Canada: The Best In the World!

Shane Doan scored early in the 3rd period to lift Canadian Hockey back to #1!Canada rules the World and now they have the trophy to prove it.

Team Canada won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Tuesday night, posting an emotional 3-2 victory over a very good Team Finland at the Air Canada Centre before a raucous sellout crowd that basked in the glow of their heroes’ triumph.

That was a great game and the last game in a while. I’m very glad to see Canada come out on top, but Finland played a solid game but in the end, Canada had too much depth.

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  1. hockeyhead says:

    doans gw was great b/c of the awesome one time backhand pass from joey t.

    vinny mvp….i don’t know. the all team kinda sucked too. i am bias but i would give joe thornton more props. shut down all lines especially finland.

    this was great hockey but you can see how much hockey has changed. any old timers out there that saw the ’87 canada cup. three games, all 6-5, canada beating russia 2 games to one.

    that was the best hockey i will ever see.

    anyway, i have field hockey to watch. not as good as nhl but hockey is hockey to me.

  2. Rico420 says:

    Yeah I remember the 87 Canada Cup and was kind of hoping we’d see hockey like that again…of course Brodeur is a little bit of a better goalie then Fuhr.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    fuhr was awesome that tourney. one of the best money goalies ever.

    but this whole trap **it. it is a world wide academic. every team now thinks that defence will win games which it will but i want to see rink wide passes and one timers. end to end rushes. someone meggin the defender and walking in alone.

    the goalies have a lot to do with it too. they were great. (the whole small equip thing.)

  4. NjDEVSFN says:

    yipee for Canada…they didnt even have to leave the country for any games. France won the 1998 World Cup while at home and South Korea made it to the Final 4 in the 2002 WC…so there is an ADVANTAGE to playing at home

    there is also an offical advantage. G1 against the US(who yes, played like crap) Joe Sakic’s goal should NOT have counted because the puck hit the netting. check the replay, we all know me and JR are absolutely right

    did the refs think Canada couldnt beat the US without some help? maybe, likely, probably, but when Brian Leetch got tripped behind his own net WHEN he had the puck WITH the ref right there…you know something was up

    both of those instances led to goals against the US, both should have never been shots on goal…

    Canada only beat a bad US squad 2-1 with refs help

    oh, and hockeyhead…its not “worldwide academic” it would be EPIdemic

  5. DandoEagle says:

    yes thank you!!! thank you!!! about time someone saw it my way. yup yup yup the canandians got all the breaks. they would have easly lost to the USA but we let tham have one. nope nope nope they wouldnt have won if tehy wernt favered by the refferrees. see i am right that the americans are more better at hockey witch is why they had all the rodeblocks. the canandians have to cheat to win. just like Ben Johnson. all canandians are cheaters.

    americans are teh bestest in teh world yup yup yup

  6. hockeyhead says:

    yes, i knew i was using the wrong word. if i went to the dictionary every time i missed spelled or something i would never have time to right. i mean write.

    what is up with the canadian conspiracy (sp)? they are the best. that is period. and i am american if you need to be reminded but my favs are cananannananda. right dando.?

  7. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Ah, don’t listen to them, they can’t accept that their team is a bunch of old, decrepit has-beens and now they’re getting desperate coming up with stupid conspiracy theories of why the good ol’ US didn’t win. How about because Team US wasn’t very good? Ever consider that?

    It is true, however, that the tournament may have been easier for the Canadians than for any other team, I’ll accept that. But didn’t the US play all of their games in the North America, as well? The game the Finns beat them, wasn’t that game on US soil? Didn’t the Finns fly from Finland a couple of days before the game and probably had jet lag while most of the US players were well rested? What’s the excuse there? St. Paul has a secret society of Finnish do-badders and that is why the US lost? No, they lost because Finland had a superieor team and Canada won the tournament because they had the best team.

    And the refs missed a call or two, big deal, get on with it. Refs miss calls, and until you have ten refs on the ice (one constantly watching each individual player) chances are there will be more missed calls in the future. You wanna talk about missed calls? Let’s go back the Gretzky high-sticking Gilmour in the 94 Conference Finals. How about Hull’s foot in the crease in the Cup Finals against Buffalo? Shit happens, you just gotta put it behind you and get on with it.

    If Team USA was so good then they should have shook off a tough G1 loss against Canada and played like hell, beating everybody in their path and winning the tourney. They didn’t, Canada did, end of story.

    And NJDEVSFN, it’s ‘official’, not ‘offical’. I’m sure it was an innocent oversite.

  8. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Can’t see what all the excitement is about, ask any Canadian and they would have told you that Canada was going to win the tournament a long time ago. You just can’t stop that juggernaut that Canadian hockey is.

    Personally, I’d have given the MVP to Brodeur. Sure, Canada won with Luongo, but they had to take it to overtime. If you look at Brodeur’s GAA and SV%, I don’t think any forward or d-man on the team or in the tourney was as important. Just my 2 cents, feel free to disagree.

