SOCHI UPDATE: Praise Be To The Phil

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 16 2014 09:08AM

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We skipped over yesterday's USA-Russia game, for two reasons. One, I overslept and missed it. Two, everybody was screaming T.J. Oshie's name and trying to talk about the Leafs players would have just been like trying to yell for undivided attention in a downtown Tokyo intersection.

That doesn't mean they didn't play well yesterday. Kessel and van Riemsdyk both got assists on Cam Fowler's 1-1 goal, and combined for 11 shots. Kulemin was part of a shutdown line once again, and they didn't let anybody score on them. Heck, Kulemin won a faceoff! But today we were expecting more, and man oh man...

Kulemin's morning was one without productivity once again, with him still striving for his first point of the tournament. But he represented his team for a bit over 14 minutes and took twenty shifts. But that's not why we're here.

van Reimsdyk picked up an assist, a shot, and a penalty, but that's not why we're here either.

No, we're here because Phil Kessel is not a human being. Four shots are cool. 12:56 is a low amount of ice time. But as the Phil showed, it's what you do with it that counts.

Praise be.

PS: I put a Kessel USA shirt up on Teespring, if anybody is interested.

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#1 leafer2013
February 16 2014, 10:54AM
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Kessel is better at hockey then Crosby and Ovechkin.

Bylsma is a terrible coach giving Phil such little ice time. This game is like Carlyle giving Kadri less then 15 minutes and Kadri getting a hat trick.

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#2 Matt
February 16 2014, 11:32AM
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1. No he isn't.

2. No it isn't.

I don't think any forwards on any of the medal-contending teams are playing 20 minutes+ - all of those teams are four lines deep with all star talent. There are no Colt Knorrs on team USA who are taking ice time from legitimate talent - they're all legitimate talent.

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#3 MaxPower417
February 16 2014, 08:22PM
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@Matt

Don't feed the resident troll.

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#4 Jay
February 16 2014, 09:20PM
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Matt wrote:

1. No he isn't.

2. No it isn't.

I don't think any forwards on any of the medal-contending teams are playing 20 minutes+ - all of those teams are four lines deep with all star talent. There are no Colt Knorrs on team USA who are taking ice time from legitimate talent - they're all legitimate talent.

Eh, I think you could argue Kessel>Ovie. But definitely not Crosby.

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