Can Canada take it all?

One more game to go and Canadians wonder if their Dream Team can pull off one more win.
Team Canada was the team to beat from the beginning of the tournament. Up until last Saturday, Canada has had a pretty smooth trip through the tournament with the exception of Team USA. In my opinion, that was a pretty hard fought game.

After the Canada vs Czech game, hockey fans are convinced that this may be a tough game for Canada.

The Fins have played extremely in this tournament and you could be sure that they will bring their best game tomorrow. Defeating the U.S. and advancing to the final for the first time ever, has this team fully charged. They will go into tomorrow’s game with the “we got nothing to lose” attitude and Canada will come in with the pressure of a hockey crazed nation.

Saku Koivu has done a great job leading his team. It also helps having Olli Jokinen, Mikko Eloranta, Kimmo Timonen, Teemu Selanne, Jere Lehtinen, and Mikka Kiprusoff step up their game. Oh… and let’s not forget the great defence of Aki Berg…….. ( That was a joke! ) As a Leaf fan, it’s nice to see Aki get stupid penalties on another team besides the Leafs.

Even though Canada had a difficult time with the Czechs, this team still has all the makings of being the best Hockey team in the World. I don’t agree with people saying that Canada should not have won. That’s bull***t!! If you believe that, then you obviously don’t know the meaning of having a “clutch player”. In the end, that’s what it came down to – who could wrap things up. It’s obvious Canada got out played that game. The Czechs were laying the punches but in the last round, Canada laid the biggest punch – KO!

That’s where Canada’s depth took over. I could list 6-8 clutch players on this team. Don’t get me wrong, the Czechs have a great team and I did not expect a walk in the park for Canada. Hockey fans got a great game from these two teams but in the end only can advance. Hats off to Marty Havlat and Patrick Elias! They were the top performers on their team.

As for tomorrow’s game, I expect a tough first and second period but Canada’s depth will take over in the third. This will definitely be a battle of the goalies – Kipper vs Luongo, so I would expect some big saves! It would be interesting to see how Iginla will do against his team mate, Kiprusoff – maybe a repeat of the Olympics – Sundin vs Belfour.

Either way, this will be a hell of a game so may the best team win!

49 Responses to Can Canada take it all?

  1. propiro98 says:

    umm just to let you know Belfour never played against sundin in fact he didn’t play any games in the olympics.

  2. covertops says:

    Uneducated Leaf fan, you are the reason why we look bad half the time…..

    here is the link to the box score and cause you are too lazy to watch team Canada games I copied the box score.


    Game Summary

    Box Score Canada 1




    Sweden 1




    First Period

    Goals/Buts :

    CAN, BLAKE, Rob (PECA, Mike / FLEURY, Theo) 02:37

    SWE, SUNDIN, Mats (ALFREDSSON, Daniel) 05:30

    Penalties/Pénalités :

    SWE, SUNDIN, Mats • 2 min. / 11:31 / HOLD

    Second Period

    Goals/Buts :

    SWE, SUNDSTROM, Niklas (NYLANDER, Michael / NASLUND, Markus) 26:06

    SWE, SUNDIN, Mats (ALFREDSSON, Daniel / LIDSTROM, Nicklas) 30:42

    SWE, JONSSON, Kenny / ZETTERBERG, Henrik) 31:47

    SWE, DAHLEN, Ulf (SUNDSTROM, Niklas / SUNDIN, Mats) 35:58 PP1

    Penalties/Pénalités :

    CAN, MACINNIS, Al • 2 min. / 35:18 / HI-ST

    Third Period

    Goals/Buts :

    CAN, BREWER, Eric (NOLAN, Owen) 55:39

    Penalties/Pénalités :

    SWE, OLAUSSON, Fredrik• 2 min. / 40:27 / DELAY

    SWE, RAGNARSSON, Marcus • 2 min. / 47:16 / TRIP

    Just so you know you just got…..PWNED

  3. Kraut182 says:

    The key to this game is the first goal. If Finland can get it, then they drop even further into their nasty trap and with Kipper in goal it could be tough for even the highly talented Canadians to get a goal. But, if Canada gets the first goal Finland has to open up a little more and will hopefully make some mistakes Canada can capatalize on.

    Either way, everyone needs to watch this game and enjoy it, because I think it could be a long time before we see some more hockey.

