Team Canada against Team Russia in the world junior hockey championships tournament was a great game last night.
Too bad it ended so poorly.
In a game that was full of back and forth lead changes, shaky goaltending and great offensive plays, the ending left a lot to be desired.
When Canada scored to tie the game with five seconds left, the group of people I was with went crazy. During overtime, we were all on the edge of our seats.
Then, after the 10-minute overtime, we all sat back, and weren’t excited anymore.
There wasn’t any more cheering, no more excitement.
All because they went to a shootout. After Canada won, the comments around the room weren’t the most flattering.
“It’s not exciting.”
“It’s not even the same game.”
“It’s kind of lame we have to win like this.”
It’s kind of sad, really. Hopefully, the NHL realizes this and never lets a shootout become part of the playoffs.
As for the game itself, Canada got lucky. They didn’t deserve to win the game. The Russians took it to them. Canada’s goaltending was suspect. The defence was off. And the reffing was horrendous.
Canada had nine powerplay chances in the first two periods, and their only goal was at the end of a 5 on 3. Russia had two powerplays in the first two minutes.
It was a game we deserved to lose. And one that we won with no excitement.