Tonawanda News


February 16, 2014

DUVALL: A signature moment for Team USA hockey


Tonawanda News — Asked after the game what his mindset was, Oshie admitted it was more instinct than plan, facing off six times against the same goaltender.

“I was just thinking of something else I could do, trying to keep him guessing,” Oshie told the Associated Press (full story on 1B). “Had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there.”

I wondered aloud in this space last week what incredible moments Sochi would create. Saturday morning was one of them.


Speaking of the Olympics, is anyone else as frustrated as I am about the spoiler factor? 

I realize I work in media and this is hardly something new for me, but with the 11-hour time difference it’s been all but impossible not to have the evening’s events ruined. Late-night watchers like myself would greatly appreciate NBC airing live events after its 11:30 p.m. nightly broadcast (of events played more almost 24 hours earlier) rather than repeating the same three-hour loop again.

I understand they don’t want to steal prime time ratings but in the age of 24-hour news outlets, Twitter and Facebook, we’re losing the wow factor watching everything and already knowing how it ends.

I managed to avoid having Saturday’s game spoiled, though no thanks to a hockey-loving (and early rising) friend of mine who sent me a text message as the game ended.

I recorded it on DVR and got up around 10:30 a.m. to watch (sorry, not getting up at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, which is when the game aired live — not even for Olympic hockey) and glanced at my phone.

When I saw the name I knew what it was going to be about so I covered the screen with my hand and sent him a message something like “just starting to watch now, don’t ruin it for me.”

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