OLYMPICS NHL Vancouver 2010




 CANADA , Frank Theiss

FINLAND, Tom Vinacci

 UNITED STATES, , Mike Mashanic

 GERMANY, Rob Gallamore



RUSSIA , Tom Vinacci

 SWEDEN, Rob Gallamore

 SLOVAKIA, Tom Ayers

Using the stratomatic hockey game, 8 gentlemen will pick their own 23 man rosters for their country they represent, and then play a tournament using the strat hockey game.




– will use strat hockey rules
– 4 lines, 3 defense for the first two periods, and 3 lines, 3 defense for the third period. Overtime 3 lines, 2 defense .
– computer lines, human choices for home team, computer coach for the visitors
– Germany will be supplemented with players from Europe to fill our their roster
– Playoffs- Cross over. POOL A 1rst will play POOL B (second), POOL B (first) will play POOL A (second) . Best of three playoffs in all series. No injuries.
– Pool A – Canada, USA, Finland, Germany
– Pool B – Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia


– pick teams by the end of this week, olympic disk out. 23 man roster<br) -=”” 3=”” games=”” a=”” week=”” for=”” two=”” weeks=”” <br=””></br)>


Canada 7 at Germany 1. Despite winning on the road against Canada, the Germans had no such luck hosting. The Canadians dominated from start to finish and beat up on the upstart Germans 7-1. Canada gets goals from seven different scorers to win easily.Canada 7 at Germany 2. The Canadians dominate from start to finish to defeat the Germans. Canada opens the first by outshooting the Germans 19-7. Second periods sees the flood gates open up as Canada scores 4 goals in the first 10 minutes to lead 5-0 halfway through the game. Germany got a bit of life when Nik Antropov scored twice, but Canada tallies twice themselves in the third to win going away. Next up for Germany, Finland.

USA 2 at Finland 1.The Flying Fins came out with lead in their skates as the Americans skated around them for several breakaways in the first 10 minutes. Finland would settle down and play a respectable second half of the first period and drew the shots from a 10-3 deficit to just an 11-8 deficit by the end of the session. USA and Finland each squandered a power-play opp as goalies Tim Thomas and Niklas Backstrom were perfect in the first period.The Amerks continued their shot advanage with a 2-1 margin in the second period, but the Finns would open the scoring. Teemu Slanne would tuck one just under the arm of Tim Thomas (G 1-19, rolled an 18) to open the scoring, but the Finns lead would last less than five minutes as Zach Parise would equalize off a feed from John-Michael Liles.As with many tight games, this one turned on a terrible coaching decision. After an evenly-played third period, Finland found themselves having to kill a penalty with three action cards left in the period. With only two more to go, I paused the game, walked away to do something (while Finland had possession), came back after forgetting I was killing a penalty and … hit . Naturally the action card said ‘lose puck – inside shot’ and that was all Ryan Suter needed to end the game 2-1 in favor of the Americans. Of note is that all three goals in the game were scored with the man-advantage.USA 2 at Finland 3. This game was a goaltending duel to the end. Despite being outshot 13-3 in the first period, the Fins trailed the USA just 1-0 on a Joe Pavelski goal by the Americans. Finland woke up to outshoot the USA 14-7 in the second period but would only see Zach Parise score in the last minute of the session to put USA up 2-0 after 40 minutes. However, in the third period FInland would slip three goals by Tim Thomas – two in the last two minutes – to defeat the Americans 3-2 in a thriller of a game. Niklas Backstom, who has been inconsistent all tournament, stopped 27 of 29 American shots for the victory.

Canada 1 at Finland 4. After 20 minutes of play, Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo was in the lcoker room getting fitted for contact lenses after allowing two goals on outside shots. Ville Peltonen scored off the shooter card at 5:40 then Joni Pitkanen got his second of the tournament at 18:47 on a goalie rating, giving Finland a 2-0 lead over Canada after one period.Sheldon Souray pulled the Canadians to within one goal on a breakaway 12:33 ino the second period but Tuomo Ruutu’s tournament-leading 6th goal with 47 seconds left in the second period restored the Fins’ 2-goal margin. The period ended with Finland up 3-1 as they also outshot the Canadians 27-19 over 40 minutes.Tuomo Ruutu continued his torrid pace with his 7th goal midway through the third period, pushing Finland’s lead to 4-1, which would stand as the final score.The award for Most Useless Player of the Night would go to Cindy Crosby who was a minus-3 with no shots, 2 minor penalties and 0-for-7 on faceoffs.Canada 6 at Finland 4. If not for the awful goaltending of Roberto Luongo (the game was tied 3-3 when Canada led in shots 30-10) the outcome could have been much worse. In all other aspects the Canadians dominated.

USA 8 at Germany 1The Germans finish a disappointing 0-3 after the first half of home games. Looking to regroup and pick up some wins in the second half at home. Jonas Hiller and Christobal Huet both shit the bed as they stop only 2/8 goalie ratings.USA 3 at Germany 2. Germany outshoots the United States but Tim Thomas was very solid stopping 6/7 goalie ratings as the visitors take the game. Bobby Ryan, Dustin Brown and David Boot with the eventual winner scored for the Americans to lead them to victory.

