Canada/US Open Thread

Kent Wilson
February 21 2014 09:07AM

Canada is the putative favourite but the Americans have had the best results in the tournament so far. The winner with be showered with praise. The loser with be taunted and booed until my throat is sore!

Add your cheers and/or lamentations below.

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#1 Iggyfan
February 21 2014, 09:24AM
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Go Canada Go! I would feel a lot better with Iggy in the lineup!

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#2 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 09:27AM
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So - work has decided to block all streaming data today. So feel free to be very verbose in updates

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#3 Teamsupreme
February 21 2014, 09:27AM
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Doughty will carry us to glory... hopefully...

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#4 Teamsupreme
February 21 2014, 09:29AM
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@icedawg_42

Do you work for satan?! Or a russian cutting you off from hockey out of spite?

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#5 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 09:34AM
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@Teamsupreme

I work for satan.

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#6 Baalzamon
February 21 2014, 09:37AM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

So - work has decided to block all streaming data today. So feel free to be very verbose in updates

will do!

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#7 Lordmork
February 21 2014, 09:38AM
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I think I care more about beating the Americans than I do about winning gold. I try not to get invested in this sort of thing, but the fact that Americans got #F***Canada trending for a while yesterday irks me, probably more than it should.

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#9 mk
February 21 2014, 09:41AM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

So - work has decided to block all streaming data today. So feel free to be very verbose in updates

That should be illegal in Canada when Olympic hockey is on. Write to the PM! ;)

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#10 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 09:48AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

That sucks man. Our entire office was watching the Canada game on multiple TVs yesterday!

actually for the womens game I had it sweet...was sitting in the Whalen media lounge at the Dome watching the comeback while waiting to suit up for a game of shinny with Warrener and BMo.. Guess im paying that back today. ;(

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#11 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 09:49AM
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@mk

couldnt agree more!

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#12 Johnny Be Gaudreau
February 21 2014, 09:57AM
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Where is Lambert at? Dare he show his face here? or will he only show up IF and that's a big IF MURICA wins to gloat? ;)

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#13 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 10:21AM
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The Canada red jersey looks better than the white, but overall it's a game between two 'meh' kits. I liked watching Sweden/Finland. Super stylin'.

(and Go Canada Go!!)

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#14 mk
February 21 2014, 10:23AM
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@prendrefeu

To be honest, I really liked the black jerseys. As the lady said, they look intimidating. :)

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#15 mk
February 21 2014, 10:28AM
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@icedawg_42

Well, Canada and the US have looked much more exciting and even than past games in the Olympics. Carter just drew a slashing call by breaking up the middle of the ice between 2 defenders - we're going to the PP.

The game is WAY more open than with all the Euro teams.

PP update: Crosby had a beautiful chance and almost put it it. Canada has decent pressure, if a bit to the outside. Several pucks off of refs/linesmen so far. PP is over, no score yet.

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#16 mk
February 21 2014, 10:33AM
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Kunitz REALLY needs to start shooting and not looking for the pass. He had one partial breakaway and one open lane, but he passed off. Maybe he's been reading too much about how he doesn't deserve to be on the team?

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#17 mattyc
February 21 2014, 10:37AM
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@mk

unreal how reluctant they are to just fire it on net.

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#18 mk
February 21 2014, 10:38AM
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American PP hasn't looked too sharp, they just iced the puck. Kessel and Kane have looked FAST this game. Canada is attacking short-handed (not a dangerous chance though - long shot). The US can't seem to set up an attack through the neutral zone right now. PP is over, no score.

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#19 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 10:39AM
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mattyc wrote:

unreal how reluctant they are to just fire it on net.

This seems to be a chronic problem with the team this time around!

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#20 mk
February 21 2014, 10:39AM
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Kunitz FINALLY took a shot and it went high by about 3 inches - real close. Canada looks like the better team, if only by a bit.

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#21 mattyc
February 21 2014, 10:40AM
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Man, Babcock really likes him some Bergeron. I've also been pleasantly surprised with Kunitz and Carter.

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#22 Colin.S
February 21 2014, 10:42AM
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The US team is actually making Kunitz look good.

If the game keeps going the way it is, looks like Canada should have this,.

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#23 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 10:43AM
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off topic a bit - but concerning the Women's game yesterday and the puck off the post - Never before has 2 inches made 22 women so happy! (is that offside?)

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#24 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 10:43AM
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So any chance Babcock will throw in PK Subban on the next PP ?

