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01-07-2013, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Canada in 2005 and anyone that remembers that tournament won't disagree. This is just one of those cases where the answer is obvious.

Canada 2005 vs. other countries, the score and how much they outshot them

Slovakia 7-3 (36-23)
Sweden 8-1 (38-14)
Germany 9-0 (52-17)
Finland 8-1 (43-19)
Czech 3-1 (semis) (42-11)
Russia 6-1 (Gold) (32-19)

Canada 1995 vs. other countries

Ukraine 7-1
Gremany 9-1
USA 6-3
Czech 7-5
Finland 6-4
Russia 8-5
Sweden 4-3

USSR 1989 vs. other countries

West Germany 15-0
USA 4-2
Swedn 3-2
Norway 10-0
Finland 9-3
Czech 3-5 (lost the game)
Canada 7-2

In total:
Canada 2005 6-0-0
Canada 1995 7-0-0
Russia 1989 6-1-0

Goal differential:
Canada 2005 41-7
Canada 1995 49-22
Russia 1989 51-14

There are other teams that were great too. 1978 Russia, 1988 Canada for example. But the problem with these teams is that Russia lost a game in 1978, just like 1989 and Canada in 1988 didn't really dominate and pound the other teams. They won a lot of tight games but didn't run the team into the ground.

I am sorry, but there has never been another team like Canada in 2005. I've never seen it in my life. You shouldn't be beating teams like Finland and Sweden 8-1, but they did. The only game that was relatively close was the Czech game and Canada outshot them by a 4 to 1 margin. This is a team that steamrolled the Russians with Ovechkin and Malkin and Radulov. They won 6-1 and did this in the first two periods. They literally could have won the game 10-1 but they showed mercy. Who the heck shows mercy in a Gold medal game? That's just dominance.

The 2005 team has a few potential HHOFers: Crosby, Getzlaf, Perry, Weber. Not to mention a slew of guys who have already won the Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup. They have two Hart trophy winners already. They have what should have been a Norris winner by now (Weber). This team cut Mike Green for crying out loud. They cut him!

I don't think we'll ever see a team like this again. The 2003 draft was extremely deep and the lockout fell at the perfect time. I've never seen a team dominate a tournament like this in my life. Sorry, but if anyone disagrees this is one of those times where there is only one right answer.

Excellent post.

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