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Crosby, Kunitz capture gold as Canada beat Sweden - 02-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Another Olympics. Another gold medal for Canada.

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz helped Canada defeat Sweden, 3-0, in the gold medal game of the men's Olympic tournament in Sochi.

It was Canada's second consecutive gold medal and third since the NHL began participating in the Olympics in 1998. Overall, it was Canada's eighth gold medal in men's hockey.

Individual awards were:

 

Best players as selected by the tournament directorate
Best Goalkeeper: Carey Price, Canada
Best Defenseman: Erik Karlsson, Sweden
Best Forward: Phil Kessel, United States

Most Valuable Player as selected by the media
Teemu Selanne, Finland

All-Star Team as selected by the media
Goalkeeper: Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden
Defenseman: Erik Karlsson, Sweden
Defenseman: Drew Doughty, Canada
Forward: Teemu Selanne, Finland
Forward: Phil Kessel, United States
Forward: Mikael Granlund, Finland

 

(Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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Olympic hockey chat - 02-23-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

We will be holding a live chat for today's gold medal game between Canada and Sweden.

The game and the chat will begin at approximately 7 a.m., EST. It will be televised on NBC.

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-23-14

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Olympics

-Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for Finland in a 5-0 shutout of Finland in the bronze medal match. Teemu Selanne scored two goals for Finland while teammate Jussi Jokinen added a goal and an assist. Olli Maatta scored a goal for Finland. Brooks Orpik had 15:27 of ice time for the United States.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Bronze times for Finland:

-The United States heads home empty-handed:

-A couple of good looks at Maatta's goal:

-Maatta controlling the puck:

-Happy times for Jokinen:

 

-Happy times for Jokinen and teammate Sami Vatanen:

 

 

-Orpik got the drop on Finland's Tuomo Ruutu:

 

-Beaming times for Selanne:

-Happy times for Finland:

-Happy times for Finland. Not so much Quick:

-The handshake line:

-Finland's Jori Lehtera tried to navigate the United States defense:

-Finland's Kimmo Timonen didn't seem to care for Ryan McDonagh being on top of him:

-Selanne had a beef with this referee:

-Finland's Mikael Grandlund and the United States' David Backes squared off on this faceoff:

-A good look at the back of Rask's lid:

-The United States' Patrick Kane couldn't beat Rask here:

-Or here:

-Quick snagged this puck:

-Quick being stretchy:

-Quick had the wrong view of this puck:

-The United States' T.J. Oshie and Finland's Olli Jokinen battled for this puck:

-"We're dealing right now with the disappointment of not coming here and doing what we thought we could do. And that disappointment, that's not going to go away." - Dan Bylsma.

"Once they got those two goals, a lot of frustration set in for us. We started trying to beat guys one-on-one. We stopped playing that team game that got us to where we are." - United States captain/forward Zach Parise.

-"I wasn't good enough to help the team win a medal. Obviously, I was expected to do a lot more. When you come over here and put up zero goals and four assists in six games, it's not the numbers you want to see. Definitely disappointing." - United States forward Patrick Kane on failing to score on two penalty shots.

-"Twenty-six years ago I played my first national team game. I've been wearing this jersey with a lot of pride and love," he said. "And winning this last game like this was dream come true." - Selanne.

-"If there's one guy on the planet that I feel happy for, [despite] losing that game, I think it's him," Fowler said. "He's one of the best players to ever live and one of the greatest guys I've known. Happy for Teemu, he deserves it." - United States defenseman Cam Fowler on Selanne, his Ducks teammate.

-"Sometimes, I think we get a little bit confused. It's not about who scores the goals or who blocks the shots or who plays. It's about winning. It's about Canada. It's about hockey supremacy. We like to brag that it's our game? If you think it's your game, you better show it's your game." - Canada coach Mike Babcock. Canada faces Sweden in today's gold medal game.

-"I think we feel pressure. We know everybody is watching." - Sidney Crosby (right).

-“Canada always wants to have the puck, and they keep coming. That’s pretty much bottom line. Nowadays, they’re extremely well coached. They’ve got a good structure. And they have pretty much an all-star at every position on their team.” - Sweden captain/defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

-“Canadian officials in the finals, also the supervisor plus reserves. Comedy at the highest level. What a [expletive] joke.” - Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg on an all-North American crew of officials working today's game.

-Latvia forward Vitalijs Pavlovs was disqualified from the Olympics after he tested positive for a banned substance.

NHL
Penguins

-"March is going to be crazy." - Marc-Andre Fleury on the Penguins playing 16 games next month.

-What moves can Ray Shero make at the trade deadline?

-Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 24 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-3 home shootout loss. Spencer Machacek scored two regulation goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has lost six consecutive games (0-3-3), the longest such slump under head coach John Hynes.

-Highlights:

-Mike Condon made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 win against the Elmira Jackals.

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Meeker. A second-round pick by the Penguins in 1978, Meeker's entire NHL career consisted of four games and no points with the 1978-79 Penguins. He was released from the organization in the 1982 offseason.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Yet another Olympics injury. Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin will be sidelined two to three weeks due to an ankle injury he sustained while playing for Russia.

Atlantic Division

-The Red Wings recalled forwards Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and defenseman Gleason Fournier from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs assigned forward Peter Holland to Toronto of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-“I hope Sweden wins because I don't think [Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis] is going to play judging from what's happened and I don't think [Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo] is going to play. So I don't give a bleep right now because they're not playing. I just want them back here. I hope [Canucks forward Daniel Sedin] scores two goals and [Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler] gets three assists and Sweden wins so they come back feeling good about themselves because it's going to help us. That's all I'm concerned about right now.” - Canucks coach John Tortorella (right) on his rooting interests for today's gold medal game in the Olympics.

Patrick Division

-Oscar Dansk made 26 saves for the Erie Otters in an 8-2 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

-Terry Shafer made 18 saves for the Robert Morris mens' team in a 6-3 loss to Canisius.

-Matthew Skoff made 29 saves for the Penn State men's team which lost to Michigan, 5-2.

-Two goals by Nardo Nagtzaam led the Mercyhurst men's team past Niagara, 4-2.

-Jessica Dodds made 22 saves for the Robert Morris women's team in a 4-0 shutout of Penn State.

-Amanda Makela made 20 saves for the Mercyhurst women's team in a 2-2 tie with Lindenwood.

-Dakoda Menslage had a goal and an assist for the Johnstown Tomahawks who lost to the Wenatchee Wild 3-2.

(Photos: Lars Baron/Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Julio Cortez/Associated Press; Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images; Streeter Lecka/Getty Images, Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images, David J. Phillip/Associated Press; Martin Rose/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

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Jokinen, Maatta win bronze as Finland beats United States - 02-22-14

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The United States' pursuit of an Olympic medal came to a crashing halt.

Penguins defensemen Olli Maatta and forward Jussi Jokinen (above) each had a goal and an assist for Finland which shut out the United States, 5-0, in the bronze medal game.

After winning the silver in 2010 and arriving to this tournament with bigger expectations, the United States, coached by Dan Bylsma, will return home empty-handed.

The United States played without Penguins defenseman Paul Martin who missed his second consecutive game due to a hand injury.

For Finland, it's the six medal in the past eight Olympic tournaments, the most by any country in that span. Finland also won a medal for the fourth time in the past five Olympic tournaments the NHL has participated in, also the most in that span.

Sweden will face Canada for the gold medal tomorrow.

(Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dana Holgorsen spring football presser transcript

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia football head coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the media Friday afternoon, previewing the spring season.

Opening statement ...

Want to get started just to catch everybody up with what our team has been up to.

It’s winter workouts. Strength and conditioning has been what their role has been about, as well as academics.

They come back from the holidays, and coaches are out on the road recruiting, so we don’t have a whole lot of contact with them for about three weeks in January. We turn them over to the strength and conditioning group, who has been doing a great job.

(Director, Strength and Conditioning) Mike (Joseph) and his staff all do a phenomenal job in the basement, utilizing the new facility, which has been great for us. The space up in the indoor practice facility, from an offseason point of view, has been tremendous.

We’ve had six good weeks of work. Obviously, the goal at this point in time is for these guys to get bigger, faster, stronger and healthy. I think we’ve accomplished that up to this point. We have one more week of that. In addition to that, we’ve had nine early morning sessions, which is a whole lot of fun for the coaching staff. We get the kids up early, kick them around a little bit, yell at them, scream at them, encourage them, motivate them and challenge them in every way possible.

We’ve had a lot of good work in the mornings, and we have a couple more of those sessions next week, as well.

We’ve been trying to get more into the football aspect of for the last three weeks. We’ve had about six sessions in the afternoon where we’re able to show film to them and get a little head start for spring ball.

We’ll have a couple more of those sessions next week. That will lead us into spring football. We will start Sunday, March 2 - that’s when we’re scheduled to start. This time of year, you’re curious if the weather is going to cooperate. It doesn’t like it’s going to, if the last couple of months has been any indication.

Sunday, March 2, that will be open to the media for the first 30 minutes. We will try to get three practices non-padded, helmets only and a lot of teaching each of those three days. We won’t care if the weather cooperates or not. We will have a schedule and stick to it.

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