TEAM CANADA WINS GOLD – EASILY

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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.

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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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  • BingoDabber

    Interesting that the # World Championship titles on each roster is even. I guess most good players are on teams that make the playoffs more often than not. However, that has to be a meaningful category, this is an international ice surface. Canada has the edge on depth, as they do against every team, but Sweden plays on big ice better than any country. See Turin.

  • Tim Horton

    Yaaaah, I don’t know about ya’ll but I am cheering for CANADA.

  • Black_Hawk

    GO  CAN GO

  • Leafbites

    No way I’m watching this game live on the Pacific coast, so enjoy boys! 

    Let’s go Canada, 4-0, finish this in style! Gold Baby

  • toleafs

    PVR baby, I cant wake up at 4am. GO CANADA GO!!! 4-1

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    On paper, Canada should win.

  • 17Forever

    You are awake !!!

  • 17Forever

    Lets do this !!!

  • 17Forever

    I am now home from work and trying to stay awake for the Gold game that will take place in 2 hours from now. Long night  !!! Wish   … Me luck ! 
    Go Canada ! Go Canada !
    Man … if any team in the NHL had the D that this team has it would almost be the team Cap alone !! 
    65 to 70 mil alone for Team Canadas’s Defence !! 
    You have to Love the Olympics for the fact.

  • maple1967leafs

    If your having a hard time staying awake,You best not watch ice dancing or cross country skiing

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Gooooooooooooooooooooood Morning MLHS. It’s a great day for a Gold Medal Game.
    GO CANADA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Drink ’em if ya got’em and keep your stick on  the ice.

  • Pent_House

    Fuckers had to make this game so early

  • mcloki

    Morning gents.

  • Pent_House

    mcloki  mornin loki. Today is the ultimate wake n bake.

  • http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ DylanJ

    17Forever same here, 11 hr shift gotta keep it rollin for canada eh

  • Burtonboy

    Morning folks. Nothing like a gold medal game to get everyone out of bed eh :-)

  • mcloki

    Too early. Just snoozed off already.

  • Tim Horton

    May the best team win.

  • peterbleafs

    morning people, will see if I can stay awake for part of this game.

  • Loric76

    morning gang

  • mcloki

    Coming back from a Timmies run and I heard people chAnting GO CANADA GO. downtown Toronto.

  • Loric76

    mcloki  bring us some?

  • daniel marois

    Incredible we made it to the gold medal game without Tavares and Stamkos – ironically both former #1 overall draft picks in consecutive years.

  • Burtonboy

    STFU Healy

  • mcloki

    Gold medal game STFU Healy

  • daniel marois

    Wow.  Apparently no Nik Backstrom or Sweden.  That would be a huge break for Canada.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I can’t believe I’m up this early on a Sunday.
    Wake n’ vape!!
    Zoom zoom!!

  • peterbleafs

    mcloki I love Healy, he earns more comments than any other person ever

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    LOL….Fucking Ron!!  
    “our condolences to priests who have to work today”

  • mcloki

    It’s the hatred that unites us all.

  • WendelGilmour

    Fuck off Hughson.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/cmasisak22 https://twitter.com/cmasisak22/status/437557843575971840
    Nicklaus Backstrom has missed games with the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Caps&src=hash before because of migraines. More than once for sure.

  • Optimustic

    This is the reason for the break in the NHL.   Good thing we made it to this game as anything less would have been not worth it.   Go Canada Go!

  • mcloki

    Wonder what the crowd is going to be like.

  • Wilbur

    Ma, the arena looks like it’s only one third full…Oh, good morning all!

  • Tim Horton

    what a time to have a migraine .

  • Loric76

    Backstrom sits out on the gold medal game with a migraine…I get migraines occasionally too so I can sympathize, but that right there is why the Caps will never win.  Pop some fucking pills and get out there

  • Wilbur

    CanuckUKinToronto  And no Bozak for Canada either…:)

  • Tim Horton

    Wilbur CanuckUKinToronto  And they are being forced to play Price instead of Bernier for some reason.

  • mcloki

    Real empty

  • Loric76

    mcloki  everyone’s packing

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Sweden reporting in

  • peterbleafs

    Im here but why type? I have no useful information, cant watch the game so Im relying on commentary till I fall asleep

  • mcloki

    CBC stream?

  • peterbleafs

    mcloki Doesnt open here.  None of them do.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/Peter_Lynn https://twitter.com/Peter_Lynn/status/437560140183502848
    “Where am I?”
    “The gold-medal game, Don.”
    “Am I coaching?”
    “Uh, sure, Don. The team is in this camera.”

  • Burtonboy

    Fuck off Hennery

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    peterbleafs mcloki 
    Where the hell are you Peter

  • Knights2Leafs

    Doc Emrich at his best. At least it sounds exciting.

  • WendelGilmour

    Getzlaf’s line always seems to have the puck.