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Chimera leaves practice early

Here's a quick update from today's afternoon practice session at KCI:

*Matt Bradley practiced fully and afterward pronounced himself healed up and ready to go, despite getting his "bell rung" for the second time in two months. He also said Cam Janssen apologized to him after the game in St. Louis for the hit.

"I was a little disoriented," Bradley said of the incident. "But I was fine a little bit after that, and I was fine the next day. I felt great out there today. I'm fine. It's behind me."

Then he cracked: "I'm a good bleeder and I can recover quick from getting my bell rung, I guess."

Coach Bruce Boudreau added: "I've seen him look gaga a few times and want to come back. He's had 10 days off. The toughness of Matt Bradley is really up there. His will to play and everything else is tremendous."

*Tom Poti, who missed two games with a groin-muscle strain, said he's fully recovered and, barring a setback, will be ready for the March 3 game in Buffalo. He also said he could have played against the Blues, but the team opted to be cautious since he missed time with the same injury last season after returning to the lineup prematurely.

*The news wasn't so great concerning Jason Chimera, who had missed three games before the break with a groin-muscle ailment. The winger practiced, but left early after telling Boudreau that he felt the muscle "tightening up." Chimera has a history of these types of injuries and never looked 100-percent comfortable today.

*Boudreau said he had planned to go easy on his players and letting them ease their way back into the flow. But he changed his mind at some point because by the end of the hour-long session, many of the Caps were hunched over, sucking wind.

"That was the easy one," Boudreau joked.

Boudreau, who like many of his players looked rested and refreshed, plans to ramp up the intensity of the practices over the next few days. And as Olympians return to Arlington, he said he plans to introduce video and systems drills. If you recall, Boudreau said part of the reason the Caps looked so ragged right before the break was the lack of practice time. Well, including today, they'll practice six of the next seven days.

*With five players still at the Olympics, the Caps only had enough players for three forward lines. And with Michal Neuvirth nursing an undisclosed minor injury, Boudreau also was forced to use web producer (and fifth-string goalie) Brett Leonhardt as the other goalie opposite Jose Theodore. At one point, they were playing cross-ice, just like mini-mites.

*Boudreau said he expects the Caps who are eliminated from the Olympics tonight to be back on the ice for practice by Sunday.

*Finally, I spoke for a few minutes with Marc Levine, the agent for Nicklas Backstrom. He declined to share details of the negotiations on an extension for his client, but he also didn't leave me with the impression that anything was close.

"The discussions are ongoing," Levine told me by phone. "We'll continue to talk and try to get something done. I don't have a time frame. We have not discussed anything during the Olympic break. We hadn't planned on discussing anything during the Olympic break. I didn't want to bring anything up to Nicklas so he focus on the Olympics. That was his desire and I wanted to honor that."

Practice tomorrow begins at 10:30. And I've got 30 minutes to get home for tonight's showdown between Russia and Canada.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 24, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
 
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Comments

Get well, Jason.

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

either Roenick has gotten bigger since he stopped playing hockey or Ovie is not as big as I thought because JR was not a big player in his playing days...

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I did a quick count, are there 9 NHL Team Captains on this Canadian team? Incidentally why isnt Lecavalier on this team?

Are we chatting?

Random thoughts.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

#1. I hope Alex and Alex don't get hurt.

#2. I hope Alex and Alex don't get hurt.

#3. Go Russia!

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov with passive D on that Canadian goal.
Seen that b4.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Sloppy passing

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there is a reason Morozov isnt in the NHL?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

wow...is this the same team the USA beat?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

OMG 3-0 Canada, every time my page refreshes, the Canadians have scored again. WTF???

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 24, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

well - they've dug themselves a capitals like hole - they need to get their heads out of their rears and put one in the net before the end of the first

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

look on the bright side, they get to come home early and hopefully will be hungrier to win the Cup

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

that's one
be nice to have another in the next 5:00

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

that last sequence Nabby with the save on a perfect passing play...awesome

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

3-1 19-13 shots I wish I could watch this -- it sounds like a barn-burner

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 24, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

it's over... that's the 4th line that just scored for Canada

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Nabby has to be pulled at this point

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

He won't be back for the 2nd

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

all i can say is wow

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov was far from the only problem. The Russians were having defensive breakdowns everywhere and were simply getting outworked in just about every facet of the game.

