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Old 12.05.2013, 22:45
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Turned out not to be so tricky after all, a 5-2 win. Then a 7-1 demolition of Slowenia.

And without the NHL contingent as well.

Gotta say it, Hopp Schwiiz.
And now 6 for 6 and looking likely to top the group . The only unbeaten team in the tourny so far. I don't know what Sean Simpson is doing to get this team playing so well, but he's bloody well doing it right.
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Old 13.05.2013, 18:12
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Looking forward to seeing Can-Slo tonight. Anyone know of a place to watch it?

Congrats to Switzerland for their amazing performance!

Boston-Toronto will have their final showdown tonight---last nights game was fantastic--but now my sleeping schedule is messed. We'll see who gets knocked out and which players fill the last spots for the IIHF tournament.

In other news, it's still unsure if the pro players will play in the next Olympics, and who will pay the bill for them. The IOC doesn't want to pay anything, and the players don't seem to keen on doing it for free.

But talks look good for another World Cup (Canada Cup ) of hockey maybe 2015 or 2016. Unfortunately, money will be a big deciding factor again.
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In other news, it's still unsure if the pro players will play in the next Olympics, and who will pay the bill for them. The IOC doesn't want to pay anything, and the players don't seem to keen on doing it for free.
I think this is really disappointing. They get paid huge sums of money as it is, but are quibbling over a couple of weeks out to represent their country? it's once every four years for pity's sake. As far as I know, all other national leagues will release their players for the Olympics.
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I missed the Czechs play, scared to read home reviews.

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Old 14.05.2013, 14:34
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I think this is really disappointing. They get paid huge sums of money as it is, but are quibbling over a couple of weeks out to represent their country? it's once every four years for pity's sake. As far as I know, all other national leagues will release their players for the Olympics.
That's the IOC's position---basketball's 'dream team' will be at the summer olympics for free.

I'd like to think, that there are a lot of hockey players who happily play in international tournaments for their home country. That being said, I still side of the NHLPA side against the owners---they owners are making more than their responsible share with the players being the stars.

Back over the pond, Toronto lost a 3 goal lead (first 3 goal lead loss in a game seven ever) in a matter of minutes to get knocked out of the playoffs by boston. But it was an amazing game to watch, hard hitting! and great to see the Leafs make the playoffs at least once in the last 9 years. It's a young team, so they only have room to grow.
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Old 14.05.2013, 14:39
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

So, the Eisgenossen have seen off Belarus 4-1 to top Group S. I have to say, that is a pretty outstanding achievement. They will play either the Czechs or Norwegians in the quarters, who play each other later . Canada will face off against the hosts.
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

I was in Beantown last night when the Bruins came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period and won game 7 in overtime. The whole town went freaking nuts. (Sorry Martin) The Stanley Cup playoffs trumps all other sports. Period. Now I'm watching game one of L.A vs S.J which is starting off with tons of checks and hits followed by the occasional pass. I am not looking forward to coming back to CH next week, this is real hockey right here.
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

I'm from Toronto, have been a Leafs fan since I was a little girl. That's why I woke up at 1am and stayed up until 4am watching ... but the game 7 loss was so devastating, its true that no one expected the Leafs to even make it that far against Boston, but blowing a 4-1 lead in the third period. I was paralysed. Heart broken.

I really do see a difference between NHL hockey and IIHF, but if you mention it to anyone in Switzerland right now... I don't think you'll get a positive response. So I've learned to accept both sides.

The NHL is not the end all and be all of hockey. Maybe the Olympics is Go Canada.
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Old 15.05.2013, 15:21
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I really do see a difference between NHL hockey and IIHF, but if you mention it to anyone in Switzerland right now... I don't think you'll get a positive response. So I've learned to accept both sides.
I think everyone recognises the difference between NHL and European hockey, in terms of physicality, speed, etc, the argument is; which one is best?
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I think everyone recognises the difference between NHL and European hockey, in terms of physicality, speed, etc, the argument is; which one is best?
No argument. Unless its been years since one has seen an NHL game.

L.A won 2-0. Great game. This is going to be a brutal series.
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Old 16.05.2013, 07:28
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I think everyone recognises the difference between NHL and European hockey, in terms of physicality, speed, etc, the argument is; which one is best?

It's really almost a different sport. After watching all the NLA games, I start to think they're very similar as well, but after watching Boston-Toronto's game 6 and 7 the differences are very notable. Albeit, it was a heated series and Boston is a rough team, the physical game was very evident in comparison to the IIHF tournament going on. The game is faster and much rougher. They players don't have much time at all to move the puck, and god forbid they drop their head for an instant or attempt a finesse dangle--you will be laid out with a big hit. Especially along the boards and in the corners, the opposers will make sure to finish their checks and maintain a physical presence. This bring a whole new mental aspect to the game. I find it much more entertaining and exciting.

Whether it's better or not is subjective. NHL players who play the international rules and style always stuggle at first. I saw ZUG hand it to the the Chicago Blackhawks a couple years ago. Their positioning and passing on the larger surface caught the NHL team well off guard.

I'd take NHL over IIHF anyday, but both are enjoyable to get the hockey fix.
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Re: The (Ice) Hockey Thread

I would also take NHL over International hockey every day of the week - it's played the way hockey should be played in my eyes. International hockey is also great to watch, but lacks a je ne sais quoi for me - it's just not quite as Intense as NHL and certainly nowhere near as hard hitting - Intensity and hitting make hockey what it is for me - The NHL All-Star game is a nice spectacle, but there is a reason and i'm glad it's only once a year

The smaller N. American ice surface compared to the "Olympic" ice size leads to less time, more hits, faster decision making, more hits, bigger hits, more hits, but unfortunately also the inevitable larger number of injuries.

I had a few friends watching game 7 of the Leafs Bruins series with me, BIg screen down, loud surround sound. They are big sports fans, but have never been involved in hockey. They left totally amazed at the intensity and speed of the game for the whole 3 periods and OT. They knew it was fast, and that big hits occur, but that game was a real eye opener, and you couldn't have had a better example of how real ice hockey should be played! Even if the collapse and subsequent result made me want to start eating glass Young team, did better than most expected to reach a game 7, back next year! Good luck Bruins.

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The smaller N. American ice surface compared to the "Olympic" ice size leads to less time, more hits, faster decision making, more hits, bigger hits, more hits, but unfortunately also the inevitable larger number of injuries.
Exception is the longer attacking zone which leads to more passes to the blueliners and more time from there as the defenders have a longer way to attack the puckholder. It leads to a more vertical faster play.

In addition you have stars in every team who can make the difference. Bergeron and Lucic were just exceptional in game 7. In comparison the WC looks slow.

Hope the Swiss can keep up the momentum and reach the semis. Really impressed by the young players like Cunti (he should get a NHL contract just for his name), Hollenstein, Suri etc.

And great having the NHL Game Center so can watch all the games live. Bruins vs. Rangers, first game and Kings vs. Sharks tonight after some East Coast Punk at Dynamo, yeah.
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A sad sad day for a Czech hockey fan living in Switzerland...
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A sad sad day for a Czech hockey fan living in Switzerland...
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It could be worse. Imagine how a Russian hockey fan must feel!
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there are very few things that can rival the intensity of an NHL playoff game, but for daily viewing I'll take the international game every day of the week. even a native Detroiter can only watch so much dump and grind.

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A sad sad day for a Czech hockey fan living in Switzerland...

The Canadians living in Switzerland feel your pain.


(although as a die hard leafs fan, I'm quite accustomed to disappointment)

Jumping the the CH bandwagon now--sorry to the real fans, my team always upsets :P
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