Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
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The game winning goal for the Canucks over Blackhawks last night looked like a game of shinny hockey. Note, all five Hawk players rush to the top of the circle, four of them, including one defenseman, goes for a skate behind the goalline. Vancouver doesn't immediately turn the puck up ice, there was plenty of time for the four Hawks to recover, but it appears only one of them decided to make an effort to get into the play. Is this an NHL team?
Let's start with the pass. With all four Blackhawks deep, Versteeg passes it backwards, then proceeds to leisurely skate into the corner. Havlat and Barker crash the net, which is fine, but Havlat had all day to try and come back and is nowhere to be found. Barker is a defenseman, he shouldn't be going to the net and engaging the d-man. Oddly, Barker was the only Hawk deep that was engaged with another player. Barker skates all the way back but fails to pick up the Canuck standing right beside him who scores the easy goal. What is the point of skating back, if you aren't gonna try to stop them. All three other Hawk forwards made no attempt to backcheck. Kane missed the pass, which causes the turnover, but the puck goes to the far boards and it takes several seconds to turn up ice. Where is Kane? Walker was the only Hawk on this play that played any defense, but he fails to take the guy with the puck and allows him to make a pass thru the middle.
Question. How did these guys beat the Flames? Or worse, were they trying to lose?
Red Bull Crashed Ice in Quebec City is one event that is on my Bucket List. No, I don't want to skate, but I do want to be in the crowd someday. This years event is January 27th. Already have plans. Maybe next year.
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CP: Canada won silver in the men's 5,000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the Olympics.
Randy: The team consisted of...
CP: Canada captured a silver medal in the women's 3,000-metre short-track speedskating relay at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, B.C., Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., Kalyna Roberge of St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Que., and Tania Vincent of Laval, Que., finished in four minutes 17.336 seconds.
AP: The car driving Evgeni Plushenko to the Milan airport was involved in an accident hours after the Russian won gold in men's figure skating. No one was hurt in a chain-collision accident.
CP: Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., avoided an illegal move by a Chinese skater to capture a bronze medal in the women's 500-metre short-track speedskating event at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday.
Randy: Anouk's medal may get bumped to a silver and Kalyna Roberge of Quebec City to a bronze, as it appears the silver medalist lifted her skate at the finish line, which should be a disqualification.
PR: Skating enthusiasts and Leafs fans will have an opportunity to skate on the best ice surface in the National Hockey League on Friday, February 17 when Air Canada Centre holds a free public skate.
CBC: Favoured to win Sunday's 3,000 metres, Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen tired down the stretch and settled for the bronze medal in her first of five events at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.
Randy: Cindy won bronze in 2002 and is likely to win more this Olympic. What a national treasure she is.
It seems every year, the NHL stresses a new set of rules and simply abandons others. For instance, you can't interfere with a forward skating into the offensive zone right now, but you can skate over the goalie any time you want. Case in point tonight, Thornton bulled over Brodeur while a puck was on the way. Brodeur had no chance. Thornton was lying on top of Brodeur while the referee was pointing in the net. Goal!