The Brown Knight wrote:I'll go on record as saying that this version of Team Canada was the greatest hockey team ever assembled in hockey history.
I've never seen a team be THAT effective in terms of commitment to Team defense and positional play.
Just an unreal non-flashy business like performances throughout.
Sticky wrote:Uhhhh.... Anyone have any idea as to why Yzerman was not with the team or management after the game.... ?Seems a little odd to me...
Uptight and outta sight.
okcanuck wrote:Haven't heard all the details about the Backstrom doping scandal yet,but from what's on-line the Swedes are really upset and I don't blame them. He's been taking allergy pills for seven years and all of a sudden he's doping,being told while on the ice for pre-game skate.
Apparently this drug isn't on the NHL banned list.
I wonder how we would feel if this happened to us, say if Crosby couldn't play under the same circumstances. This thread would have f----ing 200 pages.
This has Dick Pound written all over it. f---ing I O C .bunch of f----ing tards. If there was ever a chance the NHL was going back in 4 years it's gone now.
Topper wrote:Was this team better than the 1987 Canada Cup Team Canada?
Certainly close and designed for different styles of play.
Question on Backstrom. Per, could the delay have been testing both an A and a B sample. If that were the case, then the Swedish delegation would have known there was an issue.
Good effort by Team Sweden and a solid game plan of forcing the Canadian defenders back. Unfortunately that was ineffective after the 8 minute mark of each period when the ice would snow over. It definitely seemed the Swedes were counting on an early lead to help them out.
Also an issue with the ice, a home team built on speed and scoring and the ice makers give them a slush pond? yet another question for the Russian delegation to answer to.
Per wrote:On Bäckström: No. The Swedish team had no information about this until today. Still, you have to think their doctor must have screwed up somehow. It was no secret Bäckström was using these meds, and it's not against the rules as long as you stay below the limit, and do not use it right before a game. Bäckström must have taken way too much, and the team doctor should have known this.
mathonwy wrote:- their machine-like commitment to short shifting regardless of where the puck was
Hockey Widow wrote:We can debate whether this was the best ever Canadian team or not, I think it has to be in the top 2-3, but to me it was certainly the best team ever at having their emotions in check. It was all business every game. They played a disciplined, methodical game. Never lost their cool, never let their emotions take over. They were patient and there was total commitment to team defence.
Sweden had a great chance in the first few minutes to take the lead and if they had it would have been an interesting result. Canada never had to play from behind this tournament, they were that good, and a little bit of luck today was nice to see. Not that I think the out come would have been different though. Sweden surprised me today, they didn't have that poise and swagger I am used to. They were out matched and they played as if they knew it. Too bad really that they were missing there top three centres, the best should be there.
Speaking of emotion, there really was very little in the crowd either. Nothing like 2010.
I like this version of team Canada but I do miss the emotion.
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