Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/26/10 at 09:27 AM ET
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
All it took was one whirlwind stretch Wednesday, and the entire Olympic hockey tournament was flipped right back to where it started: Canada is the heavy gold-medal favorite.
Down went Russia, pummeled by the suddenly rejuvenated Canadians.
Down went Sweden, the 2006 champion, outhustled by the upstart Slovaks.
Just like that, the best offensive and best defensive teams, respectively, were out of Canada’s path, the only two that could challenge or exceed Canada in either facet. And all that is left of the field will play out on the dual semifinal stage today at Canada Hockey Place:
Is it a done deal?
Not so long as three other teams still can dream of that gold.
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