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"If you have told me before the game we'd score four goals against Finland, I'd think we would have had a chance .But to let in eight? Our goalie needs to be the best player, and we need to help him out better.

"If guys didn't know what to expect out of this tournament, I think they got a good reality check today."

-Thomas Vanek of Team Austria after losing 8-4 to Team Finland.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

Meanwhile, Slovenia is making a game out of it against Russia.  Russia is leading 3-2 going into the 3rd period.  After too many fancy moves in the first period wasting grade A scoring chances, Slovenia has clawed back and Russia is looking frustrated right now. What a story it would be if they manage to tie it up.  The russians from KHL look pretty bad, always looking to pass and rarely connecting.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 02/13/14 at 09:02 AM ET

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Meanwhile, Slovenia is making a game out of it against Russia.

That’s because everyone is far overrating Russia.

Posted by Garth on 02/13/14 at 10:27 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Garth is right:  The Russian KHLers are in the KHL for a reason… they’re generally not good enough for the NHL or can’t hack the level of competition.  Russia is very top-heavy and little depth.  Imagine if USA or Canada were made up 50% of AHLers…  that’s basically the caliber the KHL is, AHL.

Those expecting Gold out of them are going to be disappointed, I’d be surprised if Russia medals at all.  Too many other good teams.

Posted by Primis on 02/13/14 at 11:19 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Yeah the KHL is the same skill level as the AHL, sure. I am sure you guys have watched enough KHL and AHL to make a profound judgement…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/13/14 at 11:36 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I question the profoundity of any judgement made here, but if you disagree with the assessment of the KHL’s level of competition, can you provide some reasoning as to why?  I’d be interested in a different view point.

I’ve watched plenty of KHL games in the past, but I odnt have access to them now.  And I’ve watched a ton of AHL over the last couple of years.  In my opinion, the pace more up tempo and there is more structure, espcially on the defensive side, in the AHL, possibly because of the smaller ice.  With the KHL, I see a lot more attempts at skilled hockey and an emphasis on making plays instead of crash-the-net style offense, but there doesnt seem to be enough players in the league with high end skill to make that style pay off as much as it should with the extra space.

Posted by Hootinani on 02/13/14 at 12:13 PM ET

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