This is hard to watch but there is still a lot of hockey to played... or something.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

at least our boys can come back and get rested before the season starts back up.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

let varly lead them back to victory

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Canada just looks like they want this game more. 21 shots in just the first and this isn't against some scrub team. I think losing to the US has created a mad and dangerous Canadian team.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Look how many shots! Not just Naby, but the Ruskies have swiss cheese defense. Maybe Varly in goal would be a really bad thing -- get hurt physically or mentally

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

last exclusive interview for JR

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Guess we'll be seeing Ovi and Semin and Varly back at practice on Sunday.

What an ugly game for Team Russia! They look positively overmatched! (Where is Nick Backstrom when we need him?)

Would not be surprised to see Nabokov pulled for second period.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Did the Russians give up when the Italians bombed Vladivastok?

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr

The US team may just be a better team than Team Russia. Or at least better able to play a good game agaisnt Team Canada

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

this 'they'll get back quick and rest' mentality is stupid, if they lose you'll get back a depressed OV, Semin, Varly and a resulting caps losing streak to open the post Olympic-break part of the season.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I really dont see Nabby as the problem. His being pulled would be just one of those Hockey things.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

it'll be all over for canada if they just start playing to only clear their zone. i think the russians will come out on fire in the second and at least make this a game

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

@uncatim

- nice Animal House reference. I like it.

What the hell we supposed to do you morons?!

Posted by: natresgroup | February 24, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Canadians look like a well rested and finally tuned machine.

The Russians look like they are worn out and there is little to no cohesion. A lot of the forwards look clueless on the defensive end.

Maybe that extra game really was an advantage for Canada to help them get things together.

Or maybe they're just a much better team, overall.

Is coaching a factor?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

this 'they'll get back quick and rest' mentality is stupid, if they lose you'll get back a depressed OV, Semin, Varly and a resulting caps losing streak to open the post Olympic-break part of the season.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

if those guys are that mentally fragile, you'll never win anything with them anyway

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr

The US team may just be a better team than Team Russia. Or at least better able to play a good game agaisnt Team Canada

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 24, 2010 8:19 PM |

That is an interesting question.
I think Russia clearly has better talent, especially offensive. But has the USA "gelled" better?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anybody here is solely blaming Nabokov but my opinion is that 2 Nabokovs in net wouldn't have made much of a difference (okay, that's an exaggeration).

The Canadians are simply killing the Russians with their forecheck and their defensemen are taking advantage of the Russian forwards by pinching in from behind the play.

The Canadians are also simply outworking the Russians and playing better team hockey.

The score is a good reflection of the total domination by Team Canada.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Russians have 2 quality d-men IMO.

Shouldn't someone tell Kovalchuk that the tournament has started?

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao:
damn you and your accurate observational assessments :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The country of Russia is officially now on suicide watch.

Sigh...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ovechkin, Semin and Varlamov will be returning the the WDC area within the next couple of days. GO USA!

Posted by: puckman | February 24, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The Russian coach is brain dead.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

tell Semin as well.

Kovalchuk has really gone down hill since his trade to NJ. It also seems that being relegated to the second line, behind OV, has given him the second liner mind set. Like he doesnt have to be Kovalchuk anymore, just a guy who waits for OV to do stuff.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, Kovalchuk/Afinogenov just made a solid play but the Canadians are probably in shock at how easy this game has become.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Hello Hockey Fans!

The thought of Crysby with a gold medal and a Cup makes me sick down to my shin pads.

C'mon Ovie, Sasha, make it a game for pizza sakes!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Eddie O is a punk for his NBC analyst hate at Russia...AT THE MOST CONVENIENT MOMENT!

The Russian Coach will burn for this loss.

I hope our Caps dont come home with any ill issues behind these olympics.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh god...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

i just hope they can injure crosby before the game is out, nothing life changing or disfiguring, just something embarrassing with temporary suffering attached.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Russia ;( It's not even a good game anymore.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

And it goes from bad to worse. I am absolutely shocked at what a beatdown this is. I expected this to be as close as the USA game; now I just hope the next two games are better. tmac, as usual, you called it.

GO USA!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

OVIwankanOVI....nice handle

Not sure if I will watch the 3rd.

I hope our boys come back from these games, better than they left.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Olczyk said just before the opening faceoff that Canada would win.. and judging by the way the game has gone so far, I'd say he's darn good analyst

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

A humiliating spanking.

