not worth what he is making, even though he took the “home town discount” to stay with a wining team.

  53. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    for all you guys on facebook, have you joined this group yet:

    Can this Diaper get more fans than Sidney Crosby?

  54. I see both points of the “gentle giant” and the “Crosby adept at avoiding hits”…..

    but my counter to that is, if somebody wants to hit a player, then they’ll hit them. Crosby cannot simply avoid every hit coming his way. I’m not even talking about legal hits, but illegal ones as well.

    If Jarkko Ruutu wanted to hurt Crosby with an illegal malicious hit, then he would, no questions asked, as he did to JJ in 06

    Linda,

    Logan is a great name!! Your brother is an Isles fan?! How does that work for the 2 of you?

  55. Hi All: Does anybody know of a live feed for the USA game (without requiring a download)? On the Olympics page on NBC it requires a download which I can’t do here at work.

    Thanks…and GO USA & RUSSIA!!!

  56. Exactly Mickey. I hate defending Crosby most of the time, but like Greztky, growing up he was usually playing an age group or two above what he should have been playing. You develop survival instinct at an early age. Crosby is also a much stronger skater than Greztky was, he’s very solid on his skates WHEN HE WANTS TO BE.

  57. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    both my brothers are islander fans, the younger one started off wearing a Rangers jersey but middle child turned him. Pity!

    Do you think these guys know that GOD FORBID, if they hurt crosby they will be suspended indefinitely? Count Bettman cannot have his loverman out for any extended period of time.

    Actually, the kid has all the talent in the world, that cannot be denied, too bad he can’t act in a way that will garner him more respect.

  58. CR9, No, Crosby can’t avoid every hit, but he tends to avoid a lot of them, or if not totally avoiding them, he avoids that hardest part of the hits.

  59. CTB, When he wants to be- that is totally the key phrase. We see him as a whiny, snively, diving little baby (thanks Dubi!) and most of the time he is, but when he decides to cut that crap out and actually PLAY HOCKEY, he’s arguably the best player in the world.

    I CANNOT believe I’m defending Crosby. Unreal.

  60. Per Andrew Gross, no MDZ on the ice for the non-Olympic players practice. Not shocked, to tell the truth.

  61. Over/Under on Todays announcers

    Pierre McGuire (cant we put a muzzle on this dog already) — ‘edzo’ 17 1/2
    Micheletti — ‘quick release’ – 5 1/2

  62. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    lmao ilb, i was thinking wtf!! i even restarted the computer, which, of course, had updates to install…grr ;-)

  63. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    i wish there was a talking penis mute button on my remote!

  64. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    LI, it’s even worse when they SHOW him!! that michelin man vest he’s wearing should do us all a favor and swallow and digest him

  65. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    wow, they are peppering hiller. keep tossing the biscuit to the netmouth boys

  66. Crosby gets hit harder and more often over the last 2 seasons in the NHL than Jagr in the K.

    It’s people like you that turn me against players like Jagr, blindly defending them at every turn. Face it, Jagr is not only aged, but he also had some “awful” (that is a RELATIVE term) because he is a moody player with a lot of issues, and needs to be stroked just the right way by coaches and teammates in order to perform.

    Great player in his day though.

  67. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    why does talking peni start EVERY sentence with EDZO? he totally ignores Doc. totally unprofessional

  68. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    drury will get the 3rd goal, and cally will have an assist

  69. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    i am openly coveting Ryan Kesler, and am not ashamed!

    LMAO @ “EDZO AND DOC” ef you cirucmsized head!

  70. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    squirrels?there are critters on the ice? “big body backes”

  71. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    45 nhl goals…as opposed to what TPCH a dunkin donuts goal??

  72. Linda – hahahaha @ “it’s even worse when they SHOW him”. You are killing me today !!! BTW, @ work so can’t watch – relying on you guys to keep us posted. Thx…

  73. Chelsea may have just been cheated out of a PK at the end of the 1st half.

    I could not tell for sure, but I think it should have been.

  74. They passed up an opportunity to shoot a couple of times. Otherwise they controlled the play but had some awful giveaways in their end. Hopefully they crack Hiller’s forcefield.

  75. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    hmmmm what happened to Bill Patrick??? now they have Al Michaels as the referee??

  76. Bigger game and its on NBC, hence we get Michaels.

    Is it me or are the intermissions shorter than normal?

  77. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    NyQuil is a sponsor lmao!! dr. feelgood… stfu TPCH

  78. Anybody hear the explanation for the US penalty? I feel like I’m watching the versus network

  79. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    not sure what the sui penalty was, either hooking or tripping i think

  80. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    love all these swiss dudes with italian sounding names ;-)

  81. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    CCCPzo, pretty good my friend,how about you?? how’s your other game going?

  82. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    my numbers are probably off but the EDZO count for USA SUI game so far

    5 in the first 2 during intermission and 6 up until now inthe 2nd

  83. YES!! Another Swedish Gold in cross country relay! Now all we need is the hockey gold so i can shave my “playoff” beard. And yes, I’ll grow another one when(if) we make it this spring.

