First of all, did you all catch Mairan Gaborik’s shot against the USA. The whole net frame shook. I’ve never seen that before.
Tim Panaccio: Niittymaki`s Shining Moment Against Canada
Teemu Selanne had nothing but praise for Niittymaki.
“It’s a great feeling when you have a goalie that gives you a chance to win every night,” Selanne told me. “He is so calm, so confident. He is exactly like Kiprusoff. If you don’t see the name on his back, you think he is Kiprusoff. Not many people believed he could play in this [Olympics].”
If the Americans are to achieve their goals in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament, they are going to have to score some.
The U.S. goal-scoring struggles continued Sunday as the Americans squandered two lengthy 5-on-3 power play opportunities in the second period to fall 2-1 to the Swedes.
Twice in a row, Canada’s star shooters have come up empty. Antero Nittymaki made 24 saves and was spotted a two-goal lead in the first period by Teemu Selanne and Niko Kapanen as unbeaten Finland blanked Canada 2-0 on Sunday in the men’s hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics.
The world’s best hockey players may not compete again until the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver after it was revealed Friday that there are no current plans to hold a World Cup of Hockey in 2008.