Team Canada vs. Team USA Open Thread

Team Canada vs. Team USA Open Thread

CANADA WINS!

A dominant showing for a 1-0 scoreline, the only thing still missing from this total team performance by Team Canada was a little more finish, although Jonathan Quick was fantastic. The gold medal game goes Sunday morning at 7 a.m. EST vs. Alfredsson (BOO) and Team Sweden.

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Hockey history in the making this afternoon in Sochi.

Go Canada Go (with strong performances from Kessel and JvR indivdually).

Pretty interesting graphic here:

Not that it means much in the context of one game. This is going to be something.

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Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Jonathan Quick will leave Sochi empty handed, but not quietly.

Humiliated after a 5-0 loss to Finland in the Olympic bronze-medal hockey game Saturday, the U.S. goaltender harshly criticized his team’s effort a day after losing to Canada in the semifinals.

“It shouldn’t be too hard,” he told NBC. “We do that all year long. We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long.

“There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.”

Quick also took responsibility for his own play.

“My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well,” the Los Angeles Kings goalie said. He gave up all five goals Saturday on 29 shots. “Team effort. We weren’t good.”

Quick put in a remarkable performance Friday against the Canadians – he stopped 36 of 37 shots – but received no offensive support as the Americans were shut out in their last two games.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

So USA was going to take the Gold medal and Canada was going to finish 4th eh?

Bruffins
Bruffins

After seeing most of the Olympics, which player on Canada or the States' roster do you really want to be a Leaf that you didn't think about before so much? (Obviously we all want Weber or Tavares) So who would be your pick of the people that aren't extremely obvious

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

so....i was golfing yesterday in palm springs, CA.  ended up getting paired up with a couple of guys from philly.  first thing they said when they found out i was from Toronto is "how the hell did your team convince ours that Schenn for JVR was a fair trade?"  made me think of what an awesome trade that was and one that will define us moving forward as JVR grows into the best power forward in the game.  

i asked him how Schenn is doing and he said 'you know...he's okay....he keeps making us think he might be real good one day....or he may just always be okay.'   then he said....'but boy is he slow'.

so there ya go.  a feel good story for the olympic break.  

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

man i hope kessel and JVR aren't sticking around for closing ceremonies or gold medal game.  i hope they are on a plane right now headed back here to start resting up.  we're gonna need 'em.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

What a nice day. I wish I didnt have to leave it.  Go Canada Go tomorrow.

theacs1966
theacs1966

Marlies on at 3 pm today.  It's on Rogers, if you can find it, if not, it can be found online if you want it bad enough.

theacs1966
theacs1966

This looks good on Burke with how they handled their player selections.  Fourth is all they deserve, though I doubt their hearts we're in this one.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Wasn't there someone in here talking about how USA was going to kill Canada?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I'd seen JVR play live about six times before the trade and I started praying when the rumours started about a possible deal.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@wiski  Russia, Finland Canada.  America, 2 goals.  When it came to tough teams, they couldn't handle it.  Too much flash, not enough character players on that team.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Xxxxxnew Possibly. I wasn't really thinking about anyone here. There was a lot of those comments/thoughts out in the media and average joe's

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Bruffins Or was it Neal...ah who gives a shit either of them with Kadri would be amazing.

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@Jordan29 @Bruffins 

doughty just seems SO much better on the big ice.  i mean....he's good in the NHL but he is literally the best D-man in the world (along with Karlsson) on the big ice.  

sniperstar
sniperstar

@theacs1966 @Burtonboy @rustynail  Context is really important. He was making an argument to put Ryan on the team and when you are evaluating players for a team like an Olympic team you need to be critical. You need to point out their strengths and weaknesses.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

All burke said was if you want an intensity guy, ryan isn't that player, but if you want a game breaker Ryan is that type. Burke haters jumped on it because, well, they are who they are.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Burtonboy @rustynail @theacs1966  That's easy for him to say, but when he had a chance he said he played like shit, was he that hard on all his picks?  I'm usually a nice empathic Canadian, just not the last 3 days.  The Americans lost, and looked bad doing it.  I love it.