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11-15-2012, 11:56 PM
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I had a fun time watching this, because as an Oiler fan, I was kinda rooting for Russia (As the series is basically meaningless anyways) and it was a different experience seeing it from their viewpoint (I can kinda understand why other countries get ticked off with Canadian media and fans now. lol ).

I think the best thing in the entire tournament, besides the video judge cursing on TV, was when they had the terrible soundsystem in Val-d'Or and the Russian anthem sounded like it was being beamed in from 1983 and they showed the one Russian player laughing while the anthem played, I assume, because it sounded so bad.

Players who really opened my eyes in this were: Hunter Shinkaruk (As good offensively as advertised, but also a willingness to go to high traffic areas and hit); Andrey Makarov (He basically kept Russia in the first WHL game and looked like probably the best goalie in the entire series); Eric Comrie (Came in at a tough time and stood tall, tracked pucks well, and projected some confidence out there); Yaroslav Kosov (Continued his good play from the summer, with a nice mix of surprising speed and size); Artem Sergeev (Who picked up the mantle from Yakupov and looked like the most dangerous offensive player in the tournament) and Nail Yakupov (Because I'm an Oiler fan ).

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