So who watched last night’s Norway/Slovakia game? It was AMAZING. I was so sure Slovakia would dominate, but they only ended up winning 4-3. And when Norway tied up the game with 0.1 seconds left in the 2nd period? GM Place Canada Hockey Place went crazy! And I was cheering for Norway so much during the game that I don’t have much of a voice this morning. :) I’m sure it’ll get even worse tonight at the Sweden vs. Slovakia quarter-finals game.
We ate dinner at Red Robins by Metrotown because we didn’t want to fight the crowds for a place to eat downtown. My meal came to $19 after tax & tip.
When we got downtown, we went to see the cauldron. And I had to take the obligatory picture of it. There’s a platform you can get to, where you can get a better picture of the cauldron, and my friend said that the last time she was downtown the line-up was over an hour long. Last night, we waited maybe 5 minutes? It pays to go when the weather isn’t as great.
The energy in Canada Hockey Place was electric. So many people waving Norway and Slovakia flags. And I didn’t realize how many amazing players Slovakia has – no wonder why they beat Russia!
Palffy, Hossa, Chara, Demitra, Gaborik, Handzus, Kopecky, Satan, Stumpel, Zednik, Jurcina, Visnovsky … and not to mention Halak in net. Pretty impressive!
Our seats weren’t that great, Row 13 in the uppers, but every seat in Canada Hockey Place is a good one. Plus, I had my trusty Canon G-10 with me and it has a 20x zoom, so I was able to get pretty decent shots of the game.
Scary moment just minutes into the game! Norway’s Ole-Kristian Tollefsen elbowed Lubos Bartecko. Bartecko’s helmet flew off, and his head hit the ice. Blood was everywhere, it was pretty scary. I think he ended up with a concussion and a gash to the back of his head.
Someone threw a beach ball onto the ice, and none of the refs even went to pick it up. It was on there for a good 3 or 4 minutes. Some of the players would bat it with their sticks. And this play, two players even fell on top of it (to see the balloon under them, you might have to click on the picture to see the larger version). Anyway it was pretty funny.
The game was well worth the $80 I spent on the ticket. It was by far the most entertaining hockey game I have ever been to, and I can’t wait for the quarter-final game tonight at 9pm!
Also, I’ll be downtown while the Canada/Russia quarter-final is happening (4:30pm start). And if we don’t win? I am definitely predicting some riots. Go, Canada, go!