Sunday, February 21, 2010
Its true, I know, its hard to believe, anyone who is even an occasional visitor here knows how I feel about Pierre Maguire. Can't stand him.
But at the beginning of the game between Canada and the US he said, after all of the analysis and opinions that really nothing mattered except who had the better goaltending. And he was right.
It was a disappointing weekend for Canada. It was this weekend in Torino that launched the Canadian team to a best ever showing. This weekend in Vancouver there was Montgomery and there was Groves and other than that there was a lot of disappointment for our athletes. Hollingsworth's heartbreak and Morrison's fade and the bobsleigh crash and the Hamelins' loss and Del Bosco. God bless him, crashing because he didn't want to play it safe and win the bronze.
Oh dear. Leuders' surprising last hurrah and the unprecedented cross country success, two small moral victories, aren't enough to overcome a tough couple of days.
And tonight, just to cap it all off, the Americans beat the Canadians, so that the road now lies through Germany and then, just like in Italy, through the Russians in the quarters if they can get that far.
I think that they will beat the Germans and I think that they have a shot against the Russians. Unlike the Torino club this team has looked good; I could see them getting on a roll.
But Ryan Miller out goaltended Martin Brodeur tonight plain and simple. That was the difference. We could talk about mistakes and there were quite a few but the Americans made plenty as well, the problem was that it seemed that the Canadian mistakes ended up in their net.
Is that unfair to Brodeur? Perhaps. The first goal Bergeron was not on his point and Crosby deflected it into the net. The second was pretty awful all round on Brodeur although Rafalski had all day to slide that shot in there. On the third goal Boyle flubbed it and then the defensive coverage was a gong show but Martin was all over the place. And I thought he could have had the fourth as well, I do.
You might disagree. Maybe its just a case of Miller being that good. And he was. Thing is he was on and even the shit he didn't see hit him. Martin Brodeur was not. Interesting to see if Babcock goes back to him. I would guess that he does. I don't know if that's a very good idea.
As for the team in front of him well, they could be better. Lack of discipline hurt them in the third especially. Crosby was a minus three I think and wasn't the factor they need him to be nor was Nash until the end of the game. Of course its difficult in a game like this. Every player is so good that guys who dominate shifts in their club league are just another piece of the puzzle here. Having said that you noticed Iginla in a good way and the San Jose line has been terrific, in my opinion, probably Canada's best line. Toews has been a real sparkplug and Morrow has done his job. The disappointments for me have been Getzlaf and Perry most of all. Considering Getzlaf was supposed to be a major factor I wonder if his ankle is bothering him. He has not had any impact at all.
On the blue Duncan Keith has been wonderful and Doughty was a real factor as the game went on. Seabrook was decent and I liked both Weber and Niedermeyer although how they gave up two breakaways on one shift is absolutely beyond me. Boyle doesn't do a damn thing for me but I can't say a thing about it. I would have liked Bouwmeester on the club but I wouldn't have bumped Boyle so there you go.
As for our old friend, the big pinhead, well he's lost a step but strangest of all is seeing him fight the puck as much as he has. If they make it through to Wednesday night he might get exposed.
Its really too too bad but for some reason I am not as invested in this club as I have been in past teams. For Nagano and Salt Lake City I was a mess but I think once we won the gold in 2002 and then the World Cup in 2004 I figured the world was right again. In 2006 you could see from the hop that they weren't going anywhere.
As for this club, well maybe I'm getting older and so I don't care as much or maybe its because I've realized that the competition is so brutal that it may just be the luckiest club that wins or maybe its the high level of douchebaggery on this team that I find it hard to really live and die with them. Or maybe its just because its not life or death just yet.
Oh, well I guess actually it is now.
Weird thing is, I can see them going all the way. I could also see them being done Tuesday although I doubt that will happen. Wednesday on the other hand ....
Posted by Black Dog at 11:00 PM