Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 01/04/08 at 03:53 PM ET
Almost gametime in the Czech Republic between Canada and the USA at the World Junior Championship semi-finals, so here is an open post in case anyone wishes to share info, trash talk, or is just looking for scoring updates while they’re stuck at work. (Updates will be added to the comments throughout the game.)
“One of the consistent themes we have had is that we are completely focused on us,” said USA coach John Hynes. “We want to make sure we come up with the right energy and mental focus because that’s all that we can control. We have respect for Canada, but we have no control over them.”
Canada will need its top players to raise their game in a one-game showdown. A lot of Canada’s success has come from the power play and young guns John Tavares and Steven Stamkos in particular. More will be expected from the top line of Kyle Turris, Brad Marchand and Claude Giroux.
Official puck drop time is 11am PT I do believe—so it’s a coffee experience through the first hour, morphing into a cocktail one at the stroke of noon. Gotta love Fridays.
(Of course, eastern viewers can start their martinis earlier. But those drunks always do.)
P.S. Apparently not all Canadians like the WJC. This is a mystery to me.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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