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raptor123 02-21-2010 06:41 PM

Canada vs USA
 
In about 40 minutes the biggest game of the year will be played. Team Canada vs USA. It's not the Gold Metal game but it could be bigger then that if these 2 teams don't make the final. We have the beer on ice and the wings and the pizza have been ordered. Any thoughts on what to expect as many prepare for what could be the game of the year.

To all the mods. I understand that I have posted on the Raptors talk thread. Hopefully for just a few hours we can allow the Canadian Flag to fly high as we Canadians prepare to do battle against USA. After the game we can return it to its rightful place.

Bill Haverchuck 02-21-2010 06:46 PM

Well, Jose Calderon doesn't play the blueline for team Canada, so that makes me more optimistic about our chances.

raptor123 02-21-2010 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ArmChairGM (Post 337294)
Well, Jose Calderon doesn't play the blueline for team Canada, so that makes me more optimistic about our chances.

But he could be a power play specialist ! lol

Go Canada Go !

Ligeia 02-21-2010 06:49 PM

I don't care at all about the game. It's just an Olympic hockey game. If this is when Canadians become most patriotic (and by all anecdotal evidence I've encountered, that seems to be the case), then the country is in dire need of some real heroes (or proper coverage of the real heroes that already exist).

This should be moved to the proper forum.

Gurk 02-21-2010 06:49 PM

haha. Def gonna watch this game. Canada will lose though :p

raptor123 02-21-2010 06:56 PM

I love the Leafs but I am not a Ron Wilson or Brian Burke fan. I am Canadian and I am proud to be one . So Team Canada kick the shit out of Ron Wilson and his Team USA Team.

gabe91 02-21-2010 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ligeia (Post 337297)
I don't care at all about the game. It's just an Olympic hockey game. If this is when Canadians become most patriotic (and by all anecdotal evidence I've encountered, that seems to be the case), then the country is in dire need of some real heroes (or proper coverage of the real heroes that already exist).

This should be moved to the proper forum.

Read the first post...

raptor123 02-21-2010 06:59 PM

Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:22 pm EST

The Hockey Story: Super Sunday of grudge matches
By Greg Wyshynski

The Hockey Story sets the scene and the storylines for the day's Olympic ice hockey action, in a handy and easy-to-follow numerical format.



1. Canadians fight for pride, bye

The buzz around the city for the U.S. vs. Canada preliminary game (7:40 p.m. EST/4:40 p.m. PST; TV: MSNBC at 7 p.m. EST, wow!) is deafening. Fans chanting in the streets during bar crawls. Red jerseys in every restaurant, retailer, and form of mass transit. Even the cabbie over to Hockey Place was talking about "Sidee Crobee" and what he needed to do against the Americans.

For Crosby, it's a third game in the tournament with a fourth winger: Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers, playing with Crosby and Rick Nash. But one huge advantage the Canadians have over the Americans is two static scoring lines: The San Jose Sharks' trio of Marleau-Thornton-Heatley and the Ducks/Hurricanes hybrid of Perry-Getzlaf-Staal.

On the line for Canada: a bye into the medal-round quarterfinals, which is important for rest and in a tournament that has scary parity. But more important: not letting down fans who aren't going to be soothed by "It's only a preliminary game" when bragging rights are on the line.

2. The USA's only defense against Canada

Goalie Ryan Miller is, without question, the most important player on the ice for the U.S. Some say he'll have to be perfect to beat Canada. We say that it's more important for the Americans' top two lines to get rolling. Jamie Langenbrunner was moved up with his New Jersey teammate Zach Parise and center Paul Stastny; Patrick Kane was relocated to a line with Ryan Kesler and Bobby Ryan. It's not about scoring; it's about offensive pressure and puck possession, both of which the U.S. lacked in previous games with their top lines. It's the key to victory, if victory is even an option.

3. Russia scrambles its stars

Canada and the U.S. aren't the only teams mixing lines: Russia has moved Pavel Datsyuk away from the "Alexes" to a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov. Evgeni Malkin, who played with those wingers, lines up with Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals. We'll see how they fit when the Russians face rival Czech Republic (3 p.m. EST/noon PST, US TV: NBC, seriously).

Mike Richards and Sidney Crosby? Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin? Dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria.

4. Czech the depth

Czech Republic has had a strong tournament, but much of the scoring has been top-heavy with its star players. The Czechs may actually have better depth at forward than the Russians, and need to exploit that advantage when the big Russian weapons are on the bench.

5. The battle for Group C

The winner of this group will be decided in the Sweden/Finland grudge match (midnight EST/9 p.m. PST; US TV: MSNBC). Finland has put some goals on the board (10) against lesser foes like Belarus and Germany, while the Swedes have yet to get their lines rolling. But the difference could come between the pipes: Henrik Lundqvist started Game 1, rested, and is back for the Swedes here. He's the backbone of a team that simply knows how to win. Finland isn't hanging five goals on him this time.

jeffb 02-21-2010 06:59 PM

Here's a question. Is Peter lubardias doing the Canadian games?

If so i suggest you watch the American broadcast, that is the worst ever hockey broadcaster. I cringe everytime i hear him.

raptor123 02-21-2010 07:02 PM

It might be for only a few hours but this game tonight can bring all us raptors fans together as we unite and cheer on for Team Canada !

jeffb 02-21-2010 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by raptor123 (Post 337306)
It might be for only a few hours but this game tonight can bring all us raptors fans together as we unite and cheer on for Team Canada !

:bored:

Someguy again 02-21-2010 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raptor123 (Post 337306)
It might be for only a few hours but this game tonight can bring all us raptors fans together as we unite and cheer on for Team Canada !

There are some american raptor fans here and russians, then what.

zachus 02-21-2010 09:38 PM

Canada has been the better team, Miller has been lockdown.

Stonezz 02-21-2010 09:45 PM

Brodeur made some bad plays, Miller has been outstanding

VanCity 02-21-2010 09:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 337298)
haha. Def gonna watch this game. Canada will lose though :p

:face4:

certainly looks like it...

VanCity 02-21-2010 09:53 PM

yep...its over now...:dead: 5-3

Stonezz 02-21-2010 09:53 PM

damn

jeffb 02-21-2010 09:57 PM

Did i hear correctly, the best Canada can do is 6th now?

INSIDER 02-21-2010 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 337374)
Did i hear correctly, the best Canada can do is 6th now?

no you heard wrong...

VanCity 02-21-2010 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 337374)
Did i hear correctly, the best Canada can do is 6th now?

no...


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