Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/23/10 at 11:53 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun (Wednesday edition),
Somehow, it always seems to come back to this: Canada and Russia. A rivalry once dormant, now very much alive….
Now it’s a best-of-one.
And all this with reputations very much on the line.
This is Steve Yzerman’s team. He picked the players. He put the coaching staff together. He never once considered the possibility of finishing sixth.
This is Sidney Crosby’s team. He was left off the Canadian roster four years ago. He is the captain without the C. He has a Stanley Cup so young. But this is the world. This should be his time.
This is Roberto Luongo’s opportunity. You can only be so great without winning anything for so long. This is his chance to shed the loser label. One game can alter a reputation forever.
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