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Lowetide
February 22 2014 09:27PM


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We're just a few hours away from the Olympic Gold Medal game, Canada versus Sweden in deepest Russia. The Canadians and the Swedes have been on a collision course for the entire tournament. The earthquake hits 5am Edmonton time. GO CANADA GO!

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Four years ago in Vancouver it was Sid the Kid and now we're waiting for someone to man up and deliver destiny for the Canadians. Is our nation the dominant one during the NHL-at-Olympics era? We're about to find out.

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Canada's hockey story will see another chapter written before daylight in our town. This is a new team—gone is Sakic, gone is Iginla, gone is Niedermayer, gone is Brodeur. This is the team of Toews, of Crosby, of Bergeron and Weber and Doughty and increasingly of Price.

STAYING UP MUSIC!

If you're staying up all night to watch the game, I'd suggest some kick ass rock and roll to keep you rolling. Since our American friends aren't likely in the mood, perhaps we can borrow some of their best! Love this song, and it feels like summer too!


WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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"Win today and we walk together forever"  (Fred Shero)

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run. We were not bound by rail or air or blacktop or radio or television. The news came monthly instead of instantly. We were bound together by the things we had in common, coast to coast—and the song remains the same.

We are the land of the ice and snow, we are winter, we are Canada. It's our game, at the lowest levels and, today, at the very highest.

God bless you, men. We are with you and we believe in you. Giants walk among us.

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#1 Jeffff
February 23 2014, 08:01AM
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I hope all you see now how Taylor Hall could not be on this team.

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#2 **
February 23 2014, 02:13PM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Kindly remove yourself from this country.

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#3 5inatrailer
February 23 2014, 10:26AM
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Kevin Lowe was there in case anyone had a concern about winning. He is our national winning consultant.

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#4 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
February 22 2014, 09:31PM
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We shall smight them with our golden FISTs!

Go Canada!

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#5 Mack Strong
February 23 2014, 09:51AM
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Offense wins games…Defence wins Championships and Olympic GOLD Medals!!

What a collection of character!

These guys showed how you win games….

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#6 **
February 23 2014, 02:10PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Good to get the win.

Hate this tournament format - and the Olympics in general and I hope this is the last time any Canadian over 20 plays in them.

That said, it was a real shame that:

We didn't get to play and beat the Russians (see format complaint above)

The swedes and cda weren't 100% healthy. There will always be what ifs in Both our and swedens minds...

Finally:

The international game is sick - suffering a severe case of constipation - no flow, no scoring, little physical contact. That's worrying because the nhl is also getting a bad case of it. Face it these games were boring - especially to those who aren't followers of the game.

Rule changes are desperately needed - foremost being dramatically reducing the size of goalie equipment. If that doesn't happen they might as well change from sticks to lacrosse rackets. It needs to be easier to score from outside the dots - that will pull the defenders out and thus open up (and save) the game.

Another fresh piece of t.u.r.d. brought to you by Senile Gord.

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#7 Taylor Gang
February 22 2014, 10:36PM
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I call for help from my brothers of ON.

Prop this if I should stay awake until the game.

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#8 dougtheslug
February 23 2014, 07:13AM
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This might well be the most perfect game of hockey ever played by a Canadian hockey team.

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#9 Lowe Expectations
February 23 2014, 12:49PM
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To win in today's hockey, you must have structure and discipline. This is the main reason the Oilers are such losers. And you must have both. Until the best players on the Oilers show a commitment to playing with discipline within a system, winning will elude them.

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#10 dougtheslug
February 23 2014, 03:10PM
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Will wrote:

That was intense. The bar was packed. I said it at the beginning of the tournament that Canada's defense would single handily win the tournament. They put on a clinic all tournament long. Also, price made shut outs look effortless. I don't think he gave up a rebound the whole time. What a performance.

Finally, to be the best you have to beat the best. And on that note I'm rather sad that Sedin and Zetterburg were out with injuries. But I'm downright pissed that Backstrom was booted from the game 20 min before for taking allergy medication.

I'm glad as hell we won, but the road Canada took to victory was nothing short of easy.

Easy? They beat the silver medallists, the bronze medallists, and the fourth place finishers.

They were also missing a few pieces due to injury (Tavares, Stamkos). Pretty hard to assemble 23 out of 23 of your best hockey players mid season without a few nicks and bruises.

Canada would have beaten anyone, anytime, anywhere in the universe today. They were that good. There are no questions.

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#11 Ari Gold
February 23 2014, 07:37AM
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That was methodical.

Canada takes the rest of the world seriously. The rest of the world scores 3 goals in 6 games.

Amazing.

Mike Babcock, best coach in the world. He deserves a medal.

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#12 Randaman
February 23 2014, 08:31AM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Nice! You must be an American or a Torts fan or worse yet a Canucks fan. Laundry?

