"The Czechs went up 2-1 at 2:01 of the second on a power play when Martin Frk’s great one-timer from the point snuck through the pads of Punnenovs. Petr Sidlik made the pass across to tee it up for Frk."
"Frk closed out the scoring with another point shot that went all the way. 4-2."
I never understood this line of thinking. Some of the best defenseman in the NHL are under 6'0. I don't get why people keep putting so much stock into player size.
The game is getting bigger, but you're right, it's really foolish to write off the smaller guys. Karlsson is only 6 feet. As is Doughty, Kronwall, Letang, Del Zotto, Wideman, Subban, Carle. Guys under 6 feet: Boyle, Shattenkirk, Timonen, Campbell, Streit.
All of those guys were in the top 30 defenders for points last seasons. Over a third, so it's a sizable chunk. There's lots of other guys on the list, like Suter or Lidstrom, that are 6'1". So tall enough, but not huge. But the allure of a guy who is huge and can play, like Pronger, Chara, or Weber... it's hard to beat that package. I think that's why size is so valued.
Meanwhile, J-Bo is 6'4" but has the physical game of Jiri Hudler.
Imo Ouellet was little rusty at first but has stepped up since. Couple of nice D plays.
But down 0-3 atm.
edit. lol and immediately 0-4 and Ouellet's man speeds past him and scores.
Yeah, now it was Xavier's turn to be burned. Every canadian defensive pair has taken a hit now. Reinhart is -2, but he has been the best guy there.
0-3 was just perfect example why Ryan Murphy is going to have Cory Murphy or Curtis Murphy career. He played the situation just right, but didn't have the reach to play against other midget Gaudreau. That would have been easy pokecheck for someone like Sproul even with worse positioning.
Down 0-4 with 20 mins to go.. Now we see how tough and clutch this Canada team really is. Almost needs a miracle now but USA played yesterday, though it wasn't the toughest game but still it has to somewhat a feel in those legs.