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Be Happy For Canada

from Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal,

Be happy for Canadians. They wanted this game more than Brett Favre wants to wave another Super Bowl ring at Green Bay. Hockey is a national identity here, and losing may have sent this country into an unfathomable funk. Nobody is supposed to beat Canada in hockey, just like nobody is supposed to beat the U.S. in Kardashians.

This will be one of those games that people will lie about being at for the rest of their lives. However, we have a feeling most of Canada actually was here along with the great Mr. Shatner, who was born in Montreal.

We weren’t among the Maple Leaf plutocrats who plunked down as much as $4,000 for a nosebleed inside Canada’s Hockey Place. We opted for the cozier—and louder—surroundings of the Saskatchewan House—a white tent on the water not far from the arena. Inside was everything a hockey fan needed: a spiffy green carpet, wobbly tables, BBQ bison burgers and $8 plastic cups of Molson Canadian. You could also buy white wine and water, if you didn’t mind being arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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First Game Review

from Scott Cushing of Seattlepi,

Well, I guess I picked a good time to watch my first hockey game. Well, I’ve never watched an entire NHL or Olympic hockey game in my life, but I have been to a Thunderbirds game once and a different minor league game when I was in high school. It goes without saying that I know very little about the sport, but I do know plenty about competition and drama and when a team scores with 24.4 seconds left to tie a game, even the most ignorant fan (me) knows it’s a big deal.

Seriously, what an unbelievable finish, and what a great game to watch, even if it is hard to follow the puck at times (although not as hard as I originally thought that it would be) and even if I have no idea who these guys are, I enjoyed every minute of the game. As a hockey-viewing novice, I can’t really tell who the good players are because I don’t have any clue if what a guy just did was routine or a difficult maneuver. It looks bad to me if a guy misses the puck or makes what looks to be a weird/bad pass to a teammate, but I don’t know how common those kinds of “mistakes” are, so it’s hard for me to pass judgment.

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The All-Tourney Team

via CTVOlympics,

The Media All-Star Team, selected by members of the accredited media at Canada Hockey Place, was announced at the end of the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold medal game on Sunday.

All-Star Team
Goaltender: Ryan MILLER (USA)
Defenceman: Brian RAFALSKI (USA)
Defenceman: Shea WEBER (CAN)
Forward: Pavol DEMITRA (SVK)
Forward: Jonathan TOEWS (CAN)
Forward: Zach PARISE (USA)
Most valuable player: Ryan MILLER (USA)

Tournament Directorate Best Player Awards
Goaltender: Ryan MILLER (USA)
Defenceman: Brian RAFALSKI (USA)
Forward: Jonathan TOEWS (CAN)

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Canada, You Should Not Question This Man Again

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added 6:32pm, Or this guy too…

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  Tags: mike+babcock, steve+yzerman, team+canada

Canada Wins Gold

3-2 in overtime with Sidney Crosby getting the game winner.

Great performance by both teams!!!

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Can’t Get Any Better Than This - OT In Gold Medal Game

Twenty minutes of 4 on 4 hockey or until someone scores.  If not, shootout.

added 5:33pm, Your pick for the OT winner?

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Keeping An Eye On Vancouver

Robson Square in Vancouver may be the place to keep an eye on after the Gold Medal Game.

Watch the live stream below and thanks to Miss604 (make sure to visit the site for a local flavor of the Games) for the pointer.

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Open Post- Team USA Against Team Canada For The Gold

This is the game many of us hoped for and now it is about to begin.

What a way to close out the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  The majority of Canada will be watching and I believe many in the US will be watching too.

Team USA will try to take the home crowd out of the game early, while Team Canada will attempt to build on the momentum the fans are providing.

This should be fun folks, sit back and enjoy.

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They Meet Again

from Brendan Shanahan at NHL.com,

I remember the buzz in Salt Lake leading up to what we North Americans thought was the perfect gold medal match. I’ll never forget seeing my Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios in the Olympic Village the night before that game. We agreed that neither of our teams would walk away losers and that it was fantastic that one of us would win gold and the other silver. We shook hands and wished each other luck. A split second later as I turned to walk away, I thought, “Screw that, man, I want the gold.” I’m sure Chris [the godfather of USA hockey] was thinking exactly the same thing.

Here we are again: a game between two countries that respect and often root for each other, but are also fierce competitors when facing each other. I can’t recall a game where so many hockey experts from so many different backgrounds have had such a wide range of opinions about who is going to win. The consensus is this: whichever team imposes its strengths on the other and dictates the style of play is the team that will likely win.

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Tickets In High Demand For Gold Medal Game

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