I have to admit that Russia is a better team than I thought they'd be. If Ovechkin buries either of his two post shots they win. And I thought their defense was better than I gave it credit for too. I DEFINITELY wouldn't want to play that team in the medal round. They're the type that could drop 3 or 4 goals on you in the first period. They're also really fast. They'll match up well against Canada, particularly if they just double shift their top two lines for the entire third period like they did against us.
So far, of the Big Four I've got to say it's:
USA (because we beat a contender)
Russia (because they barely lost to a contender)
Canada (because they punished a bunch of nobodies)
Sweden (because they didn't punish a bunch of nobodies)
- I agree, Russia looked a much better team than I thought too.
- As I predicted, USA narrowly beat Russia. What I didn't predict was Russia looking the more dangerous team.
- Never mind Ovechkin and his chances, if Radulov wasn't a complete moron they win the game in regulation. I wouldn't put him on the ice again in this tournament.
- The no-goal for Russia was unfortunate for them but the right call nonetheless.
1 Canada (because they are defending champions and you can't fault them for "punishing a bunch nobodies")
2 Russia (because they looked the better team against USA and if it weren't for that rat-of-a-human known as Radulov and a very unlucky bounce late in the game, they would have won it in regulation)
3 USA (because they are a legitimate contender and beat another contender in a shootout.)
4/5 Sweden & Finland (at this point due to injuries I don't see either of them as legitimate contenders)
The way the tournament is taking shape, I see the Americans cruising to the Gold Medal quite easily now (much like they did in 2010) the only unknown IMO is whether they will play Canada or Russia. The next week will be very interesting.