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Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Sweden opens Games with win over Czechs

SOCHI, Russia Feb 12 (Reuters) – Swedish defenceman Erik Karlsson blasted a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday as the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition got underway at the Sochi Winter Games.

Switzerland also made a winning start, a 1-0 victory over a battling Latvia, but the tournament kicks into high gear when the big three of Canada, the United States and Russia take to the ice on Thursday.

Feb 12, 2014

Miracle memories resurface in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – As would be expected, Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ are as different as the Cold War philosophies that provided the backdrop for a sporting contest that left an indelible mark on both countries.

It was 34 years ago in a small arena in upstate New York that a group of American college players faced off against the former Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’ in an ice hockey mismatch of David and Goliath proportions and scored a shock 4-3 victory that propelled the group of unknowns into sporting immortality.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Miracle memories resurface in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia Feb 12 (Reuters) – As would be expected, Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ are as different as the Cold War philosophies that provided the backdrop for a sporting contest that left an indelible mark on both countries.

It was 34 years ago in a small arena in upstate New York that a group of American college players faced off against the former Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’ in an ice hockey mismatch of David and Goliath proportions and scored a shock 4-3 victory that propelled the group of unknowns into sporting immortality.

Feb 12, 2014

Canada and U.S. showcase best of women’s game

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over the United States in a high-quality contest on Wednesday that showcased the best that women’s ice hockey can offer at the Sochi Olympics.

The trouble is that after nearly two decades of Olympic competition, Canada and the United States remain in a league of their own and are the only two nations capable of putting on such an entertaining show.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Canada and U.S. showcase best of women’s game

SOCHI, Russia Feb 12 (Reuters) – Canada claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over the United States in a high-quality contest on Wednesday that showcased the best that women’s ice hockey can offer at the Sochi Olympics.

The trouble is that after nearly two decades of Olympic competition, Canada and the United States remain in a league of their own and are the only two nations capable of putting on such an entertaining show.

Feb 11, 2014

Citizen Kane ready for new Olympic role

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It has been four years since the United States men’s ice hockey was left heartbroken, a silver medal hung around their necks after a crushing overtime loss to Canada in the final at the Vancouver Olympics.

Such was the sting of that defeat that until four weeks ago, American sniper Patrick Kane had not watched a tape of the gold medal final, but with the Sochi Olympics a month away he figured it was time.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Citizen Kane ready for new Olympic role

SOCHI, Russia Feb 11 (Reuters) – It has been four years since the United States men’s ice hockey was left heartbroken, a silver medal hung around their necks after a crushing overtime loss to Canada in the final at the Vancouver Olympics.

Such was the sting of that defeat that until four weeks ago, American sniper Patrick Kane had not watched a tape of the gold medal final, but with the Sochi Olympics a month away he figured it was time.

Feb 11, 2014

Russia’s Big Red Machine ready to roll again

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Russian men’s ice hockey team came together in a show of unity on Tuesday, ready to reclaim the country’s status as global superpower in the sport by winning the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

If there was any doubt about ice hockey’s importance to Russians it was removed by an ‘all-for-one, one-for-all’ press briefing which filled the largest conference hall at the Sochi Olympic media center, attracting close to 200 journalists and 40 plus television cameras.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Russia’s Big Red Machine ready to roll again

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The Russian men’s ice hockey team came together in a show of unity on Tuesday, ready to reclaim the country’s status as global superpower in the sport by winning the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

If there was any doubt about ice hockey’s importance to Russians it was removed by an ‘all-for-one, one-for-all’ press briefing which filled the largest conference hall at the Sochi Olympic media centre, attracting close to 200 journalists and 40 plus television cameras.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-For ice hockey fans, Winter Games begin with first faceoff

SOCHI, Russia Feb 11 (Reuters) – The Sochi Games officially opened on Friday but for many sports fans the Winter Olympics do not really begin until the puck drops on the men’s ice hockey tournament.

Canada’s Sidney Crosby and Russia’s Alexander Ovechkin, two of the Olympics’ biggest drawcards, arrived in the Black Sea resort on Monday, just two days before the men’s ice hockey competition gets underway.