What a shitty game.
Open Thread: Semifinals - USA vs. Canada
So much for that big offensive explosion we had been seeing.
Good effort, Canada has the superior defense aside from the Suter-McDonagh line.
What a bitch move, cover the puck the last 10 seconds.
Puck control is a "bitch move"?
Like top control in wrestling is laying on a guy?
Why not fight to take it away? They could have done that the other 59:50 of the game.
Damn. Well, time to turn the attention to Finland tomorrow for bronze.
After the last two days I'm really sick of Canada. Hopefully Sweden pulls it out.
Then again, we've had years and years to get used to this sort of thing.
Rough two days for U.S. Hockey. The Men's team looked like the best team in the tourney, which makes this dud of a game even more disappointing.
...defense wins championships.
This game encapsulated those two sports clichés perfectly.
Good coaching job by Team Canada.
Quick, and then everyone else...
Guess we have to keep Bieber now. This double sucks.
this is the Logged In Just to Upvote Comment of the Year (so far).
Wish I could take all the credit. There was actually a billboard in Chicago.
I am so fucking pissed right now
I was hoping that with the bigger ice that the dump and chase game was over - it essentially makes the game Wisconsin basketball on ice. Unfortunately, it seemed to be all the US did, and Canada was more than happy to let it happen.
The team's zone entry is decided by the opponents forecheck. The Canadian defensemen walled the US off at the blueline and had great backchecking support, making it almost impossible to carry in without turning it over.
A chip and chase game was the only way they could to gain the zone, but they had to win races to the puck and win board battles.
After a certain amount of time, the benefit of taking chances carrying the puck in with the skilled forwards a few times outweighed the costs of a 2-1 break the other way.
The Canadian defense shut down an American offense that was scoring, on average, around one goal every five shots. They broke that offense. Now, granted, this was against far less talent than Canada brought to the table but still...that's other worldly. This same Canadian defense physically controlled the American offense and, in combination with strong forecheck basically controlled the game, the tempo and the outcome.
Wisconsin doesn't out skill their opponents. They might out tough them. Canada did both against an American team that could do nothing about it except hope that Jonathan Quick could keep them in it (which he did remarkably well).
I don't think there was any skill reason why Canada won today. The US had a horrible game plan that played right into Canada's quasi-neutral zone trap plan (like the mid-90s New Jersey teams that made the NHL unwatchable). The US should have pressed the forecheck in the second half of the game - even if it meant giving up 2 on 1 or 3 on 2 opportunities. At least they would have lost swinging.
The US couldn't...was physically not able to press the forecheck; this wasn't a coaching decision or a strategy failure on the American staff. Canada hardly played a trap; they controlled more possession including a substantial edge in the offensive zone.
Canada didn't play a trap because you can't on big ice. What they did was to stand up the American forwards at the blue line and force them to chip and chase and out tough them to gain puck possession. Most of the time they didn't win those battles and that was Babcock's plan. As soon as possession changed they released their forwards up ice for quick counter.
The more skilled and tougher team won today. They imposed their will defensively and the Americans couldn't do anything about it
FWIW, wonder if Brian Burke still feels like he doesn't need Bobby Ryan's scoring?
Well that was a bit of a downer.
Ah well. It happens. That's the annoying thing about hockey - 1 goal really can decide a game, and that doesn't always reflect the best team.
In this case it pretty clearly did. Canada kicked our ass, quite thoroughly. Two major differences:
1) Toews/Marleau/Carter is their checking line
2) Doughty and Weber.
I'm pretty sure the best team won this game.
the summer olympics where Canada might get 5 medals total compared to 100 from team USA.
It would take us 5 summer olympics to get 5 medals. Lets be real.
Congrats to the Canucks
and I'm upset but not pissed. Canada was better and even got so confident at points that they looked like they were toying with us. We fought valiantly to stay in it and Quick was awesome (he essentially pitched a shutout - that goal wasn't his fault) but we just couldn't get one in the net.
Whatever, congrats to Canada I guess. Go Sweden. I hope Carl nets the game winner
Tired of Canada winning.
Heja Sverige !
is there a point in canadian independence? When are we going to invade those fuckers.
Sorry, just saw the replay and i'm pissed. I'll calm down later.