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12-21-2003, 07:50 AM
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Meijer makes it 2-2!

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12-21-2003, 07:51 AM
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12-21-2003, 07:51 AM
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Mike Richards scores to make it 3 -2 Canada with 2 minutes to go...

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12-21-2003, 07:52 AM
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damn, Canada are quick to retaliate

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Mike Richards scores to make it 3 -2 Canada with 2 minutes to go...
EDIT :

Goal now credited to Dawes from Richards..

Fleury has stop Steen on 2 great chances..

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12-21-2003, 07:57 AM
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So Canada wins it 3-2.
I'm doing a short write-up and having not seen the game I'd really appreciate some comments.
Best Swedish defenseman today? Best Forward?
Well, basically who stood out?

Was Canada much better? .. or would you say the game was tight not only in the goal scoring department.
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12-21-2003, 07:59 AM
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Final Score 3 - 2 Canada...

but even though Canada had the better chances Sweden some great chances to win in the 3rd..

Good strong effort by Swedes...Joakim Lundstrom played real well..

and in the 3rd Loui Eriksson and Steen where the 2 Best Swedish forwards..

Steen looks bigger and stronger than last year and has lots of confidence.. Eriksson is a dangerous player offensively..and you where right Nilsson is only noticeable when he has the puck..

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12-21-2003, 08:11 AM
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Canada was in control most of the game.

The top Swedish defenseman would have to be Henrik Blomqvist, he played a physical game, though he took a penalty, it most likely saved a goal as Ryan Getzlaf would have walked in alone of Lundstrom.

The top forwards for Sweden were Alexander Steen and Loui Eriksson. Steen played a great defensive game, he had 4 or 5 opportunities to put the puck in the net and seemed to be in position throughout the whole game. Loui Eriksson was explosive when he got the puck, he scored the first goal of the game for the Swedes from a great off the boards pass from Alexander Tang. He wasn't a liability defensively... good game by him.

Robert Nilsson played a surprisingly physical game. He had 3 or 4 big time hits against Canada's bigger players, he stood out... great with the puck as well... not so great without it. Those hits came mostly in the offensive and neutral zone.

Alexander Tang and Johan Bjork saw good time in the 3rd period... but unfortunately on their first shift it resulted in an open shot for Canada as one of them went behind the net to retrieve the puck and fell... giving up the puck.

The star of the game was Joakim Lundstrom... without a doubt.

Sebastian Meijer's goal came off a rebound... he was just in around the circle to Fleury's left side and took a swipe at the puck.

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12-21-2003, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for all your comments!
I hope to see Sweden face Canada again, perhaps in the final? , nah, that does not sound very realistic, does it?
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12-21-2003, 08:16 AM
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By your reactions I take it that it looks a bit better than last year anyway. I'm raising my hopes from "avoid relegation" to "advance from the group"

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12-21-2003, 08:19 AM
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Not sure.

It's always possible though... if Lundstrom keeps up his play.

Looks like Sweden actually has a few more forwards that may be able to put up great numbers, unlike last year.

Alex Steen
Robert Nilsson
Loui Eriksson
Nicklas Danielsson

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12-21-2003, 08:20 AM
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Thanks for all your comments!
I hope to see Sweden face Canada again, perhaps in the final? , nah, that does not sound very realistic, does it?
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Sweden should be there..not sure about Canada..

Possible a first round playoff is in the cards...If Canada wins its pool and the Swedes finnish 3rd in theirs than a first round matchup is likely with the cross over after the round Robin..


Canada went with Size over skill this year and it is the 4th youngest team ever...but the other 3 younger won Gold..but lots of 1st round NHL picks on the team...but many highly skilled Canadians left home while the announcers where commenting on that this years team may be smaller by more skill than last years Swedish team..

Best of luck to Sweden and I will be cheering them on all the way to the finals, unless of course they are playing Canada..

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12-21-2003, 08:22 AM
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By your reactions I take it that it looks a bit better than last year anyway. I'm raising my hopes from "avoid relegation" to "advance from the group"
I think its Sweden and Slovakia for 3rd in its pool..

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12-21-2003, 08:24 AM
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Messenger, didn't Steen (physically) look a lot like Ilya Kovalchuk?

The kid's put on some muscle.

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12-21-2003, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the updates!

