It’s Go Time! … USA vs. Slovakia (7:30 a.m.)


Let the Games begin!

Well, they’ve kinda begun a while ago, but for the NHL-studded hockey clubs, today the action started yesterday and some of the big boys — USA, Canada, host Russia — get going today.

So nothing to do but shovel today? Watch hockey. This morning’s game will be replayed tonight.

Enjoy it because if Mr. Snider gets his way, this might be the last Olympics for ya boys. And he usually does get his way.

Click here for the official schedule from USA Hockey, including the re-broadcast times.

The Ryans — McDonagh and Callahan — will play for Team USA, but Derek Stepan will be prucha’d. McDonagh is paired with New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk, as suggested by yours truly when the Blues were in town last month. Jonathan Quick starts in goal.


Anybody else notice that the best teams in the whole wide world selected rosters without thinking, “Hey, we need a guy like Shawn Thornton or Brian McGratton or Tom Sestito to protect our star players and to police the game, because, you know, that’s the way it’s always been?”

Remind me why, then, are those guys needed for NHL games?

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  1. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s amazing that this is Quick’s first team USA start at any level. You would think he would have played World Juniors at least once

  2. Am I wrong thinking Brown should be on this team, if Stepan isn’t even playing? How does the USA leave one of it’s biggest scoring threats at home?

  3. gregm_oldsection403 on

    The big ice is great to show strategy and plays with your kids. My kid is a squirt hockey player and with the DVR, we can slow it down, look at positioning, see the play develop. Passing lanes are more obvious, since there is so much more room. It’s also nice to watch hockey without all the garbage fighting.

    Thankful that we are snowed in today, no school, and I’m “working” from my home office.

  4. I dig her, Rob!

    Russia looks good cause they’re playing a team with one NHL player! I want to see them play a real team.

    How aboot Finland? They give up four goals to Austria? I was expecting a shutout. Lucky for them, Austria doesn’t have a goalie.

  5. Bulldog,I thought the Puck doesn’t have to leave the zone if the players “clear” first (touch-up) zone. tartar cleared, before the puck carrier crossed the blue line.

    Still think the zone was cleared of SVK players.

  6. Future Ranger Parise sure looks like he enjoys playing on the same line as former Ranger Callahan….

  7. Papa,
    I think, not sure, that if you shoot the puck into the zone with players in the zone, they may retouch. but if the delayed off sides happens with the puck already in the zone you cannot retouch. the play is off side. not positive of this.

  8. Hossa puts the puck in, Tartar may not have completely cleared before Hossa’s skate crossed the Blue line….

  9. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Kovalchuk scores for Russia. They go up 3-1` and Slovenia scores immediately.

    3-2 Russia over Slovenia.

  10. btw manny i called n talked to my lawyer. she said she cant just leave the state for any reason. it has to be like if her or her husband(shes not married), had a job in which they needed to move with the company, or if she was getting married. shes not doing any of those. lawyer also said since its joint custody, the court doesnt like to generally split up the family like that. so, it looks hopeful for now, but who knows what she pulls out of her @$$

  11. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    That sounds right, Grabby! She would have to file to modify the custody order which you can oppose and the Court would most likely uphold your opposition.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    according to JR. we have 2 second lines and no third line

    lots of depth, only Cally looks out of place…

  13. cally looks fine. he doesnt look out of place. once we get into tougher games we’ll be countin on him alot watch. pk, ot, blockin shots, scoring the odd goal here n there, way downnnn there

  14. But I’m for any victory by a team without NHL players…would be on a par with the miracle on ice!

  15. You know, I’ve disliked Patrick Kane ever since he beat up that cab driver over a dime. I find it hard to forgive people who do stuff like that.

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    JBytes, that was a long time ago. He was an immature kid. He definitely had a lot of bad partying, but he’s really matured in the last couple of years.

  17. Kane has suck sick hockey skills, how can you NOT like him on our team.

    I’ll say this, would you like Kane if he was a Ranger? The answer is YES!

  18. I hear ya Doodie. I didn’t think I would ever have respect for Carcillo either.

    Then Sather brings him on board, and the Rangers go a winning streak. You have to give him some credit for making the 4th line better.

    He really hasn’t made a bonehead play yet. Right?

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    USA will have more players poisoned, but Russia will have more players’ families threatened.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    I could never watch figure skating in person. Everyone groans when someone falls. I always laugh. I can’t even keep myself from laughing when I deliberately try to.

