Good morning and welcome to the elimination stage of the World Cup! There will be no survivors and no surrenders!!
Today will be the match up between Russia and host country Canada, otherwise known as the repeat of the 1972 Summit Series!! Canada famously beat the USSR 4-3-1 (yes, they allowed a tied game). The final game of the series featured the shot heard 'round the world goal by Paul Henderson, the unlikely Canadian hero.
Will we get to see a repeat of this tonight?? Maybe but we know for sure that we get to see Crosby vs. Ovechkin before the NHL season begins.
What a treat.
Home crowd (that is a given)
Outscore opponents in the first period
Great defense (10 for 10 on the penalty kill)
Only have trailed in three games for a collective 1:29
Almost every is contributing offensively (16 out of 20 have at least one point)
It would be nice to have Crosby and those fans on your side. You can't spell side without sid.
Could be overconfident (no one is truly perfect but they are darn close to it)
May have trouble with Russia (went into OT in pre tournament play but still won)
Excels at must win situations (needed to beat North America and Finland to stay alive)
Vladimir Tarasenko (2 game winners so far)
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has a 95 SV%
Great second period team (5 out of 6 goals were in the middle period)
Trying to prove themselves
Their fans are mostly in Russia! (Canadian fans are only the best, if you're Canadian)
Cannot score in the first period
Almost blew the game to North America
Pavel Datsyuk may not play
Don't Forget! The game starts at 7 pm ET!!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!