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05-16-2010, 08:32 AM
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I think this sums up pretty well Switzerland's performance against the Czech's and their performance in the tournament in general, found it on 2010 IIHF WC Germany website:



"In the old days, if the Swiss had upset the Czechs, shots on goal would probably have favoured the Czechs 50-11. Switzerland would have scored a couple of weak goals: a banked shot off a Czech defenceman's skate, a wrister from the corner that squeezed between the netminder's pad and his post. The Swiss players would have celebrated as if they'd won the Stanley Cup, the Olympics, the Nobel Prize, and the World Cup of Soccer all at the same time.

Now instead, the Swiss are playing the Czechs on relatively even terms. Much like at the Olympics, where the Czechs were seventh and Switzerland eighth.

It's a far cry from the 1972 IIHF World Championship in Prague, where Czechoslovakia thrashed Switzerland 19-1.

The most impressive goal last night wasn't a Czech masterwork. It came in the first period, and saw Andreas Ambühl crunching Jiri Novotny in the Czech zone and then converting a great three-way passing play with Thibaut Monnet and Damien Brunner.

“If it wasn't for our goalie Tomas Vokoun, it could have been 6-0 after the first period,” said Marek."

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