mathonwy wrote:GG Per.
Team Canada's checking and ability to capitalize on turnovers was ridiculous. As was
- their machine-like commitment to short shifting regardless of where the puck was
- and their ability to beat Sweden to the puck. The Canadian skater (whoever it was) was always faster than the Swedish skater.
No offense to Sweden whatsoever but the lopsided puck possession made me feel like I was watching an NHL team against a WHL team.
Dank's give away at his blue line made me feel kinda sad. After he gave it away, he kinda floated away.
I can agree on the third period looking like NHL vs WHL, but I think Sweden put in a decent effort in the first two periods. I'd even say that Sweden looked at least as good as Canada for the first half of the first period and maybe the first five of the second period. There was even an incident in the first period when Crosby was on a breakaway, but Erik Karlsson caught up with him and stole the puck from him. Other than that Canada dominated. But shots were just 12-11 and 11-9 in Canada's favour in the first two periods, or a total of 23-20. Then in the third period when Sweden fell apart and just seemed to give up, Canada won the shots 13-4.
Amazing discipline by the Canadians. They didn't give Sweden an inch, and only two power plays.
Officiating was great, btw. No questionable calls.