Olli Jokinen

Olympics Move Into High Gear

It’s the final day of the group round robin competition at the Olympics today, with the top six seeds all squaring off. In the 3:00pm game – on NBC, the Russians and Czechs will face each other for 1st place in Group B. The Czechs have the advantage here, requiring just a point from the game to remain in first, while Russia need at least two points just to jump past the surprising Slovakians into second place.

In what will likely be the most watched game, Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan will look to help the US team against the highly favored Canadians – 7:00pm MSNBC. The US lead Group A courtesy of the Swiss taking Canada to a shootout earlier in the week, but they’ll need a win to maintain their lead at the top of the group.

In the midnight game on NBC, Henrik Lundqvist and the Swedes will battle with Olli Jokinen and the Finns for first in Group C.

All twelve teams go through to the next round, and will be seeded according to the following criteria:

1st tiebreaker – Position in group
2nd tiebreaker – Points
3rd tiebreaker – Goal Differential
4th tiebreaker – Goals scored
5th tiebreaker – IIHF ranking

With today’s games to play the teams are seeded as following:

1st – Finland (1 game remaining)
2nd – USA (1 game remaining)
3rd – Czech Republic (1 game remaining)
4th – Sweden (1 game remaining)
5th – Canada (1 game remaining)
6th – Slovakia
7th – Russia (1 game remaining)
8th – Switzerland
9th – Belarus
10th – Norway
11th – Germany
12th – Latvia

Ten Years Later…
Ten years ago while playing with the Vancouver Canucks, Donald Brashear was the victim of one of the most well known controversial acts in hockey. Former Ranger Marty McSorley felled Brashear with a swinging stick to the head. Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record looks back at the effect McSorley’s action had on hockey.

Pack finally win
After five straight ugly losses, the Wolf Pack finally got back in the win column last night with a 4-2 victory over the division leading Worcester Sharks. Dale Weise scored two goals and Matt Zaba stopped 29 of 31 shots.

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