Canada-USA for the Gold: The Breakdown

February 27th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »

There were no Canadian hockey players spotted smoking cigars and drinking beer on the ice after Canada’s 3-2 victory over Slovakia last night; same can be said for the American players who embarrassed Finland by a score of 6-1.

With Canada and the United States winning, it sets up the match that everyone in North America wants. In what should be one of the most watched hockey games in the history of the sport, both Canadians and Americans will put all the niceties aside, replacing it with fierce pride for country and I suspect a little hatred—let’s face it folks, the United States and Canada may be cordial neighbors, but when it comes to hockey, it’s another story all together.

The Americans will come into the gold medal final as the tournament's only undefeated team, including a convincing 5-3 victory over Canada in the preliminary round. Here’s some food for thought: Three times a team has come into the gold medal game undefeated; each time that team came away with a silver medal, losing the gold...Just sayin' is all.

For Canada, a rematch against Team USA offers them a chance at redemption and, more importantly, an oppor ...

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