Quick to start quarters for USA after game off


Jonathan Quick started the first two games for the USA. (Getty Images)
Jonathan Quick began the first two games for the USA. (Getty Images)


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In case you needed any extra confirmation, Jonathan Fast is the USA's goalie in these Olympics.

Fast began the first two video games against Slovakia and Russia before getting a sport off towards Slovenia to wrap up pool play. Ryan Miller was simply seconds away from recording a shutout earlier than conceding a aim as the USA won the group.

However that was just one begin and the crease shall be turned back to Fast for the USA's quarterfinal sport against either Slovakia or the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Coach Dan Bylsma has appeared to favor stability in net in the quick match format, offered no less than that you simply're getting high quality goaltending from your No. 1 guy. Thus far, Quick has given the US just that, giving up three objectives in the two video games he played as well as helping the US to win T.J. Oshie's shootout vs. Russia.

This is Quick's first experience backstopping USA in international competition but as we have seen in Los Angeles, he often is at his greatest when the games are the largest and we all know the Olympics are awfully massive stage.

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Gaborik not cleared, out for Slovakia in Olympics


Gaborik has represented Slovakia in the past two Olympic tournaments. (Getty Images)
Gaborik has represented Slovakia prior to now two Olympic tournaments.Slovakia might be with out considered one of their top scoring threats when the Olympics get underneath manner next week; the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Thursday that Marian Gaborik will not be able to play in Sochi.

Gaborik was named to the Slovakian roster regardless that he had a damaged collarbone, which he suffered on Dec. 21, and on Thursday the organization said that doctors nonetheless have not cleared Gaborik to play.

“I am extraordinarily disenchanted that I will not be capable to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Video games however understand the decision is the fitting one for my restoration and for the nationwide team,” said Gaborik. “I’ve been fortunate and proud to symbolize my country at two Olympic Games and different worldwide tournaments and sit up for doing so once more in the future.”

Clearly it’s a robust break for Gaborik, particularly considering he appears to be very near being able to play. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says the group is hopeful he’ll be able to go very soon.

“Marian has worked extremely hard and completed all the pieces potential to rehabilitate his injury and return to the ice with the hope of representing his nation in Sochi,” Kekalainen mentioned. “We share his deep disappointment that he will not be able to do so, but are optimistic that he can be fully recovered very quickly.”

Gaborik had 5 targets and 7 assists this season for the Blue Jackets in just 18 video games. He is a free agent after this season and has been talked about in attainable commerce hypothesis, so he’ll have extra to consider whereas persevering with to rehab than just missing the Games.






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Chara going to Sochi early to carry Slovakian flag

Chara will be representing Slovakia well in Sochi. (Getty Images)
Chara will be representing Slovakia effectively in Sochi. (Getty Images)

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The NHL is taking a two-week hiatus for the Olympics with the concept being that no player would have to miss any NHL games to participate in the festivities in Sochi. What that did not account for was Zdeno Chara being chosen as the flagbearer for his native Slovakia.

On Thursday Bruins coach Claude Julien said that the crew granted permission to Chara to carry the Olympic flag for his country on the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7 in Sochi, a really great honor. It just would possibly damage the Bruins in not one however two games.

There is no doubt that Chara must miss the Feb. 8 game towards Ottawa. He’ll simply keep in Sochi and watch for his Slovakian teammates within the NHL to affix him. However he might also miss the Feb. 6 game in St. Louis. That is not a variety of time to play a recreation after which make it to Sochi for the Opening Ceremony, especially contemplating the time difference.

Of course, the Bruins weren’t going to stand in the way in which of such a great honor for an athlete. Obviously there is just one person from a nation that will get to carry the flag in the Opening Ceremony, one thing that’s an amazing opportunity for anyone. Chara’s very important to their staff success but they will spare him for a game or two for circumstances like this.

And for these preserving score at home, Slovakia absolutely already won the tallest flagbearer of the 2014 Olympics.

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