Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Predatore, May 7, 2007.
Hopefully sweden can play with a little more intensity this game. Backlund needs to have another strong game.
I want us to loose this game: I would be much much more comfortable playing Slovaks rather than the Czechs.
I think it is said that Henriksson will play this game (if he is healthy).... otherwise Ersberg will play. BÃ…G is saving Backlund for the quarterfinal.
Will give the game away to his future employers
Bengt-Ã…ke Gustafsson said "We will not burn too much gunpowder in this game." Don't expect neither the Russians nor the Swedes to play with that much intensity in this meaningless game before the QF.
Ersberg will probably be in net, Henriksson seems to be sick.
Just have reviewed all goals in our net.
Koshechkin has made no mistakes!!!!!
Maybe his 1'st goal but there was a swiss guy who closed the vision to him.
2'nd and 3'rd were annoying ricochet from the skates of our def's!
So Great respect to our goalie Koshechkin!
Gustafsson's brought in Magnus Kahnberg and Mattias Mansson to complete the roster. That means no more NHL dudes. That also means that tonight's team will, with one or two swaps, be the one to complete the tournament.
I dunno if Russia has any more spots to bring players, as the injuries suspensions are coming in...I mean are we gonna play with 10 forwards today???? I would ask Mozyakin to come...
It's a good thing they no longer allow ties otherwise this thing could end up 0-0 as both teams try to avoid the Czechs in the quarters.
The Swedes will win 1-0 in OT or a shootout because the Russians will do what it takes to lessen their chances of leaving without a medal at home.
Remember that Erik Ersberg and Vasiliy Koshechkin have played against each other before, they met during the Channel One Cup before christmas. Sweden won that game in Moscow after a shootout and Erik stopped all 31 russian shots.
I reckon he will have a more busier game tonight...
Short video with Frolov about the game:
I think Sweden will have more problem with Slovakia and their offense, the czechs seems to be an easier opponent for us - on paper.
Does anyone know if MÃ¥nsson and Kahnberg will play?! HedstrÃ¶m is out, or so i've heard so that would mean one of them should play. I expect russia to win this game as i don't see BÃ…G risking any injuries in this one. In the post-show studio-interview yesterday, BÃ…G was very excited to hear the final result between the Czech Republic and Canada. Had Czech lost the game, (which they did BUT in OT) Germany could've taken the last QF spot with a win over Italy?! in the last game. Now we we'll meet either Czech or Slovakia depending on the outcome in the russia game.
BÃ…G's apperent interest in the game indicates (to me) that he doesn't care if we'll meet the Czech or Slovakia, but would try to win the game more if Germany in QF was in the pot.
The Russians won't play to lose, not in Russia!!!
Noone is talking about 'play to lose'.
It's about using all players, roll the lines, don't get injuries (and no suspensions).
It's like the final game of a season when both teams are cleared for playoff and the seed doesn't really matter much.
Any sane coach in any league or tournament would try to win but with minimal impact on his team.
Yes you can argue if Cze or Svk is the easiest but the diff is minimal.
But no matter what, the real test for both teams is the next game, a single game quarter final.
Just imagine the reaction if both teams would play for their lives, Morozov getting hurt, Kenny JÃ¶nsson ejected and suspended, and both teams losing their quarters.
Heads would roll on both sides of the baltic sea.
Blame the format and/or the circumstances, but this one is a friendly.
Jonathan HedstrÃ¶m, Kenny JÃ¶nsson and Fredrik Warg will sit out tonight's game and both Kahnberg and MÃ¥nsson are expected to play. Ersberg will be in goal with Backlund as the backup.
I believe the heavy hit Kenny sustained yesterday may be the reason to why heÂ´s scratched.
Yes but in such games often individual efforts decide the outcome, and the way I see it the Russians want to win this more than the Swedes and have more "individual effort" players.
Slovakia is the most dangerous opponent. In a one off game i'd be more scared by Demitra Hossa Gaborik Chara than Plekanec Vyborny Olesz and both team's goalie are capable of good and bad so I don't understand those who prefer playing Slovakia?? Tonight the game is to be won so to not face Gaborik and coe and to not face Canada in the 1/2... Russia 4-1
But 'individual effort' can easily become 'stupid turnover'.
I do think that Russia will win this one, but it could very well go either way.
Russia should win. We stand no chance against Sweden, Russia is at least defeatable with some luck.
I think the Swedish team has some kind of a winning streak against team Czech republic.
I think Slovakia is harder opponent to win this year.
This one should be a friendly game. I hope we will see some open hockey today.
Kind of the game "All stars" game we saw in Dallas.
Russia wasted the first PP. No desire on that one.
Radulov is a showman
Looked like diving to me
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