The Canadians are just doing so many fundmental things right and playing like a cohesive team on top of displaying their obivous talent.

The Russians are disjointed, lost defensively and playing with much less intensity.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Did the Russians give up when Reagan told them to tear down that wall? Oh, wait...

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Russians are showing some pride, anyway. (But then, I wouldn't expect anything less from a team with #8 on it.)

Posted by: wocoliz | February 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

i thought Team Russia skated much better (effort wise) against the Czech Republic, they were running after every loose puck. Sure it would be nice to see them win, but if they dont work for it I can't morally support them, I would just feel bad for Canada (minus crosby) for working hard and getting eliminated. Team Russia doesn't need to be @ the Vancouver games if all they want to do is stand around on the ice.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that the final score will end up being more like a baseball score... 10-6

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

when do we see varly

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Varly & his groin need to keep sitting.

Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

you'll see Varly if the two goalies in uniform for Russia pull a groin or something

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Maybe you will need the replay to hear what I heard.

maybe not

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

when do we see varly

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 8:53 PM

the correct answer is: friday at KCI

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Guys and gals, Russia loses this game and they go home. Varly or any other Russian goalie only has 20 mins left in the Olympics if they loose.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

da da canada nyet nyet soviet,the Russian machine appears to be broke

Posted by: wendel2 | February 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This game makes us appreciate the talents of Backstrom and Green even more.

Not to mention the coaching of Boudreau. They don't even use Semin on the PP anymore. He was kicked off the first unit (and the second unit is apparently KHL guys)/

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 24, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

DA DA CANADA.....NYET NYET SOVIET

Posted by: wendel2 | February 24, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Russians absolutely must score on this PP to start the 3rd then pray the Canadians are physically and emotionally spent. Unfortunately, the crowd will be behind Canada on top of everything else going bad for the Russians.

The Russians have no discipline. There is little purpose to what they're doing as if the coaches didn't put together any gameplan or didn't get the players to buy in if they did.

Millbury slamming Ovechkin, saying he wasn't prepared. Pathetic. What a fool.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Ovie hasn't been able to do much in this game because Weber and the "washed-up" Niedermayer have been doing a good job on him

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I try to just take Milbury's comments for what they're worth, but that shot at Ovi was just ridiculous. What an idiot.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 24, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

And Milbury's hate for Ovi continues...apparently Alex is playing goalie in this game. How is this guy covering the Olympics again?

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

wendel2,

I'm afraid you are right.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

The worst part of this will be having to listen to Milbury say that Crosby won the game for the Canadians.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

i dont understand why it was so hard to prepare, i can tell Russia's coach Canada's 'secret' game plan before any games they play -- they're going to dump the puck in and work their asses off to gain possetion in the offensive zone -- just like they do EVERY time they play Russia.

He should probably tell his own players they better be moving too...

It really throws some questions on his coaching ability, perhaps Russia's success recently was just the players.\

1. using OV over and over and over in the shootout...
2. not pulling Nabokov
3. starting Nabokov over Bryzgalov in the first place when Canada has the inside scoop on him a la Marleau, Thornton, Heatley.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish analysts would quit pointing at individual players as much as they do in team sports.

The Canadians, as a TEAM, are simply playing a better brand of hockey.

You'll find good plays and bad plays by every player but this game is not a matter of individuals not showing up as much as it is one team looking more organized and cohesive as the other.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This is what you jerks get that rooted for Russia over your own Country.

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 24, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

OVIwankanOV, those are all excellent points. Russians really need to convert on this PP.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 24, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I will be very interested to see how our guys play beyond these olympics

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

dont agree with that call, not that it matters at this point. But this is the same way Doughty played Afinigenov @ the start, the only difference is Stall falls down and gets hurt, Afinigenov keeps his balance.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@Mike4169 - How many goons are there in the NHL who are not Canadian? And how many morons holding a microphone?

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

apparently the refs agree with me, i should really start ignoring McGuire when he yells 'THAT'S INTERFERENCE!', forgive me for assuming an announcer is announcing what is going on.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Dude I haven't seen anyone on here saying they would root for the Russians if they played the US team. I just think a lot of us thought the best way of denying Canada the gold was Russia beating them. And why wouldn't we root also for the Russians with 2 of the Caps best 3 players on the team??

Using Ovi too much in the shootout is pretty minor in contrast to them not playing him at the point on the PP.

