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02-15-2013, 07:18 AM
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Well, this certainly isn't the first time someone's said the same thing about a Canadian men's team. Looking at history though, you'll see that:

- Tretiak and his comrades took the NHL's best to their limit in '72, requiring an infamous plea to the fans from Esposito and days later, some last-minute magic in Moscow in the deciding 8th game.

- Tretiak again stole the show in 81, beating a roster of hall of famers and leaving the Forum with the Canada Cup (well, Eagleson prevented them from actually taking the trophy )

- In '96 another hot goalie puts on a clinic on Montreal ice, this time defeating Canada in a best of 3 to capture the first world cup. Richter is named MVP.

- Hasek is unbeatable, leading an unheralded yet solid side to an unexpected Gold medal victory in Nagano.

Seriously do these names and others (Salo's shootout heroics in Norway, Gerber's shutout in Torino, or even the last Olympics where Hiller took the Canadians to a shootout, Miller stymied them in the round-robin and forced overtime in the final) mean nothing? Are our collective memories really so short?

I mean the 2004 World Cup was probably the last time in recent memory where Canada played to their fans expectations and easily walked away with Gold. Hockey isn't played on paper.

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