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11-07-2012, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
I doubt it. Sweden has a long history of doing well in the preliminary games but choking in the important games. It can go back the 1984 Canada Cup. Not to mention a whole slew of World Junior tournaments. Canada progressed and got better and better as the 2002 Olympics went on. That team was almost like a well oiled machine by the time they met the Americans in the gold medal game. I can't imagine Tommy Salo standing on his head to beat Canada in the clinching game. Early on in the game Mike Richter had to stand on his head to prevent a blowout.
Yeah perhaps, we will never know. But I also think the final game was the only game that Canada played really well during the entire tournament. But as you said.. best when it counted. Still believe it though

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