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WC Group B: Apr 26 GDT - USA vs. Slovakia (3-3)

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04-25-2004, 05:48 PM
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WC Group B: Apr 26 GDT - USA vs. Slovakia

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USA vs. Slovakia
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My prediction: 4-2 Slovakia
Should be a great and tight game.

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I'm hoping for a tie, but I'm guessing that Slovakia will win 3-1. Or maybe 4-1.

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The Slovaks have a considerable amount of firepower, so this will be a considerable challenge for the U.S. defense. If they can avoid hitting the wall in the 3rd period they have a good chance of pulling a victory out. That being said, I'll give the edge to Slovakia and predict a 3-1 victory over the U.S. I hope I'm wrong, but............


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Have to favour the Slovaks here. Their offence is downright scary and they practicly have a home advantage. I wonder the about their defence and goaltending though. Should be a high scoring contest: 6-4 Slovaks.

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1:0 slovakia (gaborik)

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Drury takes a cross checking, game misconduct in the first? What happened?

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i wonder what drury got a misconduct for ??????????

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imo a very questionable call. Drury with a powerful check, had his arms a bit too high at the same time as the Slovakian player was rather low, so he hit him in the ice. Definitely a penalty but not a game misconduct imo. Man was Drury angry after the call. Quite entertaining game IMO.

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Drury came from behind and skated up to his slovak and really gave him a big check

The slovak hit the ice and started to bleed from his nose, probably why the referee took a major, but still a very weird call by the ref

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imo a very questionable call. Drury with a powerful check, had his arms a bit too high at the same time as the Slovakian player was rather low, so he hit him in the ice. Definitely a penalty but not a game misconduct imo. Man was Drury angry after the call. Quite entertaining game IMO.

Keep in mind that the ref spoke to both benches something like 30 seconds before Drury's check, telling them to cool their players down.

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Personally I thought it was a 2 + 10 for checking to the head, not a game misconduct for crosschecking.

And man was Drury angry when he walked to the dressingroom, he slammed his stick towards the wall and unintentionally hit the poor man who escorted him in the head. Fortunately it didn't do any damage and the man seemed to take it fine and laughed about it.

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For sure some tension between the two teams,.

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Drury is interviewed on Swedish TV. He is upset about the call and says the ref should be ashamed of himself.

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currently 3-3...richard park with 2 points, ty conklin in net.

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Who was the Slovak player? I hope it wasn't the diver, Kapus....

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I think it was Ladislav Cierny

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How did Malone play?

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Malone was sharp in catching the freak bounce and put it in very fast before anybody could do a thing. Beyond that, he's been an average player on the U.S. team. He doesn't seem to have the experience to cut it yet, so he has been outplayed by some of his "NHL inferiors".

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Roach has really impressed me, he's the sort of foreigner I'd like to see SM-Liiga teams sign up instead of these shots in the dark of will he be good or not type of acquisitions that are too frequent..

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I think that the Drury call was just right. Not only did he came from behind and hands high, he also came in very late. Slovakian was no longer considered as player with puck, his pass had already been recived. With IIHF rules, it was pretty much only possible penalty to give.

Other than that, it was pretty cool game, with lot of scoring chances and nice plays, both goalies played pretty well. Although USA got extremely lucky on two goals and Lasak hoover the first one. Third period wasn't as good as first two, players began to tire (specially Slovakian 1st and 2nd line) and both teams concentrated more to defense.

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I think Richard Park's PP goal is the most beautiful goal in the tournament so far. He looked a spot. Looked towards the guy at the blue line, shot towards the goal and only after the shot he looks did it went in or not. I simple goal scorers goal.

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I think Richard Park's PP goal is the most beautiful goal in the tournament so far. He looked a spot. Looked towards the guy at the blue line, shot towards the goal and only after the shot he looks did it went in or not. I simple goal scorers goal.
Park is another Wild who, if he played in a more wide open system, would have considerably better offensive numbers. He's got some great speed, and pretty fair skills to go with it.

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