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Recap Of Canada/USA Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So everybody finally got the game they wanted, in all of its open-ice glory - Canada and the United States, in the men’s Olympic hockey semi-finals, and it lived up to all the hope and the hype. The pace was supercharged, the skill on display breathtaking. More than anything, it was a fearless brand of hockey, two teams confident in their respective abilities, and willing to test the limits of their opponents.

There weren’t a lot of goals, but scoring chances abounded. The respective goaltenders, Jonathan Quick for the United States and Carey Price for Canada, were in the zone.

Aesthetically, it surpassed the U.S.-Russia game earlier in the tournament and probably ranked right up there with the gold medal game, played between the same two teams four years ago in Vancouver.

In short, it was hockey, played the right way, and the only downside was, somebody had to lose and go home.

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wolverine's avatar

and it lived up to all the hope and the hype. The pace was supercharged, the skill on display breathtaking. More than anything, it was a fearless brand of hockey

Call me a sore loser, but besides the first period, I thought it was just an above average game.  Canada owned the boards, and that’s how they won.  Just my 2 cents.

Posted by wolverine on 02/21/14 at 07:02 PM ET

SK77's avatar

I don’t think you’re being a sore loser, Wolverine. There were definitely long stretches where it was about as interesting as a regular season matchup between Calgary and Florida.

Canada’s dominance on defense prevented the USA from having any sustained pressure in Canada’s zone, thus resulting in a few one-off chances but not much else.

I felt the game was a little anticlimactic and was not of the caliber I expected—and I’d be saying the same thing if USA won 1-0 instead.

Posted by SK77 on 02/21/14 at 08:28 PM ET

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