January 3, 2013 |
Miracle in Ufa? Well, something along those lines. Not only did the U.S. beat Canada in the semifinals at the World Junior Hockey Championships, it did so in devastating fashion, with a 5-1 victory in Ufa, Russia. Team USA will play defending champion Sweden, a semifinal winner over Russia, in Saturday's gold-medal game. The stars for the United States in Thursday's rout were captain Jake McCabe, who scored twice and had an assist; John Gaudreau, who had two goals; and goalie John Gibson, who made 33 saves.
May 3, 2012 |
A certain Olympic gold medal winner was testing out his vocal cords in the Kings' dressing room after Thursday's morning skate. Sing-along with Drew? Not exactly. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was self-deprecating about his singing. The kid, as he likes to say about others, is chill. That would be chill as an adjective, not a verb. Doughty, who won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics, has two assists and is a plus-three in seven games in the playoffs.
March 5, 2010
I have always been a rabid follower of basketball and not much of a hockey fan. But last Sunday I did the previously unthinkable and after switching channels back and forth between games for an hour or so I finally turned off the Lakers-Denver game to watch Team USA against Canada in the Olympic hockey finals. Wow, the excitement and passion of that game blew me away! When the match finally ended, I compared its nonstop action to the NBA's endless free throw parade and decided to follow the NHL a bit more and the NBA a bit less.
February 28, 2010
When Team Canada faltered in the first round of the Olympic hockey tournament, the nation that prides itself on having invented the game held its collective breath. Not to worry: A romp over Germany in a qualifying game and a rout of Russia put this star-laden team back on track. Or did it? Canada barely hung on to defeat fast-closing Slovakia in the semifinals and secure its place in Sunday's gold-medal game at Canada Hockey Place. Adversity could bring the Canadians closer -- or exhaust them.
February 27, 2010 |
Nine members of the Kings and Ducks will be playing for a gold medal Sunday when Canada faces the U.S. in the Olympic hockey tournament finale at Hockey Canada Place. The SoCal contingent started at 14 but was reduced to 12 following Team USA's elimination of Switzerland in the quarterfinals and of Finland in the semifinals as well as Canada's elimination of Slovakia. Still left: The Ducks' Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf along with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Team Canada, and the Ducks' Ryan Whitney and Bobby Ryan on Team USA with the Kings' Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Quick.
February 27, 2010 |
Bodies and sticks and skates flew at Roberto Luongo while an entire nation tensed, praying there would be no deflection or bounce that would knock the puck into the net and wrest Team Canada's ticket to the Olympic gold-medal game out of its sweaty grasp. Slovakia, cautious for too long Friday in its semifinal game against the host nation, had charged within a hair's breadth of a titanic upset. "It was the most fun I've ever had," Luongo said, smiling. His enjoyment was soon shared by all of Canada, which watched him get his glove on a point-blank shot by his Canucks teammate Pavol Demitra in the dying seconds to preserve a 3-2 victory and set up a championship match between Canada and the U.S. at noon Sunday.