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11-15-2012, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
I thought the Russians played somewhat better than they did on the previous nights, but Brossoit absolutely slammed the door on them. Man, that guy is so big that he covers the entire net. How can you even wedge a puck in there? It looked to me as though he made a statement that he should be the starting goalie for Canada in Ufa.
The Russians looked great in the second period, but outside of the first game they haven't put together a 60 minute effort. I am guessing that they might already be looking ahead to the actual tournament, which is understandable. Brossoit did look like a monster last night. I don't know what to make of him after last night and his poor performance in the summer challenge.

Originally Posted by Macman View Post
I think you're shortchanging the Russians. Their overall defence has been better than maybe any Russian team I've ever seen and that's the main reason the Canadians forwards have looked poor. It's not all goaltending. Other than Game 2 against the QMJHL, it's been very difficult for Canadian forwards to get near the net.
The Russian tactics have been quite effective, but unlike the OHL forwards the WHL seemed unable to generate any consistent chances. Clearly the Russians are a big part of that, but the WHL forwards outside of Shinkaruk and Reinhart looked far worse than their OHL counterparts.

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