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by Paul on 02/28/10 at 12:01 PM ET
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Americans have done very well with their defence in the Olympic tournament.
Brian Rafalski in particular has been a special player for Team USA. He’s been terrific offensively and defensively, but it has not just been the Rafalski show. The three kids - Ryan Suter and the two Johnsons (Jack and Erik) - have been supporting Rafalski extremely well. Also with the three veterans - Tim Gleason, Brooks Orpik and Ryan Whitney - this defence has been much better than the sum of its parts.
On paper you would think Canada has the defensive edge, but the Americans have been very good.
Looking at the Canadian side of things, the young defencemen have played extremely well. Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty and Shea Weber have been terrific, but for me the x-factor is Scott Niedermayer.
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