FINAL: Sweden beats Czech Republic 4-2

Sweden beat the Czech Republic 4-2 in their opening round games of the Olympics.

Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for Sweden and stopped 27 of 29 shots. Lundqvist also picked up the secondary assist on Berglund’s goal.

Carl Hagelin played 12:25 in the game:

  • 2:56 in the first
  • 3:48 in the second
  • 5:41 in the third period

Sweden’s goal scorers were Erik Karlsson (2), Henrik Zetterberg, Patrick Berglund.

The goals for the Czech Republic were Marek Zdlicky and Jaromir Jagr.

Former Ranger Petr Nedved played over 10 minutes and took two penalties.

Read: Rick Nash and his spot on Team Canada

12:48PM: Nash said that he wasn’t expecting to make Team Canada but Steve Yzerman called him and said that they trust Nash on the ice and wanted him on the team. (ESPN.com)

Nash said that he wasn’t sure if being named to Team Canada was the reason he started scoring in January, but what he did know was that the puck started going in. (ESPN.com)

Nash’s spot, a defensive role, was debated with Patrice Bergeron and Logan Couture also in the mix and Couture was the one left off the team. (ESPN.com)

Mike Babcock praised Nash for the role he had in 2010 and Jonathon Toews said that Nash always play well in international competition. (ESPN.com)

8:34AM: In early practices in Russia, Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

Nash and Sharp were a two-way line in 2010, with Mike Richards, that was usually tasked with shutting down the oppositions best forwards.

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Note: Olympic Schedule by Player

Team USA: Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh:

  • Thursday Feb 13: 7:30AM (Slovakia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sat Feb 15: 7:30AM (Russia) NBC Sports Network
  • Sun Feb 16: 7:30AM (Slovenia) NBC Sports Network

Team Sweden: Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin:

  • Wednesday Feb 12: 12PM (Czech Republic) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14: 7:30AM (Switzerland) NBC Sports Network
  • Saturday Feb 15: 12PM (Latvia) USA Network

Team Norway: Mats Zuccarello:

  • Thursday Feb 13 at 12PM (Canada) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14 at 12PM (Finland) MSNBC
  • Sunday Feb 16 at 3AM (Austria) USA Network

Team Canada: Rick Nash:

  • Thursday Feb 13 at 12PM (Norway) USA Network
  • Friday Feb 14 at 12PM (Austria) USA Network
  • Sunday Feb 16 at 12PM (Finland) USA Network

Qualification round games:

  • 2/18 and 2/19

Semifinals:

  • 2/21

Bronze Medal Game:

  • 2/22 at 10AM

Gold Medal Game

  • 2/23 at 7AM

2014 Mens Olympic hockey schedule. Sochi, Russia. Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway

Practice: Carl Hagelin’s line, Henrik Lundqvist in Russia

Team Sweden is practicing today in Russia.

Carl Haglein is skating on the likely fourth line with Jimmie Ericsson (Skelleftea AIK) and Marcus Krueger of the Blackhawks. (Helene St. James)

The other lines for Sweden are:

  • Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson
  • Gabriel Landeskog, Henrik Zetterberg, Alex Steen
  • Gustav Nyquist, Patrick Berglund, Daniel Alfredsson

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Note: Rick Nash skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp at Canada Practice

11:18AM: Nash did not see action on either Canada PP unit. (Ryan Rishaug)

11:05AM: Canada is going through their first practice of the Olympics and Rick Nash is skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. (Chris Johnston)

Nash and Toews played together in 2010 and had Mike Richards on their line.

At the Team Canada orientation camp over the summer, Nash skated with Toews and Eric Staal.


Jeff Carter is replacing Steven Stamkos on the top line for Canada with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. (Ryan Rishaug)

Ryan Getzlaf is between John Tavares and Corey Perry.

NEWS: Rick Nash Makes Team Canada (Update: with his comments)

5:55PM: Ken Hitchcock, an assistant with Team Canada, said that Nash was named because of his past with Team Canada, because he can do a lot of different things and because anytime he plays internationally he is “great.” (Edmonton Journal)

Nash says (Newsday)

  • that he slept easy last night and would have moved on if he wasn’t named.
  • Nothing was bigger or pressure packed than Vancouver, being on home ice and after a bad finish in Turin in 2006.
  • The expectation is “gold or nothing” and that the only thing that is acceptable in Canada is gold.

3:15PM: Nash spoke this morning after practice about being on Team Canada:

  • On going to the Olympics, “it’s a feeling that is tough to put into words. I have been lucky enough to play at the international level a few times and there is nothing like putting on your Canadian jersey. It is pretty special so it should be fun.”
  • On his teammates going to the Olympics, “It’s impressive, but we still have a job to do here. We are a team here now and it’s just two weeks in February where we go play for another team. The more important thing is in here.”

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