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Jonathan Quick rips Team USA's effort in loss to Finland
Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 22, 2014 | QMI Agency

Posted on 02/22/2014 11:19:09 AM PST by rickmichaels

Jonathan Quick will leave Sochi empty handed, but not quietly.

Humiliated after a 5-0 loss to Finland in the Olympic bronze-medal hockey game Saturday, the U.S. goaltender harshly criticized his team’s effort a day after losing to Canada in the semifinals.

“It shouldn’t be too hard,” he told NBC. “We do that all year long. We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long.

“There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.”

Quick also took responsibility for his own play.

“My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well,” the Los Angeles Kings goalie said. He gave up all five goals Saturday on 29 shots. “Team effort. We weren’t good.”

Quick put in a remarkable performance Friday against the Canadians – he stopped 36 of 37 shots – but received no offensive support as the Americans were shut out in their last two games.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 2014olympics; finland; sochi; teamusa

1 posted on 02/22/2014 11:19:09 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

It was quite disappointing to watch both yesterday and today.

From 20 goals the first four games to Zero the last two.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 11:21:44 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: rickmichaels
As I posted on another thread, today's result wasn't a big surprise to a lot of folks who are familiar with how the U.S. plays in these Olympic tournaments.

They have a reputation for being a "Gold or nothing" team that quits and mails it in once they are eliminated from gold medal contention.

3 posted on 02/22/2014 11:24:43 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: rickmichaels

The performance from all the skating sports was down right embarrassing. I hope they got their participation awards.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 11:35:11 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: rickmichaels
I think Jonathan Quick was the U.S. player who said a couple of days ago that the USA-Canada game was the "real gold medal game" in these Olympics.

If that's true, then he's an A-hole and has no business criticizing anyone else for their effort.

5 posted on 02/22/2014 11:36:54 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

“Show me a graceful loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

Leo Durocher


6 posted on 02/22/2014 11:48:20 AM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: rickmichaels

The USA skaters were pathetic in the Canada game, they either mailed it in, or just didn’t have it. Quick kept them in the game, their performance was so poor I didn’t even make an attempt to see todays game.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 11:56:31 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: rickmichaels

“There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.”

What a strange turn of phrase.

These are all pros? Do all the Countries that are major contenders field all pro hockey teams?

Because I hate that.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 12:01:45 PM PST by jocon307
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To: haroldeveryman

Didn’t that guy manage in baseball for something like 50 years, with only a single World Series championship? LOL.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 12:16:50 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Qwackertoo

Not much of a hockey expert but it seemed we lacked a bit on the offensive end (perhaps that’s why we had the same guy take no many shootout shots vs. Russia)on this team. As for the Canada it was perhaps the most lopsided 1-0 game I ever saw. In the 3rd period they never gave one the impression they were going to tie the game. I did not see this mornings game but was not surprised at the lose.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 12:24:22 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Alberta's Child

Not a great talent as a player, but as a manager, Durocher won pennants with the Dodgers in the late forties, then won pennants with the Giants in 1951 and 1954, even though the Dodgers had far superior talent. In the fifty four world series, his Giants beat the heavily favored Cleveland Indians in four straight games.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 1:11:23 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: haroldeveryman

I believe the 1954 World Series was the only one Durocher ever won as a manager. It’s ironic that a guy who was such a fixture in Dodger history never won a championship with them, but did win one while managing their hated cross-town rivals. LOL.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 1:13:57 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: FreedomGuru
Canada smothered the US Offense the other day - bravo for them. Blysma did a crappy job coaching, once he realized that his lines were being smothered, he should have started mixing them up. Thing is, Blysma is used to not really having to coach much since he has Sidney, Malkin, Neal and Dupuis in his lineup. We saw how well he coached in the playoffs last year when he had to integrate Iginla and Morrow into the lineup.

Just wasn't impress with coaching - line changes should have been made midway through the 2nd period. But hey....Quick was the bomb!

13 posted on 02/22/2014 1:16:47 PM PST by qwicwted
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
There was no good reason for the U.S. to be "lacking" on the offensive end. The roster was filled with players who are among the best offensive stars in the NHL.

The biggest criticism against the U.S. should be brought on their coaching staff, more than anything else. For those Freepers who aren't hockey fans, hockey has an interesting rule that gives a subtle advantage to the home team in a game. It's called the "last change" rule, and it works like this: Before every faceoff after a stop in play, the coach of the visiting team sends his players out onto the ice. The referee then raises his hand to indicate that the visiting team cannot change any players at that point, and the home team then has the option of changing their own players based on who is on the ice for the opposing team.

