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07:41 AM ET 02.17 | To date, none of the favorites in Sochi has run away with a victory in every game -- and Canada had its problems with Finland's sit-back game over the weekend. Finland's Tuomo Ruutu tied it on a rare offensive possession on a deflection, and the rope-a-dope only ended with Doughty, 2:32 into overtime. Finland had seven shots in the last 42 minutes of the game. Patience was required. The officiating is barely there -- "there's a ton of obstruction. It's not getting called. I guess that's the nature of it," said Matt Duchene -- and the ice is so wide and not so great, and the game is difficult to decode. And we are asking this team to do it on the fly, as the combinations keep changing. ... Here they go.

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February 17, 2014  09:21 AM ET

Think the O-lame-pic refs are bad? Should try the NHL's!

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February 17, 2014  11:10 AM ET
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Jamie Benn getting bulldozed into the boards from behind, anyone?

Jamie Benn got a little taste of his own medicine. Pay pack for a hit from behind a couple of plays earlier to that Finn. Same infraction. Should've been a call on both plays as they were both dangerous hits from behind.

But, according to Alexei Pussykov, there is a conspiracy going on. Those filthy Americans didn't want Finland to win. :-)

February 17, 2014  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jamie Benn getting bulldozed into the boards from behind, anyone?

Scared the hell out of me...

February 17, 2014  12:06 PM ET

Time to bring back Josef Kompalla.

February 17, 2014  02:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jamie Benn getting bulldozed into the boards from behind, anyone?

He was protecting the puck and actually set up the contact by digging in - he just lost the battle - let's not get too wussy, eh.

February 17, 2014  02:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Time to bring back Josef Kompalla.

Yup, I agree wholeheartedly - he must be pushing 90 if he's still blowing maybe he was the guy on the phone - Ja, no goal.

February 17, 2014  03:27 PM ET

Where's Kerry Fraser ??

February 17, 2014  04:32 PM ET

In Soviet Russia you ref refs, bro

February 17, 2014  04:39 PM ET

Everytime I look at that picture it looks like the linesman is leaping over Don Cherry.

February 17, 2014  06:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Everytime I look at that picture it looks like the linesman is leaping over Don Cherry.

Just his wardrobe.

February 17, 2014  07:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jamie Benn getting bulldozed into the boards from behind, anyone?

Other than shots like that, I'm glad some of the chintzy stuff isn't being called. But yes, that boarding should have been called.

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February 17, 2014  08:42 PM ET
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Where's Kerry Fraser ??

It's porcupine mating season. He's excused. :-)

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