Finland 3 at Germany 2. Well it happened to Canada and it happened to Germany. What could go wrong, will go wrong. With just under 12 minutes left to go in the game things were going well for the GErmans and they were even thinking win. But Germany gives up a shorthanded goal with just 8 minutes left to tie the game and then the wheels fell off. Germany had been outshooting the Fins to that point but the shots ended up 42-34 to end the game in favor of the Fins. Saku Koivu then scores minutes later on the powerplay and the Fins had their first lead of the game just 8 minutes left. To make things worse, Germany has a powerplay with 2 minutes left and fire three goalie ratings at Niklas Backstrom. he stops all three (10/12 for the game) and earns first star despite what the computer says below. A disheartening loss for the Germans. Bright spot was Marco Sturm who scored his 5th goal of the tournament.Finland 6 at Germany 7 (shootout). Germany finally wins a home game. The Germans score 4 goals on their first 8 shots to chase starter Pekka Rinne, only to see Backstrom come in and stop the first three goalie ratings he sees (and all 6 for the game). Nik Antropov led team Europe with two goals and Anze Kopitar and Christian Ehrhoff each had three points for the winners. Ville Leino scored his first two goals of the tournament for Finland.

USA 4 at Canada 7.Another shaky goaltending game for Canada, but the offense wins out the day. Thomas stops 4 or 6 ratings, but still gives up 6 goals while Craig Anderson stops all 5 of his. Luongo stops 7 of 8. Special teams rule the day, as Canada again takes too many penalties, but they do score twice short handed.USA 6 at Canada 4. Same old same old for Canada, too many penalties not enough goal tending. The Americans get 3 power play goals in Steve Mason’s debut. Mason gives up 3 on 4 ratings half way through the game before getting the hook. Luongo does a little better, but also gives up 3. Canada gets another shortie, this time from Patrick Marleau, but its too little too late.

Germany 4 at Canada 3. Marco Sturm, Marco Sturm, Marco Sturm. He scored the first goal of the game, the equalizer twice and just would not go away. An undisciplined game by the Canucks, giving up 7 power plays, and woeful goaltending by Luongo, stopping only 2 of 4 ratings and unmerciful split cards, at least a dozen successful intimidations by 1-2 intimidators, as the Germans pull a huge upset over Canada. “Unreal. Just nothing went right.” was all the coach could say. Not exactly how I envisioned things happening!Germany 2 at Canada 6. Canada didn’t really seem to want to win this one. It was 1-0 through 2 periods, when Crosby scored, but Chris Schbert returned fire to keep it 2-1. Savard scored, but then Karlis Skratins pull the 11 on a rebound for a shortie. That apparently lit a fire under Canada, who scored 3 more times to put the pesky Germans away. Canada outshot Germany 46 to 23, but didn’t pull away until more than halfway through period 3. I have a game against Finland left. I’m thinking Canada doesn’t advance if they don’t win. Trouble for the red and white!

Finland 5 at USA 2.Finland jumps on the USA early and often, scoring three goals (Pitkanen, Koivu, Ruutu) on their first five shots in less than seven minutes. Thomas is pulled in favor of Anderson. Ruutu scores again to give Finland a 4-0 lead after one period. Kane’s power play goal late in the second period cuts into Finland’s lead. Teams trade goals in the third (Selanne and Parise) as Finland uses strong first period to win 5-2.

Finland 1 at USA 0. Lehtinen’s goal (1-7) halfway through the third period was the difference in a very close game. Backstrom and Thomas were perfect.

Finland 1 at Canada 5. This was more like it. The Canadians controlled right from the start, ripping off 3 in the first past a hapless Backstrom, who was doing all he could, despite getting little support from his team. Green, Carter and Doan all scored in the first, and that was followed by second period goals by Marleau and Souray. Luongo didn’t see a scoring chance until the third period, and he let one of the three he saw to lose the shut out on Tuomo Ruutu’s late goal. Looks like Steve Mason will start the next game.Finland 1 at Canada 4. Canada controlled the game from beginning to end, limiting the Fins to just 17 shots while they unloaded 37 at Backstrom. Luongo only faced one scoring chance all game (which he, of course, did not stop) which came late in the game. Canada’s intimidation was really the star in this one as Finland had lots of opportunities, but big I numbers on the blueline snuffed out the shots. Canada goes 4-2-0 at home. Will that be enough to make it to round 2?

Germany 4 at USA 3 (shootout) Ehrhoff scores for Germany just over two minutes into the game with Suter in the penalty box. Grabovski makes it 2-0 midway through the period before Ryan gets the Americans on the board with less than a minute left in the period.Kessel ties the game early in the second period before Grabovski scores his second of the game on the power play to give the Germans a one-goal advantage heading into the final period.

