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…And The Award Goes To (Feb.update)

In Hockey Hits on March 3, 2010 by geespotting

A short month because of the Olympic break…but, some changes to take note of.

MVP – ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, WASHINGTON

– The Caps came very close to an all time NHL record for consecutive wins, and OV was the main reason it almost happened. His numbers have been incredible, and so has his play. He is back at number one!

RUNNER UP – Henrik Sedin, VANCOUVER

– With early season injuries to brother Daniel and Luongo, Henrik has to garner consideration for the Canucks and their lead atop the division.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sidney Crosby, PITTSBURGH & Duncan Keith, CHICAGO

TOP GOALIE – Evgeni Nabokov, SAN JOSE

– Yes, it is a surprise move for the top spot, as Nabby’s numbers and his play have been better than Ryan Miller, who has tailed off in the past 2 weeks.

RUNNER UP – Ryan Miller, BUFFALO

– Where the Sabres finish this season will all fall on the shoulders on Miller, who must be strong down the stretch for the Sabres to clinch a playoff spot.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Miikka Kiprusoff, CALGARY & Jimmy Howard, DETROIT

TOP DEFENCEMAN – Duncan Keith, CHICAGO

– As the Hawks continue to roll, so does the smooth-skating Keith. It will be interesting to see how he plays down the stretch after his stint with Team Canada.

RUNNER UP: Dan Boyle, SAN JOSE

– Another Team Canada member, Boyle has continued to be the anchor on a strong Shark team.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Drew Doughty, LOS ANGELES & Mike Green, WASHINGTON

TOP ROOKIE – Tyler Myers, BUFFALO

– The big kid continues to plug along for the Sabres, and his confidence continues to grow too.

RUNNER UP – Matt Duchene, COLORADO

– Now the leading scorer among rookies, he is getting better and better as the Av’s continue to hang in there among the top 8 in the West.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Jimmy Howard, DETROIT & John Tavares, NEW YORK ISLANDERS

MOST SPORTSMANLIKE – Martin St. Louis, TAMPA BAY

– St. Louis, a former winner of this award, has just 10 pm’s on the season, and still ranking among the league’s top point getters.

RUNNER UP – Brad Richards, DALLAS

– Like Martin, Richards is a former winner with low pm’s and a ton of points.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Anze Kopitar, LOS ANGELES & Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE

TOP DEFENSIVE FORWARD – Alex Burrows, VANCOUVER

– Finally, someone has knocked off Parise off the top of that perch. Burrows has a better plus/minus record and 4 shorties, while playing on the team’s top line.

RUNNER UP – Zach Parise, NEW JERSEY

– He still has the big defensive and offensive numbers on the defense first Devils.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Jordan Staal, PITTSBURGH & Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE

TOP COACH – Terry Murray, LOS ANGELES

– This young team has the tools to pull off an upset or two in the playoffs, and Murray’s leadership has been key.

RUNNER UP – Joe Sacco, COLORADO

– Like Murray and the Kings, the young Av’s have not hit the skids yet.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Dave Tippett, PHOENIX & Cory Clouston, OTTAWA

…That does it for edition 5, and just 2 more to go!

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At The Games – Sat. Feb.27th

In At the Games Baby on March 3, 2010 by geespotting

Just 2 days left in the Games…and Canada gaining momentum! Check the deets (as the kids would say):

CHERYL BERNARD

– Just as Canadians expect Gold in hockey, on both the ladies and mens side, the same can be said for curling. For Bernard and her rink, the pressure was on for Gold, and the pressure to upend Sweden’s Annette Norberg. Well, that pressure, sided with Norberg’s Olympic experience lead to the Swedish comeback. Canada had a chance to win, but, a mistake cost them the Gold. In the end, Bernard and her rink will be proud of their accomplishment, but, a tough pill to swallow in such a close game.

CHARLES HAMELIN

– It has been a tough Games for Hamelin, and the Canadian short track team, but, redemption on Hamelin’s best distance. He won the 500m Gold in a tight race where a wipeout in the last turn cost the Koreans a chance for yet another Gold medal. The crash was the fault of Apolo Ohno, who was disqualified, which meant the 4th place finisher would pick up a Bronze. That finisher…a Canadian short track veteran in Francois-Louis Tremblay!

SHORT TRACK RELAY

– A disappointing Games for the short track team turned to jubilation in a few short hours after the 4 x 5,000 relay warranted Canada another Gold! A dream for the Hamelin brothers came true as both Charles and Francois will stand on the same podium, along with Francois-Louis Tremblay (his 2nd medal in that short span) and Louis Jean. It was even more fitting for the Canadian foursome to win, as they knocked off the powerful Korean team to win Gold!

MEN’S HOCKEY

– The semi-finals line up the Canada / U.S. re-match.

GAME ONE – UNITED STATES 6, FINLAND 1.

– A shocking result as the Yanks had a 6-0 first period lead with 7 minutes to go. The Finns had absolutely nothing, and didn’t change Kiprusoff in goal until it was 4-0, and 4 goals to late. The rest of the game the U.S. put it on cruise and rolled to the Gold Medal spot.

STARS 1. Patrick Kane, U.S. (2 goals)

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

3. Zach Parise, U.S. (goal and assist)

GAME TWO – CANADA 3, SLOVAKIA 2.

– The Canadians started strong, but, began to fade as the game carried on. The Slovaks kept battling, and battling, and almost tied the game when Pavol Demitra was robbed with seconds to go by his Canucks team-mate Roberto Luongo!

STARS 1. Ryan Getzlaf, CAN. (goal and assist)

2. Jaroslav Halak, SLO. (25 saves)

3. Chris Pronger, CAN. (2 assists)

FRONTRUNNERS

– The U.S. continues to dominate the medal standings, rolling up to 32 now, compared to the 26 for Germany.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 25

Medals: 21

– All in all, expected medals for Canada in curling and short-track, but, Tremblay’s Bronze in the 500m short-track was the suprise.

…The weekend here…and 2 days to go. More from Geespotting at the Games!

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At The Games – Fri. Feb.26th

In At the Games Baby on March 1, 2010 by geespotting

Closing in on the final few days of the Games. Here is the Thursday wrap:

CURLING

– As expected, both the men & women have secured spots in the finals with victories on Thursday. On the ladies side, it’s Sweden and Canada in the final, and the same Swedish team that won Gold 4 years ago. Many thought that the Chinese may get that shot against Canada, but, the Swedes trounced that possibility with a 9-4 semis win. On the men’s side, Kevin Martin’s much aniticipated show-down with Great Britian will not happen after the Brits failed to make the semi’s. Canada will now battle Norway, and their colourful pants.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

– Canada is once again atop the hockey world…on the ladies side after blanking the Americans 2-0. In an odd Canadian tradition, it was a rookie goalie who led the way, and got the goose-egg too.

JOANNIE ROCHETTE

– She is Canada’s Golden Girl…and not because of a certain coloured medal. Joannie received the bronze, like she was predicted to do, but, it was her courage that makes her Golden. Her free skate wasn’t as perfect as her short program, but, only a couple of mistakes were not enough to keep her off the podium. It was pretty much a given that Kim Yu-Na would win Gold, and Mao Asada would be Silver, but, for the week that Joannie had, and to be able to conquer a medal…remarkable! A proud Olympic moment for the history books.

FRONTRUNNERS

– Not sure of their count at this point…but, still top spot for Yankee Doodle Dandy.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 22

Medals: 17

– 2 for 2 for Canada with the women’s hockey team and Joannie Rochette picking up medals.

…Go to go…semi final hockey showdowns to come…that’s Geespotting at the Games…!!!!