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The Sun Did Rise In Calgary Today

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Canadians, and particularly Calgarians who had invested in 21-game ticket packs in anticipation of watching Canada in the gold medal game, woke up to see the sun had come up on a spectacular 12 C Wednesday.

Some found it in their hearts to forgive these kids who gave them the near-miracle comeback, battling back from a 6-1 deficit in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to Russia. But others couldn’t get past their failure to handle the pressure, the lack of discipline and the fact there appears to be a trend developing in which other countries are getting much more outstanding goaltending than Canada.

For the players, it was dealing with their own personal demons of knowing if they hadn’t taken a penalty, if they had moved the puck off the boards instead panicking into plays like a two-on-none breakaway for the top two Russian players, if they hadn’t ...

The regrets aren’t too few to mention.

Virtually no player on the team woke up Wednesday morning unable find some major moment where they didn’t rise to the challenge. And there were admissions of not having handled the pressure.

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A Gold Medal Game without Canada is the best possible outcome for the WJC’s.  The tourney has been quickly losing relevance over the past decade outside of N. America.  This tells everyone else there’s a reason to bother with and watch the WJC’s.

It also reminds Canada that Gold Medal is earned , not the birthright many of them think it is.

Posted by Primis on 01/05/12 at 01:30 PM ET

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Couldn’t agree more!  With US total collapse the only thing to salvage this year’s event was this outcome. Perhaps with a 3 year drought for Canada, there will be a bit more balance in future tournaments. Playing 4 out of 5 championships in Canada has made a farce out of this event. I understand the big dollars associated with this, but that only is possible if there is a Canadian orgy of nationalism to sell tickets. Now that they have failed for 3 straight years, maybe some sanity will be restored to this event.

Posted by timbits on 01/05/12 at 08:08 PM ET

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