From the Finnish newspaper, via Aftonbladet, “The newspaper columnist Tuomas Nyholm begins his text with “Why is Tre Kronor first goalie Henrik ‘Lunkvisti’ Lundqvist so popular in Sweden? For that mice like cheese. Nyholm chumps and ironically on that Lundqvist “does not have a Stanley Cup title. And hardly going to get any. It is uncertain whether Lunkvisti ever asked a Finnish goalkeeper how trophy conquered. Since they of course do that. “
Canada defeated Latvia 2-1 on a third period goal from Shea Weber.
- Canada advances to the semi-finals where they will play the USA on Friday.
Rick Nash had an assist on Patrick Sharp’s first period goal and played 10:58.
He played 4:58 in the first, 3:17 in the second and 2:43 in the third.
Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 today to advance to the semi finals.
The USA scorers were: James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel.
Ryan McDonagh had an assist and played 19:39.
- 7:39 in the first, 4:48 in the second and 7:12 in the third.
Ryan Callahan played 14:57.
- 4:59 in the first, 5:39 in the second and 4:19 in the third
Derek Stepan was scratched for Team USA.
Finland has eliminated Russia from the Olympics with a 3-1 win.
- Finland’s goals were scored by Juhamatti Aaltonen, Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund.
- Russia’s goal was scored by Ilya Kovalchuk
Finland will play Sweden on Friday with the winner going to play for the Gold Medal.
Finland lost to Sweden in the Gold Medal game in 2006.
Sweden beat Slovenia 5-0 to move on in the Olympics.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 19 shots to pick up his second shutout of the Olympics.
Carl Hagelin scored two goals in the third period and played a total of 12:28.
Hagelin had two shots, was a plus two and played 3:54, 3:08 and 5:26.
Sweden will play the winner of Russia/Finland.
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In three games for Sweden so far, Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 73 of 78 shots, has a .935 save percentage and a GAA of 1.67.
Lundqvist said that he is playing his game and at the level he needs to be at for his team to win.
Sweden captain Niklas Kronwall says that Lundqvist has been “unbelievable” and the team is fortunate to have the best goalie in the world.
Nicklas Backstrom, who has played against Lundqvist in four playoff series, said that Lundqvist has been the best player for Sweden and his presence brings a calming influence to the rest of the team.
During practice in Sochi yesterday, Erik Karlsson ran into Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist was reporteded to be okay and Karlsson said that he apologized to him 500.
When asked about what happened, Lundqvist said today that it was an accident and that while he was in pain after being run into, he feels better today and is glad that it isn’t worse. (Expressen)
He said that he was so focused on the puck and wasn’t expecting to be run into. Lundqvist added that he is just happy that no one got seriously hurt. (Expressen)
Russia eliminated Norway from the Olympics with a 4-0 win.
Russia’s goals were scored by Alex Radulov (2), Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Tarashenko.
Russia will play Finland tomorrow at 7:30AM.
Mats Zuccarello did not play due to a hand injury.
Lundqvist sent that out on Instagram earlier today with the caption, “On my way to team dinner earlier. Not going to lie, I’m pretty sick on the bike.. #NoHands”
2/16/14: 6:34PM: Unlike Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist is not riding a bike to his games during the Olympics. (Aftonbladet via HLB)
Lundqvist says that he walks to the rink or takes the bus which allows him to think and get into the right mindset before the game.
Lundqvist has joined his teammates who bike around Sochi and Erik Karlsson joked that Lundqvist needed training wheels.
The next Team USA game will be on Wednesday at 12PM on NBCSN. They will take on the winner of Czech Republic and Slovakia who play at 12PM on Tuesday.
The next Sweden game will be on Wednesday at 3AM and they will play the winner of Slovenia and Austria who play at 3AM on Tuesday.
The next Canada game will be at 12PM on Wednesday and they will play the winner of Switzerland and Latvia who play at 12PM on Tuesday.
The next Norway game is at 7:30AM on Tuesday against Russia. The winner will play Finland at 7:30AM on Wednesday.