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by Monica McAlister on 05/13/14 at 05:48 AM ET
Day Five of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament is about to start shortly and though the Russians beat the Americans 6-1 yesterday the big story out of Minsk, Belarus are the French.
The underdog French have managed to pull off some upsets that aren’t too far removed from the accomplishment of the U.S. college players who edged the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. And they wouldn’t have shocked "Big Seven" nations like Russia last year (2-1) or Canada (3-2) and Slovakia (5-3) this year if they didn’t have the right mental outlook.
That is right the France started this years Worlds with edging out Canada with a 3-2 shootout win.
Following the win over Canada though the French team fell to the Italians.
If the 2-1 loss to Italy reveals anything, it’s that France needs to be wary of “playing up” or “playing down” to the level of its opponents. Good teams revel in their consistency, and that could be the next step in the evolution of the French program.
Now it is France showing that being the underdog does not mean you are down and out. A few small Miracles lead to more recognition as the Swiss and the Slovenian teams have shown in other recent tournaments in the last year.
Read the full IIHF story about how France is making more miracles at the 2014 Worlds in Belarus.
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