In the middle of the playoffs lies a nationalistic pride for all of Canada.
That’s right. 95 million dollars’ worth of National Hockey League players are representing Canada at the 2015 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The gold medal game will feature the top two players of the Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby representing Canada and Evgeni Malkin representing Russia.
The World Championships have been regarded as an opportunity for players to represent their country, and for NHL players who have played through a satisfactory season to rebound for a boost of confidence. Even Alex Ovechkin of Russia, who lost in the semi-finals to the New York Rangers played in the World Championship semi-finals and will be part of the Russian squad in the finals.
Canada has played a great tournament, yet so has the Russians.
Canada has great scoring from top forwards Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin, and Sidney Crosby. The Russians have top forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Nikolai Kulemin.
Both teams have been great at keeping the puck out. Their defence has been strong, and the goaltending has been the backbone of the two dominant teams. The gold medal game will be a battle between the posts: Mike Smith vs Sergei Bobvrovsky.
Will 95 million dollars’ worth of a roster be worthy of a gold medal. Only time will tell. 2:30 PM Eastern Time.