Monthly Archives: February 2010

Russian Hockey Meets Its Waterloo

Two figures loom large in Russia’s spectacular fail in the Olympic quarterfinals last night: goaltender Evgeni Nabakov and head coach Vyacheslav Bykov. Nabakov’s wholly ineffectual performance reminded of Semyon Varlamov’s in game 7 against Pittsburgh last spring. It happens to … Continue reading


Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Morning cup-a-joe, Olympic hockey, Vancouver Olympics | 16 Comments

Americans Squeak Into Semis: USA 2 / Switzerland 0

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A Russian Blogger’s Preview of Tonight’s Big Game

OFB Comrade Dmitry Chesnokov has been making the rounds today on radio and the web offering his insights on tonight’s marquee matchup between Russia and Canada. We asked him to offer a real quick synopsis for our readers. “This is … Continue reading

Posted in Dmitry Chesnokov, Olympic hockey | 2 Comments

Have the Admin Asst. Hold Yours Calls — Hockey’s on All Day

In about 30 minutes’ time I’ll begin some serious multi-tasking in my office. Around 10:30 I’ll begin following John Walton’s online call of the Hershey Bears’ schoolday game in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters, a rematch of last Saturday’s … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Media, Olympic hockey, TV, USA Hockey | 3 Comments

Vancouver: Not a Moveable Feast for Jay Feaster

“Does anyone else miss the NHL?” former Tampa GM Jay Feaster opens his anti-Olympics opinion of this week in the Hockey News. Well, Jay, that’s a relative question. Do I miss Caps-Pens matinees on snowy winter weekends? Or Caps-Flyers hate-fests … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Olympic hockey, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Olympics, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

Keith Olberman’s Never Seen These Numbers

Holy Congested-on-Cable, Batman! You gotta figure NBC will ponder moving the Winter Classic over to MSNBC now, and see if it can’t locate an ice dancing competition for New Years afternoon for the big outlet. Tip of the hat to … Continue reading

Posted in Media, TV, Vancouver Olympics | 14 Comments

A Miracle Acknowledged by Today’s American Hockey Stars

Up in Hershey this past weekend our blogger colleague Eric McErlain of Off Wing OpinionĀ  joined us in a patriotic questioning of the Hershey Bears’ John Carlson. Carlson of course etched his name in American hockey lore last month, sudden-death … Continue reading

Posted in Hershey Bears, Hockey Heroes, John Carlson, Media, Miracle On Ice, USA Hockey | 2 Comments

High Drama in Aboriginal Dress

Pictured here: lead players from last night’s ice dancing competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, whom NBC chose to spotlight in prime time in lieu of a certain high-profile hockey game. Core demographic served: … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Olympic hockey, TV | 10 Comments

Maybe . . . Just Maybe . . . NBC Wishes It Had Run Hockey Last Night

Before we address last night’s U.S.-Canada showdown, a word of hello from the Capitals’ captain to the former Capitals’ quitter, at Olympic center ice, in Super Sunday’s first big game: Can’t watch that too often, can we? The only way … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Hockey Night in Canada, John Carlson, Media, Olympic hockey, USA Hockey, Vancouver Olympics | 16 Comments

Woah, Canada! Undefeated Americans Get A Bye: USA 5 / Canada 3

Posted in USA Hockey, Vancouver Olympics | 7 Comments