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05-05-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by espo View Post

Not an especially awe inspiring win by the Finns.

Maybe the pressure of winning it last year and having to back it up in their own backyard this year will weigh heavily on this team.

Something to think about..................especially if we have to play them.
First game of the tournament has always been hard for Finland. No one can really make assumptions based on this but I wouldn't be worried about the level of Finland's play. We saw few glimpses of how good can team Finland's game be when it rolls.

I would worry if our team wouldn't have created scoring chances. Koval was absolutely rocking and had luck on his side.

You could concentrate to see the bad things:
-J.Jokinen and few others didn't produce like everybody has expected in the first game.
-Our team didn't win by 3-4 goals like everyone would have liked it to.

Or the good things:
-First period showed that Finland at it's best can be dominating team.
-Lehtonen was absolutely rock solid. As calm as they come.
-Koivu-Filppula clicked trough out the game.
-Granlund was great.
-Komarov played good game.
-Pihlström was better than expected.
-Joensuu had a good game.
-We won.

One game, one win. No real reasons to jump to any conclusions.

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