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12-30-2012, 02:20 PM
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Canada's defence seem to be a touch overrated based on what some people were telling us pre-selection.
When Ryan Murray went down I think we were given the re-assurance speech...about how it wouldn't make much difference because there were no less than a dozen other defencemen with equal talent who could do the job.
I don't know if a healthy Ryan Murray would have been exponentially better than any of the defencemen here...but...as for the guys who are here...none of them are taking total control of the game.
One thing I think the pundits and predictors were right about.......of the defencemen who made the team...several if not all of them are basically indifferent from 10 or so kids back home playing with club teams.
I just think its worth re-stating...this Canadian squad is a far cry from a "super team". Im not slamming them by any stretch and they definatley don't "need" to be as good as the 2005 lockout year team...but...the fact the term was ever even used around this edition goes to show how Canadian hype can get very carried away at times.
Murray was a big loss definitely. It seems that most of the hype on the d was for Hamilton and a little bit for Reilly.
Hamilton has played okay only and hasn't live up to the hype yet. Reilly was pretty good i thought. Apart from Murphy, the whole group has done fairly well.
I just wish the head coach didn't play favorite with taking Murphy. Right now, Murphy is just a turnover machine and unable to defend one on one. Dumba or Corrado would have round out the group much better.
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Man that was an awful penalty for Nuge to take, especially as the captain. I'm really glad that Canada was able to weather the storm there because he would have been under fire after the game.
Definitely a bad penalty consider the score and time of the game.
To give it a little more context, RNH went in to give Sieloff of the US a shove because Sieloff and Trouba were just roughing up Rattie and Scheifele at the corner a few seconds before.
Sieloff actually gave Rattie a head shot with his forehand after crosschecking him from the back. Scheifele tumbled and was on his knees, then Trouba decided to send forehand to his chest to knock him backward towards the board dangerously while Scheifele knees were buckled and his head very close to the board. While Scheifele was down, Trouba added to it by piling down on Scheifele.
Ref were right there looking at it and let them go. I think RNH was mad and lost his cool there a bit and tried to send a message back.
Sieloff actually embellished that by diving onto the ice like he was hit by a truck, but it was just a slight bump/shove. Interestingly, similar to what Scheifele did against the Slovak drawing a penalty.
It was a penalty whether he embellished it or not. And it was RNH's fault for not holding his cool. However, the guy is only 19yrs old. And I am sure his teammate can appreciate that the captain was trying to stand up for them.
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