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At The Games – Fri. Feb.19th

In At the Games Baby on February 21, 2010 by geespotting

Seven days in the bag…here’ s the loop da scoop:

CHRISTINE NESBITT

– She is expected to be one of the Canadian stories of these Games, and did not disappoint in winning the ladies 1,000 in long track speedskating. Another very humble, and worthy winner, Christine was all smiles and tears after taking home the Gold. More could be on the way for Nesbitt with the team pursuit and the 1,500.

THE UPSET

– It may have been fitting that Evgeni Plushenko lost the Gold in men’s figure skating after his comments earlier stating that ‘men have no business competing unless they can complete the quad’. I think American Evan Lysacek may have changed that statement with ‘men have no business competing unless they can bring a full program to the board’. Of course, he didn’t say that, but, he is complete final program was what eventually gave him the deserved Gold, while Plusenko ran out of quads and took the Silver.

PATRICK CHAN

– Another Canadian athlete expected to “Own The Podium”, Patrick skated well enough to move up in the standings, but, also gave us some indicators that he is still new to competition at the tender age of NINETEEN! Give him a break, and let him hone his skills for 2010 in Russia.

MEN’S HOCKEY

GAME SEVEN – UNITED STATES 6, NORWAY 1.

– Like the Canadians before them, the U.S. were too strong for the Norwegians. They hung in there for awhile, but, the speed of the Yanks was too much as they moved to 2 and 0.

STARS 1. Brian Rafalski, U.S. (2 goals)

2. Phil Kessel, U.S. (goal and assist)

3. Ryan Malone, U.S. (goal and assist)

GAME EIGHT – CANADA 3, SWITZERLAND 2 (SHOOTOUT)

– It turned out to be a lot tougher for the Canadians who had a 2-0 lead, and couldn’t put away the Swiss. Jonas Hiller was the star, as the Swiss goaltender almost stole them the upset win…AGAIN! Martin Brodeur was strong for Canada, who will have to be a lot, lot better if they are to win this thing. Too many times, Canada was caught for odd man Swiss breaks…and their d-men caught backing in and backing in. Back to the basics for Sunday and the U.S.

STARS 1. Jonas Hiller, SWI. (45 saves)

2. Patrick Marleau, CAN. (goal and assist, 8 shots)

3. Dany Heatley, CAN. (goal and assist, 5 shots)

GAME NINE – SLOVAKIA 2, RUSSIA 1 (SHOOTOUT)

– The Slovaks proved that they can compete with anyone in this surprise shootout win over the Russians. Both goalies were awesome, and the Russians quest for the perfect play cost them the extra point. Too many show-boaters, and not enough of the teamwork needed to win this short tourny.

STARS 1. Jaroslav Halak, SLO. (36 saves)

2. Ilya Bryzgalov, RUS. (32 saves)

3. Pavol Demitra, SLO. (shootout winner, and 1 assist)

FRONTRUNNERS

– The United States are starting to run away with this thing…now up to 18 medals…7 more than 2nd place Germany.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 8

Medals: 7

– Christine Nesbitt was the Canadian star of the day in winning her Gold. A medal expected from Patrick Chan, dropped our medal count one back of where we should be.

– Down and out in Vancouver, that’s Geespotting…watch for Rick Rock on the Coast.

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