I thought bad coaching and maybe politics did the Russian team in. I thought Nabby should have been pulled after the 3rd goal, but he was kept in to let in atrocious 4th goal, and then I think the first two shots in the 2nd. No idea what the heck the coach was thinking. I also didn't understand why so many KHLers were put on this team. I didn't think Kozlov and Fedorov had any business being on an Olympic team, but there they were right after they both came back to the KHL this season (Coincidence?...I don't know).
You have all these superstar players, but here you have this coach using mostly all KHL players on the PP during the early games, when he should have used that time to build chemistry between all these superstars. He was giving these KHLers way too much ice time too.
With that being said, a lot of these superstars didn't have good tournaments including Kovalchuk.
As for the Canadians...about time it clicked, and they did it tonight without Crosby being a factor. I asked before the games who would be the breakout star, and I think it is pretty clear from those who have been watching...that the answer is Drew Doughty. This kid is an absolute stud. His poise on the PP is outstanding. He has great speed, a great shot, and is a great passer, but it was his defense tonight on Ovechkin that was most impressive. This kid should have multiple Norris Trophies before his career is done. He is sick. He led all Canadian players in ice-time tonight, and the scary thing is he just turned 20...2 months ago. He is simply ridiculous.
the KHL players, I don't have a rolodex of Russian players in front of me, but I think they're better than what was left. alright, maybe they threw Fedorov a bone, but Radulov and Morozov are good players. yeah, they made weird PP decisions, but really, so did the US, they kept throwing Kane and Kessel out there when Zach and Langs were the only line doing anything (and they were drawing the penalties)
edit: and Viktor is actually pretty decent in international play when they put him with better players
I'm just stunned by that result, I hoped Russia would roll them, but that's just a pathetic performance. I saw it when I was out to eat and I thought it was a typo.
looks like Canada will be in the gold medal game barring a Swedish goal in the last two minutes here.
and yes, Doughty is awesome, especially in comparison to the old man pairing
Edited by maxpower, 25 February 2010 - 02:12 AM.