It’s two straight Olympic gold medals for Team Canada. And as bizarre as it sounds, it was never in doubt after the Latvia game. Goaltending, as it turns out, was only a problem for Canada in the sense that it was the only reason Canada didn’t beat the USA and Sweden by a combined 10-0 score.
Steve Yzerman, the management, Mike Babcock and the coaching staff came up smelling like roses after a couple of masterful displays of near hockey perfection in the semi and gold medal finals. They’re charged with the task of assembling the right combinations out of the best hockey talent pool in the world. They had every winger and defenceman on their strong side. They had an embarrassment of riches with past Stanley Cup and gold medal winners. Every forward was committed to playing 200ft to support a defence that gave up so little. In the end, it was flawless execution of the gameplan: own the puck, give up nothing. Three goals against all tournament, with two shutouts in the semis and the final, is remarkable.
Phil Kessel, meanwhile, took top forward honours in the Olympic tournament. Congrats to Leafs fans and Canada fans everywhere.
Team Canada passed the test against the vaunted American offense, their unequaled depth shining through as they dominated possession and shut the door defensively. How will Canada fare against the only team whose combination of goaltending and defence has rivalled theirs in this tournament?
The gold medal hangs in the balance, and hopefully not around Daniel Alfredsson’s neck when this game is over.
GO CANADA GO!
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The leafs have 2 young goalies right now. chances are that will change at the draft when Riems is moved. Berny is young and will be our goalie for some time. Nothing really in the pipeline after that.
happy we won gold, now I can get back to hating most of the players on team Canada and cheering my leafs on. GLG!!
For those who think Callahan is being traded for St Louis give your head a shake. U don't trade a 50pt tops centreman for a scoring machine,,,,,,no chance this happens. If this were tru wtf wouldn't Nonis ship Bolland off to TB for Marty Stlouis
@Bruffins thursday....soon soon
@Bruffins lol nice!
@wendelsfist Komarov is our property still and he won bronze
@wendelsfist leafs only one of 30 teams to have player named top forward of the tournament
Hard to say, 1st year in league but has made great strides the past few yrs since being drafted. Could use a few yrs in the AHL and get some quality starts. I'd rather him and Gibson next yr as Mac is hindering development of these kids.
@mike_84 A Marlie That trys
@mike_84 Flake lol
@mike_84 a shitty goalie
@whalz Callahan isn't even a center.
@Jmessih Is that 3 dimes for Kenny fuckin Ryan so far?
@wendelsfist From right here Yeaaaaa
@Jmessih Mc K egg scores his 2 end yeaaaa
@Jmessih Somebody elss can still see to watch ,haaa lmao ,marlies yea
@The_Polish_Cannon Great shot imo ,yeaaaaaaaa leafs
@Jmessih I thought he was fantastic. Big when he needed to be, directed pucks to good positions, gobbled up rebounds managed his games pretty well ( making sure to get whistles at important points). He managed to keep his focus and edge in the absence of a lot of work on a huge stage. Full respect and recognition. Great job.
NHL is back? Oh.......fuck da habs ;P
@Jmessih Hab lover ;)
@Belfour20 yup. going on right now
@whalz Mac is carrying the development of the team as he holds them in most games and gives them confidence and winning experience. I agree it holds other goalies back but I prefer that until one of the other guys just flat out plays better. Maybe whne we trade Reimer this summer Mac will be up, whi knows. But we owe a lot of our development to him
Only solution is waive Orr or trade him and we can keep all the rest in the line up, no demotions needed. He is paid to fight and since that fight that knocked out the Montreal fighter he hasn't been the same. McLearen is 10 year younger version of Orr if we need a fighter
@whalz No, Callahan is a bad example, I'm just saying, St.Louis is old, and I could see Tampa moving him for someone that would appear to be far less talented, but a decade younger. However, I don't see that happening mid-season when they're locked in a playoff spot.
@whalz It's a dumb trade rumor, but the idea that Tampa might trade him for someone less talented, but 10 years younger, isn't totally absurd.