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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

Hi guys,
for every ice hockey fan like me, this thread is perfect.
Tomorrow, we will see the Quaterfinals. They are as follows:

1). Sweden - Switzerland
2). USA - Finland
3). Canada - Russia
4). Czech Rep - Slovakia

The best match (not because I am biases) will be CZE - SVK, since its full of political influence. Czechoslovakia separated in 1992 and now we stand against each other in the 2006 Olympics. I hope CZE wins !!!  Silly

As for Sweden - Switzerland, I think Sweden is the favorite, but SUI has suprised both Canada and Czech by beating the. They definitely like being the underdog of the match. Sweden will have a difficult match, but I belive they will win.

USA - Finland, FIN has been extremely strong this tournament, while the USA has been weaker. I think FIN will be in the Semifinals.

And last, Canada - Russia. CAN had a bad tournament until now, while RUS played well. This will be definitely the most tied match and I am not able to predict a winner.

As for the whole tournament, I believe that the winner will be a EUROPEAN team this year.
So post, analyze, criticize and all other things.
Regards,
Adam


Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

I would guess CZE, FIN, SWE and RUS go the semifinals.
I won't be able to see any icehockey on Thu but I am sure LOT of Finns will be watching that game.
Funny thing is that against all odds Olympic CURLING has got more attention In Finland lately than ice hockey, Finnish men's curling team has suddenly became a medal favourite, out of the blue...

Checo77, do you know why ice hockey has become so big in Czech Rep and Slovakia, compairing to other Central European countries?

Czech Rep v. Slovakia in hockey sounds like Finland v. Sweden, the closest and dearest enemies  fight 


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
1). Sweden - Switzerland
2). USA - Finland
3). Canada - Russia
4). Czech Rep - Slovakia

I think that the semi-finals will include - Finland, Canada, Czech and Sweden.

I'm hoping Canada can put it together, they really got it together during the first period of the Czech game today, although Vokun let in 2 really soft goals. Canada will have a good game, they need to learn to play as a team though, and hope that Brodeur has a another great game.

Finland has had an unbelievable tournament and is probably the most deserving team. I don't think that the USA has a chance unfortunatly, although I would love to see another Canada/USA final, although that's probably not good for the game in the long run to have 2 dominant teams.

Sweden with Sundin and Alfredson should be able to make short work of Switzerland, although the Canadian defector Di Pietro has had a great tournament.

Czech should walk away with that game... No contest.

- Neil


User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

Hmmm Checo , i agree with all but one of your predictions , obviously the Canada one Lolz , but I also think it will be a close game , but I know our boys are gonna pull through , we will just have to wait and see wont we?

I predict Canada wins gold  Smile

And a Big ConGrats to our women for bringing us yet another Gold medal , as if there was any doubt , although the U.S side was a fairly strong competitor


On another note , i will no longer use Dots , i can see how they annoy some folks on here , my apologies  Smile

GulfStreamGirl



If it wasn't for women ...there would be no such thing as Man :o)
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Quoting GulfStreamGirl (Reply 3):

On another note , i will no longer use Dots , i can see how they annoy some folks on here , my apologies

But now you're inappropriately using spaces and commas.  duck 

I think Russia and Sweden will duke it out for gold, with Russia taking the gold. The bronze medal game will be Slovakia and Finland, with Slovakia taking the bronze. Just a hunch with no scientific merit. I would give my first-born to watch Russia - Canada.


User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

"But now you're inappropriately using spaces and commas." LOLz

I have to do something a little different or i'll just be like everyone else , rather boring if you ask moi , err , Me  Smile


GulfStreamGirl



If it wasn't for women ...there would be no such thing as Man :o)
User currently offlineTuffgong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

1). Switzerland - SwedenSweden shouldnt have too much touble with the swiss.
2). USA - FinlandFins goaltending will still be unbeatable and if the Finnish Flash Selanne keeps playing the way he has been he'll lead the Finns to victory.
3). Canada - Russia
Canada showed a glimpes in todays game of what they are capble of and of they play like they did in the first period in the czech game they should take the ruskies, although Russia is loaded with a load of Fire power in Kovvy, Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyk. CAN in a shoot out victory.
4). Czech Rep - Slovakia Slovakia in this one, they have been unstopable thus far and wont be letting up anytime soon.

