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Sinister
17 May 08,, 22:46
QUEBEC CITY – Finally, the dream has come true. Canada will face the Russians in a World Championship gold medal game for the first time since this format was invented in 1992.

And for the first time since the 1992 Albertville Olympics, where Russia won gold, these two hockey superpowers will play for a title in men’s hockey.

Perhaps the highest level of hockey ever reached was in the 1987 Canada Cup between the archrivals. Canada won the trophy in a three-game final series, losing 6-5 in Montreal before posting back-to-back 6-5 wins in Hamilton.

Both Canada and the Soviet Union had some of the best players of all time in their lineup. Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Sergei Makarov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Fetisov. It was amazing.

So will be the gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF World Championship be the best of all time?

Why not? At the very least, in many ways it is the best possible final to celebrate 100 years of international hockey.

At this tournament, talent has triumphed over tactics. The game has been played on offence more than on defence. Now the two teams with the best offensive firepower will clash for gold.

Dany Heatley versus Alexander Ovechkin. It’s a great prospect.

Canada and Russia are truly deserving of playing in the final in the year we celebrate 100 years of international hockey.

These two nations dominated most of the IIHF’s first century. The Canadians have won 24 gold medals and the Russians 23, 22 of them in the jerseys of the former USSR.

They have both had more influence than any other countries on the development of the game we love. The Canadians invented hockey. But the Russians perfected the game, and have brought it to a higher level since they debuted in international competition in 1954 by winning their first gold medal.

Without the Russians, hockey would still resemble the “good old days” of the NHL, with more goons than Dany Heatleys, and more clutching and grabbing than tic-tac-toe plays and scoring.

On the other hand, hockey would not have its special brand of dynamism, toughness, passion and intensity without the Canadians, and it would look more like field hockey.

Canadian poet Al Purdy once called hockey a combination of murder and ballet.

Now, we’re leaning more toward the ballet.

On paper, I believe the Russians are the much better team. They are well-balanced, they are faster and they have had better goaltending in this tournament since adding Evgeni Nabokov. It’s the first time since 1983 (when Vladislav Tretiak was their goalie) that they have had truly world-class goaltending at the Worlds.

But the Canadians have always found ways in the past to beat better teams. The jersey with the Maple Leaf gives them extra energy.

This time, they’ll need a lot of this extra energy to become the first team since the 1986 Soviets to win the gold medal on home ice.

However, for what the Russians and the Canadians have done so far for our game, both deserve to win a gold medal in the IIHF’s centennial year.




This is going to be great , I say 6-5 Canada OT

Mobbme
18 May 08,, 05:04
Both are also undefeated coming into the gold medal game. Russians and Canadians both have so much fire power, its going to be a nightmare for the defencemen.

I say Canada, but not sure if its going to be high scoring or low scoring, we'll just have to wait and see!

Sinister
18 May 08,, 13:50
Wow im suprized at how little interest shown in this topic , this is a true classic , anyone that remembers the summit series and canada cup would agree .

Aryol
18 May 08,, 21:04
РОССИЯ ЧЕМПИООООН!!!!!!!

2 canadians: good game;)

Aryol
18 May 08,, 21:15
АААААААААААААААААААА!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MrFirst
18 May 08,, 21:44
Ok, we are getting congratulations here.

BD1
18 May 08,, 22:41
congratulations !

Sinister
18 May 08,, 22:44
This trully was a classic game , one of the best finals I ever watched , amazing game , congrats to all the Russians on this forum.

Aryol
18 May 08,, 22:58
This trully was a classic game , one of the best finals I ever watched , amazing game , congrats to all the Russians on this forum.

thanks! It was really splendid game

Mobbme
19 May 08,, 11:56
thanks! It was really splendid game


Congrats. I like Ovechkin and I wish well for the Washington Capitals, BUT Team Russia better enjoy this one, because Canada is taking GOLD at the 2010 olympics hehe :biggrin:

Exarecr
19 May 08,, 15:56
Great game that ended with a rather stupid rule that must change. Congrats to the Russkies though, you've knocked 2 years off my life because of the stressful, teeth grinding, object throwing, tizzy that followed the overtime goal. Took it like a man though I need a new rubber brick!

cirrrocco
19 May 08,, 19:37
any videos available of this game??, I have only seen a few league games in the US and I really enjoyed the aggresiveness and action in the game...This game must have been insane

Sinister
19 May 08,, 20:56
This is the best I could find , 7 min video of all highlights of the game.

