The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are in full swing. With the NHL sitting this year out, everyone is curious about whether the players have been tuning in.
On Monday, Alex Ovechkin confirmed he was a hard no on watching the games. #ThanksBettman.
Teammate and veteran D-man Brooks Orpik, on the other hand, has been taking in some of the hockey.
The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan asked Orpik what he thought about the quality of the men’s hockey so far. His response might not have been exactly what she was expecting.
Kind of funny/awesome: Asked Brooks Orpik about the quality of the Olympic men's hockey so far. Said he's just surveyed the scores and not watched any of the games yet. Meanwhile, he's watched three women's games.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) February 15, 2018
The men’s hockey opened on Wednesday with two huge upsets. Team USA lost to Slovenia 3-2 in overtime, whilst Slovakia defeated the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 3-2 in regulation.
Team Canada tallied their first win later that day against Switzerland, with a little help from former Capital, Wojtek Wolski.
However, much like Orpik, we’ve been all about the women’s hockey. With play-by-play from the Capitals’ John Walton, history in the making with a unified Korean team, and a masterclass performance from Canada and USA, it has been a must-watch.
Wednesday’s rivalry match between Team Canada and Team USA was as thrilling as anticipated, with Canada just edging out the USA for a 2-1 win. Despite the low scoring game, it was no less intense or exciting as some of their earlier games, which featured significantly more goals.
Canada and USA are still expected to meet each other in next week’s final, so expect the rivalry to be turned up tenfold.
Though, with Team Switzerland on something of a roll, we might soon have another upset on our hands.
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