And like GulfstreamGirl said, congrats to the Womens team, although was it much of a shock to anyone?  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 1):
Checo77, do you know why ice hockey has become so big in Czech Rep and Slovakia, compairing to other Central European countries?

That is easy. As Czechoslovakia, we had a very strong tradition of hockey. We started playing it as Canada and USA did. I cant really 100% tell you why Hungary, Austria or Poland dont have a strong tradition in hockey. I guess they concentrated their powers in other sports. But never mind, as soon as we split, CZE started playing hockey with the Elites, while SVK fell all the way down to the bottom. But they started to build up a solid team, and from 2000 on, they are considered the hockey Elite (along with CZE, USA, CAN, FIN, SWE and RUS).

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 2):
I'm hoping Canada can put it together, they really got it together during the first period of the Czech game today, although Vokun let in 2 really soft goals. Canada will have a good game, they need to learn to play as a team though, and hope that Brodeur has a another great game.

CAN won thanks to the first period. We played an excelent game at the end, but we were out of forces at the end. Never mind, congrats to CAN for winning. Hope to see in the finals again  Smile

Quoting Tuffgong (Reply 6):
4). Czech Rep - Slovakia Slovakia in this one, they have been unstopable thus far and wont be letting up anytime soon.

I dont want to insult Slovakians but they have always been scared of us, because have a "name" not only in the hockey world. And since we have been a same country for 70 years, they still have respect for us. We were the "big country" and the "rich country" when we were Czechoslovakia. I think that they are pretty nervous playing against us and that their unstopable race though the tournament will have no relevancy here.

Quoting GulfStreamGirl (Reply 3):
And a Big ConGrats to our women for bringing us yet another Gold medal , as if there was any doubt , although the U.S side was a fairly strong competitor

Of course, congrats to the Canadian gils, excelent tournament they played. I just wonder why CZE does not have a solid women team when we have one of the best male teams?

Regards,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineTuffgong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 7):

I dont want to insult Slovakians but they have always been scared of us, because have a "name" not only in the hockey world.

Imtimidation can play a key role in a game buuuut if Hasek doesnt start, Elias isnt healthy and they continue to sit in the box that "name" could go out the window, but i do agree what you said earlier this game will be the most heated and entertaining out of all the 1/4 finals.



Meet you at the Ol' Yacht club for a pint.
User currently offlineSmokescreen From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Quoting GulfStreamGirl (Reply 3):
And a Big ConGrats to our women for bringing us yet another Gold medal , as if there was any doubt ,

Maybe Wayne should consider getting some of the ladies on board the men's team, they seem to know how to dominate a game!

Da! Da! Canada! Nyet! Nyet! Soviet!

(a bit out of date for sure but still fun to chant!)


User currently offline11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
USA - Finland, FIN has been extremely strong this tournament, while the USA has been weaker. I think FIN will be in the Semifinals.

Obviously Finland is the hot team in this tournament. Team USA has struggled with offense, but their goal-tending and defense have been pretty good. Bad goal-tending and crappy team defense are very hard, bordering on impossible, to overcome in hockey, but scoring is different.

Anybody who watches the NHL very much has seen good teams struggle on offense from time to time, and then inexplicably turn it on again. I agree with you that the smart money is on Finland here, but if Team USA can get some production out of their forwards, it could be competitive.



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5981 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Thread starter):
1). Sweden - Switzerland
2). USA - Finland
3). Canada - Russia
4). Czech Rep - Slovakia

Well, the first match is probably going to fall into the Swedish hands, though I would absolutely laugh my rear end off if Switzerland won, especially since Sweden lost their game against Slovakia on purpose to ensure they would meet the Swiss team.
The second match is a bit more tricky - Danish TV haven't been that focused on the Finnish games, so I really can't say how strong they are. The US team seems to be getting their acts together as the tournament has progressed, and I predict a tough fight.
The third game is going to be close - however, Canada haven't impressed at all, and they were lucky not to lose out against the Czechs yesterday. Meanwhile, Russia (whom I'm rooting for at these games), despite their initial loss to Slovakia, has shown some serious strength - especially when it comes to the tougher opponents.
The last game is going to be a grade A+ killer, and while the Czech team is most likely the favourites, it's worth noting that Slovakia had a breeze against Sweden yesterday, while the Czech team were bombarding Canada without getting the victory.

