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It's 5:31 AM and I'm sitting in disbelief, having watched a very solid Slovakian team lay an absolute egg in Sochi--and the Slovenians play wonderful, fantastic hockey en route to a 3-1 win, earned after forty minutes of scoreless hockey and moribund Slovakian showings against a plucky, speedy team, which gave the crazy Slovenian fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome all sorts of reasons to cheer
For Red Wings fans, watching Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco play dominant hockey is fine and all, but Tatar and Jurco were by far the best players on team that was made mincemeat by a line of Anze Kopitar (1 goal, 5 shots, and Slovenia's only NHL representative) and current KHL'er Jan Mursak, and at the other end of the ice, Robert Kristan stopped 27 of 28 shots--Jurco's shutout-spoiler came with only 18 seconds left in regulation--while Zdeno Chara looked all alone on defense and Jaroslav Halak was just as shaky as St. Louis Blues fans feared he'd be at the Olympics.
The Slovakians never seemed to recover after Tomas Kopecky left the game in the 3rd period thanks to an inadvertent elbow to the head, as the AP's Larry Lage noted...
Dallas defenseman had Tatar lined-up, at least he thought he did...
added 9:48pm, Dallas broadcast of the goal below...
A loooooong holiday weekend (and what I call “The Griswold Effect”) put yours truly in quite the tizzy and delayed last week’s look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates off until late last night. (It also completely stymied my intended follow-up to Saturday morning’s piece about the Washington Capitals 6-0 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Lightning being a sobering dose of reality for the Bolts, which was to be about the dissatisfaction of Saturday night’s shootout loss to Florida. Oh well… Moving on…)
The latest episode of The Bolts Beat podcast will post this evening, so keep your eyes peeled for that. (I’m back in studio this week and ready to blast a few people.)
Lots to catch up on from the American League last week (including a wild, 10-8 game between Grand Rapids and Chicago, which is worth at least a look at the box score for Tomas Tatar’s 7-point showing), so let’s get right to it:
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Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.
Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.
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