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12-27-2012, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by coursy17 View Post
They were outshot 34-27 by Slovaka who is suppose to have the weakest team in the tournament. Last year Russia was outshot by every team and some games it was pretty bad. Their offense was opportunistic and Vasilevsky/Makarov were unbelievable and it almost worked... I don't think the hockey gods will shine on them this time around. Can, Swe, Fin > Usa > rest of tournament
Out shooting your opponent is far less an indicator of team effectiveness than puck possession and scoring chances. Slovakia counter attacked and were shooting from all angles. The actual scoring chances favored Russia.

Who said Slovakia is supposed to be the weakest team in the tournament? That's silly. I don't think anyone has Germany or Latvia ahead of them in their rankings.

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