NHL Quick Shifts: Canada, Teemu MVP, Claritin Clear

The Men’s Hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi games reached its conclusion today, with Canada once again winning Gold. With the Olympic games now over, NHL hockey will once again take center stage this week! Here are today’s Quick Shifts. 

From USA Today Sports Images

  • Canada captured their second consecutive Gold Medal in Men’s Hockey in convincing fashion, defeating Sweden 3-0. Kunitz, Crosby, and Toews, who up to this point had a relatively quiet tournament, finally made their presence known and tallied goals for the Canadians. This isn’t the first time Sidney Crosby showed up for Canada needed him most (who can forget the “Golden Goal”?) and I’d say it isn’t likely to be the last time, but who knows if the NHL will be taking part in the Olympic games again.
  • All four Olympic teams that made the Semi-Final round were eligible for individual and team awards, as voted by Olympics officials. Teemu Selanne was elected Olympic tournament MVP in what will be his final time representing Team Finland. Phil Kessel was given honors has the best forward.
  • Nicklas Backstrom did not suit up for Team Sweden in the Gold Medal match. The reason? He tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in Claritin and other allergy medications. Backstrom has taken the medication for over seven years. However, the Olympic committee considers it a performance enhancing drug.
  • What will the fallout be for both Team Russia and Team USA following their disappointing performances at the Sochi games? Over at Senshot, Jared Crozier takes a look at some of the questions surrounding both programs.
  • Union and Blue has started an interesting series, The NHL and Beer. Brian Wilson will be comparing the Original Six teams and the Columbus Blue Jackets to their corresponding beer. This should be a fun one to follow.

Topics: 2014 Sochi Olympics

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