Backes scores for USA to tie the game at three and the Americans can’t convert on a late power play opportunity (only second of the game to Germany’s 6). For the send consecutive game, USA ties the game in the third period after never having the lead and the game goes to overtime.Germany outshoots the US 5-2 in overtime, but Parise has the best chance to end the game on a rebound with less than a minute left. Hiller stops his 8th GR of the game (out of 9) to send the game to a shootout. Sturm and Grabovski score in overtime for the Germans and Hiller stops Parise and Stastny to give Germany the shootout victory, 4-3.Germany 2 at USA 9. US beats Germany 9-2, blowing the game open in the second with three unanswered goals and an 18-4 shot advantage. Thomas only faces 2 GRs (stopping 1) while Hiller and Huet face a combined 14.

Germany 3 at Finland 8.Goalie ratings were the story of the first period: Finland generated six and Germany mounted none, though they did manage a goal. Sami Salo opened the scoring for the Fins with a long blast through traffic on the power play to put Finland up 1-0 but Marco Sturm would tie it midway through the session. Tuomo Ruutu and Sean Bergenheim pushed the period out of reach and staked the Fins to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.Germany settled down for the second period holding Finland to a 1-1 draw for the stanza as Miettinen and Ponikarovski traded goals. The Germans faced a daunting task entering the third period in trying to overcome a two-goal deficit to the Finnish squad while starting the third facing a two-minute penalty kill.Teemu Selanne capitalized on that power play to push the Finnish lead to 5-2 and they never looked back. Alexei Ponikarovski’s second of the night gave Germany a brief sense of hope but a Mikko Koivu goal sent German netminder Jonas Hiller to the bench in favor of Crystal Ball Huet. Somehow Huet foresaw pucks going between his legs, and he was right as Niklas Hagman and Tuomo Ruutut (his 2nd of the night) pushed the final score to 8-3 Finland. Finland was dominant on the power play going 4-for-7 and also won a whopping 20 of 32 faceoffs.Germany 3 at Finland 4. Ville Leino’s completed his hat trick at 8:53 of the third period to break a 3-3 deadlock and send the Fins to a 4-3 win over the pesky Germans.

Canada 3 at USA 4 (Overtime) Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Thornton and Cammalleri. USA tied the game in the second period on a shorthanded goal by Langenbrunner and a power play goal by Stastny. Canada regained the lead 18 seconds into the third period on Iginla’s goal. Canada looked like it would hang on for the victory until USA pulled Thomas for the extra attacker with under 2 minutes to play. Parise tied the game with 1:24 remaining in regulation. Parise continued his heroics in overtime, scoring the game-winner at 2:26.Canada 3 at USA 2 (shootout).The United States dominated early, getting the first eight shots of the game with Kessel giving them a 1-0 lead less than four minutes in. Canada took control from there, outshooting the Americans 10-1 the rest of the way with Cammalleri’s breakaway goal tying the game and Iginla giving Canada the lead 2-1.

Canada continues to dominate the Americans in the second period, outshooting the US 17-10, but Ryan sneaks one by Luongo late in the period to tie the game at 2.The third period was scoreless, but not because of a lack of opportunities. United States outshoots Canada 12-9 and for the second time in these Olympics, the Americans and Canadians are going to overtime.After a scoreless overtime, Cammalleri and Burns beat Thomas (10-10 on GRs in regulation) to give Canada the shootout win, 3-2.

Sweden 4 at Slovakia 2. Sweden applies the pressure from the drop of the puck through game’s end. Budaj has actually a pretty good game considering the shot total, but power plays by the Swedes prove way to potent. Once again Demitra and Gaborik are the only bright offensive options.Sweden 4 at Slovakia 5. Niklas Backstrom’s 6 PIMs are a part of the uncharacteristic, undisciplined play of the visitors. Lundqvist may have yielded 5 GR goals, but he was 8 of 13 and 3 were PP tallies. Hard to fault the goaltender, especially one as good as Henrik. Ladislav Nagy shines, carrying his club for the first 22 minutes.

Russia 5 at Czech Republic 4.This was a fun game to play from start to finish, but coughing up a 4-1 lead, that wasn’t so fun. Russia definitely picked up the play in the second half of the second period and carried it into the third. Russia twice answered Czech goals in less than one minute. David Krejci was bright spot for the losing squad.Russia 5 at Czechs 4. It was theirs for the taking, the Czechs needed to win to be in, depending on tie-breakers, but a resilient(SP?) Russian club pulled up their bootstraps and got it done. Khabibulin played the kind of game that his team can use as a springboard into medal round competition. I love Vokoun and he had one heck of a tournament, but this was not his night with 4 of the 10 GRs finding twine. Krejci was the offensive sparkplug today as he was all tourney long. Good luck to the Russians and all competitors in medal competition.

Russia 6 at Slovakia 1.Ironically, when Slovakia carried the play and outshot the Russians, they gave up goals! Just an overmatched club, they hung in for 17:00. Back-breaker at 19:56 of the opening period proved to be all of the insurance needed.Russia 2 at Slovakia 3.Both Teams go to their backup goaltenders in this one and, for the most part, the calls are well received. The Slovaks lay an egg in period one, but Budaj saves their bacon. Marian Gaborik becomes even more of a national hero, albeit in a superfical win at best, but over an opponent that had a lot to play for.

