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Russians win men's ice hockey gold; sing banned anthem

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As a novice ice-hockey viewer, the three games I watched - Canada v USA (womens), Canada v Germany Semi, and Russia v Germany were outstanding! Great adverts for the sport. They had it all - drama, comebacks, massive bone-rattling hits (including raised elbows!) that would see a player in the rugby codes sent off, and amazing skill. Edge of the seat for both games. Really wish I could watch this sport more than just every 4 years!

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Of course. Anyone who watches hockey is instantly enthralled. It's one of the most exciting sports in the world.

Too bad the Olympic tournament was a travesty. Germany in the final? Come on.

If we'd had the top pros from the NHL, it would have been even greater.

So, you don't have to wait four years for more action.

If you want to watch really exciting hockey, check out the NHL. It's faster, tougher and more intense...

You can subscribe to games at NHL.com or stream them online.

I totally recommend it. Next to baseball, hockey is the best sport in the world.

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Of course. Anyone who watches hockey is instantly enthralled. It's one of the most exciting sports in the world.

Not anyone. It looks repetitive and frankly quite dull, despite its high speed and frenetic pace. It is probably a lot more fun to play than watch.

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The headline is wrong. Russia was not welcome at this games, and Russia has zero medals.

Well done to the Olympic athletes from Russia however. You have done the Olympic flag proud.

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Ice Hockey is a blast. Coming from Boston. Grew up playing hockey and watching the Bruins.

I have a signed goalie stick from Jerry Cheevers here with me in Japan. His book unmasked was was a great read.

I am with Mike. The NHL channel is awesome. Ice Hockey is not for everyone. So I have agree with Ah_so too. The sport can get violent at times. But nothing like seeing a the Bruins kick that crap out of Canadian teams in da Gaden! Good stuff.

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Oh and Congratulations to the Russians for winning the gold. Looks like they dominated again!

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Next to baseball, hockey is the best sport in the world.

You haven't watched hurling, I take it?

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You haven't watched hurling, I take it?

The sooner Darts becomes an olympic sport the sooner we can forget all this slippy-slidey-whoopy-flippy nonsense.

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To me the best part of hockey is the fighting! Takes skill to throw punches whilst skating on blades combined with ice. :-)

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"Russians win men's ice hockey gold"

That's Olympic Athletes From Russia win ice hockey gold, lol

"To me the best part of hockey is the fighting!"

The other night I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.

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they can thank USA and Canada for not sending their good players

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And Atlas shrugged. Who cares?

Mike DeJong: "If we'd had the top pros from the NHL, it would have been even greater."

Torn on this one. As a Canuck I would have loved to see Canada get the gold in the men's, as is quite often the case, but it would have been a lot less competitive, and not quite as enthralling as you make it seem, perhaps. The playing field was a lot more level, and hence the unprecedented German vs. OAR final.

Strangerland: "The headline is wrong. Russia was not welcome at this games, and Russia has zero medals."

Since you want to get nit-picky on this on yet ANOTHER thread, the headline does not say "Russia" even once. The people are still Russian, though, and the article can call them by their nationality as they please. It doesn't say "Russian TEAM", either. Now don't go back-pedalling as usual and say you didn't say this or that or start playing semantics -- it was you who started the nit-picking and trying to point out literal use of language.

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Serrano: "That's Olympic Athletes From Russia win ice hockey gold, lol"

The above goes for you as well.

"The other night I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out."

Grandad's old joke?

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Sad that the Olympics is a continuation of geopolitical partisan politics.

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It's the first Russian gold medal in hockey since 1992 in Albertville when the team also played under a neutral flag as the Community of Independent States.

Congrats to the hockey players who hail from Russia. Maybe they should reconsider wanting their flag back - the last 2 times they won gold, they didn't play under their flag

Too bad for Germany - they were a minute away from another Miracle on Ice immortality

The NHL could afford to skip the Korea Olympics - unlike Sochi, there aren't any Korean players in the NHL who would quit the NHL in order to play at their home Olympics

That'd be the same with China next too, but can the NHL afford to skip a 1.4 billion population that could be a possible hockey market in the future

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Why so glum comrade? You think the IOC ban on Team Russia is without merit? Get working on some Thomas Bach conspiracy theories, with a few vicious fencing parries thrown in to keep us awake.

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@ah_so Aren't most if not all sports repetitive?

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Slickdrifter... I hope it says GERRY Cheevers... otherwise you may be in for some disappointment...

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