Under no circumstances should a team be able to make 50-60 foot passes on a regular basis. The Canadian defensemen played a horrible game letting the Swedes get behind them on a consistant basis. It could be a case of the Canadian players not used to the larger ice surface and lack of a red line. It will be interesting to see how Canada bounces back against Germany.
To stop the Torpedo I would have my Center play around the face-off circle cutting off the center ice area. Force the Swedes to complete long passes against the boards where you can have your defensemen cut off the rushing forwards. A couple of back checks when they are circling around would also help.
Goaltending was Canada's question mark with Cujo and Brodeur having average seasons so far. Canada does have 3 more games to put it together since the first four games are just for seeding purposes.
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Too bad their defensemen decided to stop playing good, basic defense when they needed it, and too bad Curtis Joseph decided to pick THAT day to do a piss-poor Dominik Hasek impersonation flopping about on the ice.
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http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2003/0703/1576172.html It seems like it's going to take some time to get used to seeing these guys in their new duds. First Teemu & Kariya, now Hatcher, Fedorov and Lindros (?) (among others) coming up.