Although it might not of meant a ton to folks these days, I bought into the hype of Canada versus Russia on ice, in the gold medal game at the World Hockey Championship on the weekend. The sub plot being Sid the Kid facing Alexander the Great for a title for the first time since the World Junior Hockey championship a decade ago. Ovie did leave that junior game with a bum shoulder.
On a sunny Sunday of a long weekend there was some couch surfing and it was worth it.
I have not leapt out my seat and made Ooo oooo noise while watching a hockey game in many years. Claude Giroux set up Tyler Seguin to make it 4-0 eight minutes into the second on a wonderful play which was worth watching over and over again.
Canada played the game at hyper-speed with skill, and they were playing keep away with the puck. I thought that was the Russian M-O.
It was a joy to watch and it was not just because of the offensive display. The Canadians defended and closed on players with the puck instantaneously. Russia had 12 shots on goal with the likes of Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovolchuk in the line-up.
Canada’s Mike Smith was solid in goal when there was the odd slip up.
Dan Hamhuis looked better than he had all season in Canucks colours.
In the medal round, Canada outscored its opponents 17-1. The only time I was not “feeling good” was when the damn Sheepdogs song was played in the rink when our lads lit the lamp.
One country showed up for the clash of hockey super powers. And like 10 years ago in Grand Forks North Dakota, Canada ran roughshod over the Russians, by the same score 6-1.