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05-25-2010, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Rexor View Post
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.

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...

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.
you cant compare that, never has been such an Underdog like Gemrany in the Semis.

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