Vancouver2010 Winter Olympics – Men’s Hockey

Competitors on the Women’s Combined race – dh portion of the course

The hockey game wasn’t till 9pm. However it was at GM/Canada Hockey Place and was back-to-back with the Canada vs Switzerland game which went to overtime then a shootout. My brother scored the tix and took me and my dad. Right after Canada beat the Swiss (whew!) we took off to the game. We were early and I got to watch the Russians warm up. Needless to say Ovechkin was centre-stage. Ever-gracious and professional he was last off the ice in the warmup. To watch him his wristshots harder then most slapshots was astoundingly scary to say the least.

Chai and Dad

Chai and Dad before the warmup starts.

In the background is the cop with the best job of the Games- he has to stand

between the two players benches and watch for trouble!!

Nabokov, Zinoviev, Semin and Ovechkin

Ovechkin warming up

Assload of talent on the ice; Fedorov,

Chara, Demitra, Handzus, Marian Hossa etc

The game was awesome. There are enough highlights and recaps

on the web that I won’t repeat the obvious – Slovakia beat Russia in the shootout

with Demitra scoring the winner



Datsyuk attacks the net while some Aleksandr dude tries to get in the way

Proof that it actually happened! Gaborik back-checking

Handszus nearly pots one

Slovak fans getting into it. Stadium was crammed full of Russians and Slovaks

– amazing atmosphere

Slovakia pots the first goal in the shootout

Halak poke-checks Datsyuk

Gaborik and Bryzgalov with the blocker


Ovechkin wills the puck through Halak

Bryzgalov makes like an ice-dancer to stop


Malkin misses (but was incredible the whole


Ovechkin got used 3x in the shootout (misses this one)

Demitra wins a lifetime of sausage with this shootout goal – toe drag, waits

out Bryzgalov then high blocker side

and Slovakia takes Russia down

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