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05-17-2017, 02:48 PM #31
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Hehh well...lo & behold, the Finnish Lions made it to the quarter finals. beercheer.gif

FIN - USA tomorrow might get interesting if we score first.

Not expecting too much, though 13.gif

Jaijja.
05-17-2017, 04:22 PM #32
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Quote:"I hope we’re peaking at the right time," said Canada's Matt Duchene. "This is the time to peak right now. We have three games left in our season and we want to make them count. We go 3-0 and we’ve got a three-peat here. It’d be huge."

"Our last two games were good," said defenceman Colton Parayko, who scored another goal on a rocket shot from the point tonight. "I thought we basically played two 60-minute games. This was a good test for us, a good way to go into the quarter-finals. We know it’s going to be a tough challenge no matter who we play. These are games that can go either way with one bounce, so we want to be on top of our game. We’re all clicking well, and I think we’ve done a good job."

"I think they’re really fast," Finn Valtteri Filppula said of the United States. "They play that North American style, and you can’t turn the puck over. They’re going to turn the puck quick and go the other way. It’s going to be tough to chase. We’ve got to play really close defensively, play well, and hopefully turn those things into offence. We'll make sure we get the pucks in deep every time and hopefully spend some time in their zone."

Teams combined for three goals in an 80-second span early in the first, after which Canada settled down and controlled play the rest of the night.

The Canadians played with an intensity the Finns couldn’t match, chasing down loose pucks, cycling, effectively, and fighting off checks to make plays. In short, the winners looked more intent on winning.

I used to be such a big hockey fan...what happened? dunno.gif
05-17-2017, 05:15 PM #33
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Hmmm...the CAN - FIN game had that unmistakable stamp
of an inconsequential one...hard to tell - both teams look like
they were on the Sunday low-impact skating practice, big
portions of the match. Canadians sure looked about 20 times
better, though, yesyes. When they wanted to.

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'fraid the 'mericans gonna hand us our asses tomorrow...
all things point towards that happening. Just hafta draw
first blood or at least keep it scoreless as long as possible.

Dammit...must confess the old World Champs caught my
interest yet again. Parayko was a treat to watch! thumbsup.gif
Made me really miss Patrik Laine in the Finnish team :(

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05-17-2017, 05:23 PM #34
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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What is this North American style of playing ice hockey and should the Finnish team study it?
05-17-2017, 07:51 PM #35
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Basically, the smaller rink has made players playing their everyday hockey
in the NHL develop - and control - a muuuuuch higher tempo than their
European colleagues.

The Finnish national team and the Finnish League were always considered
as the most trans-Atlantic in style in all of Europe. Fast, physical, many teams
with smaller home rinks than average European d:os.

But now, sumtin's up 13.gif
Looks to me as if head coach Mr Marjamäki wants to go back to the 90's:
rigid strategy, pattern first - individual skill and improvisation second,
willful lowering of tempo, less clean body checks - more grinding along the
boards...yup. Looks like the Swedish league back in the 90's. chuckle.gif

Not.
Gonna.
Effin.
Work.

As proven by the catastrophic World Cup result back in September.
A team with quick, bold break-outs and turnovers will always beat the livin' daylights out of us this way!
As proven by the French last week.
Mr Marjamäki gots to go! gaah.gif

If we make it to the final this year, it's a loss for world hockey at large chuckle.gif
Boring the opposition to death is pretty unentertaining and not what We The Fans want chuckle.gif
The Swedes perfected that crap decades ago.
Then abandoned it (thank the gods) when it became obsolete.

Not sure just what the Finnish hockey organizational elite is up to right now... 13.gif

Still hoping for more bold individual moves and quicker first passes in tomorrow's game against the USA, though.
Too much talent, after all, in the Finnish team to not break out of the stupid head coach's cemented BS...
might still become a good game hyper.gif
05-17-2017, 08:04 PM #36
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(05-17-2017, 04:22 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  I used to be such a big hockey fan...what happened? dunno.gif

I watched (until I fell asleep in the 1st interm, natch) Predators - Ducks
last night...well...what a fantastic game. Well on par with Russia - USA
in the World Champs and even more intense, of course.

So I'd say the NHL is still a/thee superior product on a global scale.

yup.gif

In other words: It's not the hockey, US chuckle.gif
The hockey is better than ever - it's just you. cheers.gif
05-17-2017, 08:11 PM #37
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(05-17-2017, 08:04 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  
(05-17-2017, 04:22 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  I used to be such a big hockey fan...what happened? dunno.gif

I watched (until I fell asleep in the 1st interm, natch) Predators - Ducks
last night...well...what a fantastic game. Well on par with Russia - USA
in the World Champs and even more intense, of course.

So I'd say the NHL is still a/thee superior product on a global scale.

yup.gif

In other words: It's not the hockey, US chuckle.gif
The hockey is better than ever - it's just you.  cheers.gif

Two words....Maple Leafs. bleh.gif
05-17-2017, 08:23 PM #38
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chuckle.gif

At least they made the play offs.
They'll be a force to reckon with yet... 13.gif
05-17-2017, 08:24 PM #39
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I meant the Maple Leafs of the 1970s and beyond...well up to now I guess.
05-18-2017, 01:49 PM #40
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Quarter finals day... beercheer.gif

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05-18-2017, 03:27 PM #41
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Good luck cheers.gif
05-18-2017, 04:13 PM #42
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cheers.gif

The Americans have looked mighty sharp,
while the Finns still look like they're unsure about team style & identity...

I fear the worst hiding.gif

Hope it turns out an entertaining and somewhat even game, any case! cheers.gif

beercheer.gif

~65 minutes to face-off!

Can't buhlieve ol' World Champs still got me hooked thumbsup.gif good job, IIHF thumbsup.gif
Hockey is the bestest sport in the world! yay.gif and the only one I really care to follow.

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05-18-2017, 05:58 PM #43
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Excellent 1st period whew.gif

0 - 0

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05-18-2017, 06:01 PM #44
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Oi! I may have to crank up the television for this 13.gif
05-18-2017, 06:08 PM #45
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Good luck Finns.



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