Well what do you know, Slovenia managed to stay in elite division.
After beating Denmark in a 4:3 thriler, they shamelessly lost against Germany 1:9 (supposedly they had a big row in the team just before the game), but then rallied against Austria, beating them 6:2.
So quite suprisingly they ended up in the first place of relegation group with Denmark being the other team to stay in elite division.
Germany and Austria are now going into division 1.
Some great hockey still awaits us, with 1st place being far from clear Canadian grab, though in the end I expect Canadians to take gold.
Its however far less clear if Americans will end up in the medal position.
EDITED for wrongly naming the elite and 1st division
Last edited by F_A_L_C_O_N; May 11th, 2005 at 05:18 PM.
Good point. But I still think they'll have to play better defensively.
By the way, what did you think of the incident with Nash hooking and pushing the referees? Canadian commentators thought he got a free pass on that one, that it really ought to have earned some consequences.
Doesnt look nice, but then again this championships were full of rather frustrated and frustrating actions, so IMO it would be a shame to have a player like that out of the championship.
It would be more of a team punsihment anyway.
Unfortunately I havent seen the game live because for some inexplainable reason german sport TV, DSF decided to broadcast Belorussia : Kazahstan match instead
Reason enaugh to have their team relegated, if you ask me
Well I guess you were right, still realisticly 4 best teams get to play half final:
Swe : Cze
Rus : Can
I say the final list wil go like this:
Reason being Sweden is typical looser team, they will get to the final, but thats it. They were 5 times in the final in last 10 years and won only once
Now Czechs are probably better team then Russia, but if they get beaten by Sweden, Russia will have a lot more motive to get a medal, then they will. However if Czechs are able to beat Sweden in the half finals, then I am almost sure they will take the gold.
Unlike Sweden Czechs are typical winner team, with the incredible 4 out of 4 record in last ten finals
Congrats to the Czechs, they now have a perfect 5 out of 5 finals record in the last 10 or so WCs.
As I said if they get past the Sweden, they will win.
Now I am pretty sure Canada would get the gold against the Sweden in the finals, but whatever you do, dont get the Czechs in the finals
BTW Russia pulled a great 6:3 victory against the Sweden for the bronze, looks like Sweden just wasnt up to it, once they lost the place in the finals.
To be honest I think I like how it all ended, couse Sweden might have the quality, but they sure dont have mental stability to go for the cup and Canada, though right there at the top, well just wasnt as good a team as Czechs proved to be.
Now on a down note, Germany, which was relegated to 2nd class, got the 2010 WC i.e. they qualify automatically.
The Canadian broadcast commentators were aghast at Tikonov's coaching -- no attempt at line matching, for example. The Russians showed brilliant talent.
But the Czechs showed both talent and team defence, a Canadian weakness. The Czechs went into the final with the best goals-against in the series.