  21. Doodie – you have to think about the 4 years they spent training, all the time they’ve put in. How about the Russian that won gold last night. He had to move to Moscow at 15 to train. No money so he slept at the rink, and got 1 free meal a day. USA was in 10th place, so you had to pull for that guy. Right?

  22. Let me go back to an argument / question I put up the other night:

    Some media outlets report the “Medal Leader” by total Gold Medals, some with Total Medals.

    Which one do you think is correct?

    (I say that if you’re going to give out Silver and Bronze, then the leader is the country with the most overall. Otherwise don’t hand them out.)

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    By my count the top 5 are as follows:

    1) Norway: 35 pts
    2) Canada: 34 pts
    3) Germany: 32 pts (tiebreaker of more golds)
    4) USA: 32 pts
    5) Netherlands: 30 pts

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    But if that bonus medal gives them a tie with another team in total medals, the tiebreaker is who has the most non-bonus medals.

  25. Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Advisory Genius Group changes mind, predicts Little Ice Age.

  26. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m the opposite of Doodie in that I can’t watch figure skating because I get really really *upset* for them when they fall. It’s super nerve wracking for me to even watch.

  27. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Parise’s house is gorgeous:

    ?@NHLhomes Zach Parise: #NHLplayerhouses

  28. That’s how national teams Olympic medals (and place)general counts goes in reality: it is the points system, where 6th place gives you 1 point, 5th – 2, 4th – 3, etc.,…gold – 6 points. Tiebreaker – gold medals count.
    To tie (share)place is OK. It is unofficial anyway, just for bragging rights and politics, as said before.

  29. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    You don’t have one *Booby*? My dad has a few pairs in his golf collection…

    Of course Zetterberg is injured. He’s on the *Red Wings*

  30. I know Canada will eventually win this, but I like the fact that they’re not looking so impressive at the moment. I hate pre-tournament favourites.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    They’re spending the time figuring out lines. I’ve already seen 6 different sets of lines for Canada.

  32. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I hate Canada. And any other team not named USA that has a chance to win. I also like Norway (for Hobbit Wizard) especially because they are currently playing Canada (who, to review, I hate).

  33. Nash picking Zook’s pocket on the PK. Would have expected that to be the other way around. Wonder if any of the Norwegians will get signed out of this tournament. Fast team.

  34. USA – Russia pre-game notes: Double Pool…
    Dedicated to Gabby,
    If you think that I in any form am rooting for Russians, you’re wrong. Quite an opposite – I always root against, the same way, I do against most hated Devils.(Being limited with “no politics”, hockey themed blog format – shortly – That’s why:
    If you would be able to read in Russian even a “pure” hockey blog, you would be shocked how unbelievably impure, just stanching, xenophobic, filled with aggressive hatred is it. Talking about “just a game…”
    Politicizing sport, sadly became kind of routine in our world, but Russians were first (may be 3rd Reich share and gave to it a new disgusting dimension, much above normally understandable fandom, shamelessly using it as an “Image of Enemy”, and “evil them against spirited us”, all for internal use, instead of real and normal politic toward their own people. Hatred of third party(be it America,gays,Jews, riches or else),is always easiest way to unite people and distract them from holding power clan’s inability to provide their folks with a normal life. Sorry.
    So, without any fair to be mocked as being overly patriotic, my tender, ever grateful feelings and crazy(ZzZz Greg’s like) rooting goes to USA!!!

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Jarkko Immonen had two goals for Finland today. He’s an injury replacement for one of Filpulla or Koivu.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    MZA current TOI leader for the game on either team with 8:47 played.

    I hope Norway bounces out quickly.

  37. Toews’ stick in the air celebrating shot off the post, missed rebound as a result. Rookie.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    Here’s what I’ve noticed about offense in the Olympics so far: a lot of it starts with the defense. Either it’s a shot from the point or activated defensemen adding to a rush or going in deep. Much more involvement of the defense in scoring than in the NHL.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    He’s played over 16 minutes, by far the most among forwards. One of the Norwegian defenders has played slightly more. Both of them were the only two over 15 minutes.

  40. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Do you guys know how the Olympics works, meaning, do you have to buy a ticket to each event you go to? Or do you get some sort of pass?

  41. Jeez, you are already watching Canada… Came home a few hours ago, had to go in at 5 am. Rough driving conditions. Just finished watching the DVR’d game. They overwhelmed the Slovaks. Nice win, they didn’t run the score in the 3rd, though I believe they could.

