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05-24-2010, 03:31 PM
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Rexor
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Again, I've got no intention to belittle the individual performance of some of the German players. But you make a few points that are worth responding.


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Originally Posted by Sanderson View Post
As was mentioned countless times, voting was done before the gold and bronze games. At that point, Germany had come close to upsetting the huge favorite while the Czechs inched past Sweden who looked like they had all but sealed the win. No one could expect the Czechs, who hardly played an impressive tournament up to that point, to control the Russians rather easily in the final.
To the point, the Czechs had beaten France, Latvia, Canada, Finland and Sweden (twice). I guess it's pretty unimpressive compared to Germany beating the Americans, Denmark, Slovakia and Switzerland...

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Apart from Vokoun, no Czech stood out enough to really be in contention. Jagr maybe, but then again Kovalchuk or Regin were also ignored. In such a short tournament one or two games don't make a difference, so having someone from a team that lost in the quarterfinals is perfectly fine.
I disagree. You mentioned Jágr and Vokoun. Rolinek was the team's captain and easily one of the best two-way forwards in the tournament. Rozsíval stood out in our defence.
And yes, in such a short tournament, one or two games don't make a difference. There's no difference between being eliminated in the quarter-finals or playing the gold-medal game, there's no difference between finishing fourth or getting the gold medal.

Btw, MPVs from the IIHF WCH since 2005:

Austria 2005: Joe Thornton (Canada; finished 2nd)

Latvia 2006: Niklas Kronwall (Sweden; finished 1st)

Russia 2007: Rick Nash (Canada, finished 1st)

Canada 2008: Dany Heatley (Canada, finished 2nd)

Switzerland 2009: Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia, finished 1st)

The pattern is obvious.

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