Canada vs. Russia: Defensive Play of Offensive Juggernaughts Is the Key

February 24th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

The weight of two nations will be on the shoulders of each team tonight as Canada and Russia battle it out in what might be the most highly anticipated quarterfinal game in Olympic hockey history.

It certainly has a chance to be the most watched game in history.

We all know the storylines.

Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, the two best players in the NHL going head-to-head with a cast of the best offensive players in the league by their side.

Offense versus offense. Snipers versus snipers.

The stories are all the same, but if one team is going to take control of this slug fest tonight, it's going to be the team that steps up their game on the blue line, not in the goal scoring department—though a few of those won't hurt either.

Both Canada and Russia have been less than stellar defensively so far in the tournament, each team suffering a shocking loss on their way to a projected matchup in the Gol ...

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