    Grabby, don’t feel bad for me. I’m going for the US, not Russia

  42. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    If you don’t want to know the score of a game you need to stay out of here and off Twitter.


  43. “USA roster covets for NYR list….

    1. Kane
    2. Backes
    3. Shatten
    4. Parise
    5. Pavelski”

    You are forgetting who our GM is. On his covet list:

    1. Ozolinsh
    2. Nedved
    3. Marty Straka
    4. That Slovenian kid who had a goal and assist against the Soviets, er, Russia.

  44. >>USA, Canada, Russia, or Sweden?

    Out of those four, Canada scored the fewest goals. Uh oh, riot alert!

  45. PB’s Hat Trick………

    1. 1994 Cup……………….. “Death of the Curse”
    2. 1980……………………… “Miracle on Ice”
    3. 1996 World Cup ………”The Mike Richter Show”

  46. they should do away with the NHL going to the olympics, and go back to doing the world cup. the Hockey would be as good, and the season would not be interrupted.

  47. Jamaican Hockey Team may surprise. They have a center named Richards who could be a dark horse.

  48. I like the best of three for the Championship as opposed to a winner take all Gold Medal game which, I believe if tied, can ultimately be decided by a Shootout.

    In the 96 World Cup, if it were winner take all, one game (like the Olympics) , Canada not the USA wins the World Cup and we as fans miss out on games 2 and 3, easily two of the most exciting epic Hockey games I’ve ever watched.

  49. Great crowds, too. Was one of the final games at MSG??? Can’t remember. I know the Garden had a game or two in the tournament. I think the finals were also in Philly and Montreal.

  50. I think you’re right. I think Game 1 was in Philly and Canada won late on a disputed goal (offside). Then Games 2 and 3 in Montreal, unbelievable crowds, both won by Richter, er, I mean USA.

  51. Though I don’t remember, it was probably pretty unfortunate that I had to spend an extra day or two in Montreal in nice weather. (s)

  52. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    That’s the tourney where devils teammates Stevens and guerin got in a scrap and guerin broke Stevens nose…loved it

  53. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Always liked Tollefsen from Norway on D.

    I still remember him tossing dubi around with one arm during the gabby/carcillo incident.

  54. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, a lot of Journal News ads during the game today. You should tell them that if they’re going to advertise during a hockey game, they should mention the blog. Or at least give you a .25.

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    How the international hockey landscape has changed since then. Czech and Slovakia combined 0-6, -23 goal differential. Czech scored 4 goals in the entire tournament!

  56. i am sure the players like playing in the olympics, but it is getting harder and harder to shutdown the season to play in them. its not good for the NHL either. play a world cup before the season. the hockey played would be just as good, if not better than the olympics.

  57. Canada in ’96

    Gretzky, Mario, Messier down the middle??? Holy sheesh kabob.

    Did Mess play wing?

  58. Where do you find the schedule of all upcoming up-coming Olympic Hockey Games. I gather they’re all on the NHL Network. I been snowed excuse the pun with my work lately haven’t checked the papers nor this blog until today

  59. ILB games 2 & 3 of the 96 World Cup were both 5-2. But final score was deceiving.

    Game 2 Canada scored in the final 5 minutes were coming hard the whole 3rd period and scored with just over 5 minutes left on the PP to make it 3-2. Richter was outstanding and USA sealed it with two empty netters in the last minute.

    Game 3 USA, down 2-1 with less than 5 minutes to play, rallied with tying goal by Brett Hull and game winner by Tony Amonte. Richter was nothing short of sensational.

  60. NHL is retarded! FACT!

    *Secret codes, special phones help NHL’s doctors fight espionage in Russia*

    The Cold War is over, but a new cold war — the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament — has just begun. And this one has just as much espionage.

    If you thought NHL teams were secretive about the health of their players during the season, where injuries are often described in wonderfully vague terms like “upper-body”, “lower-body”, in some cases, “middle-body”, or the grandaddy of vagueness, just “body”, that’s nothing compared to what’s going on in Russia.

    According to Frank Fitzpatrick of The Philadelphia Inquirer, an injury to an NHL player in Sochi will be relayed to his team’s doctor back home via — wait for it — _secret codes and clean phones_

  61. Funny that you mentioned Okroshka, Papa Bear.

    If you separate first letter “O” from second letter “K” by apostrophe, you will get something like this – O’kroshka, which can be translated into English from Russian like “Oh, baby”

    true story.

