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    The Russians' defence wasn't very good, so it's not a surprise that they didn't even advance past the QFs. Lots of skill but not enough grit and heart, as mentioned above. From top to bottom, the Russians choked.
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    glad the Ruskies are finished.....


    could Finland win both the World Jrs and Olympics???
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    The Latvian goaltender is standing on his hand. Feels like Canada-Switzerland all over again.
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    That Russian Dman that got undressed today is still looking for his jock.

    Finland looks wicked tough right now.

    Looking forward to the Canada game. It really should be a scorcher. Heck, both of these games look like beast matches.
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    Congrats to my Northern friends. Hell of a game and the better team won.
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    clinical beating by my Canadian team....big time 200 foot effort yesterday.
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    what a fuggin beatdown....
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    Canada for the men's gold. The overall team play by the Canadians was huge. The fast line changes, fresh legs and constant pressure proved to be too much for Sweden just as it was for the US team.

    The Canadian brass and coaches were taking a fair bit of heat for the roster they brought and for the way Babcock was coaching, but it seems like they knew what they were doing.

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    Congrats to the Canadians, clearly the most talented team on paper and it played out that way. Some of the decisions they made were still bad ones, they're just so deep they can overcome them, especially against depleted teams like Sweden. With more guys like Giroux and Subban instead of Kunitz and Vlasic, they wouldn't be a fluky bounce away from losing to Finland or going to OT/losing against the US or especially freakin' LATVIA. I mean, it's all water under the bridge now, but if Sweden was rolling out Sedin, Z, Franzen etc., maybe they need their most talented players on the ice, not on the bench or -- worse -- at home.

    They weren't alone. The US' mistakes are probably the most glaring given their impotence in the medal rounds leading to earning zilch. They're a team much moreso than Canada which needs to take players with difference-making ability like Ryan and Yandle, not f'ing scrubs like Dustin Brown and Brooks Orpik. On one hand I was pretty much rooting for the USA, if nothing else because the underdog is always better to root for than the favorite (which, like I said before, is ALWAYS Canada); but on the other it pretty much feels like they deserve what they got. David Poile built the team just like his Predators, and it seems fitting that they lost as they often do -- not scoring a single goal (in B2B freakin' games), looking mostly incompetent and allergic to the offensive zone.

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    Vlasic (Pickles) really played well...

    tremendous player...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    Vlasic (Pickles) really played well...

    tremendous player...

    This...I really can't think of anyone on the roster that I thought shouldn't have belonged on this team. There was a good 5 or 6 players who could have made the team that didn't and it wouldn't have made any difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyndham View Post
    Congrats to the Canadians, clearly the most talented team on paper and it played out that way. Some of the decisions they made were still bad ones, they're just so deep they can overcome them, especially against depleted teams like Sweden. With more guys like Giroux and Subban instead of Kunitz and Vlasic, they wouldn't be a fluky bounce away from losing to Finland or going to OT/losing against the US or especially freakin' LATVIA. I mean, it's all water under the bridge now, but if Sweden was rolling out Sedin, Z, Franzen etc., maybe they need their most talented players on the ice, not on the bench or -- worse -- at home.

    They weren't alone. The US' mistakes are probably the most glaring given their impotence in the medal rounds leading to earning zilch. They're a team much moreso than Canada which needs to take players with difference-making ability like Ryan and Yandle, not f'ing scrubs like Dustin Brown and Brooks Orpik. On one hand I was pretty much rooting for the USA, if nothing else because the underdog is always better to root for than the favorite (which, like I said before, is ALWAYS Canada); but on the other it pretty much feels like they deserve what they got. David Poile built the team just like his Predators, and it seems fitting that they lost as they often do -- not scoring a single goal (in B2B freakin' games), looking mostly incompetent and allergic to the offensive zone.
    I think Canada made the right decisions about their team. They had a specialist helping them with strategy and they used their lineup to fit that strategy on the big ice. Their goal wasn't to win a scoring race, but to lock it down on dee with relentless pressure and playing at a ridiculous pace. Mission accomplished. The US game was only a 1 goal game, but really the US team was dominated and it could have easily been a 4 or 5 goal game. Giroux and Subban don't change that IMO.

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    Like I said in an earlier thread guys...I truly believe a Canada "B" team could have competed for a medal. (Giroux/Couture/Staal/Hall/Thornton/Skinner/Richards/Phaneuf/Letang/Seabrook/Bernier/Crawford etc)

    I thought Vlasic played well. Kunitz was inconsistent. Our depth and system was so good it didnt matter though.

    3 goals against in 6 games. Ridiculous.

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    I think Canada 2 would of taken home the silver....
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