Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/20/14 at 08:39 AM ET
from Melissa Isaacson of ESPN,
... former Olympian Jenny Potter, who played on four of those medal-winning U.S. teams ('98, '02, '06 and '10), said she can't wait for another encore.
"The last game Canada and the USA played was so great and a lot of people don't understand or even realize it's that competitive and that skilled," Potter said. "I think a lot of people who do watch for the first time are going to be shocked the level is so [high] and it's that exciting and are going to be on the edge of their seats."
Potter and Brad Frost, coach of the two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota women's hockey team and former assistant coach of the U.S. women's national team, offered five keys to the game:
1. The power play
Potter: "That's the biggest thing. It's a game-changer, and both teams have great power plays. Team USA has great players who can rip the puck from the point with players like Hilary Knight, and others have great hand-eye coordination and can tip the puck in the air."
Frost: "Unfortunately, the reffing has been so inconsistent throughout the whole tournament, every game has been a little different. Staying disciplined is going to be a factor in not taking unnecessary penalties. When two teams have so much on the line, the last thing you want to do is give the opposition an advantage on the power play. And when you have an opportunity on the power play,
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