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#2484781 International Hockey Rivalries.

Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 06:39 PM

I voted Canada Russia because of the history, but I think USA vs Canada has been the more prominent rivalry since the NHL started taking part in the games.


100% this. USA is better then Russia and have been for awhile. Russia and Canada had some of the best matches on international ice in the past, but recently Canada vs USA is the rivalry.

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Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

I don't even think right now as it stands Canada is in the top 3 teams. US,Swe and rus in no particular order.And that's only because those teams seem to be gelling a bet better right now. Not to say Canada wont turn it on because they do have the talent to win it all but don't sell any of the other teams I mentioned short.


And how is it if an American states that team Canada should be playing a lot better when they are not ridiculous? With all the hype team Canada has gotten even before the Olympics started you would of thought that they already won the gold. And you can say that isn't true all you want but it is. And if anyone is taking what some people on the HF boards has stated for fact then I have nothing more to say. HF boards are well known for idiocy and nothing against anyone on here that posts there. But it's either 1 extreme or the other it seems on that site.


Of course HF boards is for idiocy as per your opinion, unfortunately it doesn't change a thing I have read coming from American's.


As for an American stating Canada should be playing better, it really has no merit on how we feel. We haven't lost a game, we have let in the least amount of goals in the tournament (oh but of course the conspiracies of who we played and how the teams were picked) and we are still undefeated, we are happy where we are. If USA beats us or Swiss then yes, we are not happy. Until then just worry about how American's performance should feel, not Canadians performance.


It also doesn't matter to us Canadians what kind of hype the American sports media paints on us in terms of hype, every country has one goal in these games and that is to win Gold. We ice the top players in the world, which Canada is known for producing, this is not a knock on USA because they develop and  ice great players as well.


At the end of the day, it's a win win situation for us because we get to watch the most talented players play against each other. I just hate coming into this thread and seeing an American talk about how bad Canada is doing, and reminding us we had 'easier' competition.

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Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 02:11 PM

I sure hope Canada scores 3 more goals in this Women's game. We can't possibly beat the US if we only won 3-1 where they won 6-1!  :ninja:


I nominate this for post of the thread. +1

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Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 01:40 PM


Not this 'Murican.  What defines a country, the posters on HF?  Let me ask you, does Canada want to play USA?


To be frank, I'd rather beat Canada than win gold, BECAUSE they are the toughest competition.  There, I said it.


I take a majority over a couple, sorry but more stats is better then some. Also, I am not discrediting USA, in fact go read some of my previous posts you get a better idea.

Son of a Wing:  I can see your point a bit, but something tells me that if the roles were reversed and Canada scored all those goals and played NHL talent teams as good as the USA did, then the USA struggled with offense and barely beat a Finnish team AND a Norwegian team.  I think Canadian fans would be stating post after post how dominate the Canadian offense was so far in the tourney...


Also, just how funny would you find it if the USA barely beat Norway?  Fact is, Canada was given an easy ride so far and they made it bumpy.  Bring on Friday is what I have to say.  If USA is lucky enough to not get upset and make it there that is.  It seems you guys are already waiting for us there, even though you haven't played the quarter final game yet...do you want the IIHF to just cancel it because it's pointless to play anyway?


It's post like yours that makes me laugh with glee when Canada loses.  No team is entitled to the Gold, not USA, not Russia and in no reality  or alternate reality especially not Canada.  If USA and Canada meet on Friday, your guys better play better than they did the first three games, or it won't even be a game...that is all we are saying.


To put it simply, so far, the USA has played better than expected and Canada has played worse. Simple.  Unless you are saying Canada just coasted through the prelims and now the real s*** comes becomes now it means something...bring it. 


Here is a guarantee, if USA beats Canada, the tears and excuses will fall for the next four years, if Canada beats USA the sense of entitlement will grow more than Bill Gates' bank account...


I think back in the 90's a question was asked is there any fans worse than Av's fans....yep.


These kinds of posts are funny because what it tells me is that you didn't watch the game, and only looked at the box score.


Of course USA can CAN beat Canada. Some people on here act as if it is already in the bag, when neither team has even made the semis yet. This isn't women's hockey. Nobody is disagreeing with the fact that USA can beat Canada. But like you said, Canada can beat USA as well. We won't know unless it happens. 


