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#1421 wings87

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

US team peaked too early. Game against Russia was their gold medal game. Still surprised they went scoreless the last two games.

 

Worst thing that could have happened to them was winning the Russia game. Made them complacent. 


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

What a way to end international career. Teemu, thanks for the memories... :bye2:


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:15 PM

I think the US were a lot better than they showed today, and I think Finland was underestimated from the beginning of the tournament.

They play excellent team defence and their offence is underrated as well, they transition to it quickly and when they get a lead they can expand it just as well as they can protect it.

 

In a 1 game elimination style tournament there is a group of 5 teams that should always be considered absolute gold medal contenders, and another 2 that aren't too far behind.

 

Should be an interesting game tomorrow, it won't have the emotional rivalry attached to it like both teams faced in their semi-final games, but with a gold medal on the line I don't think there will be any lack of motivation for either team. It also has 2 goalies that have had great tournaments facing off vs one another.

 

As a Canadian Wings fan I won't be upset regardless of the outcome 



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:28 PM

I missed the game (slept in) and had to google the score.

 

Wow. 

 

Shutout 5-0?  Pretty pathetic.



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:43 PM

Yeah, it was pathetic.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 01:50 PM

The US Mens Hockey team lost.. I feel sorry for the hotel rooms in Sochi tonight, they're gonna get their asses kicked.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:15 PM

I think the US were a lot better than they showed today, and I think Finland was underestimated from the beginning of the tournament.

They play excellent team defence and their offence is underrated as well, they transition to it quickly and when they get a lead they can expand it just as well as they can protect it.

 

In a 1 game elimination style tournament there is a group of 5 teams that should always be considered absolute gold medal contenders, and another 2 that aren't too far behind.

 

Should be an interesting game tomorrow, it won't have the emotional rivalry attached to it like both teams faced in their semi-final games, but with a gold medal on the line I don't think there will be any lack of motivation for either team. It also has 2 goalies that have had great tournaments facing off vs one another.

 

As a Canadian Wings fan I won't be upset regardless of the outcome 

 

this was Canada and USA's last chance at gold if you ask me. they wont win with OHL and AHL teams



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:27 PM

Apologies to kip winger: after watching the pace of Canada US I am now more likely to buy the stated reasoning for leaving slowJumbo Joe in sunny California.

Not 100% convinced it's the right choice, but at least can see that is the philosophy.

I'm on the West Coast, so now it's finally my time to suffer game timing with 4am puck drop for the Gold Medal game. Set the coffee machine and buy donuts tonight.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:30 PM

this was Canada and USA's last chance at gold if you ask me. they wont win with OHL and AHL teams


I think the pressure will be too great from other countries and the NHL will be forced to allow players to participate in the Olympics. The NHL already has a bad relationship with the KHL can you imagine if Finland and Sweden also get pissed at the NHL. I might be thinking too extreme but I believe the worldwide draft will be affected as retaliation if the NHL denies other countries the ability to have their best players play for them in the Olympics. Let's not forget that the Olympics mean more to the European countries then they do to North America.

Edited by wings87, 22 February 2014 - 02:31 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:32 PM

 

this was Canada and USA's last chance at gold if you ask me. they wont win with OHL and AHL teams

 

Personally I don't think the NHL stops participating in the games.

 

Ironically for fans its probably their greatest enemy (Bettman) who will be the person who convinces the dissenting owners that not only is it a good thing for their relationship with the players association its good for the sport.

 

It would also further damage their chances of luring Europe's best players to the NHL, and could cause some to return home as you can bet the KHL and the rest of the European pro leagues will continue to send their players.



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:48 PM

Ryan should call up Burke and ask him to spell intensity for him.  Yandle too.  They could make it a conference call. 



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 02:58 PM

Ryan should call up Burke and ask him to spell intensity for him.  Yandle too.  They could make it a conference call.


I think you spell it F-U-C... No wait I think that's something else.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:01 PM

Ryan should call up Burke and ask him to spell intensity for him.  Yandle too.  They could make it a conference call. 

 

Add Okposo to the mix and they could play a four men flight in Golf *g*


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:13 PM

The US Mens Hockey team lost.. I feel sorry for the hotel rooms in Sochi tonight, they're gonna get their asses kicked.

 

Pretty sure half the rooms have no furniture LOL


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:25 PM

Pretty sure half the rooms have no furniture LOL


I'm sure they have furniture, but if they take a swing at it I'm sure they will miss it, fall, and embarrass themselves even more.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:41 PM

Keep Calm: Team Red Wings for the gold tomorrow against Canada!

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

Keep Calm: Team Red Wings for the gold tomorrow against Canada!

 

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

Maybe this is "unpatriotic" of me being American, but I was kinda pulling for Sweden to win the gold since all the Wings were named (in addition to how much I like how the Swedes run their country, I would definitely move there if I ever become willing to learn another language!).

 

Don't get me wrong, I was still hoping for the US to pull it off, but I'm not really a "big" fan of any of the US players. I guess I'm just more emotionally attached to the Swedish Wings players than I am to invisible arbitrary lines drawn on the globe.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:12 PM

Maybe this is "unpatriotic" of me being American, but I was kinda pulling for Sweden to win the gold since all the Wings were named (in addition to how much I like how the Swedes run their country, I would definitely move there if I ever become willing to learn another language!).
 
Don't get me wrong, I was still hoping for the US to pull it off, but I'm not really a "big" fan of any of the US players. I guess I'm just more emotionally attached to the Swedish Wings players than I am to invisible arbitrary lines drawn on the globe.


I get your point, and don't mean to get on you, but I don't think you can the lines arbitrary and invincible.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:23 PM

 

I actually had my eye on the Russian women's curling team, just like in "Some Like It Hot"--- The older generation knows what I'm talking about. 

 

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