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Group B • 05/08/10 • Switzerland 3, Latvia 1

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05-08-2010, 04:22 PM
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This game sucks in general. Both goals were ridiculous for a game of this importance..
Do you really consider the Swiss team performance great today? Defence should be much better, and on the offensive side I see nothing much beyond the Ambuhl line. No chance with Canada (not talking about Latvia khe khem..)
Who said anything about a great performance?!

Still, we were good enough to beat you, that's the only thing that counts.

And, I mean "No chance with Canada" -> LOL, what else is new?

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This could be a dumb question.

How come no Roman Wick for the Swiss?
Wick has ribs injury.

Brunner was impressive in this game.

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This could be a dumb question.

How come no Roman Wick for the Swiss?
he is injured ... like 75% of the team that played in Vancouver.

But this team did great. Could have been more successfull in front on the Latvian goalie ... but Masalskis was great.

GoSwissGo

3-1 well deserved ...

Pitty Latvia only showed up in the last period.
Gerber played great.

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Helbling by far the weakest player on the ice.

Hirschi was very solid.

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This game sucks in general. Both goals were ridiculous for a game of this importance..
Do you really consider the Swiss team performance great today? Defence should be much better, and on the offensive side I see nothing much beyond the Ambuhl line. No chance with Canada (not talking about Latvia khe khem..)
I now it sounds serious but Canada only beat Italy 4-1 ... Their best players aren't in the team.

Actually i wouldn't be surprised to see some nice things against Canada.

It is the WC for surprises ... Danemark beat Finaland !! I knew the Danes were coming ... i didn't know they were here !!

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05-08-2010, 04:38 PM
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We have to focus on Italy first. And realistically, wins against Canada are about as rare as winning the lottery, so I don't have high expectations.

We all know that Canada could send a couple of teams that would be better than the majority of other teams, so it really isn't a factor. And they are also known for doing better the longer the tournament lasts (no surprise there since they haven't ever played together before the game against Italy).

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The Swiss skated well. But I think they are going to get hit pretty hard against Canada if they continue that fancy passing.

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Was it Gerber that had the neck injury a few months ago?

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yes, it was Gerber. Impressive comeback. It was his third full game after his injury.

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yes, it was Gerber. Impressive comeback. It was his third full game after his injury.
Yes very impressive indeed, kudos to him

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And, I mean "No chance with Canada" -> LOL, what else is new?
Well I wouldn't say it's a 'LOL' considering the 2006 Olympics. Swiss team can usually compete to a significant extent (last year- USA in overtime). I would love to see Swiss against Canada again, but somehow today's performance did not satisfy me as far as another surprise in the tournament goes, that's all I'm saying
EDIT: 'satisfy' should be viewed as a more broader term since I am Latvian

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Well I wouldn't say it's a 'LOL' considering the 2006 Olympics. Swiss team can usually compete to a significant extent (last year- USA in overtime). I would love to see Swiss against Canada again, but somehow today's performance did not satisfy me as far as another surprise in the tournament goes, that's all I'm saying
EDIT: 'satisfy' should be viewed as a more broader term since I am Latvian
Well, today wasn't a surprise, so I agree with you. Latvia only beat Switzerland once in the World Championships and that was last year, in the shootout. So I wouldn't qualify today's victory a surprise and it certainly doesn't fall into the Denmark vs Finland category.

You have to understand that in Switzerland, people don't have many expectations in this team since 1/2 to 3/4 of our normal team is missing. So, I don't think that we will see a surprise victory of Switzerland against Canada (I think we beat them once in the history of ice hockey at an official tournament ,-)).

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Well, today wasn't a surprise, so I agree with you. Latvia only beat Switzerland once in the World Championships and that was last year, in the shootout. So I wouldn't qualify today's victory a surprise and it certainly doesn't fall into the Denmark vs Finland category.

You have to understand that in Switzerland, people don't have many expectations in this team since 1/2 to 3/4 of our normal team is missing. So, I don't think that we will see a surprise victory of Switzerland against Canada (I think we beat them once in the history of ice hockey at an official tournament ,-)).
I disagree with you. This team is not bad in my view. We have much more depth than we had many years ago.

Yet, undoubtly, some stars are missing ...

The following thread covers among other things : the level of this team compared to the team that was in Vancouver.
(you may not agree though ! but some professionals agree)

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?p...2#post25681132

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05-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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Since I was referring to the general perception and not my personal opinion, do you challenge the statement that people considered this team to be inferior to the one in Vancouver? I'm not talking about "some professionals", but the public perception.

My statement in regards to beating Canada applies to all teams that Switzerland can offer. We will always only have a very minimal outside chance to beat Canada.

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Latvia only beat Switzerland once in the World Championships and that was last year, in the shootout. So I wouldn't qualify today's victory a surprise and it certainly doesn't fall into the Denmark vs Finland category.
Yup no surprise today, it's, as I see it, 65:35 chance of You winning whenever Swiss play Latvia. With the term 'another surprise' that could happen in the game Swiss/Canada I was referring to the Dan/Fin and Ger/US matches, whose results were obviously surprising

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I expected Lats to do way better....I am torn who to support tomorrow - Kaz or Bel?

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