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02-28-2010, 05:42 PM
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02-28-2010, 05:44 PM
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Hey Canada, let's do this again in 2014. We'll bring the boys from Finland, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, and Germany. We'll find some others who can play too.

Canada, you bring the beer. Germany, brats and sausage. Russia, we'll have it at your place and you can bring the vodka. We'll have us a party. Good times.

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02-28-2010, 05:45 PM
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I feel bad for Miller, to lose on that particular shot, oh well come back hungry for 2014 (if there is still civilization)

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So damn proud of my country, we played out of our minds the whole tournament. 2014 watch out

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02-28-2010, 05:46 PM
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i never thought i'd love ryan kesler.

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The states were stellar, just stellar. Any Canadian who thinks that the upper echelon of american players (i.e. their olympic team) isn't as good as our olympic team is delusional. They played an awesome game.

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02-28-2010, 05:48 PM
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A bright side is that the US team was so young and we still have more prospects coming up. Our next team should be scary good.

No one gave this team a chance going into the tournament. The team proved people wrong and just came up short on an unlucky goal.

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02-28-2010, 05:49 PM
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Are you serious? Say an underdog team loses Game 7 of the SCF in OT. Are they supposed to parade around because they won their conference trophy?
They are representing their country. Their country didn't expect much out of them. Their country would have been giddy with a bronze. Look at the Swedes, the Czechs, the Finns, the Russians, the Slovaks... Who does the US have? Rafalski? Parise? Kane?

The fact that we were withing sniffing distance of the gold is incredible. INCREDIBLE.

No, I completely understand how they were personally disappointed by not winning gold. But they have to put their individual experience in the perspective of how awesomely proud we are of their performance.

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02-28-2010, 05:50 PM
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I hope they keep the NHLers in the Games. In 2014, this team will be unstoppable.

When is the next World Cup? Sigh.

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02-28-2010, 05:51 PM
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Hey Canada, let's do this again in 2014. We'll bring the boys from Finland, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, and Germany. We'll find some others who can play too.

Canada, you bring the beer. Germany, brats and sausage. Russia, we'll have it at your place and you can bring the vodka. We'll have us a party. Good times.
For sure, great game played by the American team all tourney.
Tough forecheck and that SPEED. Amazing team that was very cohesive as well, a deadly combo.

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Hats off to the American players and their fans. They never gave up, and showed a lot of heart in the comeback. I think it is very easy to say that in a game like this, while only one team can win both teams deserve to walk out the door with their heads held high.

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Thanks for a terrific game guys Parise, Kesler, and Miller have definitely been playing for a gold medal all tournament.

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Thank you so much Team USA for everything you have given to us this Olympics...

Though I may have tears coming from my eyes, they are tears of joy for how well you guys played. I cannot remember a time when I was more proud of a bunch of hockey players. Keep your heads held high because you just took Canada to the brink!! God bless you guys, I look forward to 2014 and just how much of a monster team this could be...

Well, here is to the 2012 World Cup: REVENGE!!!

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02-28-2010, 05:52 PM
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And one other thing. **** Don Cherry. USA holds the title of having the most heart. They played their ***** off and overcame a skill deficit by putting everything they had on the line. The Canadians came out expecting their skill would win them games and the US surprised them. The US almost ALMOST won gold by playing with more heart and passion than the Canadians.

I don't think Cherry is going to sleep well tonight.

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Parise-Statsny-Kane
Ryan-Kesler-Kessel
JVR-Pavelski-Okposo
Booth-Backes-Brown
Malone (35), Connolly (34), Callahan (32) Oshie, Langenbrunner (38)

EJ-Bogosian
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Orpik (34), Ballard (32), Rafalski (41)

Miller (33)
Howard

Everyone who is not mentioned is under 30 and I don't think too many people had Kane penciled into their 2006 post-discussion, who knows who will burst onto the scene. There is a lot to look forward from this USA team including several blue chips (Bogosian, JVR, Okposo) and several guys who are just scratching the surface of their abilities (Ryan, EJ, JJ, not to mention 21 year-old Patrick Kane). There is a lot of first-line talent and #1 d-men in the above line-up.

But for now, lets just enjoy their efforts.

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02-28-2010, 05:53 PM
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Props USA...That was some great hockey.

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I appreciate the gracious Canadian fans (and from other countries as well) on this board (not poster #2 on this thread, aptly numbered if you know what I mean. This loss stung but it was a continuation of a great year for USA hockey with the success of the U-17,18 and WJC team. This was a great effort by a team not many gave much of a chance to medal, let alone send the entire country of Canada reaching for their Xanex by pushing a gold medal game to OT.

I think the effort by the US won over even the most jaded fans from other countries. I'm beyond proud of this team.

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02-28-2010, 05:55 PM
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by the way, ej was amazing too. god, the blues are lucky to have that guy. future norris winner for sure.

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Hey Canada, let's do this again in 2014. We'll bring the boys from Finland, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, and Germany. We'll find some others who can play too.

Canada, you bring the beer. Germany, brats and sausage. Russia, we'll have it at your place and you can bring the vodka. We'll have us a party. Good times.
Can't we have Germany bring the beer too? Canada's beer is just American piss beer in a different bottle...

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It goes to show how competent the American spirit is. To push a country, who's entire social identity is wrapped around this sport, to overtime, on their ice, is incredible.

America is the greatest country in the world. It has been for nearly a century. We have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, and there's absolutely nothing we can't accomplish. We proved that today.

I'm proud to be an American and I know Parise, Miller, and all those boys are, as well. There's more to our social identity than a niche winter sport. Nevertheless, we proved we can push the powerhouse to the brink.

Great game and moment in American hockey.

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02-28-2010, 05:57 PM
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thanks to Burkie and Ron...and all the players and coaches...

you did USA Hockey proud!


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Extremely proud of them. What an awesome game.

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The states were stellar, just stellar. Any Canadian who thinks that the upper echelon of american players (i.e. their olympic team) isn't as good as our olympic team is delusional. They played an awesome game.
Trust me, no Canadian thinks that way now. I was very happy that the crowd recognized that with a great ovation when they got their silver medals. That was a true showcase game for Olympic hockey.

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Congratulations to USA for putting up one hell of a fight

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i never thought i'd love ryan kesler.
He stole my heart. As did Chris Drury...again. I would love to have him back with the Sabres.

Heck I became a fan of every player on team USA.

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