The Winter Olympics are almost over, and there are only two hockey games left. One will decide who gets the glorious gold or the so-so silver, and the other will decide who gets the shameful bronze. Who will play in these games, however? All shall be revealed.
Well, the gold medal game will see Sweden and Canada facing off. This isn't surprising, as these were the two best rosters going into the tournament. Of course, the rosters aren't as strong as they were when the Olympics started. John Tavares went down with an injury, a torn MCL that will keep him out the rest of the season. Garth Snow is now calling for NHL players to be kept out of the Olympics, but this would carry more weight if it wasn't such a baldfaced act of self-interest. I can relate to Snow's dismay, however, as Henrik Zetterberg is going to miss at least eight weeks after having back surgery. Also, with the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, I actually do think the NHL will not allow its players to appear. Russia and its KHL guys, rejoice!
Anyway, back to the games and to this year. Both semifinals contests were quite close, and low scoring. Sweden eked out the win over Finland with a 2-1 win thanks to a goal from Erik Karlsson. The Fins were without Tuukka Rask, but Kari Lehtonen clearly wasn't the issue. As for the Canada-USA game, Canada won 1-0. Both goalies played well. Both teams played well. However, Canada got the win.
So now, we get to watch Sweden and Canada play for the gold. It should be a good game. Also, low scoring. The Olympics have been quite low scoring. I picked Sweden to win the gold before the tourney, so I shall stick with them. Meanwhile, the US will face Finland for the bronze. Finland almost always takes home a medal. I don't think they will this year, though. I'll take USA to win the bronze. Hey, at least it's a medal.
The bronze medal game is Saturday, while the gold is Sunday, one of the last events of the Winter Olympics. Hopefully we get a couple great games to end on.