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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 1:58 PM

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was the backup, but he wasn't needed as Canada defeated Austria, 6-0, on Friday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Smith did not dress for Canada's first game on Wednesday but was asked to back up Roberto Luongo, who stopped all 23 shots he faced, on Friday vs. the Austrians.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 1:13 PM
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 5
(Friday, February 14):

"I bike to the rink every day from the hotel…The security and the NHL guys were wondering what the heck I was doing, but I couldn’t take (the public transportation) anymore."

"I talked to a receptionist (to ask for help finding a bike) at the hotel and she said she couldn’t help me. And then I told her if she gets me a bike, I’ll give it to her after the gold medal game (in hockey) and, amazingly, I got one within a few hours."
Photo by Getty Images

On Team USA: "They’re playing with so much confidence…They (the US) know they can beat any team here and I think that’s the difference between them and the other teams."

On US vs. Russia on Saturday at 5:30am MT: “That’s the ticket…This place is gonna be on fire.
I’m going to pick the USA 4-3."

"On Saturday, the only game I’ll really go to is the US-Russia game…Today I was at the Czech Republic-Latvia game and two of our Coyotes players – Zbynek Michalek and Martin Hanzal – got on the score sheet, so that’s always good to see."

AUDIO: Listen to Gosbee's report on 98.7 FM from Friday morning.
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 9:45 AM

Photo by Getty Images.
Coyotes center Martin Hanzal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek each notched an assist on Friday as Czech Republic defeated Latvia, 4-2, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Michalek assisted Czech Republic's third goal and Hanzal, making his Olympics debut, assisted Czech Republic's fourth goal.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 9:43 AM

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson played 16:32 and was plus-1 on Friday as Sweden defeated Switzerland, 1-0, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Ekman-Larsson was on the ice when Daniel Alfredsson scored the game's only goal at 12:39 of the third period.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 9:19 PM

CZECH REPUBLIC vs. LATVIA

When: Friday, 1 a.m. MT (MSNBC, TSN), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Each team is looking to bounce back after losing its opener. The Czechs, with Coyotes players Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek paid the price for a bad start in a 4-2 loss to Sweden; Latvia was 7.9 seconds from getting to overtime against Switzerland before a bad bounce resulted in the game's only goal and a 1-0 loss.

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SWEDEN vs. SWITZERLAND

When: Friday, 5:30 a.m. MT (NBCSN, TSN), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: With each team coming off a win in its opener, the victor Friday is in the driver's seat to win Group C. For Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Sweden, that's what the expectation was heading into the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Switzerland has an opportunity to put itself in control by pulling off the upset.

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CANADA vs. AUSTRIA

When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (USA, CBC), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Canada is back in action one day after sweating out a 3-1 win against Norway. A favorite to win the gold medal, the Canadians will have a new look in goal with Roberto Luongo, who led his country to gold in 2010, getting the start Friday. Mike Smith will back up and Carey Price, the winning goaltender Thursday, will not dress. Austria finds itself in need of a win after starting strong but fading fast in an 8-4 loss to Finland on Thursday.

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NORWAY vs. FINLAND

When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (MSNBC, SNET), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Shayba Arena

What's at stake: Both teams will be playing for the second straight day. Finland, for whom Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski plays, will try to play like it did in the final two periods of its 8-4 win Thursday against Austria, and hopes to have captain Teemu Selanne in the lineup. Selanne sat out the final two periods Thursday with what coach Erkka Westerlund called a "small upper-body injury." Norway will try to build on the positives from its 3-1 loss to Canada on Thursday.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 2:14 PM

Shea Weber, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty scored goals to lead Canada to a 3-1 win over Norway on Thursday at the Winter Olympics.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on Canada's roster but he did not dress for this game. Carey Price started in net for Canada and stopped 19 of 20 shots.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 1:09 PM
Day 4 (Thursday, February 14):

(Live in the middle of the USA-Slovakia game) -
"It’s a great atmosphere in the rink…I got a TV right in front of me so I’m watching both (the USA-Slovakia and Russia-Slovenia) games, so it’s good."

"Slovakia came out strong in the first and they had all the opportunities, but you can’t match the talent pool (the US) has that on team."

(Doug and Wolf asked about rink size difference)
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"I don’t think you’ll change the size of the (North American) rinks. It’d just be too costly, not just for the NHL, but in all rinks across (the continent)."

"I’ll be watching hockey all day today. I was actually late to Finland game because I was at the beach!"

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

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 8:38 AM

The depth of talent for Finland allowed a misstep to be avoided in its opening game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Korpikoski and Finland will play again Friday at 10am MST against Norway.


Austria scored twice in the first 10 minutes, including a shocking goal on the first shift, before Finland rallied with goals by six players in an 8-4 victory at Bolshoy Ice Dome in a Group B preliminary-round game Thursday afternoon.

Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski skated on a line with Tuomo Ruutu and Olli Jokinen, playing 15:02 with two shots on goals and two penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 9:24 PM
Mike Smith had a new mask made especially to wear for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Smith's mask was desigbed by David Arrigo, who gave details about the mason on his website:

"Smitty is always detail oriented with his masks, and his stance was just a rigorous for the one he will be donning on the hockey world's biggest stage. We landed on a concept that would be centred around a Totem Pole and emphasize the feel that it was crafted from raw wood."
Photos courtesy DavidArrigo.com


"Smitty was adamant to include various Canadiana icons representing the diverse cultures from coast to coast. On the finished product we ended up with a wide range of symbols, starting with the mountains representing the West coast to a lighthouse for the East coast, and a nice variety representing the many elements in-between.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 9:17 PM


FINLAND VS. AUSTRIA

When:
 Thursday, 1 a.m. MT (NBCSN, SNET), Watch Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: This is the opening game for each team in Group B. Finland, for whom Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski is playing, is coming off a bronze-medal finish at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and will face a country that is back in the tournament for the first time since 2002. For the Finns, it is imperative they come strong out of the gate and avoid what would be a huge upset.

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CANADA VS. NORWAY

When: Thursday, 10 a.m. ET (USA, CBC), Watch Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: The expectations are for Canada to cruise through its first two games in Group B before having to challenge Finland in the finale Sunday. Anything less than a decisive win here likely will create quite a bit of concern. Norway, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and everything to gain as a win against Canada would be a watershed moment in the program's history.

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