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February 24, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Redemption was at hand as the Canadian Olympic hockey team was about to polish off an 8-2 rout of Germany and advance to the playoff quarterfinals, so the crowd at Canada Hockey Place was feeling giddy Tuesday. A cry arose from the stands, loud and proud: "We want Russia! We want Russia!" You sure about that? "Good idea," affirmed Canada's captain, Scott Niedermayer. The question is whether he and his teammates will still think it's such a great notion Wednesday, after they face the powerful Russians in a matchup that was projected to be the Olympics' grand finale but was moved up by Canada's preliminary-round loss to the U.S. and consignment to a qualifying playoff round.
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February 23, 2010
Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic team is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post on the U.S. team's 5-3 upset of Canada on Sunday: Hi again, everyone: That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end, it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It's a huge confidence boost for us. As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while.
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February 23, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
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.
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February 23, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Drew Doughty started getting frantic calls and text messages before the shock waves had faded from Canada's 5-3 loss to the United States in the preliminary-round finale of the Olympic hockey tournament. What, they asked, was wrong with their hockey team? "Canada as a country is worried about how we've been so far," the Kings' precocious defenseman said Monday, "but I know in the room we're still confident. We're going to take a longer route to the gold-medal game, but I know we're still confident we're going to do it."
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February 23, 2010 | By David Wharton
The good people of Vancouver awoke to a headline that pretty much said it all. O No Canada. Losing to the Americans in hockey on Sunday, wounding the pride of a nation that figures it should own the ice. "It was huge," said Kent Friesen, of Prince George, B.C., who watched the game in a downtown bar. "The whole city went dead." There was only one way to respond: Friesen and a few thousand of his compatriots showed up at the Vancouver Olympic Centre bright and early Monday morning to watch Canada whip the U.S., 7-2, in men's curling.
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February 23, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Shauna Rohbock prefers her martini shaken, not stirred. The bobsled driver of USA-1, who won silver in 2006, hopes to be the fastest woman on the fastest track when the two-day competition begins Tuesday. But perhaps the biggest obstacle in her icy path is Germany's Cathleen Martini, a two-time world championship silver medalist who won five of the eight World Cup races this season. "She's been strong all year," said Rohbock of her rival. "She gets a good push and drives it from there.
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February 23, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Home-field advantage is one thing. Home-esteem advantage is quite another. Just ask the U.S. ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who laced up their skates for the free dance Monday in second place . . . and with as much chance as an ice rink in hell. Hours after the boss of Canada's embattled Olympic team raised the white flag on his country's "Own The Podium" medal predictions, a Canadian ice dancing team glided over the country's despair and into a gold that seemed as destined as deserved.
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February 22, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
In the relatively short history of women's hockey in the Olympics, the United States has enjoyed many more successes than failures. An upset loss to Sweden in the semifinals of 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, stands out as the low point. The Americans led 2-0 before the Swedes roared back for a 3-2 shootout win that denied the Americans a chance to face rival Canada for the gold medal. The U.S. was left playing for the bronze, which it won by defeating Finland, 4-0. Canada beat Sweden, 4-1, for the gold.
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February 22, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Life is all about the Hurricane for Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. Doing one. And living in one. First, there is his highly acclaimed signature Hurricane, an aerial trick featuring three flips and five twists. The men's aerials qualifications will be Monday night at Cypress Mountain. "I plan on doing the Hurricane," he said at the pre-Olympics news conference here. "I want to be able to do that trick. I want to be prepared to throw it. . . . We won't know until game day." Peterson will be joined in qualifying by American teammates Ryan St. Onge, Matt DePeters and Scott Bahrke.
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February 22, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Wearing uniforms that honored the Olympic champion 1960 U.S. hockey team and deploying a lineup that included the son of a player from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" squad, the current U.S. Olympic team made some history of its own Sunday. In an exhilarating game that often went end to end without giving fans a moment's pause to do more than gasp, the Americans punished Canada goalie Martin Brodeur for his puck-handling mistakes and rode a two-goal, one-assist performance by Brian Rafalski to a 5-3 win at a jam-packed Canada Hockey Place.
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