The implication of this is that the home coach should always be looking to match his lines up in a way that works to his advantage. If the visiting team puts their best offensive players on the ice, the coach of the home team will try to respond by putting his best defensive players out there. The reverse is also true: when the visiting team puts their best defensive players out on the ice, the home coach will try to keep his best offensive players on the bench until he can get a more favorable matchup.

Obviously, this strategy only applies after whistles when the play stops, and all bets are off once teams start "changing on the fly" while the puck is still in play.

When the U.S. played Canada yesterday, the U.S. was the "home" team. And yet U.S. coach Dan Bylsma never tried to use this line-matching strategy to keep the top U.S. offensive line away from the Toews-Marleau-Carter line that played so well defensively for Canada.

14 posted on 02/22/2014 1:27:09 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Any of the 4 semifinalists could win the gold....the US played 2 crappy games, and Quick kept CAN from blowing out the US


15 posted on 02/22/2014 1:57:48 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

They seemed very dejected after yesterdays loss. With both the USA Women & Canada and with the USA Men in Canada yesterday they just couldn’t get it in the net . . . it was like some invisible shield/force was keeping the puck out and THEN today . . . it was hard to watch.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 2:43:18 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: rickmichaels

USA Choked on ICE This Olympics in Sochi Hockey Speed Skating etc..and the Freak Johnny Weir wearing Lipstick and Tiaras and Pearls turned me off from the Winter Olympics


17 posted on 02/22/2014 3:19:13 PM PST by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: Alberta's Child

Durocher’s greatest regret was not being able to win a pennant for Cubs Phil Wrigley, the Cubs owner. He had a lot of respect for Wrigley (probably a first for Durocher). The Cubs seemed to be on their way to a their only pennant in 1968, but the Miracle Mets blew past them late in the season and couldn’t be caught. That really hurt, said Durocher.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: philly-d-kidder

I just could not take Weir. I had to leave the room or change the channel when he was on. God, NBC should be ashamed, but you know they are patting themselves on the back for being so “gay friendly”. I hope that a few of the NBC types were gagging along with the rest of us, but I would not bet on them having enough stones to say so.


19 posted on 02/22/2014 4:51:01 PM PST by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Durocher was a loser of a human being.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 5:07:53 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Alberta's Child

Nah, he’s right, US and Canada was the gold medal game. The only two teams that mattered heh.


21 posted on 02/22/2014 6:59:02 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Bulwyf

Then why is he complaining when the U.S. didn’t show up to play today in the bronze medal game? LOL.


22 posted on 02/22/2014 7:33:30 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: UB355
I hope they got their participation awards.

Does the STD they contracted while using a cellphone hookup app count?

23 posted on 02/23/2014 6:46:11 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Alberta's Child

The US didn’t have Okposo, who as of the Olympic break starting, is 3rd among American players in points.

US Committee sure didn’t pick all the best players.


24 posted on 02/23/2014 11:43:22 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears
I haven't seen Okposo play, so I don't know if he really belonged on this team. I do know that the U.S. team management had taken a lot of grief for leaving a great scorer like Bobby Ryan off the roster, but I can understand why they made a decision like that. Ryan is slow on his skates and is not a very good defensive player, and the fear was that he'd be badly exposed by faster European teams on the larger Olympic ice surface. Could that have been the case with Okposo, too?

US Committee sure didn’t pick all the best players.

If you've ever seen the Disney movie "Miracle" about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, that's exactly what assistant coach Craig Patrick told Brooks in one of the early scenes at training camp!

Patrick (looking down at the final roster): "You're missing some of the best players, Herb."

Brooks: "I'm not looking for the best players, Craig. I'm looking for the right ones."

I think this is something Canada has done extremely well since the NHL started allowing players to compete in the Olympics. The leadership of that national team consistently takes a bunch of star players, molds them together into an outstanding team, and somehow gets them to shed any egos they may have.

25 posted on 02/24/2014 4:42:39 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Okposo is a bulldog on the boards, and 9 times out of 10 makes the right play/pass. On the other hand, Tomas Vanek, also on the first line, makes the wrong play/pass 9 times out of 10, and was on Austria’s team. Okposo is also a great skater, and makes some incredible moves when going towards the net.

The next Islander game is on Thursday. If you’re not doing anything, try to find it.

Here’s an okay highlight reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42and1SAIeE


26 posted on 02/24/2014 6:30:04 PM PST by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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