Having said all that, I'm predicting Sweden, Finland, Russia & the Czech Republic for the semi-finals.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 7):
CAN won thanks to the first period

Without a doubt. We got really lucky, we outplayed the Czech's by a mile in the first period, and then got taken to task in the second and the third period. If we break that game down, there is no doubt that the Czech's deserved to win. Two of Canada's goals were unbelievably weak! If it weren't for Brodeur then this game would have been a lock for the Czech's.

- Neil


User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2479 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Well well what can I say? On paper Sweden is by far the better team than Switzerland and are today the big favourite to win the match, but don't underestimate Switzerland. We beat Canada and the Czech Republic to finish in second place in the Group Stages. I don't see why we should not be able to pull off a third big win? We've done it twice, why not do it a third time? One saving point for the Swiss team is that our goaltending has been excellent thanks to Martin Gerber and David Aebischer. In the end I think Sweden will win, but it won't be a walk in the park for them, since the Swiss team has already made it to where they wanted to (Quarterfinals) and has nothing to lose or fear.

Hopp Schwiiz!!! Big grin


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Canada will lose today. They have shown very little, starting from the goalkeeper to the front line.

I'm very disappointed by their play to date.

I hope they can turn it around, but Russia will be a tough match.

I just don't see it. (victory)

GO CANADA...i hope that helps a bit.....they are gonna need it.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 14):
They have shown very little, starting from the goalkeeper to the front line

I would agree that we have shown very little, but as far as the goaltending goes, I'm not sure what games you've been watching, but the only reason we won Yesterday was goaltending, and the only reason the Finland game wasn't 5-0 was because of goaltending...

Just my take on it though.

- Neil


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 15):
the only reason we won Yesterday was goaltending

TRue, a 40 minute onslaught.

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 15):
the only reason the Finland game wasn't 5-0 was because of goaltending...

right, but we need/needed more than 2 periods of solid goaltending.

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 15):
I'm not sure what games you've been watching,

All of them. My statement was a general overview  Smile. Some guys have shown some greatness, but we need a more concentrated team effort showing the full potential of these guys. We know they have "it" but i think AC lost it when they transfered their luggage in FRA.  Wink

The Europeans are dictating their game style. Canada needs to reverse that type of play.



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Two quaterfinals are over.
1). Sweden wins easily 6:2 against Switzerland.
2). USA goes home after loosing 3:4 against Finland

So until now, not much surprises. Lets all go to the TV now to watch Canada-Russia and Czech Rep-Slovakia

What do you think about the results?
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
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Quoting Checo77 (Reply 17):
2). USA goes home after loosing 3:4 against Finland

 wave 



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User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

End of 1st:
Canada: 0
Russia: 0


User currently offlineLearpilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 17):
2). USA goes home after loosing 3:4 against Finland

...and Kieth Tkachuk is celebrating that he has a few days off to sample all of the delicious Italian pastry and gain another 50 pounds.

Have another doughnut fat ass.  footinmouth 

The Kieth Tkachuk hat trick: A dozen doughnuts, a 6 pack of beer, and a nap.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Quoting Learpilot (Reply 20):
The Kieth Tkachuk hat trick: A dozen doughnuts, a 6 pack of beer, and a nap.

if done in the same period, it would be called a natural hat trick.  Wink

Does he have a cooler behind the bench during games?  Wink


Seriously...i thought he lost t he weight?..no?



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

CANADA IS LOOSING 0:1 AGAINST RUSSIA!!!!
CZECH REPUBLIC IS LEADING 1:0 AGAINST SLOVAKIA!!!

Third period of the first match, second period on the second one.
This is soooo thrilling.
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Canada lost 0:2 agaist Russia, so no gold this year.  Sad
CZE is leading 2:0 now against SVK in the half of the match.
Your thoughts?
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineLutenist From Canada, joined May 2005, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

It's over. Russia won. Canada's team was pathetic. Once scoring period in the last 4 games. 11 scoreless periods, if you don't count the win against Germany. Pathetic.