Sweden 3 at Czech Republic 2.I hate to sound like a homer, but Vokoun definitely outplayed Lundqvist. Both were solid, but Vokoun goes 7 of 7 on GR? What does he have to do? Zetterberg and Franzen are just too much for even the tough Czech defense to contain for 60 minutes!Sweden 3 at Czechs 2 (shootout)It was a fun game to play, although I admit I didn’t feel that way for two and a half periods! Special teams came up big down the stretch and the Hanzal shortie was completely unexpected! The Czechs were outplayed again in OT and after 4 shooters in the shootout, I liked their chances. Then Dan Sedin got that 8 x-reb goal and that would be the backbreaker. Elias and his damn G7+! Medal round looks unlikely for the hosts, but then again that shortie with 3:48 on the clock looked unlikely as well, so you never know.

Sweden 4 at Russia 5. Russia jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period. Alexander Frolov on an outside shot on his first shift of the game in the fourth minute and Sergei Gonchar penetrated for an inside-shot PPG in the 12th minute of play. Sweden actually generated more goalie ratings than the Reds (4 to 3) but Nikolai Khabibulin stopped allt he ones he face whilst King Henrik stopped just one of three.Daniel Sedin brought the Swedes to within one goal 3:52 into the second period, but Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk pushed Russia to a 4-1 lead by the end of forty minutes. Russia generated six golaie ratings in the stanza to just two for Sweden which portended a tough rest of the way for the blue and yellow.As the third period began, the tide shifted. Sweden stormed back with a vengeance and tied the game at 4-4 within 12 minutes on goals by Alexander Edler and a pair from Daniel Alfredsson. It would all be for naught though as crafty veteran Sergei Fedorov’s outside shot found its way past Lunqvist with 85 seconds remaining to give the Reds a thrilling 5-4 win over the Swedes.Sweden 2 at Russia 5. The Russians jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first 22 minutes before the Swedes finally woke up. Sweden outshot Russia 19-10 in the third period but couldn’t get enough past Red Menace netminder Nikolai Khabibulin. Russia won 5-2 on the strength of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 2 goals and 2 assists as well as the ‘Bulin wall’s 34 saves.

Slovakia 1 at Czech Republic 3.Vokoun continues to hold Slovaks at bay. Patrik Elias nets two for the winners.Slovakia 1 at Czechs 4. You would think that in a series where the Czechs won all four meetings that Vokoun would have always been the better goalie. Not so, but tonight his 11 of 11 GRs were a statement that warrents recognition. He may have earned only a 3rd star, because he faced only 23 shots, but 11 were quality chances and he turned them all aside.

Slovakia 0 at Sweden 3 The Slovaks came out flying in the first period totally dominating the play but unable to score against Henrik Lundqvist. The Slovaks outshot the Swedes 14-9 in the first period and 12-9 in the second. Johan Franzen got things started for Sweden scoring early in the second period. That seemed to open the flood games as the Swedes scored twice more in the next 5 minutes to build a 3-0 lead. From there they let Henrik Lundqvist do his thing earning first star as the Swedes win their first game of the tournament.Slovakia 4 at Sweden 7. Unbelieveable. That is all I can say. Sweden is down 4-1 half way through the game and I thought to myself, “Well the run has good good. My undefeated home streak is over. The strat dice gods have finally caught up to me. ” Then Sweden scores 6, yes six consecutive goals go win a game they thought was over. Henrik Sedin and Tomas Holmstrom scored twice each as their line scored 5 of the 7 goals. Daniel Sedin chipped in four assists.

Czech Republic 2 at Russia 3 (shootout). The Czechs absolutely unloaded on the Russians outshooting them 18-7 and going 2-for-2 on the power play with goals from Jaro Spacek and Milan Hejduk setting the visitors up with a 2-0 lead. Would the Russians wake up in time for the second period?TO some degree the Reds woke from their slumber. Alexander Ovechkin scored on a breakaway at 11:22 to pull the Russians into a one-goal deficit. Russia outshot the Czechs 11-6 over the second twenty minutes as the opposing goalies battled to the best of their abilities. At this point, Czech stopped Tomas Vokoun had turned aside 6 of 7 goalie ratings while Semyon Varlamov – making his first start of the tournament – stopped 8 of 9.THe third period was a tight-checking one until Sergei Fedorov finally broke free to tie the game at 2-2 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation play. THe period would end with the two teams deadlocked and headed for overtime.THe Czechs had the only shot of the extra session which Varlamov gloved, so the two sides headed to a shootout. Czech Robert Lang was up first and stopped by Varlamov. 4th-liner Nikita Filatov shot straight into the chest of Tomas Vokoun in response and the two sides were 0-0 after one shot apiece. Patrik Elais missed for the Czechs while Evgeni Malkin buried his chance to give the Reds a 1-0 shootout lead. Dave Krejci would have to make his next shot to keep the Czechs alive and … he missed. Russia wins the game 3-2.Czech Republic 4 at Russia 3. There was a difference-maker in this game and his name was Tomas Vokoun, who stopped an amazing 14 of 15 goalie ratings he faced. Astoundingly, SOM didn’t award him any of the three stars! The Czech Republic defeated Russia 4-3 behind goals from Frolik, Milan Michalek, Hanzal and Elias while Viktor Kozlov, Ovechkin and Kovalchuk retaliated for the Reds.

