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In-game chat: Russia-Czech Republic

When Russia and the Czech Republic face off Sunday, Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, hockey editor Lindsay Applebaum and Jon Press of JapersRink.com will be chatting live right here on the Insider. Sign up for a reminder below, and then come back a little before 3 p.m. to join the conversation.


Oh, and it's a double header: Because we're crazy, we'll also be back at 7:30 for USA-Canada.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
 | Tags: Olympics  
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sigh........and I have to be at work for both games.....sigh

Posted by: fromthebeginning | February 21, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I guess that would make y'all borderline insane if you came back again for Sweden-Finland.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 21, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | February 21, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure the fight did nothing (good) for Grabovski's wrist.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 21, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Are you guys serious?

We are watching the best players in the world right now give it all they got. If you are a fan of hockey, how could you want the Olympics to be over?

Hockey > Caps.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 20, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

that's only true for a few teams like Russia, Sweden, Canada and maybe the US.. there are guys on vacation from the NHL right now who are way better than the players from the rest of the countries.

Also this is still a team sport and these guys have played together as a team for only a few games. I'll take the Stanley Cup playoffs over Olympic hockey any day.

Posted by: joek443 | February 21, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Or a true insomniac hockey junkie to do that.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 21, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I look forward to a great aft-evening of hockey. No injuries to our Caps and good games. That Norway-Sweed's match was a beaut. Also saw the New England Journals rumours Caps hosting Winter Classic at Nats Park. Potential opponent the Pens. To take advantage of the "white hot" rivalary between the teams.

Posted by: ridgely1 | February 21, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Russian TV(english version) say that this is a must win game for Russia, and they need to win in regulation to advance. Is this correct or can the still qualify with an OT win?

Posted by: ruskyfan1 | February 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Rivalry Sunday!!!!

Posted by: zmega | February 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

hmmm does anyone realize that unless you have MSNBC you will not see the Hockey games.. many people will miss these 2 games cause we decide a the USA that CURLING now is a MAJOR sport we need to see everyday live...oh how Gloreous it is to see a stone slide slowly.. imagine the excitment as it takes a slapshot at 99 miles an hour into upper right corner.. oooops oh my i was day dreaming..that can't possibly happen,so I myself will miss these GREAT GAMES today..so i can snore away on my only channel CNBC..USA network should have picked these games up..How sad is our networks CRAZY coverage so far

Posted by: cw7thmd | February 21, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Since there are a bunch of hershey bears fans in here, and I am assuming some of them live near the Hershey area...thought I would post this here...

I have an extra ticket for tonight's game at 5 pm....up for grabs for anyone who wants it. I know it is pretty last minute, but figured someone might want it.

If interested, email me at Oleegoalee at hotmail dot com. By noon or one would be the best (I am heading to Hershey a little early).

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 21, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@ruskyfan1

Everyone qualifies. The top 4 teams get a bye, but the bottom 8 still go into a playoff. So Norway, Latvia, Germany are all moving on to the playoff rounds, even though they're winless. I suppose what the article meant to say is Russia must win to get one of the top 4 seeds, which would mean a bye.

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 21, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and if you do email me for the Bears ticket, leave a number so I can reach you (I won't be by my computer most of the day...

Ok, back to Caps/Olympics--

After beating Team Russia, Slovakia looked totally dominant in yesterday's game. They definitely could be a sleeper's pick for a metal in my eyes. Was nice to see Zednik get a goal, I loved him in his first stint with the Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 21, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks aldred15. Still hope Rusia win tonight

Posted by: ruskyfan1 | February 21, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

so there's no reason to waste your A game in this round, is there?

Posted by: joek443 | February 21, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, you would think some teams want to send a message, build up their confidence, intimidate opponents....After all, for most (8 teams) the very next game after today's games is the elimination game...

Should be a great day of hockey!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, there's no reason to waste your A game in this round if it's very unlikely you'll get into the top 4 seeds. A bye is worth playing for though.