    Shane Doan was Johnny on the Spot. Thorton deserved a lot of credit for that play, but Doan actually buried it, so kudos to him. I love after the tournament how Gretzky was saying that Doan’s goal will be remembered with Lemieux’s and Sittlers. Ummmm, nice try, Wayne, but I don’t think so.

    I did like Finland’s showing in the tournament, I mean they used to be the weak sister that noone took seriously, now it looks like they’ve got some world-class players and a great (but boring) game play style. Hopefully, in future World Cups and Olympics, there will be a number of teams who will be able to walk away champion, just to keep things interesting.

    Gotta dash, wadda y’all think about all’this’all?

  9. traps says:

    If playing at home is such an “official advanatge” as you call it, how come the Canada smoked the U.S. 5-2 for the gold during the olympics? Was there a refereeing conspiracy? Did the Canadian goals hit the outside of the net? Riiiiiight…

    The current U.S. hockey team is too old, slow, and washed up. You’re really suprised that they couldn’t compete with their roster? C’mon dude. I was suprised they even won a game! They almost didn’t even do that…

    Canada is too fast, young, and skilled. Canada will always be better. Hockey is Canada’s game.

  10. hockeyhead says:

    hey traps, what was the tourney before it was the world cup?

    was it called the america cup? no, that is boating. was it called the ryder cup? no, that is golf. was it called the dixie cup? no.

    hmm…what was it hockey fans before the world cup? i think the answer lies with in.

  11. Stuv_Dogg says:

    If Canada keeps winning this darn tournament, they might as well go back to calling it the Canada Cup.

  12. nordiques100 says:

    wasnt the winning goal by hull in the 1996 world cup scored with a high stick??? it was over the crossbar that’s for sure. so the canucks getting a break with the puck going out of play and no whistle is the hockey gods saying what goes around comes around.

  13. PayUpSucka says:

    The boys are awesome. I still would have liked to see 2 canadian teams in the tourney, would’ve been fun to see the 2 in the final.

    Joe Thornton was awesome the whole tourney as well as Vinny, and Brodeur missed the semi, but still was amazing when needed.

    I felt as though based on the championship game that Thornton was going to win the MVP, but it was a collective effort and I wouldn’t have argued with any choice they made from Canada’s roster.

    Enjoy and savour fellas, gotta feeling we’ll only be seeing classic games from the NHL network for quite a while.

  14. PayUpSucka says:

    BTW Thornton was the reason Doan scored. The guy is a fuc king machine behind the net and along the boards. Daon should’ve had 10 goals with the amount of times Joe was able to find him.

  15. UsedandAbused says:

    Ya ya YA… Canada won..

    Congrats to all you Canadians (even though most of you hate the USA).. You with out a doubt have the MOST talented crop of hockey players in the world, and I know how much this means to your country.

    There is no way in the world that this Canadian team should have even lost a game (which they didn’t). If you think about it everything was going perfect for Canada… The USA team was struggling with Hatcher hurt, No JR, and the same crop of aging players. I am worried about USA hockey because it doesn’t seem they have another group of USA studs developing like they had in the 80s and 90s (except for goaltenders). Perhaps that is because the NHL has gone from GREAT to SHIT! Oh this lockout isn’t going to help either… Most USA fans don’t even watch hockey anymore anyways… Its a shame because it is a GREAT sport.

    Team Russia was not at Full strength in this tournament either… In all it seemed like a weak tournament. Canada however has SO much DEPTH… Its sickening… But Congrats… Canada hockey is strong… Wish I could say the same for the USA…

  16. traps says:

    I really don’t understand what you’re trying to say…

  17. cgolding says:

    USA may have a decent team 6 or so years down the road as the guys that just won juniors and such start to mature…

    that’s the hope anyway.

  18. Aetherial says:

    No team was struggling worse with missing players and injuries than Canada.

    Currently Canada has the best top players I believe. What really sets them apart though is the depth. How can you still go undefeated missing Blake Pronger Jovanovski and Redden from your defense?

  19. Aetherial says:

    I would say it would be at least that long until they seriously compete again.

    Besides the depth Canada has… the other very scary thing is the youth on that team. There are many more international competitions where a lot of Team Canada will still be in their prime.

  20. UsedandAbused says:

    “No team was struggling worse with missing players and injuries than Canada.”

    Are you SERIOUS man? I think you need a HEMAN***** SLAP for that comment!

    ”How can you still go undefeated missing Blake Pronger Jovanovski and Redden from your defense?”

    Easy… the answer is in your post… “DEPTH” Canada has MORE DEPTH then anyone. I am not talking about average players coming in… Shit If Lecavalier was a BACKUP. Pretty strong backup if you ask me… And if he got hurt they could have always got Premo.

    As for your defensive problem…. For one look at your GOALTENDER! Broduer is great… I am sure Scott Niedermayer isn’t a bad guy to have on defense, especially since the guy plays like half the game. In fact Niedermayer is probably the best defensemen in hockey. That isn’t counting Lemieux and every other great forward they have.

    Get a clue… lol

  21. nhlscooper says:

    Where do you watch field hockey.

  22. Westcoastexpress says:

    You’re just another example of an inferior American public education system. I am sorry if I’ve used too many multisyllable words and you’ve become confused.

