Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/24/10 at 12:31 PM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The winner moves on, the loser faces hard questions. But there’s no question this contest means more to Canada, with these Olympics on its home turf and with the ballyhooed Own The Podium program having fizzled over the past 10 days.
Canada hasn’t beaten Russia in its various forms at the Winter Olympics in 50 years, a drought that stretches back to the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley.
Eight meetings between Canada and Russia at the Olympics, eight Canadian losses.
So no pressure, gentlemen. Just relax and breathe. And that goes for you too, Canada.
The game that will feature the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry, something everyone hoped to see at this competition.
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