Re: Russian Olympic hockey cowardsMar 1st, 2010
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I do think the Russian 2 line, breakaway pass style should be purged though.
It's an exciting play but maybe too easy enough to defend against.
EDIT-I saw the Russian women's team game against the Finns and was surprised how sluggish and unmotivated the Russians were, also a few players were definitely overweight.
The Finns were at first quite tentative but their textbook positional play meant they kept gaining while the Ruskies kept sinking.
In the latest International Ice Hockey Federation world rankings that were tabulated after the Vancouver Olympics, Canada moved back to No. 1 from the second spot. The rest of the top 20 is as follows: 2. Russia; 3. Finland; 4. Sweden; 5. United States; 6. Czech Republic; 7. Slovakia; 8. Switzerland; 9. Belarus; 10. Latvia; 11. Norway; 12. Germany; 13. Denmark; 14. Austria; 15. Italy; 16. France; 17. Ukraine; 18. Slovenia; 19. Kazakhstan; 20. Hungary.