12 Adam Bezák - 22 Milan Kytnár - 21 Radoslav Tybor
29 Marek Mertel - 15 Ondrej Rusnák - 18 Jozef Molnár
17 Marek Hrivík - 9 Peter Kopecký - 10 Martin Uhnák
14 Tomáš Tatar - 24 Marek Viedenský - 28 Richard Pánik
27 Tomáš Vyletelka
7 Marek Ďaloga - 3 Martin Štajnoch
19 Ján Brejčák (A) - 25 Radek Deyl
8 Juraj Valach (A) - 16 Matúš Vizváry
6 Michal Šiška
2 Jaroslav Janus
30 Zdenko Kotvan
I'm skipping out of work early to catch this game as a warm up before the gold medal game. I'm kind of torn as to what I want for the outcome though. Russia came so close in the semi-final that it would be a shame for them to go home empty handed, but at the same time Slovakia has played so well and forced their way into a medal game that they weren't expected to be in, it would be a shame for them not to medal either.
I guess I will just hope for a good game, with both teams playing hard.
Klyukin is the real deal. PS- Russia is gonna take what BELONGS to them. even the Bronze medal is the medal ! everyone who put national shirt on have to play everytime like he will do this last time!!! PRIDE is ahead of everything ! we talking here about Russian national junior hockey team!!! there is no important games and not important games! just go out and do your job !!! otherwise take your shirt off and go to shikenfactory!
Anyone know why Nikita Kylukin was not drafted by an NHL team? Does he have any desire to play in the NHL?
gare joyce had a nice bit about him, saying he thought he was one of russia's better and most reliable forwards (i agree). joyce asked an nhl scout how he was passed over in two drafts. the scout showed him the entire work-up he had on klyukin and it was, "good two-way center." that was it. the scout explained that there was no point in doing a more intensive work-up on him. "Unless a Russian has first-line upside we're just not that interested. And even if he does, we go at it pretty cautiously."
amazing stuff. too bad. no idea what klyukin's intentions/desires are, but if he wants to play in the nhl, it's hard to believe he couldnt be an effective checking center in the nhl. tho, i would say the same thing about taratukhin, who actually did come over for a year, but he wasnt willing to wait for who knows how long in the ahl while he could be making millions and living with his wife and small child in his homeland. can you blame him?
Exactly ten years ago was Slovakia's first bronze medal game in this tournament. Eighteen year old Ladislav Nagy scored three goals against Sweden and the Sedin twins giving Slovakia the medal. Would like to see Richard Panik or Tomas Tatar repeat that performance today.
I'd say Slovakia win 4-2. I think Russia is a little broken from how the Canada game ended and the way Slovakia has played the recently, I think they have a real good shot at winning. Especially if Janus can muster up another great game.
This is so sad that we are playing in this game....It should have been Canada
Don't pull that line, Canada worked their ***** off all game, never gave up and persevered even in what was not their best game. The Russians couldn't handle the pressure and as a result are playing in the game that they should be.
Result will depend on how much Russia wants it. If Russia views bronze as a good consolation prize, and they play hard, to their potential, they will win. If the Russians are still down following the loss to Canada, and they view this as a throw-away game (like we've seen from Canada and the U.S. in the past), then the Slovaks will win.
You know what this win would mean to Slovakia. We don't know what it would mean to Russia.
There's also the Janus factor. He's capable of stealing a game. He's done it against a powerful American team, and he nearly did it against Sweden.
Russia throttled Slovakia 8-1 in the round-robin, so Slovakia will have that in their minds, too. Of course, Janus wasn't the starter in that round-robin game.