We’re now just hours away from the highly-anticipated matchup between the U.S. and Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Team USA will take on their North American rivals at noon ET on NBC Sports Network with live streaming on NBCOlympics.com. The full United States of Hockey preview of the game is here.
The big news out of the U.S. delegation today is that defenseman Paul Martin, who has been the third most utilized on Team USA’s blue line, will not be available for today’s game. There are conflicting reports as to why, as NBC’s Dave Strader said it was illness, while other reporters said Martin was in a cast yesterday.
Justin Faulk will slot into the lineup for the first time at the Olympics in his place. That really jumbles things up for Team USA on the back end.
Martin was expected to be paired with Penguins teammate Brooks Orpik and that unit likely would have been Team USA’s second shutdown pairing. Now Orpik slots in with John Carlson, which could be an interesting duo. Both guys see top matchups all the time in the NHL, as does Faulk, so it will be interesting to see how their utilization progresses in this game.
Jonathan Quick gets the start, as announced Thursday. Carey Price is going in net for Canada. Team USA’s full confirmed lineup after the jump with some notes. Continue reading
It had to happen sooner or later. The rematch of 2010′s thrilling Olympic gold-medal game will be held in the semifinals in Sochi. The U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team will take on Canada at noon ET on NBC Sports Network Friday, with the game streamed live in the U.S. on NBCOlympics.com. The winner will play either Sweden or Finland for gold, while the loser will have to settle for playing for bronze.
The gold-medal game may be when the stakes are highest, but these two North American rivals meet with the chance to assure one of them doesn’t get to play for gold. Some may say it’s an anti-climactic time to meet. Hardly. A loss for either team would be considered an even more bitter disappointment than silver.
Both the U.S. and Canada have made it through Olympic play unscathed to this point, with each collecting three regulation wins, Canada earning one overtime win and USA claiming a shootout victory. Now with the stakes at their highest yet in the tournament, this clash of the titans couldn’t be set up more beautifully.
Border battles on each side of the bracket for the men’s hockey tournament are more than a little compelling. But all the eyes of North America will be on one game.
It will go down as one of the greatest hockey games ever played and the United States will only be able to look on it with regret. Canada scored two late third-period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and claim their fourth straight gold medal at the Olympics.
It was as close as the U.S. has ever come to Olympic gold since winning it in 1998 and it will be four more years before they can try to erase these memories of such an empty loss.
After opening the third period with a huge power-play goal off the stick of Alex Carpenter, Team USA was 3:26 away from gold before Brianne Jenner’s shot towards the net took a fortuitous bounce off of U.S. defenseman Kacey Bellamy’s knee and over Jessie Vetter. That made it a 2-1 game and gave Canada all the life it would need. Continue reading
The U.S. is not the underdog in a lot of things. It is in hockey. Always has been, maybe always will be. The fact that Canada, our closest neighbor, is where the sport takes hold most fiercely leaves those of us in the U.S. that love the game in a position other sports fans are not.
There’s no doubt there’s an inferiority complex among American hockey fans when it comes to international hockey. With Canada’s historic dominance of the game internationally, it’s easy to feel a little jealous.
History has begun to change, with the U.S. coming oh so close in Vancouver and its improved play internationally at the younger levels of hockey. More NHLers are coming from these United States and a lot of them are quite good. But there will always be that measuring stick.
One fan has played into that mentality with this fantastic video ahead of USA-Canada games in women’s and men’s hockey. Continue reading
You’re about to hear a lot about history when the U.S. meets Canada in the gold-medal game in women’s hockey at noon ET on NBC. You’re going to hear a lot about the great North American rivalry coming into this game. All of it matters, but not as it pertains to this one game.
It’s important to be aware of the past, but when the gold medal is on the line, the only history that matters is that which is about to be made.
USA and Canada are undoubtedly the best teams in the world and now this bitter rivalry’s next great chapter will be written on an ice sheet in Sochi, Russia.
The U.S. is now 16 years removed from its first and only gold medal at the Olympics. For most of the women on Team USA, that’s the vast majority of their lives. And if you can believe it, that 3-1 win over Canada in the 1998 gold-medal game was the last time the U.S. has beaten their North American rivals at the Olympics. Granted, they’ve only met three times since, but 16 years is a long time.
Now they have an opportunity to end this drought on the biggest stage.
The U.S. downed the Czech Republic 5-2 in a quarterfinal matchup to earn a date against Canada in the semifinals.
Team USA got goals from James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel, while Jonathan Quick made 21 saves to earn the win.
Canada meanwhile squeaked out a 2-1 win over Latvia in a game that appeared more tense than it should have been. Either way, it’s an All-American semifinal and everything else that came before it is irrelevant.
Five thoughts on Team USA’s game after the jump. Continue reading
Things get real at the Olympics Wednesday. One bad day is all it takes to end a team’s tournament and all of that excitement generated in the preliminary round is for nothing. The U.S. will meet the Czech Republic, a skilled and experienced team in the Quarterfinal.
You can check out a more in-depth preview here. The game airs at noon ET on USA Network and live streams on NBCOlympics.com.
The U.S. is going back to Jonathan Quick in net. He has been strong in his first two international experiences, but the pressure raises a bit in single-elimination. He should get challenged by the Czech forward group, but he has a very good defense in front of him and should get some goal support.
Here’s a look at the lineup for today’s game as confirmed by USA Hockey.