    To be fare, I’m not as sure of the US to win it against the swiss from seeing the first half of the game parallel to the skiing as I was. But they should get it due to more skill….

    I actually lived in Switzerland for a couple of months and thouse guys are hockey crazy, saw 3-4 games and it was a really amazing atmosphere.

    Still hoping for a Cally winning goal!

  84. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    thanks Reggzo!!!

    and another USA power play. can’t let too many of these pass by!!

  85. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    Swedezo, if Cally scores, i will absolutely go NUTS!!

  86. Linda, it’s my (wet?) dream he does. He needs to take that leep to be a game winner, or, a clutch player :)

    Here in norway they only send the game online but i can’t get a good feed… anyone got any tips for a feed not nation bound???

  87. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    lmao swedezo. i wish i had a link for you guys. have you tried hockeystreams? you do have to pay though, they have a daily rate.

  88. F all those mothercanuckers routing for the Swiss. I’m rooting for Russia now. And i hope Ovechkin pops Cindy’s lips

  89. Linda – LMAO @ the more Edzo’s than shots !!!! You’re cracking me up with this stuff – it’s absolutely priceless !!! Getting very strange looks from co-workers since I am laughing so hard…

  90. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "More hockey , less Curling!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Looked like it went in. I was sure of it. BUT …the overhead camera that we saw wasnt directly over the net. The angle we saw , it counted , but in actualitl it never really crossed fully over the line in time.

  91. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    i’ll stop until you leave work LI!

    Rob, from your fingers to God’s eyes!

  92. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    oh ok LI, if you insist!!
    fIREHOSE, good call! he’d be battling the ‘racist’ tag forever. everyone’s so sensitivie

  93. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    8 edzos in the 2nd, but the man feels the need to talk over things I am watching instead of waiting for a commercial, so I may have missed a few ;-)

  94. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "More hockey , less Curling!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Reggzo Dunlop , yeah im going with the swiss , and yeah I hope Crosby gets flatten too . Haha gota love being a Rangers fan!!! This game is EXCITING.

  95. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    You told me to be a good person ;-) although i’ve failed on that

  96. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    it’s time for the Clutchness of Drury to present itself in this game

  97. LI Rangerfan

    I do not care one way or the other. I was just updating the game for CCCP and any other Chelsea fan on here.

    Cech injury did not look all that serious; it looked like he just pulled something (i.e. hamstring)

    They have a big game in the PL this weekend vs. Manchester City, who are getting back Tevez.

    Man U need Chelsea to drop some points, so maybe a draw vs. Man City without Cech.

  98. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    FINALLY PARISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    edzzoing! a new term courtesy of ILB! good job bro!

  100. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    ilb we announced it dude!!!

    12 minutes 29 seconds to go, 1-0 usa on a goal by Parise

  101. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    argh why’s it taking 7 minutes for stuff to post up?

  102. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    9:30 left ilb, by the time this posts, it’ll be 2 minutes

  103. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    wow and now all the posts are gone again………weird shizzy!!

    stfu PENILE

  104. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    wth is going on with the blog… posts keep disappearing and reappearing

  105. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    10 minutes since the last post… but if i refresh, it’ll take me back another 10 minutes…wth?

  106. HE HITTT THEEE POSTTTT….

    and he had to add in WITHHH THEEE SHOTTT which was completely unnecessary.

    He said earlier, “he knocked it away with the waffleboard” instead of his normal waffleboarded away.

    He knifed it to the corner and flexed it to the net. The guy cannot just use normal words.

    He microwaved it to center and freezered it through the roof.

    How aptly named is Pierre (Peter) Maguire.

    He is the most lazy journalist.

    He spoke on 2 different occasions of Parise understanding winning one time, and the second time, Parise gets winning.

    WHen you have nothing to say about a players’ skills and all you talk about is a player gets winning, it’s just lazy journalism.

  107. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    lmao i bet if drury lined that up it would have went in ;-)

  108. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    PHWEW!!!!!!!!!!!!! wooooooo hoooooooo!!

    damn swiss played a great freakin game!!!

  109. Parise is heart and soul of USA hockey. He gets winning. He is the best player on the ice…….

    First, Penis Maguire cannot say anything about why he is any of these things, just that he is. LAZY

    Second, no mention of Drury or any Ranger in this tournament from Penis Maguire.

  110. great anticipation by parise on that play in the defensive zone, cut back toward the point at the last second
    first shutout for US since MIKE RICHTER

  111. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    26 comments not showing up….grrrr technical difficulties stealing our chance to celebrate the victory

  112. Was everyone ready to post when Drury’s errant clear almost went in the empty net? I bet this place was ready to EXPLODE.

  113. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "More hockey , less Curling!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Way 2 go USA!!! Nice to see ya make it to the medals or atleast a chance to play for a medal. Be nice to keep Gold and Silver right here in North America …show those Ero’s who runs the show around here.

    See Parise and Lagenbrunner hugging at the end did kinda makes me wanna vomit.

