Sunday, February 19, 2006

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

I unfortunately didn't see much of today's game while at work, so you'll have to turn elsewhere for in-depth analysis. What I gather is that the media coverage in Canadian newspapers tomorrow morning may verge on being a little over-hysterical given the team lost two straight 2-0 games over the weekend.

5 Comments:

At 7:22 PM, February 19, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I'm in the States, so I don't get to see nearly as much international hockey as I'd like. (Is it possible to get TSN added to my cable lineup?) In that limited exposure, though, I have never seen the Finns mail in a performance. Is this a misperception on my part, or do they really want it more than anyone else?

 
At 7:36 PM, February 19, 2006, Anonymous cy said...

it'll be huge tomorrow James.
Two things:
1/That's three straight games firing blanks against the trap (and one against the trappatoni)
2/when Quinn comes home after this, what's the over/under on how many games he lasts with Leafs?

 
At 11:19 PM, February 19, 2006, Blogger The Universal Cynic said...

I was somewhat bothered during CBC's post-game analysis with Ron MacLean and Kelly Hrudey. MacLean made a blanket statement that questioned the youth on the team --nothing specific, just a question of choice. Thankfully Hrudey pointed out that players like Lemieux and Yzerman are no longer a viable option. No one is doubting that experience and veteran leadership are paramount, but when you're facing teams with velocity like the Finns, don't you want the youth (and the speed that comes with it)?

P.S. Some might read into this statement that I would favour seeing Staal on the main squad, at this stage of the tournament. You'd be correct in that assessment.

 
At 3:29 AM, February 20, 2006, Blogger Luke said...

To me, it's the same old game that plays out every tournament. They look like they are lost on the big ice, always scrunched up in one corner, never spreading out, and they can't make a pass to save their lives because the players haven't reached a comfort zone. It's not a team. Yet.

The question is really the same as it was in Salt Lake and Nagano: can they pull it together (2002) or not (1998)? I strongly believe the individual players they have chosen make little difference to the result. Canada still has the strongest depth by far, but depth is meaningless if no one knows what the team plan is. The line that looked the most dangerous had the players -- Sakic and Iginla -- that played well last tournament.

PS: what's up with the stinky D? Pronger in particular seems to be struggling big time.

 
At 1:38 PM, February 20, 2006, Anonymous GDUB said...

If your in the States all you need is a HD package , I have comcast and have seen every olympic hockey game on the INHD channel.

 

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