Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) is injured after being hit by Florida Panthers left wing Scottie Upshall (19) and New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11) during the second period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Shifts: Olympics Super Powers, Visnovsky Out, DET 6K

Between the Olympic hockey tournament starting and the last day of NHL games, today is a busy day in the world of hockey! Here is your Saturday edition of Quick Shifts:

Olympic hockey began in the wee hours of the morning today, with the US Women’s team taking a 3-1 win over Finland. The US Put 43 shots on net and Finland didn’t get on the board until the third period. If you didn’t get to watch at 3AM, NBC Sports channel will be showing a replay tonight at 6PM.

The other super power in the Women’s hockey tournament, Canada, also started with a commanding win today. Team Canada walked away with an easy 5-0 win over Switzerland. Switzerland was out shot 69-14. Someone buy Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling, as she had to stand on her head for the full 60 minutes.

Team Slovakia announced this morning that Lubomir Visnovsky has pulled out of the Sochi games, as he has not recovered fully from a concussion he suffered earlier in the NHL season. It is reported that Visnovsky himself said he was not healthy, but Slovakian GM Otto Sykora sounded off at the Islanders front office:

If it’s possible he can play and he says he’s okay, he can play, I really don’t understand why he not can play. If he is injured, we accept this. If he say he’s not injured and he can play and (Snow) say we don’t let him go, we don’t understand this.

-Courtesy of the Toronto Sun

Today is the last day of NHL action before the Olympic break. The Detroit Red Wings are celebrating an important milestone today, as their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the franchise’s 6,000th game. They are the last Original Six team to reach the milestone.

That will do it for this edition of Quick Shifts! Check back throughout the day for the latest hockey news and opinions!

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