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Defense still rules the rinks

A few Olympic thoughts on Sochi as we look forward to the stretch drive to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Say whatever you want, but defense still wins championships -- or gold medals -- as Canada proved so conclusively in its run to the gold medal. Watching the Canadians play defense, you just got the feeling no one was going to dent the Maple Leaf. Carey Price made some terrific stops to be sure, but the Canadian defensive play just smothered the life out of some pretty good clubs.

* And while Canada may not have scored as many goals as people would have liked, sometimes you have to credit the other guys, like Team USA goalie Jonathan Quick, who made the 1-0 loss to Canada cosmetically close with his fine play. Ditto Henrik Lundqvist, who was the best player for a depleted Swedish team in the gold medal contest.

* Bottom line, Canada rules. No ifs, ands or buts.

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