Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-12-2012, 06:23 PM
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The World Juniors are great because the players have a high level of skill, but their relative immaturity leads to huge swings in play creating exciting games that sway back and forth. For example, simply look at the Russia-Canada games of the past two years. First Canada looks to be set to win the gold, up 3-0 in the 3rd. In 15 minutes Russia wipes that out and wins the game. Next we have Russia going up 6-1 and then being a goal post away from tying the game 6-6, falling just short 6-5. If you have experienced professional players, I don't think you see exciting comebacks like this in the World Championships, Stanley Cup playoffs or Olympics. The players are simply too experienced and strong mentally to let that happen more than once in a blue moon.
It's why watching Junior sports in general can be really entertaining.
No lead is safe, as you've said.
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