Journal Entry: December 27th, 2001
When you have a game that is so much puck possession like this tournament you don't want to give up turn-overs like that--not when they're not being forced. It might be that a player is nervous or over-excited. But it comes down to seeing and thinking clearly. I think that we played better than we did against France. I've said all along and I'll say it again here at this tournament but it's still true: You want to improve in every game.
So far we're on course going into our game against the Russians. I also think we played better against the Swiss as the game went along. I was happy for the way that Olivier Michaud played. There was a stretch there in the first two periods when he was very big for us. Now I can see why the Canadiens like him so much. We made the decision to go with two goaltenders in the opening round. It was part of a decision based on our experience and seeing what other teams that have been successful here have done in the past. I think that we're seeing that part of our adjusted approach work out.
Another thing that we wanted to change in our preparation and approach was getting a couple of extra days in of practice before we left for Europe. It's
The open days have also given us a chance to see a little more of the teams at this tournament. Mike, for instance, will watch the Russians play Finland while
We're pretty fortunate not just in having ten players returning to this team from last year but to have ten players returning who played in this tournament when
I've been through this tournament too--once as an assistant in Winnipeg in 99 and last year in Moscow. Three out of four holidays, three out of four
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