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07:43 AM ET 02.19 | Forgive Chicago's hockey fans for rooting against Team Slovakia's comeback bid on Tuesday in Sochi. The first two of 10 Blackhawks participating in the men's hockey tournament at the Winter Games in Sochi are heading home after Slovakia -- featuring Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus -- was eliminated. ... The players will likely travel back to the United States on Thursday aboard the first charter flight provided by the NHL. Other charters are scheduled to depart following Sunday's gold-medal game. "It's disappointing but now we have a couple of days to regroup and come back to the Blackhawks," said Handzus, who assisted on both of Hossa's goals as Slovakia tried to mount a comeback after falling behind 4-0. "Our tournament wasn't good. Maybe we played one good game."

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February 19, 2014  09:45 AM ET

I blame Chara. I think he tanked on purpose.....

February 19, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I blame Chara. I think he tanked on purpose.....

+1

Hey Hank,

How about them Canadian Women Curlers? Eh?

February 19, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

+1Hey Hank,How about them Canadian Women Curlers? Eh?

My viewing has been sporadic but I have seen some. 10-0.

I don't like the men's team though.

I was liking he Russian ladies. Best looking rink there.

February 19, 2014  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I blame Chara. I think he tanked on purpose.....

I think Hossebag did too! Playing for the SC pays greater dividends than winning a dopey medal at the O-lame-pics.

February 19, 2014  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

+1Hey Hank,How about them Canadian Women Curlers? Eh?

Hate seeing women in curlers:")

February 19, 2014  10:40 AM ET
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I think Hossebag did too! Playing for the SC pays greater dividends than winning a dopey medal at the O-lame-pics.

Hossa always plays to the max. His support was sagging.

February 19, 2014  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think Hossebag did too! Playing for the SC pays greater dividends than winning a dopey medal at the O-lame-pics.

Well duh....

February 19, 2014  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hossa always plays to the max. His support was sagging.

Red Wings fans know better.

February 19, 2014  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Red Wings fans know better.

So do Penguin fans.

February 19, 2014  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Red Wings fans know better.

REAL Red Wing fans know he scored 40 goals that year he played with them.

February 19, 2014  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So do Penguin fans.

I was never a fan of Hossa, but he's fit in good with the Hawks and helped win two Cups.

February 19, 2014  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

REAL Red Wing fans know he scored 40 goals that year he played with them.

Nope. Only a Red Wings fan with rose colored glasses thinks those stats mean something. So, what difference did the 40 goals make when he disappeared when it mattered the most? He did diddly-squat for us in the playoffs. AWOL!

February 19, 2014  11:16 AM ET
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Nope. Only a Red Wings fan with rose colored glasses thinks those stats mean something. So, what difference did the 40 goals make when he disappeared when it mattered the most? He did diddly-squat for us in the playoffs. AWOL!

Six goals nine assists in the playoffs. Yip, yip yip:")

February 19, 2014  11:45 AM ET
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Six goals nine assists in the playoffs. Yip, yip yip:")

Hosebag apologist....

February 19, 2014  11:50 AM ET
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Six goals nine assists in the playoffs. Yip, yip yip:")

Actually I can't think of another NHL player who has gone as deep into the playoffs since '08 as Hossa has, coincidence?

February 19, 2014  03:17 PM ET
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Actually I can't think of another NHL player who has gone as deep into the playoffs since '08 as Hossa has, coincidence?

pfffffft easy

P.K. Chelios

February 19, 2014  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Six goals nine assists in the playoffs. Yip, yip yip:")

NOW you show your TRUE colors! I ALWAYS suspected you're a Coyote at heart! ;-)

February 19, 2014  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

NOW you show your TRUE colors! I ALWAYS suspected you're a Coyote at heart! ;-)

Coyote has a way different meaning in these parts. A part-time Yotes fan maybe Yip,yip.

February 19, 2014  03:57 PM ET
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pfffffft easy P.K. Chelios

Cream always rises to the top.

 
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