  4. habsoverserver says:

    Cujo was in nets that game. Belfour was the third goalie behind Brodeur.

  5. habswinthecup-again says:


  6. habswinthecup-again says:

    What do you mean half the time?

  7. Dawdy says:

    Canada has to score the first goal so the Finns will have to open up. I think it’ll be the same kinda game like Canada played against Slovakia where it was a tight 1st period, but then 1 goal in the 2nd period will open up the flood gates. Atleast i hope.

  8. hockeyhead says:

    tuomo is the only real physical player on their team. i would play joe t., doan and maybe heatley or smyth on that line. give them more ice time to crash and bang.

    canada is so loaded some stars don’t get much ice time. thornton is really coming around as a star. give him more ice time patty. and i think quinn has really helped with joe.

    go joe go canada will take this one. too much fire power.

  9. bleedingblu says:

    Before everyone goes crazy, yes you’re right… my bad – I meant Cujo NOT Belfour – My Apologies to all Leaf fans! I didn’t mean to offend….. geez!

  10. cgolding says:

    “Can Canada Take It All?”

    potentially the stupidest question headline ever posted.

    Why not, “Does the Best Team in the Tournament Have a Shot?”

    “Can Murderer’s Row Hit?”

    “Does Pamela Anderson Have a Nice Rack?”

    i mean, are you serious with that? sure it’s going to be a tough game, but really… In the World Cup of Baseball(not gonna happen), “Does the US Have a Shot?”

    if Canada didn’t have a shot, they’d have to shut up with the whole Hockey center of the world routine. i might be overreacting to the headline.

  11. StuWild says:

    My prediction for the Championship Game is a 4-1 Canada win. I am not making this prediciton as a lack of respect to a strong Finnish team or to underestimate them in any way. Just have a feeling that Canada will be flying right out of the gate tonight. From the opening shift, I foresee them taking it to the Fins and getting a couple of goals early in the first. This will force the Fins to open up and take some chances. The Canadians will add another goal in the 2nd Period and then notch another in the 3rd. Unfortunately I think the Fins will spoil Martin Brodeur’s shutout bid. I think Vinny LeCavalier will score Team Canada’s 2nd goal of the game giving him the game winning goals in Canada’s quarterfinal, semifinal and Championship game victories.

  12. hockeyhead says:

    sorry, keep drapes with joe t., shane…DDT line. joe thornton..the next mike modano..scorer turned checker.

  13. hockeyhead says:

    i feel you can’t count pam’s rack because it is fake.

    i’m a big fan of real.

  14. DandoEagle says:

    nope nope nope they wont not win if they ever had to play the americans. but oviosly they wanted cananda to win this time to keep those cry baby fans happy. this is why they stacked the tornoment aginst the US because the US is the more bestest team in teh world. finland should win because they have the more better goalie, unless luongo is playing for cananda. he is way more better than brodur who is always hurt. but the problem with te fins is that koivu isnt a good captain and he would really need to pick up his game if tehy have any chance considering he did nothing for the hole tornoment.

  15. cgolding says:

    what does glue smell like?

  16. hockeyhead says:

    ok, i hope english is not your first language.

    sorry, canada is the best in the world followed by russia and czech rep. usa is 4th in my opp. maybe even behind finland. and i am american but also a realist.

    what do you mean stacked against the usa. first of all the usa team is all dinosaurs and canada could have even more talent on this team if it was not for injuries.

  17. PayUpSucka says:

    Don’t apologize bro. Fu ck em.

  18. PayUpSucka says:

    Two puff and pass bro.

  19. DandoEagle says:

    esche is a great goalie, only luongo is more better than esche from cananda. broduer plays on a good defensive team and has to do no work at all. he really isnt a good goalie. so oviously usa has gooder goaltending than cananda.

    martin, lepold, liles are great young defencman witch cananda doesnt ahve as many gooder ones. they are more better than bowmister, reger, hannan. they have way much more better skilll.

    and leetch and chelios are more better than nedermeyer and foote. chara should have won the norris not nedermayer. that was a joke. so again we can say that usa has more better defencman than cananda.

    and forwards, it was hard for the bestest forward on teh team in roenick to miss the games and for another top forward to turn his back on his adoped county. i hate lemeuix. he is a bum. he turned his back on his fellow americans to paly for cannada. if your a US citisen then play for your county not another one. he is a trador. but the americans have as many if not more gooder young forwards tahn cananda anyway. see who won the world junors? oviously the americans have more better young talent than cananda.

    so as you can see i am so right again. USA is a more better hoceky county than cananada.

