Totally dominate performance.
I have to say, the Canadians put a thick blanket over the Russian snipers the whole game, and none of them could break through it.
The Weber - Phaneuf combo handled Ovechkin to a startling degree. But outside of them, I have to say that both Bergeron and Crosby had a hand in containing him. I counted no less than 8 times where one of them took Ovechkin off the puck on the backcheck around the blueline area. The entire Canadian team was all over him from the d-men, to the forwards and even to the players on the bench...
Lesson to him and his counterparts - When you point to the name on the back of your jersey other players are going to make sure and write it down. You taunted/showboated, and if you can't handle the extra attention that comes with doing such things, you had better end those post goal celebrations a little bit earlier next time.
Malkin - outside of a few flashes - was also contained by Belle and his partner.
And at the other end of the ice, the Russian defence simply could not handle the physical game of the Canadians down low. After the first 10 minutes of the game the Russians certainly looked intimidated and unwilling to go into the corners to battle it out. Unfortunatley for the Russians, their goaltenders didn't bail them out of any jams, or do them any favours with two very questionable goals.
Bergeron, Carter and Phaneuf were certainly the most impressive players on the team throughout the tournament, Crosby as well when you consider his age (though he was overhyped at times due to the eastern media).
The way that Bergeron didn't back away at the start of the game when one of the russians got in his face let everyone in the building know that this team wasn't going to quit.
Dominant performance by the Canadians.
Since SR isn't here to do it, I am going to have to say to all of those "Eastern %#-*!&@*#" who cried about the large contingent of western canadians on this team to suck eggs. This was the most dominant team possibly in WJC history.
All the boys on that team were Canadian...regardless of where in the country they were born or where they played.
Sigh, looks like this will be the last time I cheer for Phaneuf for a while. He is going to be a down right nasty cog in that Calgary flames defence...He is going to get the Robyn Reghr treatment from now - can only cheer for those big hits when he is wearing a maple leaf on his sweater, or when he is playing against the Avalanche. Man he is going to be a hell of player.
Though he might not be as good as Phaneuf , maybe if we didn't trade so many 2nd rounders we could land ourselves a Shea Weber in the future?;)
Congratulatons to the boys.
"We Will Rise Again"
- Fan's sign from the final game of the 05/06 season