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Systemfel 05-12-2011 03:32 PM

Semifinal Pre-Game Talk: Finland vs. Russia
 
Game is at 20:15 CET/2:15 PM ET on Friday.

svartgul 05-12-2011 03:37 PM

Let's go Finland!

Mara 05-12-2011 03:39 PM

Should be a fairly easy win for Russia.

Russia - Fin
3,4 - 0,1

illone84 05-12-2011 03:40 PM

Finland actually has a chance now! :sarcasm:

Will not be an easy win for neither group.

Fin takes it 3-2.

:yo:

FinRuutu 05-12-2011 03:40 PM

Yeah... easy win for Russia, like the last one. :sarcasm:

zorz 05-12-2011 03:45 PM

Russia. Let's repeat last years final! :nod:

Ati 05-12-2011 03:45 PM

Russia will take it as they actually started to play now.

Hockeysemin 05-12-2011 03:46 PM

4-2 russia

Brun0 05-12-2011 03:46 PM

they did?

dfk711* 05-12-2011 03:46 PM

I don't think Finland can beat Russia again

Brun0 05-12-2011 03:47 PM

5-1 finland

Eidyia 05-12-2011 03:49 PM

I'm very confident. Only the Swedish can stop Immonen-Granlund-link.

:handclap:

Hellion 05-12-2011 03:49 PM

Go Finland!

llwyd 05-12-2011 03:49 PM

Well, Russia is certainly the clear favourite. And surely they won't play as badly as today (a miracle that Canada, of all countries, couldn't finish them off - a strange Canadian team this...)

We will have our chances though, playing as a Team as we do and not like a bunch of spoiled "superstars" (which Russia is at their worst - at their best they play the most beautiful hockey in the world).

Juzmo 05-12-2011 03:50 PM

I have a bad feeling, but hoping Finland could somehow pull it off.

Eidyia 05-12-2011 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zorz (Post 33005780)
Russia. Let's repeat last years final! :nod:

:(

I'd love to meet the lovely Czechs.

Eidyia 05-12-2011 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eidyia (Post 33005888)
:(

I'd love to meet the lovely Czechs.

(Not in the bronze match though)

JabbaJabba 05-12-2011 03:51 PM

I'm afraid that battle against Canada has woken up the big bear of Russia, which is scary. Although, they still didn't play as a team so hopefully their egos will be bigger than their achievements in tomorrow's game.

Go team Granlund!

Hellion 05-12-2011 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by llwyd (Post 33005871)
Well, Russia is certainly the clear favourite. And surely they won't play as badly as today (a miracle that Canada, of all countries, couldn't finish them off - a strange Canadian team this...)

We will have our chances though, playing as a Team as we do and not like a bunch of spoiled "superstars" (which Russia is at their worst - at their best they play the most beautiful hockey in the world).

A team with no pride about playing for their country. For christ sake, Norway almost beat them hehe.

Anyways, Finland takes out Russia! Would be nice to have been eliminated by the WC victors! Finland beats Sweden in the Final ;)

illone84 05-12-2011 03:53 PM

I'll have to admit that today's qf match between rus and can was quite upsetting. Neither team looked like they wanted to Win.

Russia couldn't do anything on their powerplay and nor could the Canadians.

I was hoping for a high scoring game full of energy and animosity.

It definitely was not the typical Can vs Rus show down.

Did anybody notice that Ovechkin looked slow out there?

He must be playing with some injuries suffered from the regular season and playoffs.

Anyways, I don't think that the "Russian Bear" has woken up or any b.s like that.

Of course they will be confident tomorrow, but that could mean overconfidence, which is never good against a team such as Finland.

Either way, the Finns have a decent shot at winning tomorrow.

GO FINLAND! :handclap:

Rob 05-12-2011 03:54 PM

Will pull for Finland but pretty sure Russia has this one. True, Suomi beat them in the round robin but I think the Russians may have found their game now.

Paatos 05-12-2011 03:54 PM

Take away the speed from the Russians and frustrate the individuals in the process (without ending up in the box) and then we MIGHT have a chance.

Finland are huge underdogs but it wouldn't be the first time to upset Russia with an inferior team. If they keep playing like the first period against Norway, there is no chance for a snowball in hell for a final spot.

ipel 05-12-2011 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mara (Post 33005603)
Should be a fairly easy win for Russia.

Russia - Fin
3,4 - 0,1

Did you look their last game? I actually am little shocked how little most of you guys know about hockey.

It's not all about personal skills. The most important thing is that how your team plays as whole and what kind your playbook is how the players follow your playbook.

First i got to agree that only few players from Finland would have made to Team Russia but it doesn't matter. Russia plays unorganised hockey they do way too many fast and semi fast attacks and in modern hockey you don't stand a change with that. If Jalonen and Bykov would have same teams playing each others Jalonen's would win like 8 games from 10.

Even though Russia has superstars like Ove, Radu and Kov they play so many unorganised fast attacks that it is easy for Finland to keep them away from scoring sectors.

Finland has been dominant in their every game so far even versus Czech when they lost they were absolutely dominant though it's bad that their worst game was the last game vs Norway but if they play like they've played the previous games finland is the favorite here. Nevertheless it's going to close game but i think Finland takes it 3-2

Reds4Life 05-12-2011 03:57 PM

Finland is gonna win. Russia sucks, they fluked their way to the semis.

MaNNe 05-12-2011 03:57 PM

It's Russias tournament now after that Canada win. Only team I see that could challenge them is the Czechs. Repeat of last years final inc.


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