Welcome one and all to the second edition of The Junior Report!
Well the games have officially begun. It was Day 1 of the 2014 World Juniors! No more pre-competition now the games really mattered. Canada opened up against Germany and like the previous “pre-competition” games Canada found themselves down early as a weird bounce put the Germans up 1-0. Canada quickly responded with a beautiful set up and play by Matt Dumba (7th Overall 2012 Minnesota Wild) to tie it up at 1-1 then go up 2-1 before Adam Pelech (65th Overall 2012 New York Islanders) gave away the puck for the Germans to tie it up at 2-2. Canada then took control for the rest of the game and was lead by Anthony Mantha (20th overall 2013 Detroit Red Wings) who scored a Hat trick and lead Canada to a 7-2 victory. Canada played well and you can see the chemistry coming together just need to wake up early in the game as other teams might not be as easy to come back against. In other scores Russia dominated Norway by a score of 11-0. The USA topped the Czech Republic by a score of 5-1 and Sweden sneaked by Switzerland 5-3. Canada takes on the Czech Republic on Saturday Morning 11:30am EST on TSN.
Now when I decided to give this blog/article a shot I didn’t feel like just doing play by play I wanted to give something else something different to read that you might not read everywhere else so In the coming editions of The JuniorReport!We will look back at the NHL Success or failures of the last 10 players that donned the “C” for Team Canada. We will also look into if Canada performs better on home ice or not. Also an article on the infamous “Punch-Up in Piestany”. That and many more on future editions of The Junior Report !
For Boredhockeyfan.com I am Dan Thompson, ‘Have a Good Night And A Pleasant Tommorow”
During the tilt between the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Washington Capitals, a Mike Green slap shot shattered Nate Thompson’s visor into pieces. While it cut him open “hardway”, with minor lacerations, One can only imagine how worse this would have been had he not have been wearing a visor. Looking at the proximaty of the shot, and the force behind it, Nate Thompson is a lucky man. Without said visor, he might have lost an eye and/or suffered an concussion.
It’s reasons like this that the “visor issue” is a hot topic in the NHL. I understand that the athletes want to appear tough. But if I was an owner, I’d want my GM to protect my investment by enforcing necessary safety regulations on players. I hate likening the players to cattle, since the the recent lockout is still a very sore topic to allude to… but… a rancher builds a fence and invests in a shot gun to prevent the herd being lost to predators. Why on Earth would an owner not want to prevent paying out massive contracts to I.R. players that take unnecessary risks? Seems dumb to me. But I’m just a fan, so what the hell do I know?
Washington would go on to win the game 6 – 5 in OT.