Also, in your list of super-talented teams should be included the Czech Republic. On offense they have Plekanec (top 30 in points-per-minute this year so far--right between Kopitar and Sharp), Havlat, Elias, Krejci, Jagr (who looks awesome so far), M. Michalek (20 goals so far), FLEISCHMANN (top 15 in points-per-minute this year so far), and Erat. 7 of their 8 defenseman play in the NHL including Kaberle. Vokoun is in net. There is a load of talent there, and as a team they look pretty strong right now.

Russia is favored by only 1 goal today against the Czech Republic. They were 2.5-goal favorites against Slovakia the other day.

This is going to be a good one.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Unless I am missing something, it appears to me that the bottom 8 teams have to play an elimination round game Tuesday and then come back Wednesday and play an elite top 4 team in the quarterfinals. So I think there is a big advantage to making the top 4 and being rested for the Wednesday game, just as there is an impact in the second game of back-to-backs in the NHL.

With regard to the argument that there are only 4 teams with elite players, I recommend a look at the Slovak roster. How many NHL all-star level players are not in this tournament, other than Mike Green?

Posted by: zmega | February 21, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"How many NHL all-star level players are not in this tournament, other than Mike Green? "

Some would argue a bunch for Canada (St. Louis and Carter come to mind) and a couple maybe even for Russia (Kovalev...) Wether they are having great years this year or not, they are quality players that were left off. I am sure there are more examples out there.

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 21, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

you're forgetting Belarus, Germany and Latvia... how many players from those teams are NHL worthy?

Posted by: joek443 | February 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

So the game is going on primetime, but the knuckleheads at NBC have decided that ice dancing is a more important event than one of the most anticipated match-ups in North America. Bravo NBC. Bravo.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm of course talking about USA v. Canada tonight.

I know ice hockey isn't that popular here, but it's Olympic hockey with USA v. CANADA for goodness sakes.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

it's not about what's more important than hockey, it's about which will get more viewers... believe it or not NBC is in this to make money, NOT lose it

and between hockey and figure skating, it's a no-brainer

Posted by: joek443 | February 21, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The point is - any player who is not in this tournament was, in the judgment of his country's hockey establishment, not good enough to make the national team. I'm not aware of any elite players who chose to sit out, as is frequently the case with All-Star games in many sports. So I think it is ridiculous to disparage the level of talent in these Olympics. By and large, the best players in the world are here and are highly motivated to help their teams win. The NHL talent is concentrated in 6 teams - Canada, Russia, Sweden, Czechs, Slovaks, US (Finland isn't bad either)- so there is a greater concentration of elite talent on those teams than on any single NHL team. The elite NHL teams have 6-7 Olympians.

My only regret is that they are not playing on the larger Olympic ice surface so that they could really showcase their skill.

Posted by: zmega | February 21, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

@ joek443

Of course I know that. But just for once, I wish NBC wasn't so desperate for money. I would argue that Olympic hockey is the best hockey tournament in the world. Was ice dancing even broadcast on primetime in past Olympics because, seriously, I think this is the first time I've seen it on primetime.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention that NBC did mention quite a lot in the opening ceremonies that though Canada was trying to push for the gold in all sports, the one gold they would covet over any would be for hockey. Thats definitely no big secret, and you would think NBC could build something off of that, being that the Olympics are being played in Canada. I understand both sides, but I think its still a bit crummy.

And I agree with Zmega, Olympic hockey is great precisely because we get to see most of the best hockey talent go at it (at least the most concentrated amount of elite hockey talent)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Coverage of the Olympics, Hockey in specific, by the Washington Post is a joke, it appears that all these people have to do is mention OV or one of the Caps and they think it will be enough. What a joke.

@rusky
Here is an explanation of the hockey tournament format:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/hockey/insidethissport/competition/newsid=259033.html

Go back to the index for standings and more:
http://www.nbcolympics.com/hockey/index.html

Posted by: hock1 | February 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

GO OVIE, Semin and Flash!!!! Can't wait for tonight's game between Canada and USA!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 21, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

MyPost, ice dancing was televised before - my mom used to watch it whenever it was on.

