Shootout hero T.J. Oshie’s tenacity made him a great fit for Team USA. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Here are the start times for Tuesday’s play-in games and Wednesday’s quarterfinals in Sochi. Not sure who the genius was that scheduled the games for Canada and the U.S. at the same time, but there’s a special place in hell waiting for him.
• Healthy, set in goal and scoring in bunches, Team USA heads into Wednesday’s medal round ready to take on the world.
• With Russia a mess and Canada still trying to figure itself out, Team USA has every reason to like its chances heading into the medal round.
• Bob Kravitz writes that the buzz keeps building around T.J. Oshie. Can’t say I agree with the oft-repeated contention that the Blues’ buzzsaw was selected primarily because of his shootout skills, though. The pace and tenacity he brings to the game makes him an ideal depth player for this sort of tournament, and would have made him an easy pick no matter what. The shootout skills? Icing on the cake.
• Sidney Crosby has seemed rather ordinary through Canada’s first three games, in large part because he hasn’t yet found wingers with whom he’s comfortable. So why is it so hard to play with Sid?
• Chris Johnston reminds us that Crosby’s impact can’t be measured on the score sheet alone.
• Mike Babcock was a little testy in the aftermath of Sunday’s win over Finland. Trust me, Canada. He’s more frustrated than you are.