View Poll Results: Who will win the semi-final between Finland and Sweden

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    IHF Member Bennison's Avatar
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    Mens IHWC SF: Finland (H1) vs Sweden (S3)

    Saturday May 18, 15:00 GMT +2

    Semi-final between Finland and Sweden, discussion thread.
    Cum bibam cervisiam gaudeo.

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    Sweden played it's best game yet last night while Finland looked shaky... Sweden will win this after a tight game (as they usually are against Finland)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    Sweden played it's best game yet last night while Finland looked shaky... Sweden will win this after a tight game (as they usually are against Finland)
    Since the game is being played in Stockholm, I'll have to go with the home team.

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    Between Finland and Sweden in ice hockey anything can happen. I was watching the QF games yesterday in a hotel in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Some ten Finns and ten Swedes in the TV lounge. The Swedes cheered for Finns in our game, we cheered for them in their game. Both won, and the hotel bar made it good selling beer ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    Sweden played it's best game yet last night while Finland looked shaky... Sweden will win this after a tight game (as they usually are against Finland)
    It's a meeting two quite different hockey philosophies, as revealed by the teams' respective TOIs. Vs. Canada, the top D pair of Sweden played around 33 minutes, and Sedins clocked more than 25 minutes each. In Finland's QF, only one player - Juuso Hietanen - was on the ice more than 20 minutes, and even he only barely.

    In other words, Sweden is front-loaded - whereas Finland does the steady churn with all four units. It's the very thing that helped Finland edge Slovakia, despite being in trouble in the middle of it. When they got their best shot, they still had more than enough energy left to capitalize.

    Sweden has better individuals, no doubt. So there's every chance that they can decide this quite swiftly. Though of course, Finland has people who have shown that they can bury it as well. It can quickly become a roller coaster.

    But if the game stays close, as you predict, this should actually favor Finland further it goes.
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    I am very excited for this one, much like the Slovakia v. Finland match, I have no preference in who wins it just as long as it is a great and entertaining.

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    Alexander Edler is suspended for the rest of the tournament.
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    The Sedins have had a serious impact on the semi with Finland.
    Both assisted on both PP goals scored by Loui Eriksson and that
    is the difference in the game after 40 minutes.
    Thank you San Jose Sharks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Thank you San Jose Sharks.
    Yes, F-U Antti Niemi, don't come home.


    Okay, seriously. Not even disappointed. Can't score, can't win. And Sweden made the necessary ones. Somebody might say that the calls were questionable, but if they hadn't called those, they would have called something else. And with the way the Sedins played, they would still have probably made one or two.

    No buts, no ifs. The better won.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laho View Post
    Yes, F-U Antti Niemi, don't come home.
    Hah, did not even think about that....talk about irony.

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    The Swedes made couple of goals more than the Finns. That's it.
    Finns had their places but couldn't score. It was not the first period, but all the 60 minutes.
    That's sports.

    Good luck in the Final, Swedes.

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    The better team won but I am disappointed in the Finnish performance. They seemed very weak today, especially Kontiola line was getting little done. Maybe it was Sweden making Finland look bad, but I didn't get that impression. Actually, Sweden didn't look that good either. Apart from the Sedins they couldn't get much pressure on the Finnish goal. The calls that got them the PP goals were a little questionable. Well, the first one was correct but just a minute before the exact same offense had been let go unpunished on the Swedish side. The first goal was a fluke one too but that doesn't matter. Even one goal would have been enough to beat Finland today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    The calls that got them the PP goals were a little questionable. Well, the first one was correct but just a minute before the exact same offense had been let go unpunished on the Swedish side. The first goal was a fluke one too but that doesn't matter. Even one goal would have been enough to beat Finland today.
    The calls were weak but there is no way one can play a hockey game these days without zero minors. So something was going to get called sooner or later. And the Sedins were in such a form that they would likely have scored anyway.

    It would have been different of course had this been a close game decided by a questionable call at the closing minutes. To which I actually have to say that if one wants to complain about the refs, there seemed to be a shift in policy yet again. Early on, some softies were called, whereas late on everything save a dead body was allowed. But such is the way these things often go - and because it was the same for both, Finland didn't really lose because of that either.
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