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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Island Nucklehead » Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:44 pm

dangler wrote:
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Canada's really not helping themselves. Their defence, almost to a man, has been horrific. Nurse, in particular, has made awful pinches and rushes.


Ferraro's sure gushing over him LOL!!
He was a different player in the third period and Ray is right, that was the best period he's played all tournament. Sticking to his job of defending, he was unreal in our corners and in the battles. That's where he should focus his game. His, and the majority of the d-men's, second period was bad. They wanted to get in on the rout and let the Russians back in the game.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Cornuck » Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:48 pm

Whew! Couldn't have asked for a better period to end it all.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by rats19 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:50 pm

That's Gold Jerry! Gold!!
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by RoyalDude » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:04 pm

That Russian D-man - Gavrikov is 2015 draft eligible. Really impressed with him, doesn't seem go be rated very high. Was more impressed with him than Provorov.

Pretty damn good game! That's Gold Jerry! The gold is back where it belongs m
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by dangler » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:08 pm

Games like that remind me how awesome hockey is!
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Reefer2 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:16 pm

Great game by Canada but had some brain farts.

Russia's goalies had an odd game, 5 - 10 minutes of pure crap and then 5 - 10 minutes of big saves.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by okcanuck » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:59 pm

Great game Canada. Beat those autocratic communist SOBs. Still would have liked to have seen Horvat in there celebrating the gold. We own the game of hockey.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by BurningBeard » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:31 pm

okcanuck wrote:Great game Canada. Beat those autocratic communist SOBs. Still would have liked to have seen Horvat in there celebrating the gold. We own the game of hockey.
I've got my doubts that Horvat would have survived the final cut.
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Tiger » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:29 am

okcanuck wrote:Great game Canada. Beat those autocratic communist SOBs. Still would have liked to have seen Horvat in there celebrating the gold. We own the game of hockey.
OK we won... but it was a close one. Give the Capitalist Russians their due.. They made a great comeback in the second period . Their passing offence was the best I have seen in a junior team. The third period was all about our team playing a great defensive game.. Something that was missing in the first 2 periods. Yep I am happy and just won a bet with a Swede to add to the pleasure.. It was the most entertaining game of the tournament ..
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Topper » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:23 am

A few comments;
The Russians were the only team Canada faced that could both challenge them in the alley and on the ice. If they had been told the game started two minutes earlier, the outcome may have been different. Goaltending let them down.
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No surprise Max got the first emotionally undisciplined penalty for Canada just as it is no surprise Virtanen received the second one.

I had no problem with either of those calls especially after both benches had been warned twice to cool thing off.

In a seven game tournament you ride the hot hands like a 16 year old wife in Bountiful. Players who find a mate in the pre-tourney foreplay are expected to reproduce goals, those who don't, slave to support the colony.

Jake was given every opportunity to find a line, he had a game + with McDavid after Fabbri went down but like Ritchi before him, he didn't work out. Things started to come together with Petan and Paul but McDavid discovered he could work with Petan. That said, I liked what I saw from the kid, strong skater willing to challenge anyone, good shot and quick release. Just as advertised. Plenty of warts as well. He was Canada's Zach Kassian.
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Topper » Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:35 pm

Pure speculation - IF Horvat had been loaned to Team Canada he would have been asked to play the wing and tried in Duclair's spot along side Reinhart and his old London team mate Domi. No idea if would it have worked out, but I think that would have been the starting point.
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by BladesofSteel » Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:44 pm

Perhaps Tops, but he likely would have been one of, if not the best f/o guy on the club. So it would have been pretty difficult to move him to the wing given his strong two-way ability and big game pedigree.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Topper » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:16 pm

BladesofSteel wrote:Perhaps Tops, but he likely would have been one of, if not the best f/o guy on the club. So it would have been pretty difficult to move him to the wing given his strong two-way ability and big game pedigree.
A huge reason he wasn't there.
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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Island Nucklehead » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:46 pm

BladesofSteel wrote:Perhaps Tops, but he likely would have been one of, if not the best f/o guy on the club. So it would have been pretty difficult to move him to the wing given his strong two-way ability and big game pedigree.
Yep. And really, do you want Horvat to go in there as the third-line Centre? It might've been fine to have him and Virtanen line up beside one another, but I don't see Bo pushing Reinhart or McDavid from their 1-2 C positions.

He would have certainly been a great asset for TC, but in the end, Gold is Gold and nobody can really argue with that roster.

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Re: World Juniors 2015

Post by Per » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:16 pm

Congrats to Canada, and thanks for beating the Russians! 8-)
I really would have hated to see them win...

As I said early on, I doubted that the Swedish team could be a contender this year, due to sloppy D.
I was pleasantly surprised that we won our group undefeated, and we beat Finland soundly, but then in the quarter final and the bronze game the warts did become visible.
On the plus side, this was the youngest team we've ever brought to the juniors.
Twelve of the players will be eligible next year as well, and ought to be stronger and smarter by then. :)
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