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  • Team Canada disappoints the Nation

    Team Canada failed to defend their Olympic Gold medal at the 2006 Olympic winter games. They failed to earn any medal after being eliminated by the Russians in the Quarter-Final. What can you say? It’s extremely disappointing and devasting to any Canadian hockey fan. It’s over and done with now, instead of another rehashed 2000 word article on what went wrong I’ll just list some points that were very noticeable.

    • Certain players shouldn’t have been playing.
    • Certain players sitting at home should have been playing.
    • Canada was too old.
    • Canada preferred injured veterans to exuberant youth.
    • Canada cannot play on the big ice surface.
    • Canadian coaching was poor.
    • Canada could not score.
    • Canadian powerplay was brutal.
    • Canadian defense were extremely slow and immobile.
    • Canadians took terrible penalties.
    • Canadians took terrible penalties often.
    • Canadians never attacked anywhere near the slot.
    • Canadians avoided the net like the plague.
    • Canadians stuck to the boards as if it were life support.
    • Canada never shot the puck.
    • Canada never hit the net when they did shoot the puck.
    • Canada lacked leadership.
    • Canadians didn’t want it bad enough.

    Agree? Disagree?

       
  • Olympic Quarter-Final Matchups

    The meaningless round-robin is over. Everything that transpired in the past week means nothing.

    The medal round is upon us and their are several interesting matchups that should provide some excellent quality hockey.

    Switzerland vs Sweden

    This game is interesting considering the fact Sweden arguably lost on purpose in order to face the Swiss. In essence what the Swedish coach told his team is “You’re not good enough to beat Canada or the Czechs.” Sweden is the stronger team but hopefully this strategy will backfire on them. The Swiss team has been on a low since defeating Canada and only managed a tie against Italy. They were ‘up’ for the game against Canada and if they hope to have any chance against the Swedes they’re going to have to psyche themselves to the same level and hope their goaltending is superb.
    Prediction: Sweden 3 – Switzerland 1

    Finland vs USA

    Finland is on a role and has given up the fewest goals out of all the teams. The US have struggled in almost every game. Finland’s confident and I can’t see the US being able to overcome the Finns.
    Prediction: Finland 4 – USA 2

    Czech Republic vs Slovakia

    This will be a death match. The former country seperated in the early 90s and formed two quality hockey nations. This is the equivalent of Quebec Seperatists playing against Team Ontario. They hate each other. The interesting thing is before the tournament most would have predicted the Czech’s to be 5-0 and the first seed. Slovakia like Finland, has surpassed expectations so far and there is no sign they are going to stop now.
    Prediction: Slovakia 4 – Czech Republic 3 [Overtime]

    Canada vs Russia

    A classic matchup. Canada is definitely going to have to put the round robin behind them and start over. If they play like they did against the Czechs, Swiss or Finns, there is no chance they’ll come out on top of the Russians. The Russians possess a lethal attack and Canada will have to contain them and count on excellent goaltending. If the Canadians can manage to score early on the weaker Russian defense and play 3 full periods then it’s their game to lose. Even the US managed 4 goals against Russia after trailing 2-0. Canada traditionally ‘cares more’ than the Russians which is usually an advantage but this team has left a lot of doubt on the table.
    Prediction: Canada 4 – Russia 3

    Regardless of who wins, it will be very entertaining hockey with the World’s best going all out for their National pride.