Slovakia 2 at Russia 4.In an evenly contested first period, each team generated two goalie ratings, had eleven shots on goal, and scored a goal. Alexei Kovalev opened the scoring for the Russians in the 11th minute and Zden Chara tied it three minutes later. Slovakia won the shots battle in the second but Russia made theirs count as Semin, Kozlov and Fedorov all found the back of the net pushing the Reds to a 4-1 lead after forty minutes. Andrej Meszaros notched a PPG with just over two minutes reaining in the game but it would be for naught as Russia held on for a 4-2 win over the Slovaks.Slovakia 2 at Russia 5. Jaroslav Halak stopped six of nine goalie ratings – in the first period, and 13 of 17 overall in a valiant effort that went for naught as Russia beat the Slovaks 5-2 and outshot them 49-28. Slovakia could only muster two goalie ratings over 60 minutes. Alexander Semin had a hat trick and an assist for the Russians who also went 4-for-4 on the power play.

Czech Republic 1 at Sweden 4. Sweden plays a very solid game and limit the Czechs to 10 shots in two periods. Swedes get a pair of goals from Johan Franzen and go on to defeat the Czechs 4-1.Czechs 2 at Sweden 5. Sweden again gets another strong performance from their third line as D.Sedin,H.Sedin and T.HOlmstrom account for 3 of the 5 goals as the Swedes beat the Czechs in a close affair until the third. Lying quietly in the weeds this game was Mattias Ohlund who never got a star but picked up a goal and two assists to lead Sweden in scoring.

Russia 4 at Sweden 6.Well when the game started I thought I was in big trouble. The Russians are littered with a ton of tremendous scoring. I figured it would come down to Sweden’s defense vs Russia’s offense. I did not like my chances.Things did not start great for Sweden as Alexander Ovechkin scored just 26 seconds in. I thought , oh shit, it is going to be a rout. But Sweden countered with two quick goals and had a 2-1 lead early in the first. The game was back and forth all night long.But the Russians had a quick break down with the scored tied at 33 when Loui Eriksson and Johan Franzen scored less than a minute apart to give the Swedes a 5-3 lead with just 11 minutes to play.Fedor Tyutin scored 4 minutes later to make it a one goal game again, but Niklas Lidstrom scored with just under five minutes to play and the Swedes went on to win 6-4 in a very close played contest. Johan Franzen led the Swedish attack with two goals, his 4th and 5th of the Olympics.Russia 4 at Sweden 5.Wow, what an outstanding game. These two teams are so well matched, it makes for a terrific game. With just under 10 minutes left , the Swedes tie the game on the powerplay which has been decent all tournament. Then with just under 5 minutes left Henrik Sedin scores to give the Swedes a lead. From there the Swedes sit in defensive mode and try and protect the lead. Johan Franzen was the big hero for Sweden scoring three times. Niklas Backstrom chipped in three assists.

Czech Republic 7 at Slovakia 1. Tough one to write up. Czech’s dominate from wire to wire. Havlat, Elias and Lang pace the winners with 2 each. Playing for pride only, Demitra finally gets one with 6 seconds left to avaoid the shutout. Vokoun actually played really well in the lop-sided win, stopping 6 of 6 GRs and 31 of 32 shots.Czechs 4 at Slovakia 2Slovak goaltender Jaroslav Halak stops 10 of 13 GRs. After two periods he had 27 saves on 29 shots. He won right? The Slovaks are back to their old ways, hanging in but ultimately running out of gas. Taking all 5 penalties in the game didn’t help their cause either.


(Top 2 teams in each pool move on in crossover playoff)

DIVISION STANDINGS FOR Vancouver Olympics                    

                             STANDINGS FOR Pool A                               

                       TOTALS                      HOME RECORD      ROAD RECORD      ACTUAL
TEAM                   GP  W  L  T OT PTS  GF  GA   W  L  T OT PTS   W  L  T OT PTS  RECORD
Canada Canadians       12  8  3  0  1  17  56  35   4  2  0  0   8   4  1  0  1   9  46-25-0-11
Finland Fins           12  7  4  0  1  15  41  37   4  2  0  0   8   3  2  0  1   7  41-33-0-8
USA Americans          12  6  4  0  2  14  45  36   2  2  0  2   6   4  2  0  0   8  52-24-0-6
Germany Europe         12  3  9  0  0   6  33  67   1  5  0  0   2   2  4  0  0   4  45-26-0-11

