In spite of all of their offensive prowess, the Russians were shutout 1-0 last night as Sweden captured World Junior gold.
With the likes of Max Friberg, Evgeni Kuznetsov and Nail Yakupov in the contest, how many of you would have predicted that score?
Not me, that is for sure.
Meanwhile, Brendan Gallagher, Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival also obtained a medal, although probably not the exact colour they were hoping for. Team Canada defeated Finland 4-0 yesterday en route to a Bronze medal.
The national freak-out about not winning gold cracks me up.
Canada invented the game, it does not own it.
Many European countries have strong hockey cultures and the game is rising in some previously unexpected places such as Switzerland and Denmark. Heck, even South Africa and Israel field teams in international competition.
As Canadians, shouldn't we be proud and happy when others not only take up our national sport, but also excel at it?
HW / HA Forum - 2012 WJC Discussion Thread
HabsAddict.com - He Said / She Said: The Canadiens' New Conference
HabsWorld.net - Habs 2012 WJHC Grades
Hockey Inside / Out - Happy birthday, Dickie Moore
PowerScout Hockey - Eller's Outburst, Career Night or Stepping Stone of a Budding Star?
ESPN - '24/7' an experiment gone right
ESPN - Why the Leafs must win right now
The Hockey News - THN at the WJC: Sweden subdues Russia for gold
The Hockey News - Proteau: NHL supplemental discipline ineffective as ever
SportsNet - Braving the Cold