  62. Great game for Team USA today. Thank god for DVR.

    Gotta love that Stastny line. They were very good.

    McDonagh was excellent. Cally was also effective…

    Also, give credit to Norway today. They played a very respectable game against the best players in the world (Canada). It should have been a blowout…

  63. Boob tube sounds anachronistic in an era of LCD TV’s…how about dood elsie d…or “me me DV”…or ‘doodie DVR “…sorry about that Doodie.

  64. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I just showed Mrs. Manny *UNTUCKit* and, of course, she thinks they make GREAT shirts and she wants me to order one.


  65. Rob in Beantown on

    UnTuckit looks like something I’d wear. Nothing I own is *scientifically* designed for *anything*, though. So maybe I should just buy their stuff.

  66. Manny, you should buy one to appease her but wear it *TUCKED* in exclusively. That will show her who’s boss.

  67. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    *UNTUCKit* worn tucked. Take that, Mrs. Manny!

    Their shirts are nice. Most of the shirts I buy are from JCrew Factory Outlet (there is one near my parents) and the shirts are bought off the sale rack, since no one in CT wears anything less than a Large, there are ample Small and Medium for me. They are usually $11.00.

    The issue with those is that they are often too short to tuck, which would be for work. So they are worn untucked but they actually have that weird tail and front tail thing so the sides are cut very short so my love handle area is *exposed*

    “And you don’t want us, exposing ourselves.”

  68. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Also, I find it humorous that *UNTUCKit* makes T-Shirts and Henleys. Who tucks those? (Besides Anton Stralman Probably)

  69. “Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don’t think it’s fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don’t blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.”

  70. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    “So the 7 little dwarves had a limited partnership in a small mining operation. And one day a beautiful princess came to live with them. And they bartered housekeeping services for room and board, which was a real good deal for them because they didn’t have to withhold social security or income tax or nothin’, which you’re really not supposed to do, you see, but for the purpose of the story, I think it’s okay.”

  71. “Hey, this is real smoked salmon from Nova Scotia, Canada, $24.95 a pound! It only cost me $14.12 after tax, though.”

  72. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    “On a mountain of *skulls*, in the castle of *pain*, I sat on a throne of *blood*! What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of *evil*!”

  73. “You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal. Only a *Carpathian* would come back to life now and choose New York. Tasty pick, *bonehead*! If you had brain one in that huge melon on top of your neck, you would be living the sweet life out in Southern California’s beautiful San Fernando Valley.”

  74. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    “I have a strong psychic belief that the world will end on New Year’s Eve.”

  75. The commentator said shoulder but I think it may have a high stick as he went off with his glove to his face. He was out of frame really quickly though, so it’s hard to tell

  76. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @MrManager5 Looks like Hagelin got checked into the boards, grabbed his shoulder, dropped his stick and skated to the locker room. #NYR #SochiFail

  77. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @cmasisak22 Hagelin just got hit in mouth & skated off – pretty sure it was friendly fire. He’s getting attn at bench.

    That’s what someone is saying. Hope they are right.

  78. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    It’s clearly retribution from *Alfredsson*. I will assume Aldredsson only scored that goal so that Hagelin would be out there protecting the lead and thus, getting hurt.

  79. Trying to watch on the NBC app, but it keeps saying that the “Coverage has Concluded”. Grrrrr.

  80. Doodie Machetto on

    No idea why Switzerland didn’t play Hiller. That was a weak goal by Berra. The Swiss defense was stout and made sure that he didn’t have to face many tough shots, at all. Just don’t understand the thinking there.

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Gozer the Traveller, he will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldronaii, the Traveller came as a large and moving Torb! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex Supplicants they chose a new form for him… that of a Giant Sloar! many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you!

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    I am Vinz, Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer, Volguus Zildrohoar, Lord of the Seboullia. Are you the Gatekeeper?

  83. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I spent an hour in my room last night talking to Fiorella LaGuardia, and he’s been dead for forty years.

  84. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Does Oscar Baby *Lindberg* Kidnapping get to go to Sochi to replace Zetterburger?

  85. He didn’t die of old age, either. He was *poisoned*, *stabbed*, *shot*, *hung*, *stretched*, *disemboweled*, *drawn* and *quartered*.

  86. According to my source, the end of the world will be on February 14th, in the year two thousand and sixteen.

  87. I received this information from an alien. As I told my husband, it was in the Paramus Holiday Inn, I was having a drink at the bar, alone, and this alien approached me. He started talking to me. He bought me a drink, and then I think he must have used some kind of a ray or a mind control device because he forced me to follow him to his room and that’s where he told me about the end of the world.

