USA vs. Russia
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09-03-2004, 09:51 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: New York
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Somethings I noticed both at the Canada game (which I had the privilege of seeing in person) and the Russia game (missed the first two periods):
1) No power forwards. We did a very poor job of crashing the net, creating traffic during PPs, etc.
2) Too much perimeter passing/neutral zone cross-ice passes that produced little drive deep into the zone. Only when we were behind did we cycle the puck effectively at all.
3) Lack of team speed. The Russians were flying, the Candians used their size, and we looked flat-footed at all times.
These are just MHO, but I wasn't impressed by what I saw in person Tuesday night, or on TV last night. If it weren't for Esche, we would've been buried on Tuesday.
One highlight from Tuesday, when we did decide to press, and take shots, Brodeur saved Canada's skin several times.
Team USA is old. Im shocked why some of the younger USA players are not on the team. Mike York, Tom Poti, Brian Gionta, etc.
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