Olympic men’s hockey recaps, plus updates on Sergei Bobrovsky, Teemu Selanne, Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and more.
NHL.COM: Slovenia made history this morning with its first-ever victory in Olympic men’s hockey with a 3-1 upset over Slovakia. Anze Kopitar tallied one of the Slovenian goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Slovenia’s men’s hockey team. This is almost as good for hockey in that country as winning a gold medal.
NHL.COM: Lauri Korpikoski scored twice and Olli Maatta had a three-point game as Finland crushed Norway 6-1.
NHL.COM: Daniel Alfredsson’s goal late in the third lifted Sweden to a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.
DETROIT NEWS: Henrik Zetterberg, who’s been knocked out of the Olympics with a herniated disc, could be sidelined beyond the Olympics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could have a serious effect upon the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff hopes.
DENVER POST: Injuries to Swedish stars Henrik Zetterberg and Henrik Sedin could provide young Gabriel Landeskog an opportunity to star for Sweden.
NOTE: News involving Canada’s men’s team can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
SPORTSNET.CA: Sergei Bobrovsky and Jonathan Quick are your starting goaltenders when Russia faces off against the United States today.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: A profile of Finland’s captain Teemu Selanne, who isn’t feeling any pressure in what is likely his last Olympics as a player.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes Russia can never “avenge” the “Miracle on Ice”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s right. The 1980 American team was stocked with true amateur players, culled from American college hockey, which upset a Soviet team stocked with players who were professionals except in name. Today’s clash of Russia versus the United States are two teams made up solely of professionals.