2010 Olys GDT – Canada 7, Russia 3 – Feb 24, 2010 @ 5:40 PM MST – CTV

By , February 23, 2010 10:51 pm
Canada vs. Russia
CAN Canada 7 FINAL RUS Russia 3
Quarterfinals
Date: Feb 24 @ 5:30 PM MST
TV: CTV
Canada: 2-1-0-1
Russia: 2-0-1-0

PRE-GAME RANT


Well, fresh off a big win over Germany (8-2), Canada now heads into another huge game. The Americans definitely were a huge test (which unfortunately Canada failed), however you have to wonder if the Russians are going to be an even tougher team to play against. It’ll be interesting to see how the Canadians handle what is possibly the scariest top line at the Olympics (with possible exception to the newly formed Staal, Crosby, Iginla line). This should be a high flying, exciting game, and I’m hoping Roberto Luongo will be up to the task. This will also be another step in the always-exciting Crosby vs. Ovechkin series.

Prediction: 5-4 Canada

TEAM CANADA ROSTER

TEAM CANADA ROSTER
Goalies
Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks/NHL),Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL)
Defence
Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings/NHL), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators/NHL)
Forwards
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins/NHL), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Dany Heatley (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames/NHL), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Brenden Morrow (Dallas Stars/NHL), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes/NHL), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)

TEAM RUSSIA ROSTER

TEAM RUSSIA ROSTER
Goalies
Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose), Semyon Varlamov (Washington)
Defence
Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh), Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton), Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Ufa), Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow), Andrei Markov (Montreal), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus), Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa)
Forwards
Maxim Afinogenov (Atlanta), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta), Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Ufa), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington), Alexander Radulov (Salavat Ufa), Alexander Semin (Washington), Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan), Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Ufa)

SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD SCORING
CAN CAN – 2:21 – Getzlaf from Boyle, Pronger
Boyle blows into the zone and battles past Volchenkov, throws it from down low to the front of the net and Getzlaf tips it in.
CAN CAN – 12:09 – Byole (PP) from Heatley, Marleau
With Marleau screening Nabokov, Boyle throws a wrister from the point that gets through the screen and into the net.
CAN CAN -12:55 – Nash from Richards, Toews
Malkin loses the puck to Toews. Richards gets the puck and moves it back to Toews who goes in on a two on one with Nash. The d-man plays Toews the whole way. He passes it to Nash who gets alone on a sprawling Nabokov and puts it upstairs.
RUS RUS – 14:39 – Kalinin from Volchenkov, Fedorov
Volchenkov passes it point to point to Kalinin, who one times it. Luongo is screened by 4 guys as the puck flutters top shelf.
CAN CAN – 18:18 – Morrow from Boyle, Keith
Morrow gets the puck low behind the goal line. He skates in front of the line and backhands a harmless looking shot that somehow gets behind Nabokov.
2ND PERIOD SCORING
CAN CAN – 3:10 – Perry from Getzlaf, Keith
Getzlaf carries the puck in the zone with Perry on his wing. He tries to shoot it on goal, but fans. Nabokov over plays it as the puck bounces off a Russian and it bounces to the side to Perry who has a whole net to shoot at.
CAN CAN – 4:07 – Weber from Toews, Iginla
Toews and Richards battle for puck possession in the neutral zone. Toews gets the puck and goes in 2-on-2 with Weber. He feeds it to Weber and he hammers it up high, rippling the mesh. Nabokov gets chased from the net.
RUS RUS – 4:46 – Afinogenov from Kovalchuk, Grebeshkov
Malkin spots Afinogenov with a pass and he blows in the zone past the defense and beats Luongo on the glove side.
CAN CAN – 9:51 – Perry from Staal, Getzlaf
The Getzlaf/Perry line puts on a passing clinic. Getzlaf ahead to Staal, Staal passes back door to Perry who tips it in the gaping cage.
RUS RUS – 11:40 – Gonchar (PP) from Malkin
Gonchar skates to the center of the zone at the blue line and wires one through several bodies. Luongo throws the arm out but doesn’t see it quick enough as it beats him down low through traffic.
3RD PERIOD SCORING
No scoring.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st 2nd 3rd Total
CAN CAN 21 9 12 42
RUS RUS 12 8 8 28