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

That hit by Volchenkov didn't look dirty to me at all. It was closer to his side than his back. Semin's crosscheck of Crosby was much worse.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

when you have world-class defensemen, there's NO reason to have Ovie or any other forward playing the point on the PP

but he should be at the half board, not in front of the goalie

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

@joek - I agree with you about where they should play Ovi on the PP. But which of the Russian d-men other than Gonchar would you say is world class on the power play? I fact, their d corps seems to be made up of a lot of KHL guys. I think the Canadians exposed the Russian d tonight as much as any other explanation for what has happened.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty painful to watch some of these KHL players and even more so most of the Russian defensemen play in this game. I am even more thankful for guys like Mike Green today. I also miss Backstrom setting up Ovi, making things happen with good playmaking. Hopefully Sweden and Backstrom will get their shot at denying Canada

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

alright then, with 8 minutes left to play, Go Sweden Go Backstrom!

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Even though Canada has the edge in overall talent, one thing I'm wondering about after watching the incredibly superior team play of Canada is how much better Canadian coaching, in general, is than Russian coaching.

The difference in caliber of team play far outweighs any difference in indvidual talent between the two teams.

Am I overanalyzing one game or does Canada just seem to be on a completely different level when it comes to team play and fundamentals?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

DAMMIT

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

great, that's all we need... fudge!

Posted by: natresgroup | February 24, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkikn hurt.

The most important thing not to happen out of this game for Caps fans.

It looked harmless but Ovechkin is in clear pain. What possibly happened?

I guess he's OK but that was odd. You can break a finger from not much impact if you get hit in the wrong way.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah joe I'll agree with you there, Ovi should be at the half board, up front is no good.

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin back out there. He probably got a finger bent funny.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

JDintheSD,

Yeah, your thoughts exactly. Go USA, but deny Crysby anything above Ovie and our Caps boys, that's all...

USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

whew...he's ok

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@ zmega

at this level of competition, having a forward playing the point is just too risky, especially against a team like Canada... they have too many guys who can score shorthanded.

the problem with Russia is their absolute refusal to play dump and chase hockey, Canada knows that and have turned just about every Russian forward into a turnover machine

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

No Milbury, lousy shot.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

hopefully Nabokov plays like he did today against the Caps in the SC finals.

as for the KHL, this is what happens when you mix politics into the olympics. Dragging useless KHL players into the tournament with you to prove the KHL is a good league results in this. How many Russians NHLers got cut from the team for that reason? Frolov, Kovalev, Artyukhin, Antropov etc etc etc...

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

lol....semin

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Boyle didn't get a penalty, too??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you. At least Boyle gets one, too?

Was Semin's hit that bad?

Boyle just released the puck and was bent over.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

again..Eddie O called that Semin hit dirty...dont think so

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"the problem with Russia is their absolute refusal to play dump and chase hockey, Canada knows that and have turned just about every Russian forward into a turnover machine"


This is what the coach's job should be during the game, to change tactics real time. When he says you rush you rush, when he decides dump and chase that's what you do. Bykov is more like one of the spectators.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm not from Canada, Mike.

---------------

This is what you jerks get that rooted for Russia over your own Country.

Posted by: Mike4169 | February 24, 2010 9:15 PM

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 24, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Boyle is a $#!t lousy puss for that slew foot on Sasha.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

i don't see that as a bad hit either. he just released the puck.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what was wrong with Semin's hit on Boyle? Can someone explain to me why that was not clean?

Posted by: Searchingforstanley | February 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

These announcers are horribly biased.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Canada deserves the win. These play-by-play guys are laughable. Semin's hit was dirty? Give me a break.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 24, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

alright g'night everyone, just take solace in the fact that Crosby did absolutely nothing.

Failing marks to:

Kovalchuk, Semin, Bykov, over the course of the entire tournament.

Failing marks to: Nabokov, every KHL defencman, Malkin for today specifically.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

like I predicted this afternoon Canada won but they will lose to Sweden on Friday... they will eventually run outta gas against the more rested team

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Boyle deserves a suspension for that slew-foot.

I have no idea how the review process works in the Olympics but that was infinitely worse than Semin's hit.

