The Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates partook in the old hockey tradition of a line brawl last Sunday, and today those chickens came to roost where the heart is. Or something. I lost myself in idioms.
Today, the qualifying round of Olympic men’s hockey began with matchups between Slovenia and Austria (4-0 SLO win*), Russia and Norway (4-0 RUS win), Switzerland and Latvia (in progress), and the Czech Republic against Slovakia (in progress).
*With Slovenia’s win over Austria, Michael Raffl’s chance at an Olympic medal his first go-’round is now lost. He had the most successful first round out of all of the Flyers playing in Sochi.
With the preliminary round now completed, let’s take a look at how the five Flyers representing their home countries fared during the first week of play.
Image courtesy of Sportsnet.ca It was a big week for both Taylor Leier and Scott Laughton, as two of the best prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers keep showing they might have what it takes to make an impact in the NHL. Jakub Kovar was also seen on a global stage this week at the Olympics, as he saw action for the Czech Republic. It's also worth noting that Shayne Gostisbehere is doing very well in the fan voting of the Hobey Baker Award.
Six different Americans scored in the United State's 6-1 rout of Sweden in the semifinals of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Monday. The dominating performance from start to finish helped advance the U.S. to their fourth gold-medal game in the last five Olympics, with the final to be played on Thursday against either Canada or Switzerland.
Image courtesy of CBSSports.com With the NHL being out of action for over a week now, most of the news around the league relates to NHL players’ production over in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Some nations in Sochi are performing as expected, while others are stumbling a little after the preliminary round, but all 12 nations participating will prepare for the next wave of games that starts on Tuesday.