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On 12/23/2018 at 9:02 PM, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

He has been stapled to the bench all game.  Seems to be the 7th man on team Finland for tonight.

he got a few shifts early in the game and I thought he looked good in those shifts.  

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I had a chance to watch the game last night and Utunen was, at best, unnoticeable. As others have said, his pairing got hemmed in and I don't think he played that much overall. 

 

There was one play where Utunen was in the offensive zone and the puck came up the boards to him. He made an ill advised decision and decided to throw it across to his partner, who was effectively covered. This put him in a tough spot and lead to Finland losing the zone and almost getting burned by the Swedish counterattack. I never noticed him and it felt like Rasanen played more after that (although Rasanen didn't make a good pass all night). 

 

Overall, not the best opening game for Utunen, but not complete garbage either. 

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This is a positive as one of the massive needs on our blue line is getting the puck out of our zone and up ice.

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I was at the Finn - Kaz game last night, noticed Utunen in a good way against an undermanned Kazakhstan team, but hard to really judge him, with not a lot of pressure.

All the Finns broke out easily...…..

 

But if you want a incredible goalie with a late pick...…...the Kazakhstan goalie, was incredible.....stopped 51 of 56 shots......most goals came on scrabbles, after he had stopped the first 2 shots....the kid was good....everybody in the rink chanting "MVP" for the kid.

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8 minutes ago, TGokou said:

Is it Un-Canadian of me to say that I chuckled when I saw that Utunen had scored? Him of all people...

I had the same thing too when I realized in the replay it was Utunen

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Yeah I heard Utunen...scores!...took me a sec, then it hit me...and I laughed at the irony. But this game has no blame on DiPietro, he played dynamite! His play this season has earned him a spot on Utica next year. 

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The only times he was noticeable in the round robin was when he was making a bad play. Now the entire hockey world watched him make one of the biggest plays of his life. Funny how things work out. 

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Utunen puts a dagger in the hearts of all Canuck fans...talk about mixed emotions...

 

He may never play a game for the Canucks, but his name will be talked about in Team Canada history as a slayer of Canucks.

 

...hope he gets good enough to make the Canucks

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Errr Toni.  Not a good way to endear yourself to Canuck fans.  If you ever get to wear a Canuck jersey, you better play out of your skin.  Canucks fans have long memories.  Well done, enjoy this win.

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Wouldn't this actually be GOOD for this kid's development?

 

Maybe you'll see him AND Dipietro on the team someday and they can laugh it off together.

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Got to admit, I haven't watched much of the WJC this year. Kept an eye on it though. Looks like DiPietro played great, but didn't get the scoring from the skaters. He can only do so much. Not happy Canada lost, but I'm pleased it was a Canucks prospect that got the game winner. Not good for Canada, but good for the Canucks. I guess Team Canada really should've put Woo on the team ;)

 

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Toni is eligible to play next year for the finns again I believe, and I think he'll have a top 4 role to lose.

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2 hours ago, Dazzle said:

Wouldn't this actually be GOOD for this kid's development?

 

Maybe you'll see him AND Dipietro on the team someday and they can laugh it off together.

There's a parallel with the 1999 World Juniors, when Artem Chubarov scored the OT winner to secure gold for the Russians over Canada. Canada's goalie was . . . Roberto Luongo. But I don't think the two crossed paths in Vancouver--Chubarov was back in Russia by the time Bobby Lu joined the Canucks. 

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