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Hockey mentions in Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel's winners/losers column

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Hockey mentions in Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel's winners/losers column


In order of how he mentions them...

This one isn't just hockey, but it's worth noting.

WINNERS: The athletes

Not one doping disqualification at the Games. Enough said.

This item... I dunno if I can peg one game on Ovechkin. He can't play defense and stop the shots, too.

LOSER: Alexander Ovechkin

The Russian hockey star arrived at the Games in a brooding mood. Gone was the loveable, quotable, accessible star of the Washington Capitals. In was the new Russian Bear, Ovechkin taking on the cold, all-business mood of his nationís team. It was actually pretty cool.

Then his absolutely loaded team delivered a heartless performance against Canada in the quarterfinals, losing 7-3. Russia had predicted it would win 40 medals at these Games, and one of them was expected to be hockey gold. They wound up with just 15 and hockey was an embarrassment. The latter falls on Ovechkin.

And of course, this one goes without saying...

WINNER: Hockey

Sidney Crosby and Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in an epic, overtime final that showcased the heart-pounding sport at its very best. The roller-coaster finale is one reason hockey itself is the big winner. The tournament was played at an exceptionally high level, and the skill on display was unlike almost anything seen before.

The Canadian fans packed neutral games and offered a colorful backdrop. Both the Canadian and American teams captured their countryís imagination and delivered record television audiences Ė not to mention a dramatic and memorable gold-medal battle. The NHL isnít suddenly going to leapfrog the NFL in the States, but it should get a boost from this tournament. If Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres are coming to town, now you know itís worth checking out.

Itís a way of making the Olympics last into the spring.

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