Hey Canada, How Does That Feel?

February 22, 2010 – 2:17 am by Ryan Phillips

Vancouver Olympics Ice Hockey USA

While the United States continues to dominate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, everyone paused yesterday so the host nation could play a little hockey against its neighbor to the south. It was lovely of the Canadians to allow the Americans on the ice and show us how to play the game they invented, obsess over and field the most talent in.

I wonder how it feels to wake up in Canada this morning? Now, I don’t want anyone to possibly think I’m rubbing it in (since I would never do anything like that) but the United States beat the heavily favored Canadians 5-3 in what was a phenomenal hockey game. It was the first time the United States has beaten Canada in Olympic competition since 1960.

The US won because of sheer grit, determination, heart and hustle. It was beautiful. Oh yeah, and we’ve got the best goalie on the planet wearing red, white and blue.

Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller is a freaking stud. There’s no other word for the guy. Quite possibly the best collection of forwards in the history of the sport peppered Miller relentlessly for 60 minutes and he made incredible save after incredible save. He faced 45 shots and saved 42 of them. Of the three goals he allowed, one was a brilliant deflection by Eric Staal and one was a power play goal by Sidney Crosby following a bit of a scrum in front of the net. Other than that, Miller was nails and that set the tone for the rest of the night.

Brian Rafalski continued his fantastic Olympics by dropping in two more goals, Dustin Brown, Ryan Kesler and Ryan Malone flew around the ice with reckless abandon, the venerable Chris Drury came up with a timely goal and Ryan Suter clocked two assists while performing solidly from the blue line. Throw in Patrick Kane and Zach Parise causing trouble all over the ice and young defenders Erik and Jack Johnson manning the blue line and this young, energetic American team is a joy to watch.

The Team USA was almost perfect Sunday night. The Canadians? They weren’t bad, the Americans were just better. They seemed to want it more. The United States played fearlessly, while the Canadians played almost as if they were afraid to screw up and disappoint the home country fans.

Though most experts expected the Canadians to cruise to a gold medal in this competition – while a possible challenge from the Russians – the Americans weren’t supposed to contend for a medal. At the end of the opening round the United States sits at 3-0, with a 14-5 goal differential. Simply stated, the Americans have been the best team in the tournament thus far and now they have earned a bye into the quarterfinals.

Here’s the lesson from Sunday night’s game: The United States sees Canada as its archrival in hockey, Canada might not agree. The “syrup suckers” (thank you Stephen Colbert) are focused on the Russians down the road and the potential of a Crosby-Ovechkin matchup with a gold medal on the line.

The Americans were focused and that’s why they won.

They also played better, smarter and harder.

On Canadian soil.

And Ryan Miller is better than Martin Brodeur.

So yeah, Go America! Suck it Canada!

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  1. 7 Responses to “Hey Canada, How Does That Feel?”

  2. “The Team USA was almost perfect Sunday night. The Canadians? They weren’t bad, the Americans were just better. They seemed to want it more. The United States played fearlessly, while the Canadians played almost as if they were afraid to screw up and disappoint the home country fans.”

    HA! You obviously know nothing about hockey.

    The Canadians dominated the play for most of the game. The game came down to mistakes made on Canada’s part and the brilliant play of Ryan Miller.

    And just so you know not all Canadians assumed we would win gold. We knew there would be tough competition from Russia, Sweden, and yes, even the US.

    By Tritesy11 on Feb 22, 2010

  3. Wow, this is a truly shocking display of hockey knowledge. Of course you should be proud of this victory, as you stated, It was the first time the United States has beaten Canada in Olympic competition since 1960. But when you say that Ryan Miller is better then Martin Brodeur, your credibility goes right out the window. Ryan Miller cannot hold Martin Brodeur’s jock strap and I would be shocked if he ever came close to consistently posting the numbers that Brodeur has throughout his career. Personally, I think mistakes were made in selecting the roster for team Canada, and fortunately for the USA they have perhaps the best mind in hockey choosing their roster in Brian Burke. Congrats on the big win USA, dont get to used to it….

    By Wellsy on Feb 22, 2010

  4. Wellsy,
    Right now, Miller is far better than Brodeur. Wasn’t referring to their entire careers.

    Tritesy11,
    Canada did dominate the action, but Team USA never got phased and even stepped up to the challenge, beating them back every time. They didn’t make the mistakes Canada did and took advantage of their chances. I’ve been a hockey fan for over 20 years, frankly Team USA last night played as well as they could have given the circumstances and the fact that they were facing such a great team.

    By Phillips on Feb 22, 2010

  5. maybe the toughest part of this to swallow if you’re Canadian: while your entire country lives and breathes hockey, you just got beat by a country that doesn’t give a crap about the sport at all. A sport as lame as golf is more important to most Americans. Even NASCAR is far more popular than hockey to the average joe here. After the Olympics hockey interest goes back into snooze mode for another four years.

    By cheswick on Feb 23, 2010

  6. Typical attitude of an american loser

    By Canadian on Mar 1, 2010

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