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Gold Medal Pre-Game Talk: Sweden vs. Finland

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05-13-2011, 08:27 PM
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This is actually the gold medal match-up I was hoping for, when the semi match-ups were announced. This is going to be awesome.

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05-13-2011, 08:31 PM
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Btw our great one has done it before:

This one from U18 world juniors, also against russia



The new one was even better, stole the puck, outplay the defender, then lacrosse it into the net in semifinal game like that...

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05-13-2011, 08:35 PM
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Btw our great one has done it before:

This one from U18 world juniors, also against russia



The new one was even better, stole the puck, outplay the defender, then lacrosse it into the net in semifinal game like that...
Nevermind Granlund in that clip. Who distributed that awesome hip check at the end?


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Definitely Finland. Hockey is a bigger sport in Finland than it is in Sweden and last time we had something to celebrate was over fifteen years ago.
So the country will shut down for the game and probably Monday if you win? Will there be large celebrations in the streets?


What about Sweden, will there be celebrations for a win? Is hockey well behind football in popularity?

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05-13-2011, 08:44 PM
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So the country will shut down for the game and probably Monday if you win? Will there be large celebrations in the streets?


What about Sweden, will there be celebrations for a win? Is hockey well behind football in popularity?
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So the country will shut down for the game and probably Monday if you win? Will there be large celebrations in the streets?


What about Sweden, will there be celebrations for a win? Is hockey well behind football in popularity?
The results from a recent survey:

"What sport do you like the most?"

Soccer - 30%
Hockey - 28%
Cross Country Skiing - 8%
Athletics - 5 %
Biathlon - 4 %
Motorsports - 4 %

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This was however made during early winter so the results might differ from time to time.

And of course, it's not like you only follow one sport
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I was wrong about Finland yesterday. Hope I am wrong about them tomorrow.

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We can celebrate in Sweden aswell. 98 was the best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqS4HL3UDEA

Anyway, this will be great. As i mentioned in another thread, i could be happy for both teams - but of course would i more then anything wish to see Sweden win the ninth WHC-gold. The game should be epic.

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05-14-2011, 12:01 AM
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My heart will break if we lose yet another final to the Swedes.
FInland will lead 2-0 coming into third perido and then swedes will get 3 goals, two of them with no goalie on net. *cries*

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edit: He's better than most finnish NHL goalies like Niemi, Niittymäki, Rask for example
Not true. Rinne is our best goalie and Niemi is second best atm. Vehanen is ahead of Rask but poor Rask couldn't really defend himself in this due to Thomas being on fire all the time. After Niemi it's either Bäckström or Kipper. Niittymäki i'd rank at the level with Vehanen and Rask. Then comes maybe Rämö. I forgot to say Lehtonen, he's at Kipper/Bäckström level.

Selanne must be pissed for not coming now. He wants to win big titles like this badly and finish his career on high note, but he'll come next year to Finland's home tournament if Anaheim is out. No doubts in my mind that he will continue his career for 1-2 more years.

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05-14-2011, 01:53 AM
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Not true. Rinne is our best goalie and Niemi is second best atm. Vehanen is ahead of Rask but poor Rask couldn't really defend himself in this due to Thomas being on fire all the time. After Niemi it's either Bäckström or Kipper. Niittymäki i'd rank at the level with Vehanen and Rask. Then comes maybe Rämö. I forgot to say Lehtonen, he's at Kipper/Bäckström level.
Did you look at Rasks number this season? Really look? He was on fire.

Backström, Kiprusoff, Lehtonen, Niemi, Rinne, Rask - really difficult to seperate them on stats when you take all factors into consideration (Tuukka stuck behind Thomas, Niemis craptacular start to the season etc.)

It's impossible really to say who is best. For a season I'd take Kiprusoff, for a one off game I'd take Rask or Lehtonen.
Both of them have an uncanny ability to turn into a wall.

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Ten times in the finals (World Cup, WC, Olympics), one gold. We must be the biggest underachiever in the history of everything.

Let's just do it, and be the defending champions at home ice next year. Would be awesome.

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Finland should win on Sunday. Sweden<Norway<Finland and Sweden<Canada<Russia<Finland (twice!). It's just logic .



This thread needed this.

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So the country will shut down for the game and probably Monday if you win? Will there be large celebrations in the streets?


What about Sweden, will there be celebrations for a win? Is hockey well behind football in popularity?
Hockey is about as popular as football (soccer) in Sweden, at an overall/club level but there is more interest in the national team in football than what it is in hockey. I think people sense that there are more prestige in winning a bronse medal in a football champs than what it is winning gold in a hockey world championship.

On the other hand people know that the possibility for a Swedish gold is much higher than real success in football, so international hockey is still getting high TV-ratings, even if people would not freak out completely if Sweden would win.


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I really like and respect Finnish hockey and sisu but we would probably win this game even with our WJC team. Sweden is superior right now, our new generation of players look good, it will be a good game.

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I really like and respect Finnish hockey and sisu but we would probably win this game even with our WJC team. Sweden is superior right now, our new generation of players look good, it will be a good game.
Well, Sweden is the clear favourite in my opinion, but this is a best of one game, and Finland has been an awesome, gritty fighting team in this tournament with certain touches of unpredictable genius (read Granlund). So, it's far from a done deal - though... it is a final of course and there's that law that says that Finland must freeze in the final match...

But maybe, just maybe we will break it this time? I mean we must, eventually, purely statistically, mustn't we?

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I really like and respect Finnish hockey and sisu but we would probably win this game even with our WJC team. Sweden is superior right now, our new generation of players look good, it will be a good game.
Sure you would.

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I really like and respect Finnish hockey and sisu but we would probably win this game even with our WJC team. Sweden is superior right now, our new generation of players look good, it will be a good game.
LOL, what the hell?
Stop. Just stop.

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Finland is totaly to be respected, they have made it to the final, they wouldn't have if the were talentless.

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If you saw Sweden play during this years WJC you know I'm serious. The loss vs the Russians was one of the most unfair and painful losses ever, we had a great team. We had the same coach too, Mårths. Landeskog would have to play though ;-) our future captain and power forward (injured during most of WJC).

Peace ;-)

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Here's hoping for a good and exciting game tomorrow!

Kippis & Skål!

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Both teams are worthy winners of this tournament and I would actually be OK with a loss to Finland tomorrow.

But of course, nothing beats kicking some finnish ass!

Heja Sverige!

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A gold medal would mean a world to Finland. Like somebody said in his earlier post, WC is almost like a religious happening in Finland.
One could argue that winning gold in hockey WC would mean more than winning world championship in soccer, though the latter is utopia. Heck, winning gold in hockey WC could mean more than Olympic Gold for normal citizen, as crazy as it sounds.

I really hope from the bottom of my heart that Finland takes this one, I don't know how many disappointments more we can take in the Finals. Finland really need this one.

If you look at this document http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkPGN...eature=related , you can see how crazy the nation went about the last gold medal. Just skip a few minutes and see the people on the streets.
GO FINLAND!

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Granlund is the new Crosby.

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I prefer this one

That's my worst hockey memory ever. Although the Turin final loss probably hurt a bit more in the end, this game was just so unbelievably painful to watch... I couldn't believe what I was seeing...


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