Ok, The European Hockey League continued with the following results:
Dynamo Moscow (RUS) - Farjestad (SWE) 5-0 (1-0,2-0,2-0)
Valerengen (NOR) - Ceske Budejovice (CZH) 2-1 (0-1,1-0,1-0) !!!
/* So the Russian team looks very strong. Norwegian team suprised Czhecs
but I fancy that Moscow and Farjestad will rule this group */
Bratislava (SVK) - CSKA Moscow (RUS) 7-3 (2-1,4-2,1-0) !!
Sparta Prague (CZH) - EC Wien (AUT) 9-1 (3-0,3-1,3-0)
/* CSKA isn't what it used to be .. Vienna team looks very weak. Perhaps
this group will be between Czhecho-Slovakia ;-) */
Frolunda Indians (SWE) - Lukko (FIN) 1-2 (1-1,0-0,0-1) !
Rouen (FRA) - Litvinov (CZH) 3-3 (0-1,2-2,1-0) !!!
/* Nice away win for lukko in Gothenburg (though the game itself was
*very* boring ... I wonder how Swedish fans stay awake at the stands
when Frolunda plays with these ultra-defencive tactics ... though this
time Lukko wasn't any better). Rouen, which is considered to be the
biggest underdog (with Manchester and Vienna) of the whole league,
stealed a point from a decent Czhech side. */
So every group has started and each team has played one game. For us Finns
thing look good since our teams are 3-0-0 with two away wins and one at
homeice. Swedish press is trashing the tournament, but I kind of enjoy
watching these other teams, even though some of them aren't even close to par
with Scandinavian teams (it must have been awful for the Manchester fans
witnessing the TPS game). (oh .. of course Russian, German and Czhech/Slo
teams are good too ... and Swiss aren't bad either ;-))
GO TAPPARA ! GO CANADIENS !