2010 Winter Olympics: Time for Canada to Pass the Torch From Brodeur to Luongo

February 21st, 2010 by Will Jefferson Leave a reply »
Well, now it seems awfully clear.

If the Canadian men's hockey team wants to win the gold at the Vancouver Olympics, it  should put the local star between the pipes where he belongs—without further ado.

Roberto Luongo, in the tourney opener, did what Vancouver fans and anyone else who has watched him the last several years expected: He pitched a perfect shutout en route to an easy win.

Then, facing a slightly more credible opponent, the Team Canada brain trust went back to its Salt Lake security blanket, Martin Brodeur.

Facing the vaunted hockey powerhouse of Switzerland, Team Canada  out-shot and out-chanced its opponent by a more than 2-to-1 margin, yet ended regulation tied 2-2. It took a shootout for the Canadians to put away the Swiss, losing a point and a good deal of confidence in the process. 

Next up on the slate was an actual contender, albeit a dark horse in most pundits' estimation: The United States.

Brodeur almost handed Team USA the game in the opening period with two goals off puck-handling gaffes.

Desperate not to lose to their "inferior" southern rivals, Brodeur's Ca ...

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