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#13 Czar
February 22 2014, 10:40PM
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After all the whining from Forsberg I want the gold even more! And no damn shootout, brutal way to decide it all.

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#14 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 01:51PM
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I'm almost scared to go back to watching the Oilers after the unreal hockey we've been treated to the last couple weeks.

Aw who am I kidding, LET'S GO OILERS!

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#15 hemi
February 23 2014, 08:16AM
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I do believe most of the Oil fan base realize that our "Star Players" were not good enough to make the incredible star studded Team Canada. I am hoping like hell that the Oil players watched these games and took something away from them.

There is not a NHL team that comes close to what Team Canada was in this Olympics. Seeing all of this talent on one team is very impressive and you can bet every other country saw the same thing we fans saw, a team of the best players in the league and a team the played as a team and not as individuals with egos that are unmanageable.

Excellent win for our country and showcased why hockey is Canada!

Now back to reality, the Mighty Oil are in need of.........

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#16 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 01:15PM
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OilClog wrote:

Taylor Hall is an elite player, Kunitz is not. End of discussion.

Taylor Hall is NOT an elite player, Yet

Fixed it for you.

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#17 **
February 23 2014, 02:23PM
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Randaman wrote:

Yes we get it. In fours from now he will be there in a prominent role if the NHL participates. Can we get back to celebrating now or do you have anymore negatives to key on? The best team I have ever seen play. Babcocks system was a perfect design for this group. We'll done Canada!!

It wasn't just Babcock, coach Julien was in charge of the penalty kill and they were the best at it. The team also had some of St. Louis defensive style in it, courtesy of Ken Hitchcock. Simply put, team Canada had more Cocks in their coaching staff than anyone else.

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#18 Dan
February 23 2014, 08:36AM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

All the rats that are not cheering for canada need to go to a different forum. Please go f yourself. Canada is the only team to cheer for here. .

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#19 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 09:36AM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Also, I think this is possibly the stupidest post I've ever seen on this website. And I'm a veteran of the NewAgeSys Wars.

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#20 PapaMike
February 23 2014, 12:44PM
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Jeffff wrote:

I hope all you see now how Taylor Hall could not be on this team.

As much as I wanted to see Hall on the big surface, he would not have succeeded at all. There is much room to improve for him with his puck battles along the boards. This tourney was for the big boys, mentally, and Hall is not there yet. I look forward to the 2022 Olympics and Hall leads the way....

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#21 JSR
February 22 2014, 09:47PM
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I hope they can pull out a win, but Sweden will be no pushover. Funny conversation with my 9yr. old hockey-playing daughter this am..." Dad, when is the Silver medal game?" I laughed, "Kiddo, unfortunately nobody wins a Silver medal." The innocence of youth....

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#22 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 07:17AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

This might well be the most perfect game of hockey ever played by a Canadian hockey team.

Said it earlier in the tournament will say it again. Best defense ever assembled.

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#23 OilClog
February 23 2014, 12:53PM
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@PapaMike

Taylor Hall is an elite player, Kunitz is not. End of discussion.

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#24 dougtheslug
February 23 2014, 06:44AM
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Why does a 2-0 Team Canada lead seem so different from a 2-0 Oiler lead? Damn it's nice cheering for a good team!

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#25 Czar
February 23 2014, 09:44AM
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Forsberg was seen after the game with a roll of his commemorative stamps, whimpering in the corner,licking himself.

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#26 Rob...
February 23 2014, 09:50AM
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~Leave it to Crosby and Kunitz to finally score when it no longer mattered. Hall should have been on this team!~

Edit: 23 people are too stupid to know what the tilde character means on this site.

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#27 Oiler Al
February 23 2014, 11:17AM
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Was a great win, well balanced team and balanced play. The Price Was Right.Although you have to be honest, missing key forwards made it easier for jCanada. Not saying they would not have won with Zetterberg , Barckstrom and Sedin in the line up, but would have given them a better fight.

Should have dressed Suban instead of Hamhius, just to give him a few shifts.

PS.. Is there a more embarassing momement than coaches corner. CBC spends our money to fly and accomdate this guy for two weeks, just to babble nonsense for 4 minutes a game. Time to retire Cherry he, who is totally out of touch with hockey and the world in general. ie; Peter Angelo .. who is he.

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#28 Ari Gold
February 23 2014, 03:13PM
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The entire Oilers should watch the Canada medal round games over & over again. Then again. Our boys need to learn about turnovers & procession.

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#29 Chilly Canadian
February 22 2014, 09:58PM
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Jessica makes me want to pass the time until 5am with episodes of Top Gear!

GDP: Canada 3, Sweden 1 OGDP: Doughty scores the first goal NSOGDP: Upon seeing the Canadians win gold, the USA team has a summit to figure out where they should go next. The summit is called the Heart and Intensity Summit, but both words are misspelled. Bobby Ryan was seen snickering.

