The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia has already consisted of exciting and memorable match-ups in men’s hockey, from Finland almost upsetting the reigning champions Canada, to the USA beating Russia on their home ice. NHL players make up a large portion of the men’s hockey athletes in this year’s Olympics, with all 30 teams having at least one player participating. The New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and the New York Islanders are well represented, and their stars have played extremely well in the preliminary rounds.
With the preliminary rounds ending today, here are some notable statistics from the Olympians playing for the Devils, Rangers and Islanders:
New Jersey Devils
Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) – 2 Goals, 6 Shots on Goal
Marek Zidlicky (Czech Republic) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Patrik Elias (Czech Republic) – 1 Assist, +2
Damien Brunner (Switzerland) – 6 Shots on Goal
New York Rangers
Ryan Callahan (USA) – 1 Assist, +1
Carl Hagelin (Sweden) – 4 Shots of Goal against Canada
Hendrik Lundqvist (Sweden) – 92.95 Save Percentage, 1.67 Goal Against Average, Shut out Switzerland
Ryan McDonagh (USA) – 1 Goal, +2
Rick Nash (Canada) – 7 Shots of Goal, +1
Derek Stepan (USA) – Did not register a Point or Shot on Goal
Mats Zuccarello (Norway) – 5 Shots on Goal
New York Islanders
Michael Grabner (Austria) – Hat Trick (3 Goals) against Finland
John Tavares (Canada) – 4 Shots on Goals, +1
Thomas Vanek (Austria) – 1 Assist
These Olympians will look to continue their success on Tuesday, February 18th, when the Qualification Playoff games begin.
Don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday, February 19th, to root for the USA vs the winner of Czech Republic-Slovakia!