February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
February 19, 2010 |
Sidney Crosby didn't know that Olympic rules permitted him a second shootout attempt after his first try for Canada caromed off the right leg pad of Switzerland and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the teams' preliminary-round game Thursday. "I wasn't sure what the format was," the Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise player said. "Then the coach came over and said, 'You want to go again?' " Given a second chance by Coach Mike Babcock , Crosby didn't miss. He beat Hiller to the stick side to start the fourth round of the tiebreaker and Canada goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Martin Pluss to salvage a 3-2 victory and two points for Canada against the hard-checking and resilient Swiss at Canada Hockey Place.
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.
December 23, 2006
Re "The high-flying Ducks just aren't on our radar," Dec. 18 L.A. fans not embracing the Orange County team is front- page news? Most of us in L.A. have little or no reason to ever go to Orange County, let alone to be fans of a hockey team playing in a league that is itself not very popular anymore. If location were the issue, then why are there still so many Raiders and Rams fans in L.A.? BECKY MOCCIARO Los Angeles This story discussed how the Ducks aren't popular despite their recent success.
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.
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.
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.