I'm not even sure Semin's hurt deserved a penalty. I could be wrong but Boyle was completely hunched over and had just released the puck. It wasn't much different than Ovechkin's hit on Jagr except that Boyle was even futher bent over and it was along the boards. It certainly wasn't from behind or a head shot. Anybody have any thoughts?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

anticlimactic

Lets hope our Russians punish all opposing Canadians in upcoming NHL games

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

My list of reasons for the outcome -
1. Canada was really ready to play tonight
2. Weak Russian d
3. Bad Russian coaching decisions
4. Bad game for Nabokov.

For the whole tournament, I was very disappointed in Kovalchuk. I hope this is an indication of how he plays through the NHL playoffs.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I would start by looking at the coaches. The Russians had no purpose out there and were playing largely one-on-one hockey while the Canadians looked like a finely tuned machine that had been playing together for years.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

bolye has the napoleon complex. what do you expect. BS finish your checks and semin did. punks...

Posted by: samb99 | February 24, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

All I got to say about this game is:

Gi me that filet oh fish, gi me that fish, ahh, gi me that filet oh fish, gi me that fish ahh...

Geez oh peas...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Olczyk is a total D-bag. I have never heard anyone so one sided. Talks about the dirty hit by Semin, but does not call the slew foot a dirty play. That slew foot should be suspension worthy, that is a very dangerous trip. Eddie you suck, literally, keep blowing all your Blackhawk players and Cindy.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | February 24, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Well Semin didn't play very well. His hit was definitely not dirty, terrible slew foot from Boyle, almost would've liked him to not get a penalty to see some retaliation, that was awful.

Did someone forget to tell Kovalchuk that the tournament started? He was fairly invisible. I find it laughable that he wants a max contract and that he is on Ovi's level.

And yes Malkin was terrible today as were the KHL players.

I guess we get Milbury's expert analysis now...Let's go Sweden!!!

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A WIPE OUT!!!!!!!!!!! THE GREAT 8 -2
SEMIN GOES GOALESS FOR THE OLYMPICS.....FEDEROV LOOKS LIKE HE IS 50YEARS OLD....CAPS ARE LUCKY THEY ARE MOSTLY CANADIANS

Posted by: wendel2 | February 24, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

oh well... at least we got 3 players back to start practicing with the team on Sunday lol.

Posted by: visionof75 | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Any non-biased, objective fan would question that call on Semin. Uhhh, I think it's called finishing a check. Elbows down, away from the boards, shoulder to shoulder. Good hockey. Friggin refs.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Millbury just defends Boyle. Can we file a lawsuit against him

Posted by: samb99 | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Semin's hit wasn't dirty but the timing was bad... the game was over at that point and there's really no reason to deliever that kinda hit at that point of the game

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

don't see what was wrong with Semin's hit on Boyle? Can someone explain to me why that was not clean?

Posted by: Searchingforstanley


I didn't see it either, but I guess because the guy was Russian that probably had something to do with it.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | February 24, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Milbury condoning Boyle's slew-foot saying it was justified while they show how incredibly dirty it was on camera.

Pathetic announcing.

Milbury just called the Russian style of play "euro trash." While I actually agree with what he's getting at, believe it or not, that is just inexcusable to say on air.

Disgusting.

Boyle should be suspended.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Euro-trash?
They've got to fire Milbury now, don't they?

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

lol...Milbury is trailer trash for saying that!!!

lol...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

just done with these NBC guys...no further comment

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Milbury should be fired or never allowed to work for NBC again.

Disgusting comments throughout the game and particularly afterward.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Didnt anybody else notice that the refs arm was up well before that hit by Semin? Go back and look at it.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 24, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Milbury now goes in the announcers' Hall of Shame with Jimmy the Greek.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

One more note on Kovalchuk, i watched most of Russia's games, and he missed the net on something like 16/20 shots that I've seen him take, something is up with him.

This whole experience makes you appreciate a coach like BB all the more. Remember the difference he made when he took over for Hanlon? The rosters stayed exactly the same that year, but the results sure didnt.

Maybe Putin/Medvedev can make him a citizen before the next tourny :). Barring that, I assume Larionov will be the next coach?

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Eddy O is an idiot. There was NOTHING dirty about Semin's hit. Semin hit him with his shoulder within a .10 of a second after he released the puck. Not that it had an effect on the outcome but then Boyle gets a minor for a slew foot. Boyle's @ss better be suspended for the next game. Finland had Pitkanen suspended for a dirty hit, Boyle better sit. BTW I know first hand Eddy O is an idiot, he bought his son's way onto competitive hockey teams in the Chicago area. My uncle has been in charge of a hockey association in a northern suburb and hates him because of his arrogant attitude.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

the Semin hit wouldn't be an issue if it was delivered earlier in the game when the outcome was still in doubt

but not when you're down by 4 goals with just a couple minutes left in the game... that made it border-line dirty

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Just when you thought you had heard it all from Milbury...wow, just wow. I hope he burns for that comment about euro trash.

