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  • Olympic Hockey Day 2

    Day 2 of Olympic Hockey competition is complete and Canada earned its 2nd win beating Germany 5-1.

    Once again the Canadians were too much for the opposition. The Canucks managed to get a lead early and put five goals past the struggling German defense who played without Olaf Kolzig. The Canadians have never trailed and have scored 11 goals in 2 games which is tied for the lead in the Tournament.

    Love him or hate him, when Todd Bertuzzi was announced as a member of the Canadian Team it stirred up controversy. Todd Bertuzzi has been arguably the best Canadian player so far at the games. Bertuzzi has been a presence on the ice on every shift and chipped in 3 points in his 2 games. It looks as if he’s on his game and could be a big player against the more challenging teams. Joe Sakic and Dany Heatley also look dangerous on the ice. Canada’s next game is against Switzerland before finishing up with Finland and the Czech Republic.

    Upsets continue. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 which is a huge upset. The Czech Republic won’t get any help as Dominik Hasek has returned back to Ottawa after being injured in game 1. Patrick Elias has also withdrawn from the games leaving the Czech team another hole in their roster.

    The Swiss winning goal was scored by none other than Montreal’s own Mark Streit. I’ve never seen him shoot the puck like that while in the CH uniform. The Swiss will be coming into Saturday’s game against Canada extremely confident. Martin Gerber has been playing well and the Swiss should be a harder game than the previous two.

    Prediction: Canada 4 – Switzerland 2

  • Olympic Hockey Day 1

    The first day of Olympic Hockey is in the books and Canada came up with a 7-2 win vs the Italians. Canada started slow and Italy managed to tie the game 1-1 and put a little fear into Canadian fans before the Canucks shook off the rust and opened it up in the second. The Canadian attack was too much for the Italian team to handle and Canada exploded for 5 goals. The team looked rusty on the first day of competition which is understandable considering many arrived just a day earlier.

    The opening day also gave us some interesting upsets. Slovakia upset the Russians 5-3 in an exciting game and showed what kind of offensive talent they have. The larger upset however was the United States managing just a tie against the underdog Latvian team.

    It’s easy to remember back to 2002 when Tommy Salo let in a goal from center ice to give the Belarussians a huge upset over the Swedes. The chance for upsets is still there as we saw today, but not as likely. Recall that Team Canada dropped it’s first 2002 Olympic game 5-1 to Sweden and barely beat the Germans 3-2 before going on to Gold. It’s exciting to watch a non NHL brand of hockey and with a possible 8 games in 12 nights anything can happen at anytime.

    Does anyone else find it funny that Montreal Canadien Andrei Markov chose to wear #52 for Team Russia? Maybe he has a secret crush on teammate Craig Rivet.

    Canada’s next opponent is Germany which is tradtionally not on the same playing field as Canada. However they should not be taken lightly as the Canadians had a lot of difficulty with them in 02. Germany is missing their 2 top forwards, unless Olaf Kolzig pulls one out of his lederhosen, Canada should get by with ease.

    Prediction: Canada 6 – Germany 1