Olympic Hockey: Expect the Unexpected

4 Sport BostonCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 24:  Zach Parise #9 of the United States scores a goal past Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland in the third period during the ice hockey men's quarter final game between USA and Switzerland on day 13 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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That’s it. I am done with predictions when it comes to this Olympic men’s hockey tournament.  Before the Games started, I said Russia would beat Canada in the gold medal game. Then, I emphatically said the Canadians would outplay the U.S. in pool play. Not content with myself after the first week of action proved those predictions laughable, I sided with the Russians over Canada in last night’s quarterfinal game. Finally, I went on record saying Sweden would defeat the U.S. for the gold medal.

Let’s get in the 4 Sport Boston time machine and see how I am doing so far …

Russia over Canada for the gold medal: Um, they met in the quarterfinals in a loser leaves town match.

Canada would outplay Team USA in pool play: We can debate which team played the better game, but the Americans capitalized on chances and played much better than I ever anticipated. They won the game and the pool.

Russia would follow Alex Ovechkin’s lead and paste Canada in the quarters: That sound you hear was Evgeni Nabakov screaming in pain from the sunburn he has after the goal light shone down on him all night. Canada with a 7-3 win over the surprisingly listless Russians.

Sweden would go back-to-back with the gold after seeing the medal round matchups: Well, Slovakia came up with a big 4-3 win early this morning to end those hopes.

To recap: I made four predictions. I was 100% wrong every time. I put the whammy down on whoever I backed every time. I guess this explains why I am the world’s worst ESPN: Beat The Streak player. Seriously, every time I see a choice where it is “Who will win the gold medal? Bode Miller or the field”, I take the field. Then that slacker ski bum goes and throws down the run of his life. WTF, dude. So, in honor of the current streak I am riding, here are a few more predictions before we get to yesterday’s games...