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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 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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#2 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 12:40PM
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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.

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#3 Jeffff
February 23 2014, 08:24AM
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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!!

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

Go cheer for your laundry.

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#4 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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#5 FSD
February 23 2014, 03:53PM
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Another boring hockey game on Olympic size ice. The only thing that made this game interesting was the stakes. 1 good game hockey in all of the olympics. MEH

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#6 Oilerfan
February 23 2014, 02:58PM
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That was the greatest team assembled in the history of sports. If you don't agree, you hate Canada and should be imprisoned in Guantanamo and classified as a terrorist. The rest of us look forward to Taylor Nugent-Eberle winning gold for Team Canada in 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

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#7 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 04:39PM
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** wrote:

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

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

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#8 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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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 The Real Scuba Steve
February 23 2014, 12:20PM
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5inatrailer wrote:

Kevin Lowe was there in case anyone had a concern about winning. He is our national winning consultant.

Come on, They would have won without Kevin Lowe.

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#14 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 05:43PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

Not trolling at all. In fact there was a very lengthy debate about this very topic (45min) on bob mcowns show on Friday - debaters included john Shannon and Damian cox. Low goals are a serious issue. Sure low scoring can be entertaining if it is due to scintillating goaltending and lots of scoring opportunities. That really wasn't what we saw this morning or in most of the games.

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#15 Will
February 23 2014, 09:58AM
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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.

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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 **
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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#20 dougie79
February 23 2014, 02:25PM
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After this tournament, Oil should be able to get Subban for cheap.

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#21 Wax Man Riley
February 23 2014, 05:22PM
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Kunitz after the game:

"See guys?!?! I contributed! I'm good! I really am!"

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#22 Serious Gord
February 23 2014, 08:02PM
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kale wrote:

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

I thought they were arguably the greatest team ever assembled. I think we we're let down by the format (no meeting with the Russians) injuries and big ice big goalies.

If my flaw is demanding the best I wear it proudly.

Ps- Russian anthem in closing ceremonies may have been the best ever. Stunning.

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#23 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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#24 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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#25 Ralph
February 23 2014, 04:02PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

The entire Oilers should watch the Canada medal round games over & over again. Then again. Our boys need to learn about turnovers & procession.

No one on the Oilers know how to play a 2-way game. Unless they have been traded to the Oilers.

Oilers old boy philosophy has always been lets score 1 more goal then the other team 7-6 type games. But Oilers can't score like that.

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

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 06:50AM
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A-Mc wrote:

I'm made physically sick by waking up this early.. damn you sochi.

Go Canada Go!

Work starts everyday for me at 5:30 welcome to the early morning club.

One more period to go.GO CANADA GO!!!!

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#30 LoweBlow
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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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 Wonger
February 23 2014, 01:36PM
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OKC at Marlies 2PM Sportsnet 360 HD. Might be our last chance to watch Big Steve Macintyre on a TV. Gotta a feeling he is retiring at the end of this year! HOPE NOT! GO BIG MAC!!!!!!!!

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#38 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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#39 kale
February 23 2014, 07:11PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Interesting to see the negative response (thanks for reading). Curious as to what part you disagree with: the crap game play? The suggested rule changes? Are you content with the scarcity of scoring - possibly the lowest ever this season and in the iihf it averages one goal lower per game. That's soccer-level scoring frequency.

If the nhl had games like this every time it would fold within the year. Dreadful hockey played at an uber-elite level is still dreadful hockey.

I personally loved todays game and thought there was some great hockey played over the course of the Olympics. Nonetheless I could have predicted your response Gord. Have you ever written anything that was not dripping with negativity and pessimism?

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#40 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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#41 Reg Dunlop
February 22 2014, 11:06PM
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I've been debating getting either a magic mushroom tattoo or a maple leaf one. 'Jessica' makes the decision very tough. Sorry Dickie Betts, Canada wins the day.

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#42 pelhem grenville
February 23 2014, 12:11AM
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Reginald...get the mushroom tattoo!

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#43 Anton
February 23 2014, 07:26AM
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Of course, one great thing is that Canadian talent pool is so deep that they can assemble any kind of team that they want. Most of the other nations do not have the same luxury to do so. Russia is the only other nation matching Canada talent-wide but they need to learn how to play a team game first.

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#44 sean
February 23 2014, 07:45AM
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Russia probably matches or exceeds Canada in offence. But they don't have the defense. Same with USA. They have offense and better goalies . Even tho I think they should of went with miller. Canada's defense is just too dominant

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#45 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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#46 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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#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 **
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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#49 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 05:24PM
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@Serious Gord

There's more to the game than scoring goals. I know you know this, so I assume you're just trolling.

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#50 Joy S. Lee
February 24 2014, 08:51AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Just another bad decision in a long, long list of bad decisions by "the brain trust".

You know, it's entirely possible...maybe even probable...that Ralph Krueger was hired for Team Canada on Kevin Lowe's recommendation, right?

And, that Krueger's detailed information on their opponents may have been a vital cog in the wheel...makes Lowe smarter than most of us here give him credit for.

I don't know that it happened that way, I'm just supposing on likelihood or possibility. Oilers management wants to build a great organization, and they try to be dignified, and fair, and so on, but there are a lot of moving parts to that. There is a tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our expectation or belief. Maybe we'd be better off being a little more aware, and little less judgmental. But then, I guess I'd be promoting acceptance over this forum designed to ignite passion and controversy. And, it's ok, I'm as susceptible to getting caught up in it as anybody. But IT IS LIKELY that Lowe had a hand in Canada utilizing Krueger. And we won, at least in part due to that. Props for Lowe...imagine that...

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