                              STANDINGS FOR Pool B                              

                       TOTALS                      HOME RECORD      ROAD RECORD      ACTUAL
TEAM                   GP  W  L  T OT PTS  GF  GA   W  L  T OT PTS   W  L  T OT PTS  RECORD
Sweden Swedes          12  9  3  0  0  18  50  36   6  0  0  0  12   3  3  0  0   6  29-37-0-16
Russia Russians        12  8  4  0  0  16  51  39   5  1  0  0  10   3  3  0  0   6  52-22-0-8
Czech Republic Czechs  12  5  5  0  2  12  39  36   2  3  0  1   5   3  2  0  1   7  44-26-0-12
Slovakia Slovakians    12  2 10  0  0   4  24  53   2  4  0  0   4   0  6  0  0   0  35-43-0-4

                             LEAGUE LEADERS FOR Vancouver Olympics                            

                                       PLAYER LEADERS                                       
GOALS                          ASSISTS                        POINTS                      
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J. FRANZEN          SWE   14   H. ZETTERBERG       SWE   19   P. DATSYUK          RUS   20
Z. PARISE           USA   10   P. DATSYUK          RUS   15   H. ZETTERBERG       SWE   20
I. KOVALCHUK        RUS    8   E. MALKIN           RUS   13   J. FRANZEN          SWE   18
A. OVECHKIN         RUS    8   M. RICHARDS         CAN   13   Z. PARISE           USA   18
P. MARLEAU          CAN    7   S. KOIVU            FIN   12   M. RICHARDS         CAN   18
T. RUUTU            FIN    7   D. KREJCI           CZE   12   J. IGINLA           CAN   17
MANY TIED WITH             6   J. IGINLA           CAN   11   P. MARLEAU          CAN   16
                               N. KRONWALL         SWE   11   MANY TIED WITH            15
                               J. LILES            USA   11                               
                               D. GREBESHKOV       RUS   10                               

SHOOTING %                     POWER PLAY GOALS               SHORT HANDED GOALS       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------
J. FRANZEN          SWE 29.2   J. FRANZEN          SWE    6   M. HANZAL           CZE    1
Z. PARISE           USA 25.6   P. SYKORA           CZE    4   M. KOIVU            FIN    1
P. SYKORA           CZE 25.0   P. ELIAS            CZE    3   J. LANGENBRUNNER    USA    1
I. KOVALCHUK        RUS 24.2   B. RYAN             USA    3   P. MARLEAU          CAN    1
T. RUUTU            FIN 23.3   A. SEMIN            RUS    3   A. MIETTINEN        FIN    1
J. PITKANEN         FIN 23.1   MANY TIED WITH             2   R. NASH             CAN    1
B. RYAN             USA 23.1                                  M. RICHARDS         CAN    1
T. HOLMSTROM        SWE 21.7                                  K. SKRASTINS        GER    1
S. FEDOROV          RUS 21.4                                  MANY TIED WITH             0
N. FILATOV          RUS 20.0                                                              

SHOTS                          PENALTY MINUTES                +/-       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------
M. HOSSA            SLO   58   Z. CHARA            SLO   26   M. RICHARDS         CAN   16
J. IGINLA           CAN   52   S. GONCHAR          RUS   26   S. WEBER            CAN   13
A. OVECHKIN         RUS   51   B. VALABIK          SLO   24   R. BLAKE            CAN   12
D. SEDIN            SWE   49   T. RUUTU            FIN   21   F. TYUTIN           RUS   12
J. FRANZEN          SWE   48   E. COLE             USA   20   S. ZUBOV            RUS   12
M. KOIVU            FIN   46   A. SEMIN            RUS   20   D. KEITH            CAN   11
T. SELANNE          FIN   46   R. ZEDNIK           SLO   18   P. MARLEAU          CAN   11
N. ANTROPOV         GER   45   MANY TIED WITH            16   S. SOURAY           CAN   10
A. SEMIN            RUS   44                                  MANY TIED WITH             9
A. KOPITAR          GER   41                                                              

GWG                            GTG
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J. FRANZEN          SWE    3   MANY TIED WITH             0                               
M. CAMMALLERI       CAN    2                                                              
P. ELIAS            CZE    2                                                              
S. FEDOROV          RUS    2                                                              
M. SAVARD           CAN    2                                                              
E. MALKIN           RUS    2                                                              
MANY TIED WITH             1                                                              

                                       GOALIE LEADERS                                       
GAMES                          MINUTES PLAYED                 WINS                      
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N. BACKSTROM        FIN   12   T. VOKOUN           CZE  727   H. LUNDQVIST        SWE    9
J. HILLER           GER   12   H. LUNDQVIST        SWE  723   N. BACKSTROM        FIN    7
H. LUNDQVIST        SWE   12   N. BACKSTROM        FIN  712   N. KHABIBULIN       RUS    7
T. THOMAS           USA   12   T. THOMAS           USA  657   R. LUONGO           CAN    7
T. VOKOUN           CZE   12   R. LUONGO           CAN  637   T. THOMAS           USA    6
R. LUONGO           CAN   11   J. HILLER           GER  608   T. VOKOUN           CZE    5
N. KHABIBULIN       RUS   10   N. KHABIBULIN       RUS  596   J. HILLER           GER    3
J. HALAK            SLO    9   J. HALAK            SLO  517   MANY TIED WITH             1
C. HUET             GER    7   P. BUDAJ            SLO  204                               
P. BUDAJ            SLO    5   S. VARLAMOV         RUS  129                               

