Tuesday, February 14, 2006

2006 Turin Winter Olympics
Men's hockey: Canada v. Italy

I'll be up, bright and early tomorrow morning to watch the first men's hockey game of the 2006 Olympics.

Check in here, should you wish, for some running commentary. (But you'll have to excuse any typos, given the game's early hour.)

UPDATE Well, Blogger was in the toilet this morning, which ruled out any running commentary. Despite the lopsided outcome, Team Canada obviously was trying to find their legs early in the game, and the fact the Italians have been playing together for the past three years or so really seemed to benefit them. There's a decent chance they won't finish at the bottom of the tournament, which would be a victory for Italy.

Todd Bertuzzi played very well and was quite possibly Canada's best player. As Canucks' fans have seen over the years, a motivated Bertuzzi is a dominant player.

Canada draws Germany tomorrow, who are international hockey's version of an even more defensive Minnesota Wild. Canada struggled against the Germans in 2002, but this club should be a weaker entry without Marco Sturm and Jochen Hecht up front. Look for Olaf Kolzig to be impressive in net.

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