And there are definitely 7 teams who should all be considered gold medal contenders, due to their NHL talent - US, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Each of them has a number of NHL stars - at least 12, and both Canada and the US have all 23 players from the NHL. And then there are past NHL stars like Jagr, Forsberg, and Federov, who we never get to see anymore, but who clearly are still very talented. There are some great players not in the Olympics, but they are almost all either from countries that didn't make the Olympics, or countries like Canada where the talent pool is so huge that players who deserve to be there must be cut. I would rather see the Caps play than the Olympics, but I'm certainly not going to complain about seeing one of the greatest gatherings of hockey talent ever.

Posted by: timmyv38 | February 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Way to take my statement completely out of context. But that's what you do best joke.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The point is - any player who is not in this tournament was, in the judgment of his country's hockey establishment, not good enough to make the national team. I'm not aware of any elite players who chose to sit out, as is frequently the case with All-Star games in many sports. So I think it is ridiculous to disparage the level of talent in these Olympics. By and large, the best players in the world are here and are highly motivated to help their teams win. The NHL talent is concentrated in 6 teams - Canada, Russia, Sweden, Czechs, Slovaks, US (Finland isn't bad either)- so there is a greater concentration of elite talent on those teams than on any single NHL team. The elite NHL teams have 6-7 Olympians.

My only regret is that they are not playing on the larger Olympic ice surface so that they could really showcase their skill.

Posted by: zmega | February 21, 2010 12:20 PM


Thank you. It has nothing to do with the fact that maybe 5 or 6 of the teams are in a different league of their own. It is the BEST players from that country giving it ALL they got. This is the best hockey to watch. Period.

Joke must have missed the 1980s miracle. You know....since non-elite teams can NEVER, EVER have a shot at the elite teams.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 21, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

NBC seems to have Ovie on camera at all times. Call me unpatriotic, but if the US plays the Russians at some point in this tournament, I'll be rooting for the team w/ the Caps captain on it.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

yowza

a few posters mention not getting the show.

there is online streaming

if you have either msnbc or cnbc and a cable provider you can access ncbolympics.com hit the video button then the live/replay button.

the log-in will require you have a video plugin from MS and-- if comcast-- the email address and password for the subscriber of either chanell.

glad my son subscribes.

go czechs!!!

Posted by: thealaskan | February 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I want that poster in the chat to explain to me why s/he thinks Kovy does not elevate the game of players around him.

How does a player who turned a waived center from the Preds into a pt/game scorer not qualify as elevating the game around him?

Posted by: richmondphil | February 21, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Epic performance by Ovechkin. Epic.

Mr. Jagr, welcome to Ovi's world!

Ovechkin should have gotten 2 assists on Malkin's 2nd goal. He got none but that hit will take D.C.'s love for Ovechkin to a whole new level, if that is even possible.

Semin has largely been terrible in this tournament. He was particularly bad in this game despite the one beautiful backhand pass to Malkin.

Kovalchuk and Afinogenov, are they even out there? They don't seem to be doing anything.

Datsyuk, Malkin and Ovechkin were outstanding today.

It was nice to see Kozlov score a goal.

Fedorov and Semin took a couple of bad offensive zone penalties.

Russia missed on multiple golden scoring chances, including a couple of wide open nets for Semin and Malkin.

Flash continues to grab his stick too tight around the net.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 21, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Max and Kovy had a couple of great chances, did you watch the whole game?

No finish though you're right, and god...why the hell was Max picked over Kovalev or something? I mean, I know why...it's because of the chemistry with Kovy and Max, but still...

Posted by: richmondphil | February 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, don't be too harsh on Flash for that first missed open net. The puck was rolling like crazy.


His line probably played the best game for the Czechs. It seemed to burn out as the game went on though.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 21, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Czech Republic was overmatched. Russia has 4 of the 10 best players in the world, including #1...

Posted by: randysbailin | February 21, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Amazing hit by OV.
Also for ppl who discount the Caps as an organization under Abe Pollin & Teddy L.
Check the rosters of these teams & see how many current & former Caps are playing big roles on & off the ice.

Peter Bondra...GM Slovakia...wow.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 21, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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