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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 11:54 AM

FINLAND vs. SWEDEN

Korpikoski

When: Friday, 5 a.m. MT (NBCSN, TSN)

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

Note: Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski will play for Finland and Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will play for Sweden. Both are playing at the Olympics for the first time.

Watch: Korpikoski is Finland's X-Factor | Watch: Ekman-Larsson is Sweden's X-Factor.

Ekman-Larsson
What's at stake: The Scandinavian neighbors face off for a spot in the gold-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Finland got to this point by beating host Russia 3-1 in the quarterfinals Wednesday after finishing Group B play with a 2-0-1 record. Sweden is unbeaten, with goalie Henrik Lundqvist earning two shutout victories. The Swedes advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win against Slovenia on Wednesday.

The Finns and Swedes last played in the Olympics in the preliminary round at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, with Sweden winning 3-0. Sweden defeated Finland 3-2 in the gold-medal game at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

What's next: The winner will advance to the gold-medal game scheduled for 5 a.m. MT on Sunday. The loser will play for bronze Saturday at 8 a.m. MT.

Click here to read full preview from NHL.com.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 11:28 AM

CANADA vs. UNITED STATES

When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (NBCSN, CBC)

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

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Note: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on Canada's roster but he is not expected to dress for this game.

What's at stake
: Unlike the 2010 Vancouver Olympics or the games in Salt Lake City eight years earlier, no gold medal will be awarded to the winner Friday between the United States and Canada. The victor will still have one more hill to climb, advancing to the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday. The losing country will be faced with the scenario of leaving Russia with bronze at best, and perhaps nothing at all.

What's next: Five hours before this game is scheduled to face off, Sweden plays Finland in the other semifinal (7 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). The winners of the two games play Sunday for gold; the losers Saturday for bronze.

Click here to read full preview from NHL.com.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 8:40 AM

Day 10 (Thursday, February 20):

On Friday’s semifinal game between Canada and the United States: "This is one of the best rivalries in hockey if not any sport. I can hardly wait to watch it. I think it’s going to be an epic game… I think Team USA is playing great right now. Canada better get their act together."

Is it the classiest rivalry in the Olympics? "I would say so. It’s going to be great to see them play an NHL style of hockey on the big ice. It’s going to be a very entertaining game."

On the mood in Russia after Team Russia’s elimination from medal contention: "It’s very sobering right now. This morning you wake up to a country that’s in shock that Russia’s not playing for a men’s hockey medal … (but) I don’t see it’s going to be a negative on the sport in Russia."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Wednesday morning.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 3:00 PM

GLENDALE – Three of the five Coyotes competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have advanced to the semifinals.

Lauri Korpikoski (left). Photo by Getty Images.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), forward Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), and goalie Mike Smith (Canada) will remain at the Games after their teams posted victories in the quarterfinals on Wednesday; Sweden beat Slovenia 5-0, Finland beat Russia 3-1, and Canada beat Latvia 2-1.

Sweden will play Finland at 5 a.m. (AZ time) on Friday. That semifinal will be followed by Canada vs. USA at 10 am (AZ time). The bronze medal game will take place on Saturday and the gold medal game will be on Sunday.

Ekman-Larsson, Korpikoski and Smith all are rookies at the Olympics.

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek are heading back to Arizona after their Czech Republic team was eliminated by the United States, 5-2, on Wednesday.

Click here for more Olympic coverage from NHL.com.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 2:31 PM

Photo by Getty Images.

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek played 20 and 27 shifts, respectively, on Wednesday as the Czech Republic lost, 5-2, to the United States in a quarterfinal match at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Hanzal played 14:38 and took four shots on goal in the loss. Michalek played 20:59 and took one shot on goal.

The Czech Republic was eliminated from the Olympics with the loss.

Click here to read more from NHL.com.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 2:30 PM

Carey Price made 15 saves as Canada defeated Latvia, 2-1, on Wednesday in a quarterfinal match at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on Canada’s roster but he did not dress for this game. Roberto Luongo served as Price’s backup.

With the win, Canada advanced to the semifinals on Friday and will play the United States.

Click here to read more from NHL.com.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 9:46 AM

Photo by Getty Images.

Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski played 16:49, took two shots on goal and was plus-1 as Finland defeated Russia, 3-1, on Wednesday in a quarterfinal match at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

With the win, Finland advanced to the semifinals on Friday and will play Sweden. That game will pit Korpikoski against Coyotes teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Click here to read more from NHL.com

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 9:25 AM

Photo by Getty Images.

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played 9:09, took one shot on goal and was plus-2 as Sweden defeated Slovenia, 5-0, on Wednesday in a quarterfinal match at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sweden scored four of its goals in the third period, and Ekman-Larsson was on the ice for two of them.

With the win, Sweden advanced to the semifinals on Friday and will play the winner of the Finland/Russia quarterfinal.

Click here to read more from NHL.com

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 9:24 AM
EDITOR'S NOTE: Over the next several days, Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner George Gosbee will be in Sochi, Russia to take in the 2014 Winter Olympics, especially the men's hockey tournament, in which five Coyotes players will be participating. Each day or so, Gosbee will check in with flagship radio station Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and will post on his Twitter - follow him @Goz100. We'll also keep fans updated here in a Goz Blog from Sochi.


Day 9 (Wednesday, February 19):

Photo by Getty Images.
On host Russia possibly not winning the gold medal in men’s hockey: “That’s why I call it the 52 billion dollar gold medal. If Russia doesn’t win it a lot of people aren’t going to be happy over here.”

On USA’s chances vs. Czech Republic in quarterfinals: “I think it’s going to be tough but not going to be as tough as some of the people around here are talking. I think that the Czech team is not playing very well right now and it should be a pretty easy game for the U.S to win.”

On the infrastructure in Sochi: “As far as the infrastructure goes and the facilities, it’s really, really world-class. Once you get to the village and once you get on to what I call the compound then it’s smooth sailing and it’s hard to beat.”

On whether he’d be at Olympics if he didn’t co-own the Coyotes: "Absolutely. This is my fifth Winter Games and even if I wasn’t involved with the Coyotes or the NHL, I’d be over here anyway. It’s a great time if you’re a big fan of winter sports, and especially ice hockey, and I’m having a blast.”

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Wednesday morning.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 4:12 PM

GLENDALE -- All five Coyotes Olympians have reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics men's hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia.

The four quarterfinal matches are set for Wednesday.

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and his Swedish teammates will play Slovenia in the first quarterfinal at 1 a.m. (Arizona time) on NBC Sports Network.

• Click here to read Sweden vs. Slovenia preview from NHL.com.

Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski and his Finnish teammates will play host Russia in the second quarterfinal at 5:30 a.m. (Arizona time) on NBC Sports Network.

• Click here to read Finland vs. Russia preview from NHL.com.

Next up, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and his Canadian teammates will play Latvia at 10 a.m. (Arizona time) on MSNBC. At the same time, Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek will battle alongside their Czech Republic teammates vs. the United States on USA.

Click here to read Canada vs. Latvia preview from NHL.com.

Click here to read Czech Republic vs. United States preview from NHL.com.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes, minus the five Olympians mentioned above, will resume practice on Wednesday afternoon at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. The team’s first post-Olympic game is Feb. 27 at Winnipeg.

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