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  • Toronto Maple Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Mats Sundin joined TSN Radio 1050s Jim Tatti and Jeff ONeill on Friday to give his thoughts on the Olympic hockey tournament ahead of Sundays gold medal match-up between his native Sweden and Canada. Asics Shoes Cheapest Online . While there is a lot that Sundin has liked in the tournament so far, the performance that Russia put forth against Finland in the quarterfinals left a bad taste in his mouth. "I was almost disgusted by their performance when they played Finland," said the 43-year-old who played 18 seasons in the NHL. "I look at the Finnish team and theyre missing key players. They dont have any of their big stars and now [Rask] is hurt and that Russian team is stacked with great players and to come out and have that performance they had in the quarterfinals. It was an absolutely heartless performance. "It was very disappointing and I dont think its very good for hockey either to have them out of their home tournament. You wonder when you have Putin in the stands on home ice and you cant get heart out of these guys? Whats going to bring it out? I dont know," he said. Sundin believes simply chalking up Russias crashing out of the tournament to the tremendous pressure the team was under is a bit of a cop-out. "Even though youre nervous or you have a lot of pressure built up, you can always still get into the motions and show that youre actually trying," said the former first-overall pick by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. "We didnt see anything of that in the quarterfinal." The captain of the gold medal-winning Swedish team in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Sundin believes that its impossible to compare trying to capture a Stanley Cup to winning Olympic gold. "You cant even compare it to me," said Sundin.  "I mean, the Stanley Cup is the biggest thing you can win playing for a club team in the world. Its over a [full] season and you try to get that, but saying that, international hockey and the Olympic Games go to a little bit of a higher level. You have all the absolute best players in the world competing. Its a short tournament, but its the absolute best, biggest thing you can win as a hockey player today where you face every countrys best players on the ice. And also, for any athlete, women or men, winning an Olympic medal is a little bit beyond just the sport of hockey, as well. You cant compare them, but obviously, you want to be part of both for sure." Sundin thinks that an unfamiliarity with the larger ice surface is one of the main reasons why Canadas offence has yet to really click in Sochi, despite the team being undefeated. "The last time the Olympics were around, the tournament was held on a smaller ice surface, an edge to the North American teams, no doubt," said Sundin. "The US and Canada were more comfortable. You look at the tournament right now, you can tell [Canada] is not as comfortable on the big ice surface...with the bigger ice surface, it becomes a little bit of a different game." The all-time Leafs leader in points acknowledges that an adjustment needs to be made for North American teams playing on the big international ice. "Just one big difference is when you come into an end, whether its your own end or youre in the offensive zone, youre further away from your opponent," explained the nine-time NHL All-Star. "Theres a little bit more room for a forward to slip away or get out of the way, out of position, so when that happens, and I think a North American feels that, you get a little more tentative and if youre tentative in hockey or you wait a little bit, then youre a step behind. I think thats the biggest thing." With NHL participation up in the air for the 2018 Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sundin believes it would be a mistake for the league to stop sending its best to the tournament as its a perfect opportunity to put a spotlight on the sport. "For me, its a no-brainer," said Sundin. "I think youve got to look at the broader picture. For the game of hockey, and if you want the game to continue to grow, theres no better window than the Olympic Games, where you can get new fans watching our great game, people from different parts of the world. I dont really see a reason why not. I know it affects the game short term. Some guys get hurt (and) when they get back they might not perform as well. But if you look at a long term picture, I think its just too big of a window to promote our sport to not be part of it." As for Sundays clash between his home country and the country he spent 18 years playing in, Sundin gives the edge to Canada. "Theres no doubt that the Swedish team...are not where you would think to call them a gold medal favourite at this point [without] Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, two of the best centremen we have playing right now," said Sundin. "For them to get to the finals here, to get by Finland...Ill hold Canada as the favourites to win the gold medal, but if you have [Henrik] Lundqvist playing an enormous game in the final, theres a shot. But its a long shot for sure." Asics GT-2000 4 Mens . Orlando is to begin play in the MLS for the 2015 season. Kaka, who currently plays with AC Milan, is expected to be loaned out to his home club Sao Paulo for the upcoming season before joining Orlando for next season. Asics Gel Quantum 360 CM Womens . - Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was so busy in free agency he didnt mind having a few extra weeks to prepare for the draft.CLEVELAND - A night after Cleveland needed a big comeback, LeBron James wanted a fast start.It ended up being a record-setting one.James scored 32 points and the Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout the Atlanta Hawks 127-94 on Saturday.The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in a quarter, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau.James, who scored a season-high 41 points Friday in Boston, hit three 3-pointers in the period and scored 11 points in the opening 3:34.Coming off a back-to-back I didnt want us to have a slow start, James said. I feel like the guys feed off my energy and I wanted to go out and be aggressive and see where it takes us. It got us to a huge lead.The Cavaliers, who have won four straight, scored 41 points in first quarter. James, who didnt play in the fourth, was 13 of 20 from the field. Kyrie Irving added 20 points.The Cavaliers set a team record by going 19 for 31 on 3s. The 19 makes were a league season high.Guys were hitting shots and we were feeding them, Irving said. The ball was moving. Guys were hitting each other in their shooting pockets.Paul Millsap scored 16 points for the Hawks, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Millsap scored the games first basket, but James 3-pointer gave Cleveland the lead for good as the Cavaliers hit 14 of 18 from the field in the quarter.We had a tough game last night, a very emotional game for us, James said. It took a lot of energy from us, but we had a lot more tonight.Cleveland scored 38 points in the final period Friday to erase a 19-point deficit and continued its blistering offence against the Hawks.Already leading 49-27 early in the second quarter, the Cavaliers scored the next 13 points to take their largest lead of the half. The margin reached 120-77 with 6:20 left.It was just a rough night, said Atlanta guard Jeff Teague ssaid. Asics Gel Lique Womens. Weve got to just throw this one away. When they started making shots, I thought we put our heads down.James added six rebounds and seven assists. He brought the crowd to its feet when he blocked Kent Bazemores layup attempt in the third quarter and gave a salute to the fans behind the basket.The Cavaliers made 49 baskets on 39 assists, an NBA season-high.___TIP-INSCavaliers: Joe Harris, who played the final six minutes in Fridays comeback, entered in the first quarter against the Hawks and hit two 3-pointers in the period. The second-round draft pick, who drilled a 30-footer at the buzzer, scored a career-high 12 points in 21 minutes. ... C Lou Amundson, seeing his first action of the season, scored two points in 9 minutes.Hawks: G Kyle Korver, who came in averaging 16.1 points, was scoreless in 14 minutes. With the game out of hand, coach Mike Budenholzer gave him the second half off. ... F Thabo Sefolosha started his third straight game in place of DeMarre Carroll (strained groin).MINUTES WATCHJames came into the game averaging 40.4 minutes, second in the league, but played a season-low 29 Saturday. Coach David Blatt would like to decrease that overall total, but as of now has no plans to rest James for a game.Right now LeBron has told me hes feeling good and hes starting to feel his real game shape, Blatt said. So this is not the time to think about resting him. This is the time to allow him to get comfortable and get in his rhythm. Hes been playing great basketball and he looks good physically. For the foreseeable future were going to ride that. Would I like to get him a couple of less minutes a game? Yes.NICE DEBUTHawks G John Jenkins scored 12 points off the bench. He had back surgery in February, ending his season, and played for the first time Saturday.It felt great, Jenkins said. I was just worried about making my first shot.UP NEXTHawks: Host the Lakers on Tuesday.Cavaliers: Host Denver on Monday. ' ' '
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