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03-03-2010, 12:33 PM
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jakzed
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I for one prefer the bigger ice surface. I'm not into the physicality of the sport as much as the poster above me. We value different aspects of the game differently. The smaller ice surface is a faster game and you can trap with the big ice as well. But I think the bigger ice surface is a more tactical game and allows the more technically superior players the room and thus the ability to utilize their skill more. I think it's a more skilled game and I do prefer it. I don't know why teams like the Russians didn't adjust their tactics though. It looked to me that the Czechs played a defense that was suited to the bigger ice surface as well since they kept collapsing back to the net so often instead of standing guys up.

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