Saturday at the Ice Hockey World Championship is the traditional time for the semifinals. This time the USA, Canada, Germany and Finland remained in the top four. Coincidentally, they all played in the same group at the preliminary stage. And all together overcame the quarter-finals line.
The first to go out on the ice are the Americans and Canadians. According to the seeding system, all teams after the group stage received seeding numbers, and the semi-final pairs are distributed depending on this seeding itself. By the rules, the best team meets the worst. The Americans dashingly passed the group, smashed Slovakia in the quarterfinals and got the Canadians, who miraculously got into the playoffs.
Much has been said about the Canada-Russia match in the quarter-finals, we will not repeat ourselves. Once again it was confirmed that the average level of the KHL does not pull in comparison with the average level of the NHL. The Canadians played reliably on the defensive and punished us for the usual negligence on the “penny”. The result is a well-deserved semi-final. It remains only to take an example from them of how to add during the tournament and show the maximum in the playoffs, and not in the group.
The Americans, in turn, are ready to interrupt the series, which has been dragging on since 1960, in terms of the quality of the game shown. It was then that the US national team became the champion for the last time. Since then, there have not even been finals. Okay, Russians are 7 years old without gold, Americans are 60 years old. And nothing, do not get upset. For the first time in a very long time, their team does not look preferable to the Canadians, but simply is one of the main contenders for gold. There is speed, teamwork, and reliability in defense. And no one canceled the irritant in the form of a titled neighbor. By the way, when the teams met in the group, the Americans did not leave a stone unturned from the “maple leaves”. So some have a desire to finally take the title, while others want revenge. Let’s see who will take it.
The USA – Canada match will start at 14:15 Moscow time. On the website “RG” there will be an online broadcast.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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