  114. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "More hockey , less Curling!!! " … says Greg L. on

    No Reggzo Dunlop , I didnt mean Russia. I wanna see Russia get spanked and Crosby get flatened . I was cheering on Swiss , yeah …but it’s all olympic fun.haha!!!!

  115. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    i had to hit the RSS feed to get past 260 posts. i’m glad to see i was NOT going crazy!

  116. For all the negative talk about “captain clutch” and all the criticism he took for his inclusion on this USA team, there has not been too much talk about the fact that he has become the most important forward on the team over the course of the tournament. Besides the important goals he has scored, the minutes he has played over the last two games have been the most important minutes of the game. Sure he has not been all of what people expected him to be in New York, but look at his history. He was never more than a 60-65 point player. It is about the timing of those points and everything else he brings. People had unrealistic expectations for him in New York that became unfair. It’s time to appreciate all the little things he does to help a team win. Of course this is far more clear when he is surrounded by more than one player that can score a goal….

  117. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    we need to start a petition to have TPCH removed from NBC hockey telecasts FOREVER! friggin dildo

  118. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    i love when UPS leaves a notice on your door that they will redeliver whatever it is they are delivering the next day between 2and 5… so you sit here waiting because it has to be signed for, and its now 5 after 5 and still no UPS! Damn you Brownzo

  119. Linda says... GO RYAN!!!! ALL OF YOU ON TEAM USA!!!! on

    sheesh. that just killed our celebration of Team USA’s victory, and yea noah, if that would’ve went in, you would have seen about 30 posts saying…

    CLLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTCH!

  120. Whoooohoooo! Just got home and saw the result….one more til the final! Who are you all hoping for, Fin or Czech?

    What’s the problem with the blog?

  121. dave

    Safe your breath, buddy. We hear enough aboot how wonderful Drury is…in a way i am glad that media is all over Drury praising him nonstop…when his back playing for Rangers and goes back into his normal “clutch dump-in, mouth-guard chew, cash check” routine, at least our criticism will be justified this time. Thank you media!

  122. I’m sensing the problem is delays in getting comments posted (I thought the numbers were low for a USA game)…anyway, don’t know if he’ll get it, but I e-mailed our blog tech guy to let him know. May be a systemwide problem…..sorry! If I hear anything I’ll let you know.

  123. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "More hockey , less Curling!!! " … says Greg L. on

    All I want is to see OV get flattened. My dislike for Crosby is over-powered by the hatred for that pukey Russian Oveckin. He mocked our Salute , dug out Canada’s coin at center ice. This guy needs to be “Scott Stevened” Come on Pronger..take him out!!!!

  124. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    from the NY POST:

    First, Canada coach Mike Babcock benched Martin Brodeur. Now he’s taking a shot at the NHL’s all-time winningest goalie.

    Roberto Luongo became the starter after Brodeur let up three on-the-ice goals in a 5-3 loss to the USA on Sunday.

    Asked if Luongo, who started in an 8-2 qualifying win over Germany on Monday, would be in nets Tuesday against Russia, Babcock replied:

    “I’m excited he’s playing for us. We got a great big man in there. We’re going to give up some opportunities. That’s just the reality, they are that good.

    “But he doesn’t let them go under him or through him. If they put it around him, we’ll line up for the faceoff and get on with it.”

    As writer Jason Botchford of The Province noted, “That last bit could be taken as an indirect parting shot at Brodeur’s game against Team USA.”

    Luongo started Canada’s Olympics opener, then backed up Brodeur in a shootout win over Switzerland and the loss to the Americans.

    Canada and Russia were gold-medal favorites, but one will be out of the Olympics by tomorrow morning.

    Of Luongo, Babcock said, “We need him to be fabulous for us [today] and he has every chance to do that.”

  125. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    Greg, he’ll most likely take himself out one of these days with one of these reckless abandon hits he like to lay on people.

  126. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    oh yes CR9, thank you for asking!!! she’s doing well, havent really gotten to ‘talk’ to her, but i think they also worked on her sinuses to open them up a bit and relieve her migraines. (she was having her tonsils and adenoids removed today. easier as a child, somewhat longer recovery as an adult)

  127. MAKO says *??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* on

    HELLO TO ONE AND ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    the blog is experiencing technical difficulties. Rick and Laurel are aware, and trying to get it taken care of.

  129. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    CLASH OF THE TITANS with Sam Avery or Sean WOrthington! cannot wait. too bad they are making it 3d now and pushing its release back a weak!

  130. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    someone needs to tell parise he CAN look up at the camera once in a while!!

  131. Linda says... GO TEAM USA AND ALL THE RYANS ON IT! on

    it seems to be good right now! thanks to Rick and Laurel and the milburys in the IT department ;-)

  132. a little ridiculous that ‘edzo’ keeps sayin hes going with canada for the “upset” i know they are the worse seed but come on canada and upset in HOCKEY, they are the favorites going in and still are, with russia not far behind, its no upset

  133. No way, Wade Redden is the best. They didn’t allow him in the tournament he’s that good. Russia is getting shredded.

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