What an absolutely incredible game this past weekend. It is safe to say that TJ Oshie at least for today has grabbed the torch from Ryan Miller as US Hockey Olympic darling after his shootout performance. I am not a huge fan of the shootout, I think a skills contest is a terrible way to end an amazing game like that, but the Olympic rules allowing for repeat shooters is top notch. The fact that Dan Bylsma kept rolling Oshie out was incredible drama. Hopefully this victory will be the catalyst for an American run at the gold. The US was able to keep their minds right and defeat Slovenia the next day and entered the single elimination portion of the tournament in second place. The Americans will take on the winner of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday. Let’s get’em boys!!!
The Latvian men’s Olympic hockey team, coached by Sabres coach Ted Nolan, lost to Switzerland today 1-0 on a goal with 7.9 seconds left. Latvia also features one NHL player on their roster, Zemgus Girgensons who also plays for the Sabres.
This game must have given Nolan and Girgensons flashbacks because the Sabres have lost at least a handful of games this season in the same fashion. It is unfortunate for the Latvians because they, like the Sabres for much of the year, got incredible goaltending throughout the entire game from Edgars Masalskis, who stopped 38 shots in the game and made a handful of highlight reel saves.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am the United States men’s hockey team begins their quest for a gold medal against Slovakia in Sochi. The American’s will be starting Jonathan Quick in net (for at least the first game). The US will need Quick and Ryan Miller (if he plays) to step up and lead the way because they are not as loaded up front as the Canadians and Russians. Whether or not they win gold it should be a fun ride and this will be the best hockey that you can watch so make sure you tune in.
Here’s a little video to get you ready for tomorrow.