Defended Boyle while calling Ovi average. I'd say Crysby was invisible mostly as well but he had guys like Toews and Perry step up. Oh and Nabokov was horrific so that helped...

Posted by: JDintheSD | February 24, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe "racist" isn't technically correct to describe Milbury, but it's something very close to that. Roenick, and Eddie O. aren't much better. I know there are hockey announcers out there with half a brain. NBC should give hockey fans more credit and find some better people to represent their network.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm being unbiased and call Semin's crosscheck from behind on Crosby a dirty play.

I didn't think his hit on Boyle was that bad, if bad at all. Boyle was bent over and just released the puck. Semin didn't leave his feet. He didn't hit him in the head. He didn't stick his elbow out. He didn't hit him from behind. It was near the boards but Boyle saw him coming and he didn't even go into the boards in an awkward position. It was no worse than Volcenkov's bump on Staal.

Boyle should be suspended for at least a game if not more for his slew-foot.

Milbury should be reprimanded and never allowed to work for NBC again. The other announcer asking if he really said "euro trash" knew what he said but wanted to hear it again. Pathetic on both their parts.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

That had to be THE worst announcing ever! I will NEVER watch NBC sports again(unless my CAPS are on and then I will NOT listen). That guy (I'm not calling him an announcer because he was incompetent and ignorant) saying Boyle was right to go after Semin....did he go to the Sean Avery School of Broadcasting? NBC was awful, and the announcers shameful and bigoted, they owe all hockey fans, especially the Russians an apology.

Posted by: hockeymom5 | February 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

joek

I hear what you're saying but it still shouldn't have earned a penalty unless there was something illegal about it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The penalty on Semin wasn't even on the hit on Boyle. It was for the high stick to the golden boy at the bench when his helmet got knocked off. The refs arm was up before they crossed the blue line.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Milbury will be in DC sometime, we gotta welcome him with a couple of MILBURY SUCKS chants.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | February 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe "racist" isn't technically correct to describe Milbury, but it's something very close to that. Roenick, and Eddie O. aren't much better. I know there are hockey announcers out there with half a brain. NBC should give hockey fans more credit and find some better people to represent their network.

Posted by: zmega | February 24, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Well said.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

what ever happened to gary thornre and bill clement. used to be really good on espn. never understand why thorne has been blacklisted.

Posted by: samb99 | February 24, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yup, I concur Semin's hit on Crosby was bad, and undetecked. Earlier in the game friggin' Doughty was commended by the announcing crew for finishing his check on Ovi. You all remember the hit right? The one where all Doughty could have possibly seen was the number 8 and the name Ovechkin when he cross-checked him to the boards. Ovi just kept playing the game though. Nabakov certainly didn't come ready to play and I wonder if Tretiak in the background caused the Russian coach to wait so long to pull him. Tretiak being pulled in 1980 has had a ripple effect 30 years later.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@ tmac

I agree it shouldn't have been a penalty but the refs were probably trying to prevent further incidents

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The penalty on Semin wasn't even on the hit on Boyle. It was for the high stick to the golden boy at the bench when his helmet got knocked off. The refs arm was up before they crossed the blue line.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that clarification. I didn't see that play. I do recall seeing Crosby without his helmet at the beginning of the replay of the hit on Boyle.

So, Boyle basically slew-footed Semin for a legal hit. Perhaps, he'd seen too much of Semin going after Crosby but regardless, the dirtiest play of that entire game was the slew-foot on Semin. Wow, the reactions around here would have been insane if Semin got hurt and Boyle probably wouldn't have faced much more than a suspension in this Olympics. They can win without him and he's too old to play in future games. He'd go back to SJ relatively unscathed.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Gary Thorne works for a different network, espn

not sure about him blacklisted but he did make a stupid comment and made a fool outta himself a few years ago when he revealed that he knew the real story behind Curt Schilling's bloody sock during an Orioles' telecast

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"euro trash"--way to keep the Olympic spirit alive. I love this 'global event'....having Mike Milbury as a commentator for USA's Olympic network (NBC) makes me so very proud.

