There are valiant efforts and there are cryin’ shames. And, its a cryin’ shame that Russia iced the puck with just a dozen or so ticks of the clock left in regulation; or, that they couldn’t get it past Subban(?) with just over 10 seconds to go – twice.
But fatigue plays a factor in these cometitions and for some reason the IIHF wants tired teams playing for the second night in a row. I’m not saying it would have made a difference in the game because I don’t have to, everybody knows it. But you also create your own luck and Canada believed it could happen until the end, and you have to hand it to them for that. They also did what they do best – they dump the puck in and chase it down with frenzy. I again have to defer to this article:
Because it breaks down the game for those who may not have understood what was happening. How could the Russians have been so guilty of taking bad penalties? Well, they really weren’t, but they dealt with the Canadian game-plan like champions until the end. I don’t know if it was selfishness or just the moment, but that icing call broke the Russian’s night like when like an egg-carton on your doorstep. Ironic, isn’t it, that the Russians were bested in the “skills competition.” I hate shootouts. But sometimes it just has to come down to that on these types of nights. Its tough on the losing goalies pride, but we should remember that the shooters have to do their bit. And tonight, Russia’s shootout shooters didn’t pull through. I can’t really blame them as it must have taken all they had to keep their legs at the end. And I hope that the extra game won’t have to mean playing two nights in a row in the final fours of the future.
ps – I apologize for not knowing many of the Russian names. That’s the first I’ve seen of them this year. I thought their goalie was amazing and really felt for the kid in the end. As a Kings fan, I was thrilled to get a look at Voinov, though, and I like what I saw.