February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Noora Raty has heard the many predictions that the women's Sochi Olympic hockey tournament will be a two-team contest between the U.S. and Canada because no other teams have the skill and depth to challenge them. Raty politely disagrees. And Finland's stellar goaltender has proved she has the ability to tilt the balance of power away from the two teams that have monopolized the gold medals at all four previous women's Olympic tournaments. Raty, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Minnesota and played alongside several current members of Team USA, made 58 saves in a 3-1 upset of the Americans in the Four Nations Cup at Lake Placid, N.Y., in November.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - In a rare instance of a game exceeding its advance billing, Team USA and Team Russia battled hard and evenly through 65 deliciously tense minutes before T.J. Oshie scored the deciding shootout tally in the eighth round of the tiebreaking procedure to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Unlike NHL rules, international rules permit shooters to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of the shootout. Oshie had shot six times before giving the U.S. the win. U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick of the Kings stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime.
February 17, 2010 |
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
January 2, 2010 |
The names of the 23 members of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team were announced almost too fast to grasp what was happening. But when the list went from Chris Drury to Patrick Kane without stopping at Scott Gomez or Bill Guerin, and when Ryan Malone's name was followed by Zach Parise's without mention of Mike Modano, it became clear the U.S. team in Vancouver will represent a changing of the guard and of strategy. Modano, Gomez, Guerin, Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, mainstays of countless U.S. teams, were passed over in favor of youngsters with lesser credentials but more specialized assets such as faceoff dexterity, penalty killing and toughness.
November 22, 2001
Vancouver 4, Pittsburgh 1--Former Penguin Markus Naslund scored twice and Trevor Linden had three assists as the Canucks won for the first time in Pittsburgh in nearly 13 years. The Canucks were 0-10-1 with nine consecutive losses in Pittsburgh since winning 7-5 on Jan. 5, 1989. Naslund has six goals and eight points in nine games against the Penguins. Detroit 1, Columbus 0--Luc Robitaille's blast from the right wing with 42.4 seconds left in overtime lifted the Red Wings at Columbus, Ohio.
September 2, 1998 |
The names of four players jump out of the NHL record book, and one--Wayne Gretzky--continues to break his own standards. Gretzky, winding down his career with the New York Rangers after Stanley Cup runs at Edmonton and an NHL mission in Los Angeles, with a side trip to St. Louis, has 885 goals and 1,910 assists for 2,795 points, all records, none threatened or likely to be, given the NHL's proclivity for low-scoring, defensive games.
January 14, 2011 |
The cinder-block locker room is little bigger than a gas-station restroom. Squeeze in 15 high school hockey players and their sweat-soaked equipment, and it smells about the same too. Yet Megan Browning, the team's freshman goalie, can't think of any place she'd rather be. "Just because you play hockey doesn't mean you have to act like a boy," Browning explains as she checks her makeup and adjusts the twin braids in her hair. "I wear pink. I'm still girly. But when I come to the rink, I get intense.
February 23, 2010 |
Canada did its part to set up a gold-medal showdown between women's hockey powerhouses. The United States and Canada have been on a collision course since the pairings were announced long before the start of the 2010 Winter Games. Both teams plowed through their groups, with the U.S. reaching Thursday's gold-medal game with a 9-1 victory over Sweden in Monday's first semifinal. Canada followed suit with a 5-0 win over Finland to continue its quest for its third consecutive gold.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The mystique that surrounded hockey players from the old Soviet Union and Russia vanished when they began to populate NHL locker rooms and win many of the league's most important trophies. The team ethic prevails whether the guy sitting next to you is from Moscow or Moose Jaw. But if the mystery is gone, the contrast in their games remains strong and should be evident when Team USA and Russia face off Saturday before an expected raucous crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It would be unreasonable to expect Paul Stastny to be as good a hockey player as his father, Peter, was on the international stage and in the NHL. Peter was so highly regarded as an athlete and person that he was chosen to carry Slovakia's flag into the opening ceremony of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, the country's first Games as an independent nation. Paul, born while Peter played in Quebec City but raised in the United States, has been a good NHL player if not a great one. In an odd twist of fate, Paul Stastny's hockey career and heritage met Thursday when he faced his father's homeland and scored two goals, propelling Team USA to a strong start in the Sochi tournament and confirming his own hockey credentials.