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12-28-2012, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by FiLe View Post
That's an overstatement. Given the composition of the other group, the only way to avoid that "big mess" would have been to win our own group, and I don't think any of us figured even before today that it was going to be a cakewalk.

Yes, we had the better team on paper and I'm disappointed we didn't win, but it's not like the result was a huge upset either. The prospect of the Czechs being the better team on ice was always there.

Looking forward, well... losing to Switzerland would mean we'd be in a mess. But as of right now, we're still steadily on the ground that's going to carry us into the medal round. The odds are we'll have to carve that road through the QF now, which is going to make it harder but far from impossible. This team has already shown it can beat any opponent in this tournament. They just need to get their s**t together and start playing like it.

After all, we still have a very strong group of forwards, defense of the ages, and hey... after today's game it's pretty safe to say that we have extremely solid netminding as well. All the pieces required to win gold are there. Now, it's up to the players and the coaches to find the way to put together the right picture. I still have faith in 'em.
In my books I slotted in one loss in the preliminary round, and by default it would have been to Sweden. Winning Sweden is still IMO more unlikely than winning this game was. If they manage to win both Sweden and Switzerland, we'll be in a decent position, but I just don't see it as likely as you probably do.

If they had lost to the Czechs after an overall decent team effort, I would not be nearly as pessimistic, but for the most part they didn't do well at all.

All the necessary parts seem to be there, but making the whole package work is a whole another thing. It seemed to work last week, so it could start working again, but it is worrying that they play worse now than last weekend. If they get their crap together, anything is possible but I don't know if I believe in that happening as much as you do.

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