Good day folks, thought I'd swing by and let you all know what is new with Colin Doyle and the Rock.
First off, we laid an egg in Edmonton last week. We came out as a team looking to win by 10 again, while the Rush had much different plans. They put it to us in all the departments that count. Loose balls, work ethic, decision manking and clutch scoring. All the things that we have done well all year, bit us in the *ss! The good thing is, it was out of division and we are still in a very good position. First in the East will continue to be ours if we can beat the Titans from Orlando on Saturday night at the ACC.
Big game to say the least. They haven't played near as many games as us, but are an extremely talented and dangerous team. They bring in Casey Powell, one of the games best on offence and one of the hottest goalies in the league in Matt Vinc. They will be tough, but we WILL be up for the challenge. It is time for us to see if we are for real or not. We'll get back to this game on Monday when I check back in with the results.
To the Olympics now. What a win by Canada last night in Men's hockey! They came out like gang busters and really put it to a stunned Russian team. In the process, they silenced every armchair hockey coach in Canada, including me. I wanted to think they were just going through the motions in the round robin, but it started getting scary! They looked bad against the Swiss and then loosing to the Americans really made me sweat. That being said, the Swiss have made almost everyone sweat in this tournament and my hat goes off to their team and expecially their goalie Jonas Hiller. Good on ya boys. I did think we outplayed the Americans, but that damn Ryan Miller shut the door. Goaltending can take you a long ways in a best of seven, and even further in a one game knock out.
I won't make any predictions about who is going to win, but look at the common factor about those who remain. Findland had Kiprussof, the Slovak's have Hlack (not sure of spelling), the Americans with Ryan Mille and of course Canada with Luongo and Brodeur. Great goalies win games. Simple as that. In any sport, at any time. Goaltending will win this tournament one way or another. Anyone of the teams left can win this thing. That is as far as I am willing to go.
Watching this kind of hockey (that first period was some of the fastest hockey I have seen in years) reminds me of how I wish there were Olympics every year. I love my Canadians, don't get me wrong but boy oh boy do I love watching the Europeans play hockey. Their puck handling, speed and neutral zone passing schemes blow me away! Even though they got pounded last night, I could watch Kovulchuk, Ovechkin, Semin and the boys play all night long. When you trim the fat off some of the NHL teams there is such skill and speed. I wish each Olyimpic round was 4 out of 7. It is a shame we can't see the Rusians and the Canadians play every year in a 4 of 7 series, or the Swedes and the Czechs. Oh well, here is to hoping?
Anyway, enjoy the rest of the Olympics and what is left of the Men's hockey. I will be watching in between wathing Lebron play on Friday at the ACC and our game with the Titans on Saturday.
Until next week,