Team Canada did just enough, like working class heroes, to grab a 3-0 lead, then played without edge and fire, letting the Slovaks slowly but surely creep back in the game and get within one. Canada should have buried them, but both fans and players sat back and thought about Sunday.
But Sunday might never have come.
It took the Slovaks two and half periods to wake up, but wake up they did, and only the play of Roberto Luongo and some lucky bounces kept this thing from going into overtime
And in overtime, anything can happen. Imagine Slovakia against the US for the gold medal? How much would that suck?
Canada played without the youthful enthusiasm they displayed agains the Russians. Maybe they’ve been reading their press clippings. Maybe they thought they should have played the Slovaks in the last game and the Russians this game. Or maybe they thought about the Americans on Sunday.
They almost forgot one thing. The Slovaks are a good team and weren’t going to go away quietly.
Canadian goal scorers were Patricki Marleau, Brenden Morrow, and Ryan Getzlaff. It almost wasn’t enough.
Canada needs just a bit more passion on Sunday.