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02-28-2010, 06:23 PM
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Nice job USA, they gave Team Canada a hell of a game and there is nothing to be down about. The US was my darkhorse team from the start and I'm glad to see those boys put such a great tournament together. The US team has a hell of a future ahead of it (as does Canada), players like Kessel, Parise, Kane and Johnson & Johnson will have 4 more years under their belts, and you can probably pencil in 3-5 players off this years gold medal winning junior team onto the team at Sochi.

Don't worry peeps, there will be NHL players at the 2014 games. Take that to the bank. There is no reason not to go. The NHL wants a piece of the pie and the IOC will give it up. The Winter Olys cannot afford to lose the NHL players when it comes to hockey, it's worth too much.

Again, congrats Team USA and Burke, hell of a tourney and hell of a game. On the plus side for you yanks that are a little down about not winning gold. Look at it this way: The Russians didn't win a damn thing Feel better?

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02-28-2010, 06:24 PM
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One thing we can look at too, is USA has a bright future of producing high-level, high-energy hockey players.

Canadians see this as a "gold" win. I see it as a 1-1 in the series. Nothing to be ashamed of.

USA have a better WJC team.

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02-28-2010, 06:25 PM
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congrats to Canada, you earned that gold. Sid, I love you in a Pens uniform, but damn, that was a dagger through our hearts today. You now owe Pittsburgh another Cup this year buddy....

I am proud of our boys. They played their hearts out & left everything on the ice. I'm pissed that we lost, but we have nothing to hang our heads about. We are a hockey superpower as well & we don't have to apologize to anyone. This is our game as well....
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02-28-2010, 06:26 PM
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I have to say, I am so damn proud to say Ryan Miller is a Buffalo Sabre. You made your city and country proud Ryan, you're a real American Hero. Pittsburgh I expect a standing ovation for Ryan Miller on Tuesday!

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02-28-2010, 06:26 PM
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Great effort by the USA. Did our country proud. I hated Ryan Kesler up until this tournament but now he's one of my favorite players. What a warrior.

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02-28-2010, 06:27 PM
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One thing we can look at too, is USA has a bright future of producing high-level, high-energy hockey players.

Canadians see this as a "gold" win. I see it as a 1-1 in the series. Nothing to be ashamed of.

USA have a better WJC team.
Next up in the Battle of North America: The World Championships in May. Go Canada!!

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02-28-2010, 06:28 PM
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Great effort by the USA. Did our country proud. I hated Ryan Kesler up until this tournament but now he's one of my favorite players. What a warrior.

I have the exact same feelings, Kesler is the ****ing man.

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02-28-2010, 06:28 PM
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Great effort by the USA. Did our country proud. I hated Ryan Kesler up until this tournament but now he's one of my favorite players. What a warrior.
I am glad kes is making more fans, the kid's a beast.

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02-28-2010, 06:29 PM
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I have the exact same feelings, Kesler is the ****ing man.
ditto. and im a hawks fan. ****ing warrior

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02-28-2010, 06:29 PM
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This rivalry is just getting started, with a great group of young stars going forward, there will surely be more epic games to come. Great effort by the American squad, we needed our best to win it.

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02-28-2010, 06:30 PM
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Team USA was awesome. The last 2 weeks was some of the most enjoyable hockey I've ever seen.

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02-28-2010, 06:30 PM
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I have to say, I am so damn proud to say Ryan Miller is a Buffalo Sabre. You made your city and country proud Ryan, you're a real American Hero. Pittsburgh I expect a standing ovation for Ryan Miller on Tuesday!
I wouldn't worry about that part. Miller is going to get a hero's welcome in Pittsburgh.


I'm so proud of our boys...they completely blew away my expectations...I knew we were good, but I thought we'd need experience. This is what I expected to come in Sochi, not here, not now. We are a legitimate world power at this sport now in my eyes.

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02-28-2010, 06:32 PM
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I thought that it was going to be a rough transition between the '96 World Cup generation (Roenick, Chelios, Tkachuk, etc) and this young group of Americans that went to Vancouver.

