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USA vs Canada 2/21/10 Postmortem February 21, 2010

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It’s a great day for hockey!

I was able to watch some of the Russia/Czech Republic game, and I came away with many thoughts, but one impression stayed more than any other: Evgeni Malkin – WHAT A PLAYER. I really wanted the Czechs to win, but alas, in the end Russia just overpowered them. I wasn’t surprised to see Max Afinogenov give away the puck, which created a scoring chance and eventually a goal. Nice job, Max. Glad to see you haven’t changed your game too much in the time you’ve been away from the Sabres./sarcasm

If I’m feeling crazy I might stay up to watch Sweden and Finland play. I love Teemu Selanne, plus I’d get to see the Swedebots (H/T to Katebits, I believe) and Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman. I’m guessing there’s been some side betting between Hank and Toni regarding the outcome of this game.

On to the show. NOTE – I’m not going to do Like/Didn’t like, but instead just give my thoughts. I’m starting this blog at the start of the third period because frankly, I forgot I was going to blog about this game once it started and I got sucked into the action.

  • I have a good feeling about this game for the US. I’m not just saying that because the US is in the lead 3-2 going into the third, either. It just feels like destiny. Hopefully it is.
  • The US comes right out and scores on Brodeur. Hee.
  • Sidney Crosby is having a rough game. He was on his butt when two of the US goals were scored. At least he seemed to be trying to play defense, unlike his linemates Mike Richards and Rick Nash.
  • And about that Nash-Crosby-Richards line. I don’t like it. I can’t even say why, exactly, though it doesn’t seem to be the best choice for chemistry to put the captain of the Flyers and the captain of the Penguins on one line. I don’t care if they’re from the same country or not, it just doesn’t seem smart.
  • The US is not backing down from physical confrontation. I like it.
  • I love watching the Olympics for so many reasons, but as far as hockey goes, besides seeing AWESOME games like this, I get to know some players that I wouldn’t normally see. I am now in love with Ryan Kesler, Shea Weber, and Duncan Keith. Jamie Langenbrunner is growing on me too. Better cut him off. *rim shot*
  • I know he’s American, I know he’s a local boy, but I just don’t like Pat Kane.
  • So Brian Rafalski seems like a pretty smart roster choice, huh?
  • I don’t like Chris Pronger. That is all.
  • That collision between Staal, Perry, and Pronger at the end of the second was kinda funny. I mean, I’m happy no one was really hurt, but it looked like a sketch from the Three Stooges.
  • I am really impressed w/ the young defensemen from both teams. The future of the NHL is bright.
  • I like the choice of Ryan Malone for Team USA. I like Ryan Malone. As many of you know, the Penguins are my second-favorite team, so I’ve seen a lot of Malone. Yes, I know he plays for Tampa Bay now, but Ryan Malone is a player I can get behind. He may not be the most talented guy, but he’ll go out there and kill himself for his team.
  • Ryan Miller hasn’t had to make too many outstanding saves yet, but he’s been very good.
  • Canada needs to stop taking penalties. I would think it would be a matter of time before Team USA scores on the power play.
  • I’m pretty happy Brian Rafalski plays in the Western Conference. Yep, he can just go ahead and stay there.
  • Aaaannndddd Drury shows why he was put on the team. A shot block followed shortly by a goal. Nice.
  • I’d like to see a little more out of Parise. We all know the kid has mad skillz – how ’bout lettin’ ’em loose, boy?
  • How cool is it that Ryan Suter is playing in these Olympics? Am I correct that it was his father Bob who played on the Miracle On Ice team?
  • Speaking of the Miracle team, I know Mark Johnson, Jim Craig, and Mike Eruzione are all at the Olympics (and probably Bob Suter if Ryan is his son). I’m thinking they’ve given a pep talk or two to Team USA. FYI: Mark Johnson is the head coach of Team USA women’s team, which is kicking butt in their tournament.
  • Is it just me or does Brodeur look pretty shaky? I bet we’ll see Luongo or Fleury in Canada’s next game.
  • Love Ryan Callahan. I’ve been a fan of his every time the Sabres play the Rangers.
  • I wonder if Brooks Orpik drove to the Olympics in his “Free Candy” van?
  • Conspiracy theorists would say these late power play opportunities for Canada are not a coincidence.
  • Jamie Langenbrunner has something like five kids. He just does NOT look old enough for that. He must’ve been a precocious kid.
  • Hubs mentioned how much better the NHL would be if the talent level was higher, like it is in this tournament. We were saying if the NHL contracted by about four-six teams, and you know who you are *coughFloridaTampaBayAtlantaPhoenixetccough*, the NHL would be a treat to watch night in and night out.
  • Aaaannnddd the Canadians make it a game by scoring a goal with three minutes left in the third. Go USA – hold on, boys!
  • “Tremendously tremendous”, Eddie? Really?
  • WHAT AN EFFORT, Ryan Kesler. WOW. I salute you, sir.
  • STUNNED=Canada.

I am soooo psyched for the rest of this tournament. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!!

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2. Kathleen - February 21, 2010

Hah, Swedebots. Yeah. I’m so excited I feel buzzed and sugar-high at once, despite having had no alcohol and well, not too much sugar. I even love Chris Drury again. I am SO with you on both Kane and Callahan (who is a nice Rochester boy – pity about the Rangers thing.) My Olympic love is David Backes.

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