The Best QF Matchup

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  1. Firsov99

    Firsov99 Registered User

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    What do you think, guys, what is the best and most exciting QF matchup?

    FIN-USA
    RUS-CAN
    SWE-SWI
    SLO-CZE

    As a homer, I am picking Russia-Canada. Although, I realize that Slovakia vs Czech Republic game will be great also.
     
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    They will all be great.
     
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    Definately agree
     
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    Russia-Canada tied with Slovakia-Czech. Both are awesome matchups.
     
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    I believe some neutral observer would find Canada-Russia as the best, altough all three big hockey power matcups will propably be good games. Switzerland-Sweden will be boring, as Swiss have no chance in hell.
     
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    Don't be to sure about that. Sweden is coached by an idiot. Has an old and slow team and the best defenseman is sitting in the stands.
     
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    anyone know how the semifinal pairings will go?
     
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    Canada/Russia is the best followed closely by Slovakia/Czech Republic.
     
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    Czech against Slovakia and Canada vs. Russia for sure.
    Finland - USA a step behind the 2 top games.

    Sweden against Swiss will be boring game with not a lot of chances. Sweden will win, but not in the easy way. It will be a though game with a victory for sweden like 3:1 or 2:1.
     
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    The only way the quarters could have been better is if the Swedes were to play the Finns as well. 3 huge international rivalries all in one day.

    Then, if Canada and the US were to advance, another big rivalry in the semis. Or the Russians and the Czechs.

    Anyway, best-on-best Canada-Russia? Hard to beat that.
     
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    The Canada Russia game will be a classic (no shoot-out please! :eek: ).

    I have anticipated Czech / Slovak match-ups in the past, but they generally turn out to be let-downs.

    I actually think the States outplayed the Russians. Esche was crap. I think they'll beat the Finns by a goal.

    Sweden can sit Forsberg and cruise to the semis.
     
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    For the neutral fan, Canada vs Russia.
     
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    Its a sad day for russian fan. I think they will not win vs. canada. I think canada will want it more then the russian players.

    5-2 ( + empty net) so 6-2
     
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    How are the Semi pairings decided?
     
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    I'm with you. Here's to good hockey! :cheers:
     
  16. shawn_kemp*

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    Tomorrow's upsets :

    USA beats Finland in the shootout

    then, Switzerland shuts out Sweden 2-0 (not really an upset since Switzerland is seeded 2nd)

    Canada blows out Russia

    Czech Republic makes Slovakia regret that they're not 1 country anymore!

    :D
     
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    This sucks for russia they are the 2nd best team this year and will have to get kicked out early. :propeller
     
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    maybe it's a new start for us, who knows, maybe there is a God
     
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    The matchup of the one country (Czechoslovakia) split into two. The atmosphere should be electric. Still not as electric as USA-Russia was in Salt Lake though. Russia-Canada should be great too.

    Someone actually thinks Russia will get blown out by Canada tommorow? :biglaugh: If the Canadians win, I'll be surprised, because Russia is on a major roll.

    USA will lose to Finland by a 1 or 2 goal margin. The Americans can't hit the net if they ran into it.
     
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    Russia - Canada by a mile, because it is a real clash of styles, of schools, whereas Czechs and Slovaks were coached by the same people, and play the same style. As far as animosity, I know all about based on certain former USSR republics, and it is just petty, brothers fighting brothers. It'll be a good game, but Russia - Canada is a classic.

    What is all this negativity and fatalism by Russian fans? This is a dream to play Canada... I think the guns will be blazing tomorrow, you had better appreciate the chance to see a game like that! Canada is a known quantity - and I want to see what team Russia is made of tomorrow...
     
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    Fin/US vs. Can/Rus

    Swe/Sui vs. Cze/Slo
     
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    Remeber Belaurs??
     
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    I just dont see Canada beating Russia right now. Russia is playing way to well and Canada well Canada is a whole nother story.

    I look forward to the Czech Slovakia match up. I hope Budaj continues his solid play.
     
  25. Force

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    I just want to make a point stating that RUS brought 6 players from the Superleague; Meaning that Canada should have brought 6 guys from Europe as well :teach:
     
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