  88. Manny *Lindberg* was the *MVP* of Sweden last year in the Championship playoffs. Why wouldn’t they call him up? Just because the Rangers are “stacked” at center, doesn’t mean he isn’t ready for the call. Right?

  89. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I think it’s more like, this lineup is playing very well so why mess with it.

    Who you would pull out if Lindberg came up to the NHL?

  90. Why are you getting Britopansy commentary? Bad enough that I have to put up with it. Didn’t realise it was being exported to other countries.

  91. No one this year.

    But after Richards is bought out, I think he moves into the 3rd line center/wing. Hard to say how they will deal with Miller, Kristo, & Lindberg next year.

    I would just love to see Sweden pull him up, and have him win a Gold Medal with Hank and Hags, if the USA can’t pull it off.

  92. >>NHL needs to get on board with the three point games…

    That is not going to happen in the Bettman era NHL. Too many teams would be out of the playoff picture too early in the season. The current system gives the semblance of parity.

  93. _Centre of The Universe, to be exact._

    Oh right, my bad. And agreed on the three point games/Betmman. I’ve just been saying it for awhile, and the timing seemed right to say it again.

  94. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I thought Gravy was making a joke because 3 point games are stupid and the NHL loves them. PARITY!

  95. I meant that *every* game should be worth three points, as opposed to some are two and some are three.

  96. Rob in Beantown on

    So Sweden clinched its Group and a bye in the first round of the tournament. Does that mean Hank sits and *Gustavsson* or *Enroth* plays next game?

  97. Good question, Rob. I would hope so. Give Hank a nice -hair- maintenance day.

    Enroth was born of Hoth and Endor, so he’s got *Star* written all over him.

  98. Rob in Beantown on

    Wow, there are exactly *zero* Olympic hockey games on Monday, the day that commemorates our *presidents*. What am I supposed to do all day with my day off?

  99. Carps original 10ft pole …..Jeff Carter natural hat trick. Lots of garbage goals, but they all count. To be fair I thought Marty St. Louis was ahead of him n Nash

  100. I think I mighta been wrong about 10-foot pole Carter. Haven’t heard a peep about bad behavior, and we all know he can play.

  101. The noise on Carter n Richards was correct according to people in the know BEFORE the trades in Philly. Late nights and hate to say it Rx. Looks like they grew up. Love that Philly gave them up n then they win a SC. No such luck in filthy since 1975

  102. Carp,
    You know I luv pointing out when ur wrong, just to bust ur chops! You really are zeroed in, on point most of time. That says a lot… know your stuff. BTW USA wins tomorrow

  103. USA will lose 1 game this tournament.

    Book it.

    It better be tomorrow and not in the playoff round.

  104. “Saturday Morning’s Alright For Fighting”

    It’s getting late, have you seen my mates?
    Ma, tell me when the boys get here
    It’ll be seven o’clock and I want to rock.

    Don’t give us none of your aggravation
    We had it with your discipline
    Saturday morning’s alright for fighting.
    Go USA!
    Get a little action in.

  105. Rob in Beantown….your statement at 2:11 PM this thread that there is zero Olympic Hockey on Monday is false.

    Womens semi-finals on Monday.

    Maybe Beantowners do not considers womens sports legitimate?

    Rob, you sexist pig!!!!!!

    Go USA Women, bring home the -bling- Gold!!!!


  106. CCCP, nice video.

    but, it’s amazing to me that not one of the Ladies in that video drop an accidental turd while they violently twerp their boo-tas.


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  108. Michael Rappaport @Mike_Rappaport 11h
    Henrik Lundqvist is tied with Tommy Salo for most Olympic wins by a Swedish goaltender with nine. #NYR

    Michael Rappaport @Mike_Rappaport 11h
    Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, a .964 SV% & one shutout in this year’s Olympics. He has stopped 53 of 55 shots. #NYR #Sochi2014

    Michael Rappaport @Mike_Rappaport 11h
    In 11 career Olympic games, Henrik Lundqvist is 9-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and a .923 SV%. #NYR #Sweden #Sochi2014

  109. Maybe someone should make Hank believe that every playoff game he plays is not a playoff game but olympic game! who knows, maybe we’ll win the cup that way! :)

  110. CCCP,
    It was supposedly bottle of wine/vodka and 2 goblets, but distorted because of different format. Sorry.

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