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12-14-2012, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
It's a stark contrast for the US team compared to last season. Campbell was in the exact same position; expected to be one of the best goalies in the tournament, and the US team needing him to be. The hope was that he'd give the US a chance to stay in any game. Unfortunately, he kind of backed his way into the tournament. He didn't look especially sharp heading into the tournament, and the disappointing play just continued in the tournament itself. The US team itself also underachieved, but you have to wonder how big a boost it might have been if Campbell had been sharp.

Gibson is heading into the tournament playing the type of hockey that Campbell wasn't. That should give Team USA a great reason to feel good about their chances, knowing Gibson has them covered. If he can keep it up, the US team should be dangerous. That should be a confidence builder.
I'm a little worried that people have built up the idea that he'll walk in and have a .940 save percentage. It's a higher level and those numbers are likely to come back down to Earth with all of those goalies. As you pointed out, last year's team was pretty underwhelming, and those burdens tend to be placed on the guy in net.

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