Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Team Sweden took on the Czech Republic in the first men’s hockey game of the Olympics. It was a total beatdown. Erik Karlsson, playing in his first Olympiad, scored two goals. Henrik Lundqvist had 27 saves in the win.

But what about the Caps, Ian? What about the Caps?

Nicklas Backstrom had a point in 15:15 of ice time. The marker came in the second period when Nicky assisted on Karlsson’s second goal of the night.

Backstrom was also on the ice for Jagr’s goal [shudders], while going 6 for 13 in the face-off dot. He also played a minute on Sweden’s power play.

Meanwhile, Mr. Excitement, Marty Erat, did nothing. Well, actually, no, I’m checking the stats right now and he did lose one face-off. He also fell down a lot.




Photos: Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Can someone tell Marty that he should keep his mouthguard inside of his mouth or it defeats the whole purpose of having one?

Tomorrow should be more exciting with Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia playing Slovenia and John Carlson and Team USA taking on Slovakia.

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  • Jerry

    What about MoJo?? He had to have done better than Erat lol

  • He was there too. Watching!

  • Why do I imagine having Karlsson, Backstrom and Ovie on the same PP-line…

  • Here’s another cool pic of Nicky, from Tumblr user Alzner ( )

  • Chris Cerullo

    That’s basically what it used to be like before whatever happened to elite Mike Green happened.

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    After watching the Sweden Vs. Czech Game, I turned back my DVR to the vigorous game of women’s curling. Is it me or has the age of “butch women,” in curling been resigned to a thing in the past. RMNB faithful need your opinion 🙂

  • Sweedish Meatballs

    You can make Erat put a mouth piece in his mouth, but you can’t make him use it

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Nicky got the assist from the Nicky spot!

  • Sabrina

    And Backstrom says: Take that Nana! I got an assist….who’s the fool now???

  • Rob W.

    Best jersey’s in all of hockey, just beautiful

  • SadOvi

    “Ohh you assisted someone else? So you’re just passing to anyone nowadays, I see”

  • H70

    Phew, those uniforms…

  • Tadd

    Well, as you would imagine, Nicklas is an underrated player even on the national team. He didn’t get any ice during boxplay and just around a minute of ice during 4 power plays.

    Pär Mårts love his captain Zetterberg and has this weird thing for Patrik Berglund (they’re from the same city, I guess that’s why) and uses those guys in every situation.

    Carl Hagelin, Zetterberg, Alex Steen, Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson and only SHL-player Jimmie Ericsson (brother of Jonathan, Red Wings) saw shorthanded time.
    Notice how all of these players are wingers.

    I’m confused.

  • Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    i really think RussianMachine could follow Anna Sidorova the russian Curling girl, at least now at the Olypics.. that would be very nice.. =)

  • Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    he didnt play =/

  • Shaun Phillips

    Zetterberg is a center/wing. He plays wing in Detroit because it lets Babcock put him with Datsyuk. He is one of the top 2-way players in the league, so he deserves the ice-time (and got a goal, as did Berglund). It is weird though that Nicky only got 1 min of PP, I expect that to climb during the tourney.

  • Tadd

    In my opinion, Nicky’s our best C and he too has fantastic defensive skills. I’d expect him to be one of our top PK-guys, but Mårts thinks different. That bothers me.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I don’t disagree. I think he’s a better face-off guy than Z is. Maybe cause Zetterberg’s been around longer? I’d expect Nicky to be the #1 guy next Olympics. I think we forget he’s still only 26. 🙂

  • ATPinDC

    But the shiny stuff on their shoulders is Viking ships, so they win.