  20. StuWild says:

    This clown can’t actually be serious with his bad grammar and brutal spelling mistakes. He is doing this on purpose I hope!!! Otherwise he is obviously (notice how it is supposed to be spelt) RETARDED!!!!

  21. hockeyhead says:

    as i said, i hope english is not your first language.

    leetch and chelly are not better but older. plus canada is missing blake among others. primeau is missing, murray, yzerman plus a boat load of others.

    hull is the bum that turned on his country

    mario is american. you should be banned from this site.

    eshe better than brodeur? oh my god. how do people on a hockey site dis marty brodeur. that is like saying randy johnson is not a good pitcher.

    you are messsed man. i don’t know where your from but it is not from around here.

  22. fatsat says:

    Last ditch attempt to pump and already dead Team USA?

  23. DandoEagle says:

    primeau sucks and isnt a team player. see why cananda lost in 1996 and 1998 cause he was on teh team.

    leetch and chelly are still elite defencman. blake and pronger are always hurt meaning they are no londer gooder any more.

    hull is an amazing player. 800 goals. yeah your the bum.

    mario is now a us citisen and should be playing for his adopted county otherwise go home.

    and um cough cough who beat broduer and the devils in teh playoffs? the better goalie esche. yup that is right. see i am right again. esche completly outplayed broduer and is the more better gaolie.

  24. 89AlexanderMogilny89 says:

    Either A: You’re crack addict or B: You’re obviously on here to garner attention,but I am willing to bet it’s C: Both.

  25. hockeyhead says:

    canada has not lost a canada cup or world cup. correct me if i am wrong. olympics they did.

    the flyers are a better team than the devils but marty is a better goalie. i suppose roy is a bad goalie too.

    when anyone gets numbers like broduer call me up.

    look at the forwards on canada. thornton is the checking center. how deep is that?

    dude i am the bestest and the more gooder hockey knowledge person/

  26. hockeyhead says:

    the kids favorite team is the usa but he writes like he is french. what up with that.

  27. heartofleafs says:


    Speak up son.

    We don’t understand grade 2 gibberish

  28. heartofleafs says:


    Speak up son.

    We don’t understand grade 2 gibberish

  29. DandoEagle says:

    cananda lost to the great USA in 1996. again i am right on that one yup yup yup and you are wrong so i am the more better hockey expert. you know nothign about hockey.

    um what has broduer done lately?? only get more worsely outplayed by esche.

    thorton sucks. he choked in the playoffs and isnt warrented a spot on the team. halpern was the more better checker and gomez was the 4th line center for US. shows you how muchly more deep the US is. and legwand couldnt make the team. he is as gooder than thorton.

  30. 19Yzerman says:

    I think he is of eastern European descent due to the double negatives and double positives he uses. If he was french I think he would be a typical french Canadian rooting for team Canada. You could be right though seeming as how team USA has a defence that only the French could love. He would make a great Notre Dame football fan.

  31. PayUpSucka says:

    Lol good one bro. Good call on the Notre Dame burn.

  32. hockeyhead says:

    hull does not have 800 goals.

    and you are right. i admit that. what i was thinking was the canada has never missed the finals in the canada/world cup.

    yaa, thornton sucks. how does his play on boston have anything to do with the world cup?

    pat quinn said that thornton has been one of their best forwards but does not get the flare because vinny has the points but joe is checking.

    gomez or thornton. please. half pint or bull.

    marty won 40 games again i believe. 10 plus shutouts ….yaa he is going down the toilet. what is his goals against in this tourney? yaa.

  33. hockeyhead says:

    just another kid that wants to jump the fence and come to our country. USA number one! maybe he is a mail order bride from russia.

    go canada go

  34. PayUpSucka says:

    Hahaha. Good one. You all know it’s just leaf expert right???

  35. PayUpSucka says:

    Thornton is hands down Canada’s unsung hero. He’s playing unbelievable as a checking center. He creates chances and is amazing when he gets that puck behind the net. Scary how he can just walk out intouched.

