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07-11-2010, 07:21 AM
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I recall that the Blackhawks had no excuses. The Blackhawks used nearly their full roster, including all of their stars except for Hossa, and they used their starting goaltender. In that games, they were really playing at 100%. Saying that it was the sixth or seven priority for the Blackhawks is a lame excuses.
The Olympics was dubbed as the "greatest hockey tournament ever" by the media. I think every players on every teams gave its best heart-out performance during the tournaments. There is absolutely no denial on this. Saying it was a fourth priority tournaments for some players is complete bulls.
You cannot discount the Phantoms for beating the Flyers. This was an exhibitions games where nothing were at stakes.
As for the statistics for NHL teams vs non-NHL teams in the last 10 years, they're is no denying that the NHL teams have more victories than their Euro teams counterparts, but those were "exhibitions" games.
I could reply by taking the statistics during the post-Soviet era and watch most of the Russian teams destroying their NHL teams counterparts.
I politely ask you for more precise criticism. I didn't tell that the Olympics is a fourth-priority-tournament. I did tell that the WC in years when there are also Olympics is a fourth-priority-tournament. In deed I guess the Olympics have a high priority in the eyes of hockey-players. For North Americans it's the Stanley-Cup as 1st priority and the Olympics already 2nd and for European players I even guess that they give the Olympics at least the priority what they give to the Stanley Cup.
Of course the Black Hawks are polite and classy in not telling cheap excuses after the surprising loss to the ZSC Lions but everybody still knows what priority this game had for the Black Hawks, and yes - they played with their best players, no question about that... but still, I guess we are watching different movies if you really believe that this game was more than an exhibition game for the Black Hawks and I guess we don't want to start to spread the facts that the Black Hawks were before the season, did make the trip just 48 hours ago and I don't know how many practices they had on the big sheet and if I remember right there was also a game the night before vs an even better Swiss team. What was the result there, I can't remember? And yes still.... the Lions played very, very well in this game and proof exactly what I did present in an earlier post...in today's hockey and soccer, even much worse teams can hold onto a tight result even if they have the much worse players. This is a tendency of modern sports. Playing defense to close perfection is the first step not so good teams can do and in todays world a lot of not so good teams play defense close to perfect. Switzerland did beat Spain in soccer...but still not just one Spanish team is thinking one split-second of hiring a Swiss player from this team...and the polite Blackhawks? Did they hire a Lions-player, did they draft a Swiss player? No they didn't and I guarantee you that the reason is definitely not that they are stupid... Yes, they did give an invitation to Patrick Geering for some summer-camp in Chicago, fair enough and congratulations to Patrick, he deserves this great experience, this made even some headline-letters in the Swiss hockey-media. Do you know how many try-out-invitations the Black Hawks did give to players who never were drafted and who are not under an NHL-contract? I guess it's more than 30...
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