Below are some scattered thoughts from Canada’s semi-final loss to Finland, in which they got their backside handed to them 5-1. Once again, these “thoughts” are predominantly Canada-centric.
Before we get too into it, the blunt assessment: that was a Bad Hockey Game. Not in a “Canada lost, Canadian writer is upset about it” way, but in a “that was seriously a Bad Hockey Game” sort of way. I thought for sure when Finland went up 2-0 the game would end up being a thrill ride. Canada would feverishly press, Finland would valiantly defend, and desperation would turn the game into something like the frenzied, thrilling Sweden/Russia semi-final.
Canada mustered three shots on goal in the third period – can we call a timeout here, and let that sink in – Canada mustered three shots on goal in the third period despite being down a couple goals the entire time. The Finns played their system to a T, blocked a ton of shots, and held on. You can call that “good” hockey if you like, and for Finland, it was, but it made for a Bad Hockey Game when it came to the viewing experience.
Matt Dumba’s struggles
I know Matt Dumba is not a bad hockey player. He’s an extremely good one, in fact – he made the Minnesota Wild as a 19-year-old for crying out loud. But he has been, in my eyes, Canada’s least impressive defenseman at the World Juniors (okay, Bigras, but I had no expectations for him and he barely played). Even expectations aside I’d think that.