POST-GAME RANT


Wow.. unbelievable. The Canadians finally gelled in the game that probably mattered the most. One where it was do or die. Backs against the wall, they pulled it off. Some of the players who were slumping this tourney came alive. Perry.. Getzlaf.. Boyle.. Nash… all had good games. The defense tonight probably wasn’t actually there until the 3rd period, but they kept it exciting. Many hoped for a win, but I don’t think anyone predicted this big of a win.

So Canada will play in the Semi-final on Friday. Who they face is still up in the air, I believe. They will play at 7:30 MST this time though, which is a refreshing change. No more rushing to get home. See you then, folks!

118 Responses to “2010 Olys GDT – Canada 7, Russia 3 – Feb 24, 2010 @ 5:40 PM MST – CTV”

  1. Trogdor says:

    That was some tic tic with the toe this time. They are looking like contenders tonight.

  2. Racki says:

    I’ll say it… this team is a lot better than the one that played the US earlier. Anyone we meet is in for a long night. I just hope that whoever we meet next hasn’t improved as much as our team has.

  3. Trogdor says:

    I’m thinking double digits tonight. How’s that for not beating Russia for however long.

  4. Racki says:

    That would be great! Keep the foot on the gas… see what we can do..

  5. Trogdor says:

    Why isn’t Pierre droning on about the experiment line tonight? Oh, another for Russia. Bobby Lou hasn’t been stellar tonight, good thing he’s got goal support.

  6. Racki says:

    Looks like Crosby wins another battle… although I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch.

  7. Racki says:

    Yah true about Luongo, but two of the goals were big time screens. A guy can only do so much when he can’t see the puck.

  8. Racki says:

    Relax commentators… that isn’t actually too many men on the ice if it’s shot at a guy who is leaving the ice – it’s if they play the puck.

  9. Trogdor says:

    It would just make things easier if one of our tenders would stand on their head.

  10. Racki says:

    Maybe Fleury will.. lol But at the same time, we have to remember who he’s up against… that top line in Russia is scary as hell. So far Malkin only 1 point, Kovalchuk 1, and Ovechkin 0.

  11. Trogdor says:

    Something else that would help us win this game is staying out of the sin bin.

  12. Racki says:

    Just to illustrate my point, from the NHL rulebook:

    “If in the course of a substitution either the player(s) entering the play or the player(s) retiring is struck by the puck accidentally, the play will not be stopped and no penalty will be called”

    Racki 1, McGuire/Cuthbert 0

  13. chucker says:

    I think I love hockey again.

  14. Trogdor says:

    Racki: Just to illustrate my point, from the NHL rulebook:“If in the course of a substitution either the player(s) entering the play or the player(s) retiring is struck by the puck accidentally, the play will not be stopped and no penalty will be called”Racki 1, McGuire/Cuthbert 0

    And 20,000 booing fans. Don’t forget them.

  15. Racki says:

    Hell yes. This is the team we hoped for. (minus the defensive side of it which is still up in the air)

  16. Racki says:

    Trogdor:
    And 20,000 booing fans.Don’t forget them.

    hah! Racki 1, 20,000 booing fans, Pierre McGuire and Chris Cuthbert 0.

  17. chucker says:

    So apparently these refs don’t know what too many men on the ice is. Three missed calls.

  18. Trogdor says:

    Looks like the ladies are going to earn some more hardware in bobsleigh.

  19. Racki says:

    chucker: So apparently these refs don’t know what too many men on the ice is.Three missed calls.

    Scroll above.. one of them was the right call. If a player going on/off the ice gets hit with the puck, its not too many men on the ice. It was a bit slow of a change, but I think most people freaked because the puck hit someone going off, but that’s perfectly legal so long as they aren’t playing the puck.

