Wednesday, January 05, 2011

It's On

Russia and Canada...from National Post...(I hate this newspaper but it was the most significant article I could find in a hurry). We're heading over to the Monarch Tavern tonight to watch this game...

Mark Masters January 5, 2011 – 9:30 am

Canada and Russia are certainly no strangers on the ice, having met memorably a number of times in significant situations since the 1950s. As the two countries prepare to square off for the gold medal at the world junior championship, Mark Masters looks back at these teams’ rivalrous past.

2010 Olympics
Canada scored two early goals and led Russia 4-1 after the first period in their quarter-final game. The Canadians continued to dominate in the final two periods and cruised to a 7-3 victory.

2009 world championship
Canada met Russia in the gold-medal game for the second straight year. Jason Spezza gave Canada a 1-0 lead, but Russia responded with goals from Oleg Saprykin and Alexander Radulov to win the title.

2009 world junior hockey championship
Jordan Eberle scored with 5.4 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the semi-final game and send the crowd in Ottawa into a frenzy. Canada won the game in a shootout with Eberle and John Tavares leading the way.

2008 world championship
Russia defeated Canada 5-4 in front of a disappointed crowd in Quebec City. Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game late in the third period before scoring on a power-play early in the extra period.

2006 Olympics
Canada’s quest to defend its Olympic title ended in the quarter-finals when Russia eliminated them 2-0. Alexander Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal early in the third period.

2005 world junior hockey championship
Canada thumped Russia 6-1 in the gold-medal game. The NHL lockout allowed Canada to field a team that included Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter and Dion Phaneuf. Alexander Ovechkin was knocked out of the game in the second period with a shoulder injury.

2003 world junior hockey championship
Russia overcame a 2-1 third-period deficit to beat Canada in the goal-medal game in Halifax. Yuri Trubachev scored the winning goal midway through the final period.

1999 world junior hockey championship
Canada’s Bryan Allen tied the gold-medal game with six minutes left in the third period, but his team could not complete the comeback. Artem Tschoubarov beat goalie Roberto Luongo early in overtime to hand Russia a 3-2 win and silence the crowd in Winnipeg.

1991 world junior hockey championship
Defenceman John Slaney scored the winning goal late in the third period as Canada beat the Soviet Union 3-2 in the gold-medal game.

1987 Canada Cup
Canada lost the first game in the best-of-three championship series before sweeping the final two contests in Hamilton. Mario Lemieux scored the game-winning goal in both Games 2 and 3 with Wayne Gretzky assisting both times.

1987 world junior hockey championship
With Canada leading the Soviets 4-2 in the second period a brawl broke out. Referees could not gain control of the situation and tournament officials actually turned out the lights in an attempt to stop the fighting. Both teams were disqualified.

1984 Canada Cup
Paul Coffey broke up a two-on-one chance during overtime of the semi-final game against the Soviets. Later in the period Coffey’s point shot was tipped in by Mike Bossy to give Canada the victory.

1982 world junior hockey championship
Canada blew out the Soviet Union 7-0 to win the country’s first gold medal in the tournament.

1981 Canada Cup
The Soviets crushed Canada 8-1 in the final. Goalie Vladislav Tretiak was named tournament MVP.

1972 Summit Series
Paul Henderson scored the winning goals in Games 6, 7 and 8 to allow Canada to come from behind and beat the Soviet Union in the first major hockey competition between the best players in each nation.

1956 Olympics
The Soviet team went undefeated and won its first Olympic hockey gold medal. Canada lost to the Soviets 2-0 in the medal round and ended up settling for the bronze.

Read more: from National Post


Karen said...

I'm going to postpone going to the library after work today just to make sure I get home in time to watch the game! WOOOOOOT!

X. Dell said...

All those games....that's a lot of missing teeth.

Actually, I'm not down on hockey (used to play it in grade school, actually). That you guys have a great hockey team, no one doubts. When the NHL went on strike a few years back, a lot of Americans hardly even noticed. Perhaps if we were more like team Canada, we'd pay better attention.

Candy Minx said...

Captain Karen, ouch...but what a game How exciting to see Russia play like that seemed all covert energy building up for a grand delivery.

X-Dell, gee that says a lot that you played in grade school. I am surprised you don't follow it too much these days because of your playing when young. The strike you mention was a tough one. I was working in a bar that had a strong hockey following and such a strike really cuts into business. What happened though was that customers became very interested in all the poker shows. Texas hold em was rising up as a popular game and it took over the audience of hockey fans for the duration of the season. I found it a lot of fun last year when the Blackhawks got into playoffs and won because I saw a lot of new fans surface in chicago and the bars went nuts.

X. Dell said...

I have to admit: hockey beats Texas Hold'em--especially when your team is winning.