Canada edged Latvia 2-1 today on a late goal by Shea Weber and it was a bit of a nerve-wracking affair considering Canada outshot the Latvians by an overwhelming margin.
But they couldn’t solve Kristers Gudlevskis who stopped 55 of 57 shots, while Carey Price at the other end wasn’t quite so busy, facing just 16 pucks.
It would’ve been a disaster of major proportions if the Latvians had sent Canada home. Not just about national pride and ego and all that, but there’s also my little joke about the Russian team getting sent to Siberia to consider.
It would’ve been some sort of sick karma.
Canada scored a goal that was disallowed though. The puck was on its way in when a Latvian player, and not the goalie, pulled it back out with his hand.
Looked like a blown call to me, even though they went upstairs twice.
But it’s a win, albeit a scary one.
I didn’t see all of the game, just bits and pieces while giving my usual 147% at work.
“Whatcha think of the game, Elmer?”
“Pass the heart pills, Red.”