This Olympics got this American generation over that hump, and there should only be better things from here on out.

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02-28-2010, 06:33 PM
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The entire tournament was amazing.

Grats Canada.

Couldn't be any happier with how Team USA played.

All hail Miller.

Good show.

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02-28-2010, 06:33 PM
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Congrats boys with your effort tonight, you guys never ****ing gave up, you played your hearts out and no reason to hang your heads, you guys played like champions today..................


I was on the verge of tears after seeing that goal. It was a bittersweet to see Crosby score that goal.

Ryan Miller, be proud to be an American you showed the world how great you are.

Last thing to say..............Im proud to be an American!!!!

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02-28-2010, 06:35 PM
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Hell of a game boys. You had a the whole rig I'm working at on the edge of our seats.

"We've got it! We've got it! 30 more seconds!"
Boom
and you score on us to force OT.
Then almost score right before Crosby finishes the game.

Probably the best game I've seen in a long time, maybe ever.

You guys should be proud. It could have gone either way.

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02-28-2010, 06:35 PM
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Man, Canadians are too damn nice. How quickly you forget the incessant gloating and chest-thumping of the american's after the round robin game.

I appreciate team USA giving me the opportunity to savour the dejected looks on their faces. Thank you! better luck next time!
I'm guessing you're not a Canadian then?

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02-28-2010, 06:41 PM
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Canadians see this as a "gold" win. I see it as a 1-1 in the series. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Hey, the US won on home-and-home aggregate

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02-28-2010, 06:42 PM
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Ultimately, as is usually the case, the better team won. Canada is just exponentially more talented and experienced than the USA. From their coaching staff right through their lineup they are better in every way than the USA. That said, the USA put together a valiant effort and were respectable.

Talking point: how much did Ron Wilson impede the USA from becoming a better team? Wilson is a buffoon and it was a mistake to put him behind the bench.


Are you joking?

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02-28-2010, 06:46 PM
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Are you joking?
Not at all. Wilson has a history of heading up teams that choke or do not perform up to expectation. He is roundly thought of as one of the biggest dicks in the NHL and has no respect amongst his own players. Tortorella would have been a much better choice - he is a winner. Wilson is....and after today continues to be......a total loser.

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02-28-2010, 06:47 PM
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Hey, the US won on home-and-home aggregate
That's a topic of itself. But I think when USA get home ice on Vancuvers soil, they should only sell tickets to USA people only. Like Penguins did against the Red Wings. They wouldn't sell tickets to Michigan people to go see the teams play in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

I think Olympics should have employed the same rule. Only USA citizens can buy tickets, only. Then USA would be sporting the gold plated medal.

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I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a hard time ever saying a bad word about any player on the US roster, no matter what NHL team they played for. I love this team, and I'm very proud of what they did. 5-0-1 against the best players the world has to offer. Canada was expected to win. We weren't.

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02-28-2010, 07:06 PM
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I must admit, I liked the US Olympic team's style of play. They took it to Canada all game and spent a lot of time in your zone.

Congrats on the Silver, you proved many people wrong.

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02-28-2010, 07:11 PM
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One thing we can look at too, is USA has a bright future of producing high-level, high-energy hockey players.

Canadians see this as a "gold" win. I see it as a 1-1 in the series. Nothing to be ashamed of.

USA have a better WJC team.
If this was a 1-1 tie, than so was the WJC, so I guess it evens out.

Congratulations America, you deserve it.

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02-28-2010, 07:12 PM
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One thing we can look at too, is USA has a bright future of producing high-level, high-energy hockey players.

Canadians see this as a "gold" win. I see it as a 1-1 in the series. Nothing to be ashamed of.

USA have a better WJC team.
That's just silly.

Great tournament by the Americans, loved their style of play, but when you start making stupid observations like the bolded one above, it really makes you look bad.

Grace in winning, grace in losing. Try it.

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