GAA                            SPCT.                           SHUTOUTS
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N. BACKSTROM        FIN 2.70   N. BACKSTROM        FIN 0.918   N. BACKSTROM        FIN    1
T. VOKOUN           CZE 2.81   T. THOMAS           USA 0.911   H. LUNDQVIST        SWE    1
R. LUONGO           CAN 2.83   T. VOKOUN           CZE 0.907   MANY TIED WITH             0
T. THOMAS           USA 2.83   R. LUONGO           CAN 0.903                               
H. LUNDQVIST        SWE 2.99   H. LUNDQVIST        SWE 0.902                               
N. KHABIBULIN       RUS 3.42   N. KHABIBULIN       RUS 0.896                               
J. HALAK            SLO 4.18   J. HALAK            SLO 0.875                               
P. BUDAJ            SLO 5.00   J. HILLER           GER 0.862                               
J. HILLER           GER 5.33   P. BUDAJ            SLO 0.844                               
C. HUET             GER 6.39   C. HUET             GER 0.817                               

                                       MIXED LEADERS                                        
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J. FRANZEN          SWE    3   J. FRANZEN          SWE   13
D. SEDIN            SWE    3   H. LUNDQVIST        SWE   13
MANY TIED WITH             2   N. BACKSTROM        FIN   12
                               A. OVECHKIN         RUS   12
                               R. LUONGO           CAN   10
                               P. DATSYUK          RUS    9
                               P. MARLEAU          CAN    9
                               D. SEDIN            SWE    9
                               T. VOKOUN           CZE    9
                               T. THOMAS           USA    8



BEST OF THREE (Top 2 teams in each pool move on)

Game 1. Russia 4 at Canada 5. What a game this was. The 8s were flying, as both teams put up almost 20 shots in the first period. Ilya Kovalchuk got the first goal, about 10 shots in, on the rebound. Patty Marleau answered on the power play pulling the 1-15 on the outside shot. He’d get an inside shot later, to make it 2-1 Canada after 1.

Malkin would get the bear even 19 ticks in to period 2, but the Canuck defense finally got going. They took many intimidations, and eventually regained the lead on a Mike Green power play goal. Marc Savard would jam in a Joe Thornton pass to make it 4-2 after 2. The Canadian defenders limited the Kremlin to just 5 shots after giving up 19 in the first.

Simon Gagne would fire home the 5th goal of the game, and the blanc e rouge were coasting. Coasting a little too much, it would seem as Ovechkin would bury his only shot of the night. Less than 2 minutes later, Kovalchuk would pot his second of the game to make it 5-4. Nik Zherdev stops the comeback with a terribly lazy hook, putting the Candians on the power play with 1:16 left. Russia never gets back in line, despite pulling Khabby, as Canada eeks out a tough 5-4 win.Canada’s goaltending is suspect again, as Luongo gives up 3 of 6 ratings. Khabibulin does what he can, turning back 10 of 14. On to Moscow for game 2! Defense need not apply!

Game 2. Canada 3 at Russia 7. In a do-or-die game for Russia, Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring just 65 seconds into the game with Ilya Kovalcuk following with another just 64 seconds later to put Russia into a 2-0 lead. Marty St. Luois would have none of that and scored on his first shift of the game (and Canada’s first shot) putting the score at 2-1 Russia with less than three minutes having been played so far. Things settled down though Kovalchuk would net his second of the period in the 16th minute to give Russia a 3-1 lead over Canada after 20 minutes, despite a 15-9 shot advantage for the Canucks. Each team generated five goalie ratings in the period with Khabby stopping all five that he face but Luongo whiffed on three of five.

WIth Shea Weber sent off to the sin bin just 28 seconds into the second period, Ilya Kovalchuk potted his hat trick goal on the power play at the 1:47 mark. The festival of goals would continue as Canadians Mike Green and Mike Richards were countered by Russia’s Nicky Filatov and Nicky Kulemin putting the score at 6-3 Russia after two. Canada’s Roberto Luongo was pulled from the net 11 minutes into the session in favor or Martin Brodeur.Pavel Datsyuk light the only lamp of the third period for a 7-3 final score. The series is tied 1-1 and heads back to Canadia for the deciding match. Cindy Crosby was held to one assist and lost all six faceoffs he took.Game 3. Russia 0 at Canada 7. Would game 3 be a barn burner like games 1 and 2? Canada would come out looking to get an early lead in game 1, and would fire at rookie Simeon Varlamov 16 time in the period. The only goal would be on Rick Nash’s auto goal 4 on the rebound. Canada would out shoot Russia 16-4, but the chances were nearly even, with both goalies stopping 3 or 3 ratings.

