Around the Rink – February 19 Edition

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USA vs. Norway

  • The United States took a 3-0 lead by the second period and ended the contest up 6-1, outshooting Norway 39-11 in preliminary play. The Red Wings’ lone player representing the USA, defenseman Brian Rafalski, scored the last two U.S. goals including one with the man-advantage. Norway’s Ole Kristian Tollefsen, who the Wings recently traded for and then sent to Grand Rapids, logged 26:10 of ice time and finished minus-one after missing Norway’s first game due to a family situation.
  • Rafalski commented on his team’s first game of the Olympics — a 3-1 victory over Switzerland — on Tuesday to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Nightmare on Helm Street points out the other Michiganders, including Rafalski, playing for USA Hockey in Vancouver.

Team Canada vs. Switzerland

  • Team Canada narrowly edged out Switzerland in a 3-2 shootout win in preliminary play on a goal from Sidney Crosby. After three scoreless rounds in the shootout, head coach Mike Babcock opted to send Crosby back out in the shootout to clinch the victory.
  • Wings’ GM Ken Holland continues writing updates for the Detroit Free Press about his time in Vancouver. You can read two of his latest entries here and here.
  • Former Red Wings’ forward Brendan Shanahan writes about his past Olympic experiences.
  • Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo started in net for Team Canada in their opening game against Norway on Tuesday and Martin Brodeur earned the nod for Thursday’s contest against Switzerland. But who will be tabbed as the No. 1 goalie for the rest of the tournament?

Winter Olympics Update

  • Wings’ forward Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and fired three shots on goal in Finland’s first game of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Finns topped Belarus in a 5-1 victory on Wednesday. Filppula plays next Friday night when Finland takes on Germany at 11:55 p.m. EST on MSNBC.
  • Team Sweden will also play later today, facing off against Belarus at 3 p.m. EST on MSNBC in the U.S. The Swedes beat Germany 2-0 on Wednesday evening, but none of the four Red Wings players recorded a point in the game.
  • DRW.com posted a video spotlight on forward Henrik Zetterberg before he left for Vancouver.
  • Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, and the rest of the Russian squad played against Slovakia early Friday morning. NHL.com posted a preview of the game here.
  • Chris at Motown Wings provides his Olympic updates from Day One and Two of the hockey tournament. Winging It In Motown and Below the Crossbar also chimed in on the first few days of Olympic play.
  • For a complete schedule of the hockey games at the Olympics, visit NHL.com.

Red Wings News

  • Wings’ captain Nick Lidstrom was not ready to talk about retirement during tournament play in Vancouver. The Production Line comments on his belief that Lidstrom will likely re-sign for another year.
  • The Detroit News offers up its MVP at the break and also selects the disappointments and surprises of the 2009-10 NHL regular season.
  • The Grand Rapids Griffins should know at some point today whether enforcer Brad May will retire or if he will join the Wings’ AHL affiliate. The Wings had placed him on waivers, which he cleared, and then gave him 10 days to make a decision.
  • The Production Line previews what the 2010-11 Red Wings’ squad could look like given the salary cap restrictions.
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