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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 1:18 pm 
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Halfway through Game 1 for the USA - they are trailing Germany 1-0. Maybe the U18 team should have gotten the nod over the NHLers who missed the playoffs.

Aside: those drums in the crowd are obnoxious.

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 10:56 am 
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No idea what happened in the game, but this is awesome.


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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 11:35 am 
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France beat Finland 5-1. A major upset and France's first win vs Finland in World Championship play having lost the prior 8 games. Not even sure why the geniuses were giving Bellemare the award when agitator Antoine Roussel scored 2 goals, including the game-winner. Florian's 42 of 43 saves won the game.

Here is Florian's Jake Allen impression.

And Bellemare is the kind of player Blues fans would love.

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The US hasn't hosted an IIHF Men's World Championship since 1962. :shock: I know, the NHL doesn't want to have Stanley Cup games in competition with IIHF games. Still, it would be cool to have one in the States in my lifetime.

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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:52 am 
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USA vs Latvia...
Team USA slept walked through the first 30 minutes of play. The 3rd goal they allowed was particularly egregious. Score was 2-1 Latvia with Latvia on a power play. Team USA gets the puck and rushes up ice. I am all for aggressive offensive play, but to do smartly. This wasn't smart. With all four penalty killers in the offensive zone, below the top of the faceoff circles, the winger fires a slap shot way wide. Latvia breaks out 2-on-0 which becomes a 2-on-1 thanks to team speed. Latvia pulls off the perfect pass off bad and the 2nd member of the 2-on-1 buries the puck into an empty net. How in H-E-double hockey sticks are all 4 penalty killers below the top of the circles in the offensive zone in a 1 goal game?? Not smart. USA was over-relying on their team speed to make up for their over-aggressive play. Latvia actually scored 2 goals from USA not being smart defensively and giving up 2-on-0s which USA team speed did turn into 2-on-1s.

USA then woke up thanks to a line change by Blashill and pretty much dominated the rest of the game scoring 3 goals in the final 30 minutes to win 4-3. This game could easily have gone to OT if the Latvian goalie hadn't let in a soft goal which went right through his glove with ~3 minutes left in the 3rd.

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If anyone wants to see why I want to see Parayko on the Blues PP unit with Steen, instead of Pietrangelo, watch the Team Canada games.

While it's been mostly 5-on-5 vs Switzerland, it's almost like Canada is on a permanent power play, at least it was for the first 30 minutes of play. Parayko gets the puck to the front of the net - not necessarily on goal, but to the net where net front presence and deflections can be difference makers. Wayne Simmonds should have 2 goals in this game off of Parayko pucks towards the net - can't really call them passes or shots... it's just getting the puck to the area. Something sorely lacking in the Blues #1 PP unit.

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:38 am 
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The US hasn't hosted an IIHF Men's World Championship since 1962. :shock: I know, the NHL doesn't want to have Stanley Cup games in competition with IIHF games. Still, it would be cool to have one in the States in my lifetime.

You'd have to put it somewhere that could handle all of the games and not be a possible NHL playoff location, plus all the rinks would have to be 200x100. That alone whittles down the number of possible locations.

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 2:27 pm 
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It only take 2 facilities. Cologne and Paris are 5 1/2 hours apart and they are only using 1 arena for games in each city.

Scottrade in St Louis and Kemper in KC (4 hours apart) are both capable of hosting hockey events on the larger sheet. And I haven't even left Missouri. I know, the elephant in the room is Stanley Cup playoffs, not finding facilities.

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 6:00 pm 
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The bigger problem might be interest. I don't see the masses in the Greater St. Louis area shelling out money for the world championships to see Norway play Latvia, Denmark scrap with Slovenia, or South Korea and Belarus dueling it out for survival in the elite division - and I don't see a huge influx of travelers for those games, either.

The 2008 WC's in Canada didn't sell out; by capacity, none of the games sold out individually. The final between Canada and Russia was close (13,339; capacity at the Pepsi Coliseum is 13,400) but the only games before the semis that drew over 10K were games involving Russia. Halifax (capacity 10,595) topped out at 9,192 (twice). If Canada isn't selling out in a year where it only had 3 teams from Canada in the playoffs (Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary) and only the Habs made it out of the first round (they were bounced in 5 by Philly) and was out by 3 days into the tournament, no chance in hell it sells out in the U.S. unless you're maybe playing at smaller arenas such as Minnesota or somewhere in the Northeast.

Europe cares. The WC's are their everything. We care about the Stanley Cup; our guys will settle for the WC's if they have to.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Team USA did it again vs Russia.

Russia's 3rd goal - USA is killing a penalty in a 2-2 game. USA Gets a chance at an odd-man break and 3 of the USA skaters all take off up ice. Puck gets turned over with those 3 penalty killers below the top of the face-off circles in the offensive zone. The 1 that stayed home, like a smart PKer, faced a 3-on-1 which the Russians buried. Both times they've been caught like this being over aggressive on the PK, the score was tied.

Didn't matter in the end since the USA pulled it out overcoming three 1 goal deficits, but if they aren't smarter penalty killing, especially in a tie game, it could easily cost them in a one and done type game. Fortunately, winning their group means they play the struggling Fins in the Quarter-Finals, which shouldn't be much of a challenge.

Good on Switzerland finishing 2nd in Group B.

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So it's the Quarter Final, win or go home game, and Team USA doesn't even show up vs Finland. They looked completely disinterested with little effort at all at any point in the game. It's almost like they decided they had enough of Europe and wanted to go home.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:40 pm 
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#50, Finland. Blues fans from years past who recall all our prospects will remember that name.

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As long as we are playing the vanishing Blues prospects game...

#11 Russia is having a very good tournament, also.

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