Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two scintillating match-ups at the Olympics

From where I sit it looks like we get a pair of delightful semi-final games...

To be honest there isn't a result going either way in either game that would really shock me. These are 4 of the top six ranked hockey countries, In fact, calling the Finland victory of Russia an upset is taking a lot away from the Fins. They are a quality team with great cohesion. Which is way more than can be said of Russia. The Russians saw the Olympics as a return to international prominence. Even from the outset I couldn't see Russia getting a medal. They lack solid coaching, top defence and a team mentality. Meanwhile, Canada can't score. They are getting chances by the boatload and simply can't score. The game against Latvia was another prime example of that. Sure, the Latvian goalie was pulling a Bernier, but that doesn't preclude the fact that Canada hasn't been able to score much in any of their games. The US and Sweden have been on cruise control clean the way through the tournament and deserve to appear in the final. Sadly, in a single knockout tournament none of that matters. It's all about the next game. Beautiful simplicity. Just win.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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