Out of all the "bad" Murphy plays, that was was the least bad. Credit goes to Nichushkin, he just beat him. Rielly's pinch was almost successful. The blame should fall squarely on Spott though. Don't know a single coach who would put two pure offensive defesemen on at the same time in overtime when neither has been really good. Put Rielly or Murphy with Wotherspoon or Harrington at all times and both will play better. Doesn't take a genius.
Kudos to Russia. They were the better team 5 on 5.
Agreed on your point about the coaching, but not on Murphy's effort on the GWG - he didn't even touch the guy! He has to at least attempt to put the body on Nichuskin there, swat at the puck, something. Watching the guy burn you to the outside is simply unacceptable.
You guys make it seem you're being charitable when someone else beats you without your top guys. this time Canada had them, the gap between canada and the rest of the world is quickly being shortened
That's what everyone said in 1998. Funny how everyone thinks everyone is "catching up" but how is this any different from back then?
Canada was 8th in 98, 2nd in 99, 3rd in 00 and 01, and then 2nd in 02. Canada didn't win gold again until 05. This "everyone is catching up" is a fabrication from fans like yourself. Canada has been in this position for a long time.
47% of the Draft picks in last year's NHL draft were Canadian.
The next closest was the US with 27%.
No other country was close.
That's the real indication of talent, not short international tournaments.
And Slepyshev, Makarov etc aren't talented enough to be drafted? Like Gusev wasn't talented enough?
This is why I don't cheer for Canada, so many ******** excuses when they lose
F***ING THIS. So true, man. And when we win, the boosting never stops.
Originally Posted by RollTheBones109
Rielly checked and saw he had support. Moreover, he did hit the pass partially, the puck just managed to get to the Russian anyway. I think the blame goes to Spott, for the pairing, then Murphy, for literally not defending on the play. Rielly made a play that should have been safe, and would have had he a decent partner (again, spott is at fault)
Yea, Rielly had support from the 3rd defender... Who the hell was supporting him? He pinched in to get the puck, missed it and had his winger come barring down on Murphy who let him walk by while another Russian was crashing in and Rielly had to try and make a move to do something when it was too late.