Period 2 would be a bit more even, as Russia would try and try again to get past the oft maligned Roberto Luongo. Neither team would dent the twine until late in the when Joe Thornton would take a Shea Weber pass and make it 2-0. Russia looked to be pulling back into things, but Luo was able to stave them off, keeping it 2-0 after 2.

In the third, Russia ramped up the pressure, while Canada fell back into a shell. Russia would try to push in, but would get caught deep. Mike Green would slide a pass to Simon Gagne who roofed it past Varlamov, who had no chance, for a 3-0 lead. Luongo kept the Russians at bay until the Canadians erupted for 3 goals just past the midway point, and the rout was on. Mike Cammalleri would get the last goal on Khabibulin, as Canada rolls to a 7-0 win.

Game 1. Finland 2 at Sweden 3 (Overtime).Wow, what a fun game to play. This whole tournament has been a blast with so many nailbiters. The Swedes get off to a slow start when Finland scores right away as Tony Lydman scores on an outside shot just two minutes in. I thought, oh, oh, here we go. Ten minutes later the Fins make it 2-0 when Ville Leino scores and the Fins to no to outshoot the Swedes 13-7.Shots turn around the second despite the 14-12 edge by Finland as many of those 14 came on the powerplay with rebound after rebound. Sweden turns to a 3-2 offense late and it helps as Henrik Sedin scores his 6th of the tournament to pull Sweden to within one after two periods. The Swedes tie things up very late in the third when Henrik Zetterberg scores with 8 minutes left. Finally the Swedes put a goalie past Niklas Backstrom who was simply outstanding. In overtime the game was back and forth until Markus Naslund scores his first of the tournament to give Sweden a come from behind 3-2 win in OT.

Game 2. Sweden 1 at Finland 5. Sweden jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back en route to a 5-1 win over Sweden to tie the series at a game apiece. This was a cleanly-played game as only two minor penalties were called – both to Sweden. Niklas Backstrom turned aside 39 of 40 shots for the Finns and five different players scored goals in the winning effort.

Game 3. Finland 5 at Sweden 3. Sweden picks a bad time to lose their only home game of the tournament. The Swedes lay and egg and Niklas Backstrom was outstanding. He has a terrific card for whoever has him in draft leagues. Scoring on 3 and 4’s are tough. Backstrom stops all the goalie ratings fired at him except for the last two but by that time the game was over. Backstrom was 6/8 while Swedish netminder Lundqvist was very ordinary stopping 3/6.

Finland jumps out to a quick lead as Miko Koivu and Joni Pitkanen score before the game was 11 minutes old and Mikko Leino and Antti Miettenin score 2 minutes apart midway through the second and the Swedes were down 4-0. Sweden had some huge come from behind wins in the tournament but not this time. Finland goes on to defeat the Swedes 5-3 to advance to the Gold Medal Round.



#1. Finland 2 at Canada 5.After a long lay off due to a compressor malfunction, the finals finally got underway tonight. Canada came out strong, and Finland was having trouble keeping up. Pitkanen took a penalty 3:11 into the period, and Mike Green buried a rebound 20 ticks in. Iginla would score a few minutes later, and it looked like Finland would only be down 2 despite being outshot 21-7, but Shane Doan would get loose and take a shot that hit Backstrom in the blocker, bounced 40 feet into the air, and would land just inside the post for a 3-0 Canada lead after 1 (It was the goalie rating on a 2 that is a goal 1, so I figured that must be what happened).

Finland could have come out flat in period 2, but they kept up with the Canuck squad in period 2. Pitkanen would get the Fins on the board at about the 6 minute mark to cut the lead to 3-1. Backstrom would almost make that stand, but Savard got a 50 foot snap shot past him at the midway point for a 4-1 Canada lead. The Fins would open things up in the third to try and get back into the game, but the Canadians were too much for them. Every inside shot was met with Canadian intimidation. Rick Nash would get a short handed goal late, which was followed by a Sami Salo power play goal for the final score of 5-2. The Fins found themselves shorthanded too many time, which has usually been the Canadians undoing, and they gave up way too many shots, getting outshot 48 to 30. The shorthanded units played well, only giving up a rebound to Green early, and Backstrom stopped 7 of 10. Canda’s CM is attached. Good luck in game 2!

#2. Canada 7 at Finland 5.Finland made a run at things in the third period by outscoring the Canadians 3-0 in the session, but it was not enough to overcome a dominant first 40 minutes by the Canucks. Canada won the game 7-5 and the final series 2-0. MArc Savard was the first star with a hat trick and an assist.


Tie Breaker procedures

Answer: The NHL standings are determined by total points, with the teams ranked in two conferences. If two or more teams are tied in total points, the tie is broken using the following criteria, in order:

1.Wins: Most total wins among the tied teams.

2.Head-to-Head Record: Most points in games against each other among the tied teams.

3.Goal Differential: Using the total goals scored during the regular season, the greater positive differential between goals for and against among the tied teams.