YouTube - IHWC 2008 GOLD MEDAL GAME â–ˆ RUSSIA â–ˆ CANADA â–ˆ 5:4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUbkcNen1JY)

Its German lang though

jurasiks
20 May 08,, 08:23
http://img1.nnm.ru/imagez/gallery/1/8/a/7/1/18a714b2af2bfd5b3edf44c2720c6c45_full.jpg

РОССИЯ ЛУЧШАЯ! УРА!!!

We remind to canadians our Anthem that they knew from childhood!
Russia is the best!

Video that you must see (YouTube) (http://ru.youtube.com/watch?v=0SKKzSmwSxo)

Mobbme
20 May 08,, 13:46
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii115/Mobbme/teamrussia1.jpg
Alexander The Great

Mobbme
20 May 08,, 13:49
http://img1.nnm.ru/imagez/gallery/1/8/a/7/1/18a714b2af2bfd5b3edf44c2720c6c45_full.jpg

РОССИЯ ЛУЧШАЯ! УРА!!!

We remind to canadians our Anthem that they knew from childhood!
Russia is the best!

Because that was the last time we heard it!! Its been what, 30 years since they last won gold?

But regardless, congratulations. I'm happy for Ovechkin. There are many great things he's going to accomplish. He's got a gold now, I just hope he doesn't expect to win gold at the 2010 olympics when Crosby, Sakic, Iginla, Pronger and Thornton join Team Canada :))

Exarecr
20 May 08,, 14:06
By the time the Olympics roll by Canada will have probably won another 2 gold for warm-ups to the main event in B.C. in 2010. It was good the Russians actually had the chance to feel what it's like to finally win the big one after 15 years. Our Anthem went platinum during those years..........grin.(How in the hell do you insert those little funny face dudes. Every time I try I end up watching the space shuttle circle the Earth or end up on some site selling gum that's so chewy it can pull transport trucks.)HELP.

Mobbme
20 May 08,, 15:43
By the time the Olympics roll by Canada will have probably won another 2 gold for warm-ups to the main event in B.C. in 2010.

True, we still have another world championships coming up.


It was good the Russians actually had the chance to feel what it's like to finally win the big one after 15 years. Our Anthem went platinum during those years..........grin.

Man, all those junior and senior mens gold, i've totally lost count. Remember one time, our juniors won like 6 golds in row? LOL


(How in the hell do you insert those little funny face dudes. Every time I try I end up watching the space shuttle circle the Earth or end up on some site selling gum that's so chewy it can pull transport trucks.)HELP.

I've seen Gunnut post those emoticons, and I've also wondered how.. so HELP US GUNNUT!!! :)

EDIT: errrr wait, are you talking about this faces? :)):rolleyes::):cool: etc?

If so, instead of Quick Reply, you click "post reply" and a new page opens where you write this and the smily faces are right beside the text. Or if you're wondering about the other smily faces that shoot guns etc, I've seen gunnut post those

Exarecr
20 May 08,, 17:56
I do believe you helped me Mobbme....here goes:biggrin:

Exarecr
20 May 08,, 17:59
This is huge. I figured something out on this damn machine(with a little help)that normally would have had my son:rolleyes:and do his magic.:biggrin: Hee...Hee this is fun:))

Mobbme
20 May 08,, 22:42
This is huge. I figured something out on this damn machine(with a little help)that normally would have had my son:rolleyes:and do his magic.:biggrin: Hee...Hee this is fun:))

:P

Theres these other ones too, very unique ones, but I can't figure out how to post them. They're even animated hehe