But it’s Canada vs USA, so let’s yell and scream at our screens!
When we looked at the initial rosters, we thought Canada could blow the United States out of the water. We forgot about how Brandon Dubinsky is still a thorn in Crosby’s side and that Ryan Kesler is a mutated rat.
The rivalry is something else
and it’s before the preseason!
The fact that this is just an exhibition tournament makes the World Cup of Hockey so much more fun. It’s Canada vs the US of A; a rematch from the 2010 Olympics.
The first pre-tournament game showed us more than what we expected on paper. Canada’s roster, which was expected to dominate, dominated. Except they struggled to score.
Carey Price showed his rust with several plays, especially with the rebound he mistakenly put out for Pavelski to tap in.
For the United States, the Tortorella style of play was grind it out and let players like Patrick Kane and Zach Parise find the back of the net. And they did. Brandon Dubinsky successfully got to Crosby’s head. Kesler was a constant presence after each whistle, until he received a game misconduct for boarding Shea Weber.
The surprise was seeing Jonathan Quick start because he’s an average goalie backstopping a good team (Los Angeles Kings) that is the US of A. The Canadians should have exploited Quick more often by taking more shots. The United States would have been scrambling more just as the first ten minutes of each period.
The Canadians dominated in the shot clock, outshooting the Americans 43-25. Relying on your goalie the whole game might not be the most efficient method of winning a game, especially if you’re in the defensive zone most of the time.
Thanks for the bravery of entering enemy territory