Well, Ovi just has more to prove while leading his Caps to their Stanley Cup (hopefully).

Really looking forward to the Swedish game, they looked like they were really beginning to gel during their last game against Finland. And they still have some players that are going to eventually break through in this tournament (I am hoping) in the Sedin twins...And Backstrom is just Backstrom, smooth as a glass of milk (or however that goes).

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 24, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Timing of the game has nothing to do when determining if a hit was "dirty".

You could argue that it was unnecessary, just like you could argue Crosby shooting with 1 minute was unnecessary. That is up to personal opinion and differs with every person you talk to. But if the play is within the rules it cannot qualify as "dirty".

So while Boyle may have thought the hit was unnecessary and didn't like it, you are not allowed to deliberately break the rules because you don't like how an opposing player is playing within the rules.

Boyle's hit was dirty while Semin's hit may have been unnecessary.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 24, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Team Canada has more talent, top to bottom, in my opinion but it seems that the biggest discrepancy between the two teams at this point is quite possibly coaching.

The Canadians had purpose out there. They were organized and all seemed to by in sync with each other and their coaches.

The Russians, on the other hand, were playing much, much, much less organized and didn't seem in sync at all. It was chaotic, individual play with breakdowns all over the ice. Most of the forwards were terrible defensively and they couldn't generate anything offensively because they didn't change their tactics.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 24, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, I remember that O's game, it said Curt told him it was ketchup.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 24, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

My opinion on why Russia got destroyed:

1) No 3rd or 4th line. Their bottom two lines did nothing. Viktor Kozlov should not have been on the team. While he may be a great guy he is not an olympian. They should have got a grinder or anybody else.

2)No depth on defense. Did Markov play today? After the game I thought, "I don't remember hearing Markov's name at all". Their last D pairings looked lost out there.

3) Bad goaltending/terrible coaching. Nabakov wasn't horrible in the first period since a few of the goals he had no chance at but you could tell his confidence was rattled. It was stupid not to put Bryzgalov in after the 1st to try to spark the team and put a non-rattled goalie in.

4) The superstars played average to bad. Ovie was average at best tonight. Malking was horrible. Kovy and Semin were barely seen. And Datsyuk was average.

5) I also thought it hurt Russia when they kept on circling back when bringing the puck up the ice. The U.S. was good against Canada because they used their speed to get out of the zone and rush. When Russian players circled back it allowed Canada to get set up and ended up making the Russian forwards stand still. They should've dumped and chased some to get the Canadiens out of their defensive posture.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 24, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

@ sgm3

I don't know about you but I would hate to see anyone get hurt with a couple minutes left in a blowout and Boyle could have been hurt with that hit.. and I would be mad and go after Semin too if I were Boyle

there are times to go all out and times to let up... sometimes you just have to use your brains a little

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I competely understand your point and that's why it is tought because while I agree, there is such a fine line and while you may draw the line somewhere, I may draw it somewhere else, and someone else would draw it in another place. So who is to determine where that line is in deciding what legal plays are allowed and what legal plays aren't.

Semin wasn't even penalized for the hit. If the hit is legal, it is Boyle's duty to pay attention. In a 4 goal game Boyle could have protected himself and let the puck go or done something else.

As a coach I might do what you said and tell my players to ease up because you don't want to get hurt. But at the same time they have to be ready for legal hits.

If we are going to champion guys for playing hard until the end then I can't see allowing a "dirty" play when a guy was playing hard and legal until the end (Crosby high stick aside).

Posted by: sgm3 | February 24, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

"Practice tomorrow begins at 10:30. And I've got 30 minutes to get home for tonight's showdown between Russia and Canada."
By Tarik El-Bashir | February 24, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
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No Tivo, Tarik?
We need to ask the Post to give you a raise.


Posted by: Wiley_One1 | February 24, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Stop getting so riled up about Milbury, this man is an announcer for a living, he is not an educated man to begin with he will say stupid things on occasion, pity him if you must, then move on, Boyle is on the same boat. You can expect any of them to think and make decisions the way you do. Unless the person in question is a successful coach (a real time short-term tactician) or a successful GM (turn based long-term tactician) or one of those rare players who also holds a degree, they probably have half your IQ.

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

*You **can't** expect any of them to think and make decisions the way you do*

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | February 24, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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