I also didn't say it's "just the RR games". All the games are important. But I'm sure any hockey fans know that all the teams will have to take it to another level to continue from here on out. I just have confidence that Canada will bring that out in their next game. By no means does that guarantee they medal. I just think it is silly to look at the round robin games and use that to try and dictate how the rest of the tournament will play out. Hell, in the past teams that didn't get the bye ended up with an advantage because of it. So who knows what will happen. Arguing over the possible outcome is just foolish, which is the only point I've been trying to make. 



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Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 01:29 PM

is Flashy saying that American's were cheering for a Canada regulation win so we don't have to meet them in a medal round?  Please....


I was rooting for a outright Canadian lose.  I don't want the Canadians to win anything ever.  I could care less if we have to play them or not, because nothing is better than watching the Canadian teams lose.  I have already explained that the ONLY thing that scares me about the Canadians is their D.  Their O is incohesive and their goalies are nowhere near as good as Quick/Miller... As it stands, if all "top" teams advance, it will be USA v. Canada to see who goes to Gold round or Bronze round.  Nothing is guaranteed and the USA could possibly lose to a very talented CZE or a SLV team set on revenge.  Canada is going to have fits with the Swiss if they aren't somehow upset by Latvia.


But Flashy, to say the US is trying to avoid Canada is crap.  I would love to eliminate them in whichever round we get to play them in, but like stated above, I want to see Canada lose all the time, against whoever, because it is great to see the crying that comes after and the whining... I hope to see them in the semi's, but they better get their O together because compared to the rest of their preliminary games, the USA is Omnipotent.... (not to be confused with omnipotent-hudler)


and that, my friend Flashy, is the Juck  f****** Pott...


It's not crap. He is saying the exact same thing I said. He is also a member at HF like myself, he probably read the exact same posts I was reading from a lot of American's. Whether you like it or not, your country doesn't want to play Canada because it is the toughest competition for you guys before the gold medal game, and the chances of you being eliminated are a lot higher / vice versa.


As for goaltending, we aren't really concerned, we have only given up 2 goals the entire tournament so far. If the forwards getting clicking it will be a harder tournament than what you think. Please focus on USA, because you clearly have no idea what kind of team Canada is.

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Posted by darkmanx on 17 February 2014 - 08:08 AM


Last thing they need is another big guy that can't skate.  Add Phil Kessel or Patrick Kane to Finland's team and that game isn't even close.  Finland just doesn't have any scorers, otherwise, I thought they outplayed Canada.  Thornton's a great passer, and he's awesome on the NHL ice, but in big ice I think he struggles just as much as the rest of them.


How can you say that ? Canada's defense has shut everything down except for two deflections. They haven't played USA so there is no telling that adding Kessel and Kane to Finland would have made any difference, those two can be shut down by an elite defense.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 11:41 PM

I think canada has a very good chance of winning it all, i mean all Crosby has to is fall and poof, its instant PP for can'eh'dians...



#2484599 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 08:01 PM

I would trade just about anybody not named Datsyuk or Zetterberg for Ovechkin...


lol not worth it. Would cost a ton, and his cap hit is not good. He is a great goal scorer, but that's about it for him, hes way too 1 dimensional and I would rather not pursue him.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 05:58 PM




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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 04:06 PM




Haha, awesome. USA doesn't get a free pass to the gold on this one.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 12:25 PM

Fins just clear it out of there zone, then Canada brings it in and cycles, Fins clear it out. rinse and repeat.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 10:39 AM



didn't they just crush austria 6-0... why change the lines now?


Test chemistry. Babs changed lines during the Austria game a couple times that way when it comes down to elimination game they know who for sure is playing and who is not. However, Kunitz should be sitting. Nash has been pretty bad too.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 10:14 AM

Great to see Canada switch the lines up, but I have no idea how Kunitz is still in the lineup. This is like Babcock and Cleary situation. MSL deserves playing time over Kunitz 110 / 100 times.

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Posted by darkmanx on 16 February 2014 - 09:51 AM

Tatar in the shootout. f*** yea.


Russia minus Datsyuk and Malkin are really really bad. I cannot believe how much Kovalchuck has regressed since playing in the KHL, he looks terrible.