Re: 2014 Olympic Hockey Schedule/Thread
posted at 2/19/2014 6:08 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
It's weird. Canada's whole performance is just weird. Not Stanley and marco complimenting each other on their hockey acumen weird, but weird enough.
Don't think PK is the answer - scoring from the blueline has been just fine, thanks. I think Crosby has been dragging Bergeron down, and frankly, I see a very similar thing all up and down the forward corps. Way, way too much individual play. The puck isn't moving very fast. Guys get the puck and then assess if they can make a spectacular skilled play, then try to move it or try the skill play and get a mediocre chance out of it. Count the number of times you see a Canadian forward trying to shimmy in tight to the goal and lose the puck or get poke checked or stick checked just enough to foil the shot? Perry all alone, Nash walking out from the corner, Toews on the wrap around. How did they get their first goal? Cycle. Create havoc. Move the puck, shoot quickly. Frankly, their problems are identical to the problems the Bruins have when they lose their scoring mojo - lousy passing, lots of shots but not many good ones, no awareness or instinct on what to do when.
I do think it will be different against the USA. Pride will kick in. I hope. Oh, and get Kunitz off the ice - that guy is a turnover machine at this level. Put Benn back with Crosby and Bergeron or, better yet, reunite Tavares with Benn and Bergeron and then play them the most.
I think the familiarity with the US will help. I think the pp hasnt been good so insert pk. Pk makes things happen. I cant wrap my head around their play. Im tired of all the line changes. really love benn perry getz. Id go kunitz(played his best game) crosby stlouis. Toews sharp marleau. Bergie nash carter with duch subbing in.
I hope we can create some magic. Really happy with the goaltending and defense.
should be a good semi final.
PS. The Latvian goal is a change drill that tom coolen uses and we practiced. When i saw it i started laughing. Coolens acadia teams were known for it as well. A huge kudos to the Latvia team.