Team Canada played a tremendously solid game against a good U.S. and now move on to meet the Swedes on Sunday for the gold medal.
As a proud Canadian, it’s been a good two days, with first the women winning it all and now the men moving a big step closer.
I don’t care that the weather up here leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes the weather’s great. Anyway, we’re a tough bunch, and If we didn’t have bad weather, we’d have a lot less to talk about at parties.
Canada’s an exceptionally wonderful country and anyone who hasn’t been here needs to smarten up.
But back to the game.
Many said leading up to today that it could be a high scoring affair. It wasn’t.
Many said throughout the tournament, and long before, that Carey Price in nets would be a mistake. It was no mistake.
Price has been solid as a rock. He’s come through. And his calm demeanor has probably helped not only himself but his teammates too.
The pressure of winning in the Olympics is intense, but Price is used to it. He plays for the Montreal Canadiens.
Just a great showing by the Habs goaltender in Sochi, and maybe the critics will take a few days off now.
Jamie Benn scored Canada’s lone goal, a nice redirection of a Jay Bouwmeester pass, and that was it. The lone goal and the winner. It was all that was needed with Price holding the fort.
Benn’s been good. And I thought Crosby and Kunitz had their best showing of the tournament and swarmed the American end often. Kunitz especially had about a half dozen good chances.
Now it’s Sweden at 7 am ET on Sunday for all the marbles. One more big game needed. One more game where everyone has to play like it’s game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, which is bigger than you think, Rene Fasel.
Proud of the two Canadian teams, proud of my country. But I can’t get carried away. I’ll have nothing to write on Sunday.
“Did you like the game, Elmer?”
“Sure did, Red. Did somebody say the weather’s good in Canada?”