    Vinny has been their best, but Thornton wins the unsung hero award. Well him and Adam Foote. I forget how good Foote is as I only get to see him every once in a while.

  36. hockeyhead says:

    is leave expert 6 years old?

    i agree with you. joe vinny and adam are pretty darn great.

  37. 19Yzerman says:

    The DDT line should stay together because they are MORE BETTER and they Won’t NOT be outplayed . 1996 USA won the World Cup and were actually the defending World Cup of Hockey Champions in this. Mario is from Canada and DandoEagle is actually Notre Dame’s Rudy who I just found out is Joe Piterno’s Illegitimate B A S T A R D son.

  38. PayUpSucka says:

    That sounds about right.

  39. hockeyhead says:

    it is true. all of it.

    i still think joe t. is the most bestest player. he is my favorite cuz i think he is more betterer tehn all the gooder guys.

    eh, dare guy, eh.

  40. MightyJortikka says:

    The only thing sure about this game is that,

    finnish veteran players like Teppo Numminen and Teemu Selänen have the last chance to win something big.

    As a finnish hockey fan, we´ve already achived something incredible and everyone in the whole hockey world has to see it.

    From the first game of the tournament finnish head coach Raimo Summanen has spoken about “our day” when we won USA, that was our day..

    Now the only thing we have to do is the same thing as the american did in Lake Placid, a miracle.

    If you forget all the hype around the finnish team,

    you can see that we don´t have that many trully great players, but we play as a team, and now days team´s win titles.

    It was expected that players like Koivu, Jokinen, Timonen and of course Kiprusoff would be the back bone of the team, but what has surpised us and many others, has been the play of Ville Peltonen, Jukka Hentunen, Niko Kapanen and Mikko Eloranta.

    Personaly i have been extreemly delighted of level that Teppo Numminen has played, showing that he still has couple of good years in him.

    So, it´s going to be a fantastic hockey game, something that i will tape and show to my grand children someday…. Cause this is the night when the finnish hockey reaches it´s pinnacle.

    p.s Berg has actually played really well(that was a bullshit call) it´s the Leafs problem that they pair him with Mush.

  41. MightyJortikka says:

    This is happen´s when your country´s leader is a idiot. Really, really scary stuff.

  42. MightyJortikka says:

    I agree with you, if Canada scores in the first period, we´re really screwed. Remember SLC 2002,

    we really didin´t that much of chance of coming from behind.

    I would like however to point, that Finland dosen´t

    play trap game. Finnish hockey system is more active than a neutral zone trap and also do to much higher and active checking game. It´s pretty much the same system as the Calgary Flames played with, defensive yes, effective yes and much more easier on the eyes than trap.

    It will be a passion filled hockey game, in the rink, the stands and at home.

  43. MightyJortikka says:

    Tuomo is the only one? how about his brother Jarkko? Väänänen? Nemo? Jokinen? Hentunen? Eloranta? Koivu?(forget the size, it´s mentality)


  44. Dawdy says:

    so a better defense partner for Berg, will cause him to hit more, not give the puck away, and to cover then man in front of the net better?!?

  45. hockeyhead says:

    i think tuomo is the best power forward they have. that is what i meant. the size of canada proved to be key. great moves by 15 last night tho.

    joe thornton…your the best buddie.

  46. Leafer4ever says:

    Well Canada won:) 3-2 the final. Amazing game to watch, and I knew it was going to happen!

    Best team on the planet, Team CANADA!

  47. DandoEagle says:

    second best as we know the americans are still the bestest team. cananda just got lucky.

  48. hockeyhead says:

    yea leafer, yaa canada is the best but you should see if you can get the ’87 canada cup series which was a best of three canada vs. cccp.

    that was the greatest hockey ever. all 6-5 games. mario on the same line as gretz. ray bourque, coffee larry murphy. best power play in the world.

  49. MightyJortikka says:

    after Tuomo´s goal i really believed that we would win. sorry to see that Thornton got one back at Koivu. Koivu´s line was poor.

    It´s just the versitality of the Canadian team, it´s incredble, size, skill, everything… sort of reminds me of the Soviets of the 80´s.

    I just hope that it dosen´t take another eight years for this tournament to happen again, then again if Finland would have won, the next tournament would be around december..

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