Fresh off last night’s 8-2 thumping of the Germans, Team Canada will look to translate that momentum into yet another strong performance as they prepare to face the Russians this evening (7:30 EST/4:30 PST on CTV).
True, the victory last night was over a German team which was not exactly expected to be a medal contender to begin with. However, a win is a win and last night’s performance should serve to help some of the bitterness and doubt stemming from Sunday’s loss to the United States subside.
As in all sports, momentum is key and Team Canada will certainly need all they can get against a typically strong Russian squad.Â Â The Russians are fast and skilled, but not overly physical; if the Canadians can get in a couple of momentum-setting hits from the outset, establishing control throughout the game will become a much easier task.
Team Russia (alphabetical)
Afinogenov, Datsyuk, Fedorov, Kovalchuk, Kozlov, Malkin, Morozov, Ovechkin, Radulov, Semin, Zaripov, Zinoviev
Gonchar, Grebeshkov, Kalinen, Korneyev, Markov, Nikulen, Tyutin, Volchenkov
Bryzgalov, Nabokov, Varlamov
Team Canada (alphabetical)
Bergeron, Crosby, Getzlaf, Heatley, Iginla, Marleau, Morrow, Nash, Perry, Richards, Staal, Thornton, Toews
Boyle, Doughty, Keith, Neidermayer, Pronger, Seabrook, Weber
Brodeur, Fleury, Luongo
Canada v. Russia is always a thrilling matchup, and tonight’s spectacle should be a game for the ages.Â As disappointing as the loss on Sunday was, you have to admit the Olympics simply aren’t the same without these two historic rivals facing off at some point. And there is, after all, something to be said for facing a little adversity along the way to victory. Losing to the United States was a blow, no doubt, but if channeled properly the experience of that loss could prove to be more beneficial to the team than many of the panic-pushers have taken the time to consider.
The road to gold may have officially began last night, but the true test of Team Canada’s character, courage, resiliency, and strength is to be witnessed this evening.
Looking forward to your thoughts as always,