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#25 Colin.S
February 21 2014, 10:51AM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

off topic a bit - but concerning the Women's game yesterday and the puck off the post - Never before has 2 inches made 22 women so happy! (is that offside?)

You're about the 1 millionth person to make that joke.

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#26 icedawg_42
February 21 2014, 10:52AM
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doesnt make it any less funny ;)

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#27 mk
February 21 2014, 10:55AM
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prendrefeu wrote:

So any chance Babcock will throw in PK Subban on the next PP ?

None. It would make too much sense.

CBC's count was 8-4 Canada in scoring chances in the first period.

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#28 mk
February 21 2014, 10:58AM
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SCORE! Shot by Bouwmeester and deflection by Benn!

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#29 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 10:58AM
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YES!!!

(and the most reserved response from J Bow)

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#30 mattyc
February 21 2014, 10:59AM
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JBo nice slap-pass to Benn 1-0

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#31 mk
February 21 2014, 11:05AM
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The US is on the PP now and have actually setup in the Canadian zone (unlike their last PP), but are completely to the outside. They have some consistent pressure here but nothing dangerous. The puck is cleared down the ice. US regroups and rushes - they set up again, but lots of passes around the outside still.

Price made a great save and the PP is over. Still 1-0 Canada.

Crosby and Kunitz have actually looked decent together in this game.

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#32 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 11:10AM
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Canada playing intense, constantly looking dangerous, I absolutely love the game's flow.

The cameraman is probably getting tired compared to the other matches he's had to cover. Someone send that guy a bottle of water.

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#33 mattyc
February 21 2014, 11:10AM
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Canada doing a great job clearing rebounds out of the front of the net. Almost no 2nd chances for the Americans

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#34 mk
February 21 2014, 11:12AM
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prendrefeu wrote:

Canada playing intense, constantly looking dangerous, I absolutely love the game's flow.

The cameraman is probably getting tired compared to the other matches he's had to cover. Someone send that guy a bottle of water.

The US looks like they're trying to beat the Canadians 1-on-1 on every break. Every time they've been passing down low, they've had great chances. Pacioretty had an open side of the net but put it across the crease (possibly a bit of a stick lift by the defense).

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#35 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 11:13AM
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@mk

Yeah, it looks like so far that's either their game plan (faster counters) or what they are defaulting to because Canada has been, for the most part, dominant in actual possession.

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#36 mk
February 21 2014, 11:15AM
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@prendrefeu

I think you are correct. This is the Team Canada we were waiting for. Go Canada Go! Keep it up for another 27 mins!

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#37 beloch
February 21 2014, 11:18AM
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Canada is controlling the puck and outshooting the US nicely. It's still a one goal game though!

-posted from the very freakin' edge of my seat.

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#38 mk
February 21 2014, 11:23AM
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Pavelski has now 'almost' celebrated twice. Lol. Both great chances though.

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#39 mattyc
February 21 2014, 11:26AM
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frick! Definitely outplaying the Americans, but they've got lots of guys that can make that one shot.

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#40 Colin.S
February 21 2014, 11:29AM
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mk wrote:

I think you are correct. This is the Team Canada we were waiting for. Go Canada Go! Keep it up for another 27 mins!

To me it's the same team that has played the rest of the tournament. They are out shooting their opponents, they are controlling the play and are getting the chances. They just can't convert those chances and it's a low scoring game.

Which is why I thought it was silly that people made such a big deal about or lack of offense. We don't need to score 8 goals to win because we are not letting 7 in on the back end.

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#41 Kmp
February 21 2014, 11:41AM
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Canada is absolutely dominating, Still like U.S. Chances with Price in net.

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#42 mattyc
February 21 2014, 11:45AM
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I sense an impending defensive shell. Which doesn't bode well for my nerves...

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#43 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 11:53AM
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I would say one more would close off the game, but after seeing the Canadian Women come back yesterday (different opposition, of course)... I'd like to see two more from the boys to seal it off.

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#44 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 11:57AM
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PP time. Please put PK in!!

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#45 beloch
February 21 2014, 11:57AM
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It would sure be nice to put one in on this poweplay...

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#46 Baalzamon
February 21 2014, 12:00PM
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How long was that stick lying around at center ice?

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#47 beloch
February 21 2014, 12:02PM
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Nice chances for Kunitz!

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#48 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 12:09PM
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USA with 6 men on the ice, can't get control

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#49 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 12:09PM
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CANADA WINS!!!

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#50 prendrefeu
February 21 2014, 12:10PM
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CANADA WINS!!!

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