WCOH GAME 2: Canada vs. USA

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  • Mark Lesser

    USA beat Canada in 1996.
    Canada won the gold medal game in 2002, but it was 3-2 with five minutes to go.
    Canada beat the USA in OT for the gold in 2010.

    I’ll admit that 2014 was a dominant performance by Canada.

    However, I wouldn’t say that Canada owns the USA in hockey.

  • FISTO Siltanen

    I’d disagree with two things here:

    One, off the top of my head Canada beat USA 1-0 in Sochi not 3-0. Lone goal being Jamie Benn. I might be wrong but I don’t think I am.

    Second, I have never thought the Americans fluked their way to the ’96 World Cup win. They were the best team and showed throughout the tourney including outscoring opponents 19-6 in the opening round robin. Canada left many of their best at home for the Canada Cup ’91 old boys reunion tour plus a few who had better things to do.

    • Jason Gregor

      You are correct, was a typo for score.

      They won one tourney vs. Canada, I called it a fluke to stir the pot, and because it was fluky considering the history of the Nations. And keep in mind Canada won the first game then lost next two. They were one game away from winning and didn’t get it done.

  • S cottV

    Maybe a little harsh on Torts / the USA team and I would expect a very tight hockey game.

    Anything can happen in one hockey game and its not like Europe doesn’t have enough good hockey players to win on any given night. So – I wouldn’t read too much into the USA loss and would expect them to put together a desperate bounce back effort.

    Desperate – must win on the USA side, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win this one, even though our guys are probably a better hockey club.

    Yeah – Torts probably goes a little over board on character, tough play and team vs individualistic play. But – if Torts is able to pull off a win tonight and pull the team together in part because nobody is allowed to pout, be selfish, put themselves ahead of the team, be lazy, wimp out – etc, then I wouldn’t underestimate them.

    Big Buff – probably demonstrated some of the above (with the exclusion of wimp out) to get his @ss yanked out of the first game.

  • Britts94

    I hate how people are still knocking the USA for not taking Kessel. He had surgery on his hand and will be ready to start the season with Pittsburgh. He’s got an INJURY. I’m definitely not an American hockey fan, but it wasn’t their call on Phil.

    Here’s a link to the story about it on NHL.com:

    There’s also an interview on TSN’s Bardown site where Phil talks about it:

    • Jason Gregor

      When they announced original 16 in March he wasn’t hurt. It was ridiculous not to add him then, or even in May when he was still playing with Pitt. His injury has nothing to do with being snubbed on original roster.

  • Randaman

    Upset? Never say never. I doubt it but this is why they play the games.

    Personally, I would love nothing more than seeing Torts and Kesler out on their asses.