25 Piercey : [sarcasim]I belived in the miracle, and we lost. BURN THE FINNISH EMBASSY!!!!!!!![/sarcasim] Seriously, thoughh, why the f*** did the US start Esche?
26 Waterpolodan : I only caught the 3rd period of the USA game, we really poured it on at the end but the Finn goalie was playing well and it just doesn't seem like we
27 YooYoo : 5 goals against the second string German goalie. Have we ever won a major championship on the large ice surface? It's over, lets move on Canada. I'm
28 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : Agreed. I dont think you can call them Team Canada, maybe just "Canada". From what I saw, there was no team there whatsoever! Just my $0.02 (CDN) Che
29 Post contains images Checo77 : News: Slovakia put an early goal, score: CZE-SVK 2:1, 10min to go. I am sooooo nervous, GO CZE!!! Adam
30 Post contains images Tuffgong : the game is getting pretty excited! I'm sticking with my prediction and saying Slovaks will win Hell i would just love to see it go to OT!
31 Post contains images Checo77 : Oh my God, I hope not!!! My nerves are dying, I AM DYING!!! GO CZECHS Adam
32 Tuffgong : ahh there goes the hope and dreams of Overtime! theres the goal Czezh needed, you can rest easy now, at least you have a team to cheer for haha
33 Post contains images Piercey : CZE gets a open net goal, game just ended, CZE wins 3-1. I lost $40........
34 Waterpolodan : Aaaand it's the czech republic after an empty netter... good game
35 Checo77 : GREAT!!! We are in the semifinals. Anyway, lets analyze the quaterfinals and lets make predictions for the semifinals: 1). CZE - SWE: Sweden has a gre
36 Tuffgong : Sweden - Czech: I'll go with the Czech on this one. If its true that Ohlund is out thats a HUGE hole on the defense for them, the Czech or just that m
37 Post contains images YooYoo : Sweden vs. Russia is my prediction. I have been impressed by the above teams. Finland...good but not good enough.
38 Jutes85 : Russia Sweden Finland This was my prediction before the tournament, and its looking that it will end this way. Hopefully.
39 Post contains images YooYoo : prove it !! how much will you win?
40 An-225 : Finland historically has not performed well against Russia, but this time they got an excellent team. Still, I want to see Russia win it all. Alex.
41 Post contains images Jutes85 : Not as much as Gretzky's wife.
42 Checo77 : Tomorrow we will see the Semifinals, I say again: 1). Czech Republic vs. Sweden 2). Russia vs. Finland I will be here for the results of these matches
43 Greasespot : Ummmm yeah...we won the gold medal years ago... GS
44 Checo77 : CZE - SWE is 1 - 1 now!!!!! GO Czech Rep!!! Russia vs. Finland will be in a few hours. Adam
45 Jean Leloup : When? Not since the pros were playing, certainly. YooYoo is onto something. Kelly Hrudey (sp?) was saying the same thing - Canada has never performed
46 Post contains images YooYoo : ok, thanks, do you know the year?
47 Jean Leloup : I guess we won back in '48, for example. (Thanks to that incessant Royal Bank commercial for reminding me of that). But that was before pros, and I do
48 Alessandro : Sweden won tonight 7-3, I thought the first Czech goalie s.u.c.k.e.d, second one was much better, good news for Sweden. Swedes that impressed me as al
49 Post contains images YooYoo : Ya, i thought of that before. I'm not sure of the rink dimesions back them, but i was thinking of modern hockey Sweden won!!!...part one of my predic
50 Alessandro : Finns leads with 1-0...
51 Checo77 : Congrats to Sweden Alessandro, you played much better tonight!!! Too bad we are not in the final, but I hope at least we get a bronze. BTW, Finland i
52 Waterpolodan : I assume, based on these posts, that the 2002 olympics in Salt Lake were played on an NHL-sized rink instead of the international size?
53 Post contains images A319XFW : Come on Suomi!!! All a bit of history there with Russia and Sweden with Finland the meat in the middle.... But first the Russians and then the Swedes.
54 F4phantom : i put the ice hockey on when i get fed up watching paint dry
55 Jean Leloup : Correct. I'm thinking this is standard procedure for tournaments held in North America, as the existing Ice surfaces can't easily be enlarged when th
56 Checo77 : So todays matches were: Czech Rep - Sweden 3:7 A bit surpise to me, very quick Swedish goal (34sec) and then on. Too bad we are not in the finals. But
57 Learpilot : That's o.k. Not everyone has the brainpower to understand what's going on. Soccer or American football may just be more your speed.[Edited 2006-02-25
58 Checo77 : CZE - RUS 1:0 after 1st period. Goal by Erat, asistance Vyborny. Great match, very active, great chances on both sides. GO CZECHS!! Adam
59 Checo77 : Czech Rep got the Bronze after winning 3:0!!! Way to go CZECH REP!!! Looking forward to see tomorrows battle for the gold. Adam
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