Isn't it pretty ironic though, that Canadians have to comment this game on here and give the Swedes updates on a game that's being played in Sweden? I wish the Swedish TV would show these games, or at least the WJC tournament games like they did in the mid 90s. And it's much more entertaining to watch than the Baltica Cup and similar tournaments...

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12-21-2003, 08:26 AM
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I think its Sweden and Slovakia for 3rd in its pool..
Yeah I think so too. Can't do much about the Russians and the Americans have been strong the last few years. We have to beat Austria and I'm hoping the Slovakians have one of their weaker squads.

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12-21-2003, 08:29 AM
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Messenger, didn't Steen (physically) look a lot like Ilya Kovalchuk?

The kid's put on some muscle.
I think I agree Steen Looks bigger and stronger and is a force offensively and Defensivly and Barry Trapp was commenting on that between periods that Leafs are very excited to have him, and look forward to him being a Leaf some day..

I would never mention Kovalchuk and Steen in the same sentance or compare them ... Their styles and talents are just so different.. No comparison on that level for me... Loui Eriksson plays more like a poor mans Kovalchuk ...Steen is more like Mike Peca......


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Thanks for the updates!

Isn't it pretty ironic though, that Canadians have to comment this game on here and give the Swedes updates on a game that's being played in Sweden? I wish the Swedish TV would show these games, or at least the WJC tournament games like they did in the mid 90s. And it's much more entertaining to watch than the Baltica Cup and similar tournaments...
I agree. I could do without most of these crap tournaments. Start up Vikingarna again and send them to these tournaments and show some WJC on TV instead!

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12-21-2003, 08:32 AM
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Mess... notice the "physically" part.

I'm not comparing them in style, but how they look on the ice.

The tucked in jersey helped as well.

Steen to me looks like a Shane Doan type player.

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12-21-2003, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the updates!

Isn't it pretty ironic though, that Canadians have to comment this game on here and give the Swedes updates on a game that's being played in Sweden? I wish the Swedish TV would show these games, or at least the WJC tournament games like they did in the mid 90s. And it's much more entertaining to watch than the Baltica Cup and similar tournaments...

I am surprised as well that the WJC get no coverage in Sweden.. I just don't understand.. What are they showing instead ...Are Cooking shows with Inge and Sven on the 100 best ways to prepare Swedish Meatballs, on instead.. Just kidding..

You would think Hockey would be a big part of life and with games played in Sweden ..should be on TV..

Where the Leafs verses Sweden exhibition games on TV ??

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12-21-2003, 08:38 AM
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Most hockey in swedish television is pay per view or cable. The exceptions are the SEL playoffs and small crap tournaments like Baltica/Karjala. And yes, the Maple Leafs vs Djurgården/Färjestad was on TV, although on a channel only 60% of the population can see.

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Mess... notice the "physically" part.

I'm not comparing them in style, but how they look on the ice.

The tucked in jersey helped as well.

Steen to me looks like a Shane Doan type player.
I don't ever see Physical comparisons I guess like you do when the players are so different..Gretzky used to tuck his jersey as well but it wouldn't draw a comparison... There are lots of players that are 6'0 185lbs so when you pick a player who's style is so different I never make the PHYSICAL match ... Size/weight/build could be compared to hundreds of players particularly in team jersersy and the look can sometimes be contributed to the type of equipment Shoulder pads etc. that they use that makes them look similar...

Shane Doan is a very good comparison ...we will see Doan seems more Physical more power forward typish than Steen ...who may turn out to be more like Jere Lehtinen...


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I'm happy with Grus' showing.

Looks good.

Though I'm very jealous of Dallas... they've got Eriksson. :mad:

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I'm happy with Grus' showing.

Looks good.

Though I'm very jealous of Dallas... they've got Eriksson. :mad:
I would trade leafs pick John Doherty for Eriksson any day of the week..

I was impressed by Eriksson , crafty player with lots of offfensive flair..

Maybe Johannes Salomonsson will be Leaf pick this year ....he showed some raw talent particularly on that one play when he went to the net with the puck... not bad for a 17 year old against some pretty tough Canada Dmen like Phaneuf...

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Maybe Johannes Salomonsson will be Leaf pick this year ....he showed some raw talent particularly on that one play when he went to the net with the puck... not bad for a 17 year old against some pretty tough Canada Dmen like Phaneuf...
As I've said before.... :DROOL:

That would be amazing.

Either one of Johan Fransson or Johannes Salmonsson.

:MORE DROOL:

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