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#30 toprightcorner
February 23 2014, 12:23AM
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I was gonna get some Z's before the game but too excited. Think I will rewatch the Canada USA game to get more jacked and then the Finland USA game for comic relief and then its............LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE

GDP - Canada wins 4-2 and out shoots Sweden 37-24

OGDP - Canadian forwards beat down the Sweden defense in the cycle and the Getzlaf/Perry/Benn line will score 2 goals because of it

NSOGDP - The USA hockey team fly home early with their tail between their legs and the only thing on TV is the gold medal game and when Canada wins, Kesler punches the seat in front of him and breaks his hand and is out for the season

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#31 Zamboni Driver
February 23 2014, 06:22PM
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You know what, if you're STILL on the Kunitz thing you're a complete moron. Run now. Go look in the mirror. Yes, you. Moron.

They frickin' won.

Now I get as a blind faith Oilers fan that doesn't really compute this whole "winning" thing, but they did. They were victorious.

Also Kunitz scored a fantastic goal.

So really.

Shut the hell up.

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#32 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 07:06AM
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Oprah has started singing.

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#33 Joe
February 23 2014, 10:19AM
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Kevin Lowe will tell us all how good he is because of this gold medal. Really, he was in the back room wondering if losing this game would score a sweet draft pick for 2018.

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#34 Randaman
February 23 2014, 08:17AM
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Jeffff wrote:

I hope all you see now how Taylor Hall could not be on this team.

Yes we get it. In fours from now he will be there in a prominent role if the NHL participates. Can we get back to celebrating now or do you have anymore negatives to key on? The best team I have ever seen play. Babcocks system was a perfect design for this group. We'll done Canada!!

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#35 Hamhuis and Selanne sandwich
February 23 2014, 01:02PM
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Winning gold in Sochi... absolutely "Price"less!

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#36 Lofty
February 23 2014, 07:25AM
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How good was Weber?

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#37 sean
February 23 2014, 07:38AM
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Russia does not have the defense Canada has in any way.

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#38 bwar
February 23 2014, 08:15AM
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Any chance we can trade our entire team for Jamie Benn?

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#39 **
February 23 2014, 02:16PM
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Canada's play reminded me of Spain's play in the last world cup. Might not be the most spectacular, but it is structurally sound, committed to defense, effective, frustrating to the opposing team, and wins the big price. Credit to the coaches for implementing the systems and credit to the players for putting egos aside and buying in.

A perfect game.

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#40 Rod from Viking
February 23 2014, 06:57AM
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I have to admit, I was not crazy about the Jeff Carter selection at the time but he has been one of the best forwards for Canada.

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#41 Dan
February 23 2014, 08:38AM
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JEFF I HOPE YOU AREN'T OUT RIGHT NOW BITCHING ABOUT THE WIN CAUSE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF REAL CANADA MS READY TO REMIND YOU YOU ARE A RAT GOOF. ..

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#42 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 09:00AM
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Jeffff wrote:

Celebrating?? What are you celebrating were you on the team ?

Go cheer for your laundry.

Jeffff your f key is sticking next time you google the Sundin twins make sure your keyboard is further away.

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#43 Anton
February 24 2014, 12:20AM
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Ralph Kreuger, got fired by Oilers, win gold with Canada. A good year for him.

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#44 v4ance
February 22 2014, 10:45PM
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Just wondering if there will be any backlash to Tortorella's comments about cheering for Sweden in this game.

Probably won't see it this year, but if the Canucks don't make the playoffs and get off to rough start next year, expect the daggers to be drawn. The anti-Canadian stance will be one of the first things that will be used as ammunition to get Torts fired.

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#45 Loweblows
February 23 2014, 06:57AM
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Allman brothers? Really? You should try out for DJ at Rexall.

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#46 Rod from Viking
February 23 2014, 07:12AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Oprah has started singing.

So has Adele.

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#47 Rod from Viking
February 23 2014, 11:44AM
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gr8one wrote:

I'm Canadian but live in the U.S. so I too was stuck with NBC's coverage.

I actually thought the opposite, I was pleasantly surprised at how fair and balanced the coverage was, and well done.

I made the comment after the initial part of the pregame, after that it was very fair if not a little pro Canada. My bad.

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#48 Mason Storm
February 22 2014, 10:50PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I call for help from my brothers of ON.

Prop this if I should stay awake until the game.

Trash this if I should sleep until 4:59 a.m.

The bars are open at 5 tomorrow. You'll have to get up earlier to make it on time.

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#49 Mason Storm
February 23 2014, 04:11AM
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EVERYONE WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#50 Rod from Viking
February 23 2014, 05:59AM
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Watching in the hotel room in Waikiki, only channel is NBC, boy are they pro Sweden. Bring it home boys, "Go Canada Go".

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