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Saturday Night Recap

I think it's Saturday... right?

Sunday, 02.21.2010 / 2:59 AM / Fan Zone
By Anthony Oliva
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Saturday Night Recap
Norway loses a 5-4 overtime thriller to the Swiss, which means I picked a terrible day to rock my Mighty Thor tee shirt. Slovakia doesn't mince words in a 6-0 beating of Latvia.  Finally, Belarus and Germany cap the triple threat with a fun game to watch, puncuated by a five goal third period that was more up-and-down than the Wave running through the arena.

Speaking of which, every time I close my eyes, if I'm not seeing Quatchi, Miga and Mukmuk, its images of the Wave.  Every single game has at least two instances of the ultimate in-arena fan participatory event. 

On separate occasions during the day, I breezed by both Darren Pang and Scottie Bowman, but rather than bother them – or worse, pull a Sedin – I simply nodded like a starstruck girl as they marched onward.  It's for the best, because I'm sure I would have enthusiastically said something incredibly stupid like, "Hey, Scottie, we have the same first name!" There is a very short list of people who awe me by their sheer presence (Scott Stevens and Flavor Flav come to mind) and Mr.Bowman has that aura about him, too.

Anyway, this brings us to Sunday, which boasts the most amazing threesome in international hockey history.  The starts at noon with Russia and the Czech Republic facing off.  Then at 4:30 PST, the main event of Canada vs USA is on, followed by Sweden vs Finland.  All three of those games are encores of the last three gold medal games, in chronological order from 1998.

Everyone in Vancouver has been buzzing about the Canada/USA game since I landed at the airport just over a week ago, and its finally built to a boiling point.  Olympic volunteers, many of whom have been run ragged by ten to twelve hour shifts for nearly a week, are begging to work inside Canada Hockey Place Sunday just to catch a glimpse of the action.

Questions and comments go here: olympics@newjerseydevils.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 41 10 16 -2 26
J. Jagr 44 9 16 -11 25
M. Cammalleri 36 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 38 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 48 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 40 8 8 -6 16
S. Gomez 24 4 12 -6 16
S. Bernier 33 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 30 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 17 19 4 .921 2.37
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54