Sunday, February 19, 2006

They're doing everything but putting one in the net

What a chance that was for Thornton's line. The Finns are playing a rprevent defense, doing their best to limit the "huge" scoring chances, but the Canadians are surging. If Finland catches the Canadians pressing too hard, they're going to end up with a few odd-man rushes of their own. Canada needs the next goal, or it's game over. Canada needs to learn how to play with this intensity for the full game -- the first periods for Canada have been very weak.

Niitymaki looks amazingly focused, and it's going to take a great tic-tac-toe play to beat him, which is tough, given the prevent defense the Finns are playing.