Olympic Hockey

DanceMan

DanceMan

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#1
USA vs. Norway, 1st period: US was peppering shots at the Norwegian goaltender. One of the big questions for Canadian fans was Luongo or Brodeur in goal. Any way we can play both against the US?
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#3
Canada's better than four years ago in Turin, where we lost 2-1 to the Swiss and then lost the rest of the games, but we're not on top. Tied Switzerland 2-2 and won on a shoot-out, so only 2pts instead of the max 3pts. The Swiss played well.

Sunday will be big: US vs Canada, Russia vs Czech, Sweden vs Finland.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#4
Correction to the post above: Switzerland beat Canada 2-0 in Turin in 2006 and Canada went scoreless after that, losing to Finland and Russia. Tomorrow night's game against the US will be huge, and only a fool could expect an automatic win for Canada. The US team is young, large, tough and aggressive, and they've looked good. There won't be many tv's in Canada not tuned to that game on Sunday night.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#5
Canada is in mourning

5-3 for the US, with the last one being an empty netter. I didn't look outside (watching the game), but I doubt there were many people out on the streets for a couple of hours across Canada.

The US team played well, but if Luongo isn't in goal Tuesday against the Germans, I'll eat my shorts.

If we win that easy one, we face the Russians Wednesday, the team that eliminated us in Turin. And seeing Ovetchkin flatten Jagr today as his linemates scored, I'd give that one to the Russians unless our team transforms itself quickly. Better have my black armband ready.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#7
A Day of Upsets

Amidst all the doubters (including me) Gretzky reminded us that the Canadian team had some trouble early during 1998 and 2002, before coming back to win gold.

I doubt many people were expecting what we saw Wednesday against Russia, blown out 7-3. Ovetchkin was a -2 for the game against a new checking line that not only held him and Malkin scoreless, they scored two themselves.

Two other teams that finished well in the early games and got the bye into the quarterfinals were beaten by the teams that had to play the extra game the day before to get into the quarterfinal games, like Canada. The Finns beat the Czechs and the Slovaks beat the reigning gold medal champs, the Swedes.

Semis are Friday. Women's hockey finals Thursday with the only game that counts, US vs Canada. US has won the last two Worlds.

Hockey heaven today and the bloody power went out when I got up.
 
Technoplume

Technoplume

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#8
Yeah I can't wait to see if or young Hockeyer can retake the gold this year. Hockey has change a lot since the 1980. ^^
 
Admin

Admin

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#9
The US just played shut-down hockey, my least favorite. Sure they won, but it sure wasn't with any great skill.
 
equinoxe3d

equinoxe3d

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#11
Watched it, I usually don't watch much hockey but it was a great game, both teams played really tight. I have to give it to both Luongo and Miller which did an incredible job, and of course to our own Sidney Crosby for the breakout goal. Not exactly the massacre that was the Canada vs Russia game, but more entertaining overall.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#12
What a series! Right down to overtime to get a winner. Give Brian Burke full marks for picking a team of young players who delivered for the US. Beat Canada decisively in the round robin and took us to overtime in the gold medal game.
It took Canada all of the round robin games to work out the forward lines and it was quite interesting how they worked out. The guy who started out as the 13th and last forward, Jonathon Toews, finished the games as Canada's most important forward. In the crucial Russia quarter-final, his line had the job of checking Ovetchkin and Malkin. Result? They were scoreless and Toews line had two goals. I noticed they were the line that started tonight's game, and got the important first goal. Coach Mike Bab**** called him and Nash his two best players.
Much of the early Canadian commentary was about who would play with Sidney Crosby. By today's game he was a minus 3, and I noticed his line was the last on the ice this afternoon. But thank god for his talent in the overtime!
Also noticed that Kesler's line kept giving Canada fits, and that Slovakia's Pavel Demitra was among the top scorers in the games. I'll be watching both if the Canucks get to the playoffs. The women took gold too and then caught s*** for being too Canadian in the post game celebrations.
Have to mention Kevin Martin in curling -- undefeated. They were awesome.
 
Admin

Admin

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#15
I think it was only close because of the play of Miller. Guy deserved the MVP. He was NASTY all through these games.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

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#17
Vancouver won the Stanley Cup sometime around WWI, the Vancouver Millionaires. Little chance of it ever happening in my lifetime. But after the final on Sunday this city was the same as if we'd done it. Many cars were driving around waving flags and honking horns. A common site was a large Canadian flag tied to a hockey stick thrust out the sunroof of an SUV. They figure about 80% of the households in the country watched some part of the final game.
I agree, if there was an MVP, Miller should have had it.

Canada's Own the Podium athletic financing only took us to third in the total medal standings, but we did own the top step, and set an all-time Olympic record with 14 golds. I only wanted to watch the hockey and curling, but some nationalistic pride did manage to creep in for the other wins.
 
jankerson

jankerson

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#18
I stopped watching the Olympics years ago once they changed their format and started adding things that I don't think are valid sports and don't belong in the Olympics. :mad:

The whole thing just turned me off big time. :mad:
 
Admin

Admin

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#19
I only ever watch the hockey. I couldn't care less about the Olympics as a whole, to me it's just all the nations of the world getting together to perspire. But now that the NHL closes down during the Olympics, it's the only hockey I can watch, so I do. I don't watch the Summer games at all. Someone had to tell me who Michael Phelps was.
 
jankerson

jankerson

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#20
I only ever watch the hockey. I couldn't care less about the Olympics as a whole, to me it's just all the nations of the world getting together to perspire. But now that the NHL closes down during the Olympics, it's the only hockey I can watch, so I do. I don't watch the Summer games at all. Someone had to tell me who Michael Phelps was.
They used to really mean something back in the Cold War days etc. ;)

Now it's just a bunch of commercialised......... :mad:

And with the new additions of the non real sports events, well it's just pathetic.
 

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