USA vs. Canada
- After defeating Finland 6-1 on Friday afternoon, USA Hockey faced off against Team Canada in hostile territory at Canada Hockey Place on Sunday afternoon. The U.S. twice overcame one-goal deficits and forced overtime when Zach Parise scoring with 24.4 seconds left in regulation, but NHL superstar Sidney Crosby scored at the 7:40 mark in OT to give Team Canada a 3-2 overtime win and the gold medal. Netminder Ryan Miller, who is the brother of the Wings’ Drew Miller, was named the Olympic MVP for his spectacular play in goal for USA Hockey. Brian Rafalski was tabbed best defenseman for his play over the last two weeks, registering eight points including four goals in the tournament.
- The Wings did not have a player on the Canadian squad, but their head coach (Mike Babcock), vice president (Steve Yzerman), and GM (Ken Holland) played a critical role in helping Team Canada overcome the pressure placed on them to win gold.
- DRW.com posted an article by Dan Rosen about how Wings’ coach Mike Babcock meshed perfectly with Team Canada. Babcock told the Canadian Press that the Olympics are more intense than the NHL playoffs.
- We know what the outcome of the game is now, but here is what various outlets and bloggers predicted before the big game: Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, various Red Wings players, Brendan Shanahan, NHL.com, Babcock’s Death Stare, Eight Legged Freaks, Abel to Yzerman, The Production Line, and Winging It In Motown.
- Sunday’s game could be seen as a rematch of last week’s game in preliminary play or the 2002 gold medal game between these two squads. NHL.com’s John Dellapina examines the history of this rivalry between the USA and Canada.
- The Red Wings players took this gold-medal game as an opportunity to demonstrate their patriotism writes the Detroit Free Press. Kris Draper and Brett Lebda will make a wager on the outcome of the game notes MLive.com.
- Bob Duff of The Windsor Star reminds readers of the 1960 U.S. gold-medal win, which has been tabbed the “Forgotten Miracle.”
Red Wings News
- Wings’ forward Valtteri Filppula scored an empty-net goal to secure a bronze medal for his Finland squad in a 5-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday night.
- Red Wings TV mic’d up defenseman Andreas Lilja as he participated in the Detroit Red Wings Charity Poker Tournament on Feb. 25.
- The Wings will play 15 games in 30 days upon their return from the Olympic Break, starting tonight as the only game on the NHL schedule for March 1. Ansar Khan of MLive.com argues why he thinks the Wings will return to the playoffs for a 19th straight season.
- Goaltender Chris Osgood hosted six kids on his homemade backyard rink on Saturday afternoon as part of an experiential package won in an auction at the 10th annual Toast of Hockeytown in December. The Detroit Free Press and In Play! Magazine covered the fun.
- Forward Dan Cleary took a shot off of his right foot during Sunday’s practice and will have precautionary x-rays reports MLive.com. The article also notes that three players who represented Sweden in the Olympics returned to the Joe on Sunday morning. However, “the other Olympians whose teams were eliminated before Sunday, Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden), Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) and Valtteri Filppula (Finland), will meet the team in Denver.”
- Veteran forward Tomas Holmstrom had to withdraw from representing Sweden in the Olympics due to knee pain. However, the Olympic Break allowed his body to heal up and he told Detroit Free Press that he will be ready to go later tonight when the Wings take on the Avs in Colorado.
- Defenseman Brad Stuart took a much-needed rest during the Olympic Break to heal up from a “deep gash” on his right shin according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Hockey’s Future released its Spring 2010 list of the Red Wings’ top 20 prospects list.
- Eight Legged Freaks is doing a feature called “Red Wings We Barely Knew But Loved As Our Own” and they took a look at Jason Woolley over the weekend.
- Motown Wings discusses the Bertuzzi conundrum in its latest blog post.