    Its one of those things that isn’t that well known though.

  20. Trogdor says:

    Yeah. Otherwise you could just fire the puck at the opponent’s bench every time they went for a line change.

  21. Trogdor says:

    Uh oh

  22. Trogdor says:

    Maybe Pierre can let us know what he thinks.

    Good to see you skate of Staal.

  23. Racki says:

    I can’t believe there wasn’t a penalty on that one.

  24. Racki says:

    oh well, make up call time..

  25. Racki says:

    Oh man.. force field in the net there.

  26. Trogdor says:

    That was very close. Good to see Volchenkov get his come uppins as well

  27. Trogdor says:

    Good call Pierre.

  28. gr8one says:

    Racki: I can’t believe there wasn’t a penalty on that one.

    really? I thought it was clean…he gave a little shoulder nudge, but that looked to me more like Staal losing an edge more than anything.

    But yeah, great to see him skate off.

  29. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    really? I thought it was clean…he gave a little shoulder nudge, but that looked to me more like Staal losing an edge more than anything.But yeah, great to see him skate off.

    Maybe.. guess it could have just looked worse than it was.

  30. Trogdor says:

    It was a dangerous time to nudge a guy, but it’s happened before and it will happen again.

    3rd period has been calmer. More controlled game.

  31. gr8one says:

    pretty sure somewhere around the second Perry goal I collectively heard the remaining Teams shit themselves…especially the Americans.

    Thank you for poking the Rabid beaver America.

    And not sure if anyone else has brought this up yet, but isn’t Lu’s mask awesome? love the lumberjack.

  32. Racki says:

    what happened to the rule they put out about covering up 100% of the equipment? I remember the commentators saying that one Russian game because Ovi and Malkin like to hang that ugly back flap out their pants.

  33. Racki says:

    come on guys.. never let a team up off the mat. Just keep pulverizing them.

  34. Trogdor says:

    Why the penalty?

  35. gr8one says:

    Trogdor: It was a dangerous time to nudge a guy, but it’s happened before and it will happen again.3rd period has been calmer.More controlled game.

    true, I still think though that two players going full tilt toward a loose puck it’s hard not to instinctively jostle about a bit.

  36. Racki says:

    Oh you know Vancouver fans just creamed their pants on that Luongo save on Malkin..

  37. Trogdor says:

    LOUUUUUU!!!
    (rings cowbell, freaks out dog)

  38. Racki says:

    oh my god Boyle.. don’t unleash the fury of Semin’s bongo drums…

  39. Trogdor says:

    Nice. Big win, getting fired up even more as the clock ticks down. Thanks Semin!

  40. gr8one says:

    Racki: oh my god Boyle.. don’t unleash the fury of Semin’s bongo drums…

    lol…I was just about to say that.

  41. Racki says:

    Boyle: “We’ll settle this on NHL ice, Alexander”

  42. Trogdor says:

    Clean hit by Semin. Beauty of a slew foot by Boyle.

  43. Racki says:

    The last game the Vancouverites busted out the “na na na nah” chant against Germany. Against Germany….. really??? Come on. That’s just poor sportsmanship. That’s like booing an athlete at the special olympics.

  44. Trogdor says:

    They did change gears to “We want Russia!”

  45. Racki says:

    ITS A MIRACLE… ON ICE!!!!

  46. Trogdor says:

    “We want the winner of the next quarter final!”

    Woohoo! Good game by the boys. Big momentum moving forward.

  47. gr8one says:

    I’d say that’s a statement game.

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    What a game! I didn’t stop being nervous until about 5 min left, just can’t underestimate those Russians. What a nice end to an otherwise crappy day. Thank you USA for pissing Team Canada off!

  49. Racki says:

    Next game is a 7:30 MST start and on Friday.. thank god.

    Oh shit wow… bobsled accident… flip back to CTV if you changed

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