Monday, September 03, 2007

From Russia with love

Tomorrow the Super Series moves to Canada for the final four exhibition games. Canada has a 4-0 series lead and can make it a lock with a win tomorrow night in Winnipeg. But as I said before, Team Canada won't be satisfied with a series victory. They're after an eight-game sweep of the Russians.

In the final game in Omsk, Team Russia finally made a show of it and got a few hits in of their own, namely defenseman Vyatcheslav Voynov who sent Sam Gagner flying with an open ice hip check. Voynov later got kicked out of the game for laying out David Perron.

Ultimately, Canada has been the better team and it was no different in game 4. Despite outshooting the Canadians, shaky goaltending dug Russia in a hole to deep to dig out of. They lost 4-2, but with the exception of a few minutes in the second the gulf between the teams didn't seem so wide.

The Super Series has been somewhat of a dud. The only real entertainment in it now for me is to see how some individual players perform:
  • John Tavares - Is he really the next Crosby?
  • Thomas Hickey - Having seen him play in Seattle, I know he's the real deal. But can he show the world why the Kings picked him 4th overall?
  • Alexei Cherepanov & Artem Anisimov - How long until these Rangers prospects appear on Broadway?
  • Maxim Chudinov & Vyacheslav Vojnov - These two 17 yr-olds have been Russia's best D-men. Will the Super Series increase their stock in the upcoming draft?
I'm debating whether to go to Vancouver to watch game 8 in person, but the series will be long over by then.



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