  23. jacosta says:

    Thsi is absolute proof that if you took away about 10 teams from the NHL you would get a better product and in markets that actually cared.

    All of the games from all teams were great because every line had talented guys. The team with the most talent on all lines won (Canada)

    I hope that the NHL lockout allows for a 50 million dollar cap, but you lose at least 6 teams from the league. You would then have drafts for the players that have lost their jobs.

    The NHL then becomes predominantly a Northern US and southern Canadian league. Where the arenas would be packed. Players would get paid and fewer teams would lose money.

    Could you imagine folding the Thrashers, Florida, Nashville, Tampa, San Jose, Anaheim etc and then having the team with the worst record the year before get first draft at any player on any of those teams.

    I am going to submit an article on that.

    Jacosta is back in the hizzouse

  24. The_Coach says:

    I just wanted to clear up something that you said in your post, “even though most of you hate Americans.”

    I don’t really believe this is true. I have met many wonderful Americans in my travels and especially during my days in the Canadian Navy. It is not the individual American that I hate, it is George Bush!!!

    I hate his foreign policies and speakin with the knowledge of someone who has worn the uniform of his country, it is George Bush that is making the world a very scary place right now.

    So, to all our American friends on this site that I enjoy talking hockey with, please don’t confuse Canadians hatred of Bush and American foreign policy with a hatred of you.

  25. hockeyhead says:

    i have been watching at the school i teach at in new england. it is high school and in north america it is just girls that play but i have seen some moves that would get JR out of his seat.

    we made the finals the last three years. 2nd three years in a row. starting to think we are like the bills.

    i have been watching for over 8 years and i still don’t get all the rules. great fun tho.

  26. hockeyhead says:

    yes, it is hard to understand when you can’t hear tone of voice.

    if you read my other points, we are in agreement. i was backing you. and of course the answer is canada cup because canada is the best.

  27. hockeyhead says:

    you are a man of my own thinking.

    amen! joey ‘da man!

  28. hockeyhead says:

    hey used/abused…why do you have to be canadian to like canada. i am american and i like the usa about 4th best. it is not unpatriotic i don’t think. it is liking your favorite players. there are not a lot of americans that i like.

    go canada go. (usa rules in the olympics tho) just not hockey.

  29. PayUpSucka says:

    Gotta give credit where it’s due bro, if his performance at this World Cup doesn’t shut his playoff critics up I don’t know what will.

  30. drgnhrt says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more.

  31. heartofleafs says:

    Hey American Boys,

    Listen, last time I checked, the round robin portion of the tourney meant nothing. And in case you were wondering, the Americans, despite being third in the pool, still got a home-ice game against the Russians.


    Finland beats Americans, Canadians beat Finland.

    And yet still somehow, only Canada got the advantage.

    Lastly, the Americans got to play Finland only 2 days after they travelled across the Atlantic (and lost), while the Canadians beat Finland after they had been here for almost a week (they would be better rested). AND THE CANADIANS GOT THE ONLY ADVANTAGE??????????????

  32. habs_punk says:

    that was the whole point of his post, Canada was missing 4 of it’s top 5 defensemen, not to mention stevie y, and still went undefeated. no team had close to the same injury problems as Canada did, but we got the depth and the goaltending. heck, kiprusoff was probly the only goalie there better than our third goalie (fourth since belfour was top three as well)

  33. UsedandAbused says:

    You can like whoever you want… I for one think events like the world cup are for your to cheer for your own country and how far they have come hockey wise. I like Players on Team Canada to (just like every team), but I go for my own country. Personally why go for Team Canada if you aren’t Canadian? Especially when they are not even underdogs? Like I said what you do is your own business..

  34. UsedandAbused says:

    Sorry for that comment… I COMPLETELY read that wrong. Man I’ve been working to much… Need a few days off!

  35. hockeyhead says:

    i have always liked team canada. 80’s were great. i am half french canadian so i guess i kind of am cheering for my team.

    no harm, no foul..

  36. Bishop7979 says:

    And imagine how good they would have done if iginla could have converted at least half of the great chances sakic and mario set up for him.

  37. NjDEVSFN says:

    It was reviewed. Enough said. The refs didnt even REVIEW Sakics goal and it was clear while watching on TV that it hit the netting

    Im not doubting that canada is not better than the US…they won the Cup, the US didnt

    but Sakics goal shouldnt have counted and neither should have Finlands 1st goal…and no one has yet to deny that, so thanks for agreeing with me

  38. forever_flaming says:

    i dunno, vinny was good, but i’d give it to sakic or brodeur first.

  39. raine_kalisz says:

    Did anyone else think the refs seemed slightly non-existant? In the last two games i watch Canada play i counted so many non-calls, about a couple dozen hooks, and trips by the czechs and fins, and a couple of interference calls by the Canadians. The calls that were made were a little… stupid? I mean Vinnie’s “hook” that Czechs scored on and one in Finn game. There was also the brutal high sticking of Smyth that went uncalled. Next world cup they have to get some reffing going.

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