herb wrote:Latvia is leading Switzerland 2-0 midway through the first. A surprising start in this one as Latvia lost all three of it's preliminary games, while the Swiss won two of theirs. The Swiss have only scored two goals all tournament, so they certainly have their work cut out for them now.
I was not that surprised. They already played eachother in the group play and then the Swiss won 1-0 on a goal that went in off a Latvian player with seven seconds remaining on the clock. I was pretty sure the Latvians were eager for revenge and had gone through in detail why they lost last time.herb wrote:Latvia beating Switzerland is a big surprise. Latvia should be an easier opponent that Switzerland though for Team Canada.
herb wrote:Canada vs USA in the semis is obviously not an ideal scenario. USA should be a much more difficult opponent than any of Sweden, Russia, Finland and Slovenia.
Per wrote:I was not that surprised. They already played eachother in the group play and then the Swiss won 1-0 on a goal that went in off a Latvian player with seven seconds remaining on the clock. I was pretty sure the Latvians were eager for revenge and had gone through in detail why they lost last time.
Per wrote:Latvia. Got to love Latvia. A tiny little country that is very passionate about their hockey, and has a team (Dynamo Riga) in the KHL. Their fans are easy going, enthusiastic and support their team in thick or thin. What I also like is that they do not play the destructive hockey that eg Switzerland does. Sure, they will of course mainly play defence against Canada, but they'll try to attack any time they see a chance to.
I met some Latvians in Vancouver in 2010 who were great people. They were very friendly and they loved hockey.Per wrote:You should have beaten Finland in regulation. Now you got a lower seed which messes up the playoffs.
KeyserSoze wrote:Todd Bersnoozi wrote:I think the thought was to have a guy who has chemistry and experience playing with Sid the Kid.
Oh was that why?!
I was wondering about that one...thanks for clearing that up.
dbr wrote:So the Russians lost.
The coach apparently, brought up Ovechkin's lack of scoring (nothing since the opening game) in the presser afterwards without prompting. However he was lectured by some reporter about his line combinations, and in the Finland game had to be told by Geno to pull the goalie late in the game so they could try to get a goal.
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