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12-29-2012, 02:31 PM
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I definitely think the Russian style is enough to win this tournament. But as you said its about execution and I haven't seen them execute yet like they can..that is all.
As for Dougie Hamilton. They way he was pumped up I expected a lot more. He has been very average, as have most of our d.
Another thing Russia can do...even when they aren't mastering the puck handling/passing we expect from them...they can & will shoot/score from long(er) range.
In fact...some of the critical review on the goaltending Canada has had in the last few tourneys' can be somewhat attributed to the idea that Russian players (on average) shoot harder/quicker/better than Canadians.
Now...thats a very vaugue and debatable thing for me to say...but...personally...I believe it has some merit.
Just re-examine the finer details of some of the snipes some of these Russian guys make from 30+ feet. Canadian goalies don't typically see shooters who can do what MOST Russians can do. Not in my opinion at least.
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