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Old 02-24-2010, 11:28 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Luongo has won world championships for Canada. He also won that semi-final match against the Czechs in the World Cup in 2004. But in terms of the NHL, Luongo hasn't really won much. A couple of playoff series, but that's about it.

Luongo also has the most home victories (since moving to Vancouber) in the NHL. I think that will give him a small edge.

You're right though - the team that wins is the team that wants it more.

Also, I really feel that the Coach has to make Crosby feel he has to lead this team. When he made him take the Penalty shot I had no qualms about it.

I'm not the biggest Sidney fan but its just what has to be done.
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Also, I really feel that the Coach has to make Crosby feel he has to lead this team. When he made him take the Penalty shot I had no qualms about it.

I'm not the biggest Sidney fan but its just what has to be done.
Dude, when Sid gets mad, he can take over games. It's crazy. He can take over more than Ovechkin can. The key to stopping the Russians is pounding the shit out of Ovechkin physically. We know Malkin doesn't do well when he's had to play physical. Same goes for Kovalchuk and Semin. Datsyuk won't go anywhere near physical play. The Russian D-men are pussies.
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the russians have so many snipers and goal scorers, we need to clog the middle and pound them physically.
our defense and goaltending will be the key tonight. just gotta be scrappy.
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It's funny they won a round robin game and they suddenly think they have it on lock. I can guarantee that if they meet up again, Canada will beat the US into the ground.
That attitude is why they did that. It's funny that they win a game and you laugh at them for thinking they have it on lock, then you say whatever we'd beat them if we meat them again. The sheer arrogance in this country when it comes to hockey is not all that surprising since it's all we're that good at but considering our lack of Olympic succcess.....
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Dude, when Sid gets mad, he can take over games. It's crazy. He can take over more than Ovechkin can. The key to stopping the Russians is pounding the shit out of Ovechkin physically. We know Malkin doesn't do well when he's had to play physical. Same goes for Kovalchuk and Semin. Datsyuk won't go anywhere near physical play. The Russian D-men are pussies.
Sidney is a gamer I just don't like his whining with the refs. I agree Canada has to clog and get physical. Also, something Canada didn't do vs. USA is get in front of the net. They godda screen the hell out of Nabokov and also stop getting so many players on the PK. Just keep the PK to the skilled Penalty Killers.
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That attitude is why they did that. It's funny that they win a game and you laugh at them for thinking they have it on lock, then you say whatever we'd beat them if we meat them again. The sheer arrogance in this country when it comes to hockey is not all that surprising since it's all we're that good at but considering our lack of Olympic succcess.....
Did you even bother to watch the Canada-US game on Sunday? If you did, you'd know that the Canadians thoroughly outplayed and outshot the US. The Americans got a few lucky bounces and they capitalized on it. So, statements like the one you made are complete bullshit.
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I will say this though: The winner of this game will win the gold.
you're forgetting the previous olympic champs
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:55 AM   #28 (permalink)
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you're forgetting the previous olympic champs
Why are you so infatuated by Sweden? They're definitely not better than the team that won gold in Torino.
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Did you even bother to watch the Canada-US game on Sunday? If you did, you'd know that the Canadians thoroughly outplayed and outshot the US. The Americans got a few lucky bounces and they capitalized on it. So, statements like the one you made are complete bullshit.
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Did you come up with that rebuttal by yourself? Seems like you had a 6-year old help you with that one, friend.
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Did you come up with that rebuttal by yourself? Seems like you had a 6-year old help you with that one, friend.
I'm just bustin' your balls. Go Canada Go!
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Why are you so infatuated by Sweden? They're definitely not better than the team that won gold in Torino.
just reminding you to take them seriously
you can't have a conversation on who's going to win and not include the previous champs unless there was a serious talent drop on the team
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Why are you so infatuated by Sweden? They're definitely not better than the team that won gold in Torino.
I dunno Mango, they're definitely up there. Single elimination games do alot to make the playing field seem more equal.

I mean Latvia and Norway were close to knocking off Slovakia and Czechs and they're nowhere near the same level talent wise.
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just reminding you to take them seriously
you can't have a conversation on who's going to win and not include the previous champs unless there was a serious talent drop on the team
Yeah, there's no Sundin, there's no still-in-prime Forsberg (who is a bigtime international player), in prime Tomas Holmstrom even Nik Lidstrom isn't the same guy from 4-years ago. And really, they haven't faced any real stiff competition. Finland isn't stiff competition.

This is why I don't take Sweden that seriously. And everyone knows that if you play them physical they shy away and their game goes south.

The only thing that they have going for them is King Henrik. He can win games by himself.

If Sweden can beat Russia, Canada or the US, I'll give them their respect due.

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I will say this though: The winner of this game will win the gold.
I wouldn't be comfortable saying that with the USA in the other bracket.

They've played pretty well thus far and have looked like the grittiest team out there.
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I wouldn't be comfortable saying that with the USA in the other bracket.

They've played pretty well thus far and have looked like the grittiest team out there.
Grit can only take you so far. At some point, lack of talent will be exposed.
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Grit can only take you so far. At some point, lack of talent will be exposed.
In a single elimination game, grit can get you pretty far IMO. I find it's more about 'who wants it more' than talent (provided one team isn't vastly superior - i.e. Norway vs. Canada).
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In a single elimination game, grit can get you pretty far IMO. I find it's more about 'who wants it more' than talent (provided one team isn't vastly superior - i.e. Norway vs. Canada).
Finland made the last olympic finals on pure grit. They're probably the grittiest team in this tourney, but their lack of talent is what their ultimate downfall is.
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ya - i diffenetly agree that you need a presence of both talent and grit/determination, but which one is more important? that's where it gets blurry. Like you said, Finland made it all the way to the finals (and not on talent).
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ya - i diffenetly agree that you need a presence of both talent and grit/determination, but which one is more important? that's where it gets blurry. Like you said, Finland made it all the way to the finals (and not on talent).
But more importantly than all of this is who's goaltender can get hot and stay hot for the next 3 games. That's who will win the gold - the team with the hottest goaltender, simply beacuse it's a single elimination game.
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