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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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#51 Mustangheart
February 24 2014, 10:11AM
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Joy S. Lee wrote:

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...

I could not agree more. I cannot imagine Team Canada not asking Lowe for his comments / recommendations regarding Krueger.

If you all look at the Team Canada's Gold Medal Team picture, you'll see Krueger right behind Lowe. If they did not have the respect for each other, they would have been on opposite sides of the photo. What I do find odd in the picture, "Where is Hitchcock?"

For all the Canadian athletes, you did Canada proud!! Even to compete and participate at this level, is an amazing achievement and commitment.

Well Done!! Let's hope the Oilers have a few players on the 2018 team.

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#52 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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#53 hemi
February 23 2014, 04:39AM
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In for a very entertaining game I suspect! All family members are up and at it. An afternoon catch up may be required. The question is beers or coffee.

TORTS! Wow, does he not understand the difference between good and bad PR?

GO CAN GO!

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#54 A-Mc
February 23 2014, 05:35AM
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I'm made physically sick by waking up this early.. damn you sochi.

Go Canada Go!

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#55 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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#56 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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#57 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 06:56AM
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Canada's goal against average is .059 wow.

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

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#59 Spydyr
February 23 2014, 07:16AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

So has Adele.

A duet.....cool.

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#60 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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#61 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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#62 gr8one
February 23 2014, 09:00AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Watching in the hotel room in Waikiki, only channel is NBC, boy are they pro Sweden. Bring it home boys, "Go Canada Go".

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.

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#63 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 23 2014, 09:34AM
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3 goals against in 6 games, never trailed on the scoreboard, undefeated.

This just might be the best hockey team I've ever seen play. NHL dynasties don't count, I missed them all...

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#64 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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#65 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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#66 **
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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#67 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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#68 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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#69 Anton
February 23 2014, 05:35PM
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How to play the proper defense by team Canada:

1.Dominate the puck possession.

2.Crowd the neutral zone.

3.Keep the puck out of defensive zone.

4.Take away the middle.

Only if Oilers can learn from that...

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#70 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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#71 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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#72 geoilersgist
February 22 2014, 10:45PM
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GO CANADA GO!!!

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#73 **
February 22 2014, 11:23PM
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Oh man, I'm so pumped up now, thx Lowetide. Go Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#74 Oilers Coffey
February 23 2014, 12:11AM
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Lets Go Canada!!! Lets stand and awake for hockey nation! A time when all of the sites here can join together. Canada for GOLD WOOOO

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#75 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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#76 BringBackSlats
February 23 2014, 12:24AM
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First you get me going again on that 71' classic SWAY off of Sticky Fingers and now JESSICA!!! I tip my hat to you LT. You could DJ any wedding if it were up to me. Might be because I'm a 73' birth year and biased, but something's epic about song tracks from 70' through 74'. By 7:30 am we might well have to pay homage to Danko, Richard, Garth, and Robbie while we're at it..."when I paint my Masterpiece" seems like it might be the most appropriate? When I gaze down our lineup and especially the Blue, I'm reminded of Dire Straits "The Man's too Big, The Man's too strong". It's truly a thing of beauty this crew assembled. Total buy in coupled with ridiculous puck movers and skating. And although it will surely rouse some trashes, I'd be remiss not to add the much maligned "grit" to their description. Guys that have been through the wars, bloodied but having prevailed nonetheless. Today is going to be a very good day. On behalf of all your fans LT, please keep us rockin' Go Canada Go

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

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#78 pkam
February 23 2014, 05:14AM
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No H. Sedin, no Zetterberg, no Backstrom, who are the Swedes centres? Just shut down Erik Karlsson and we should be fine.

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#79 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
February 23 2014, 05:22AM
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GO CANADA GO

Bring HOME the Gold Medal Boys

Swedes are a road bump

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#80 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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#81 Anton
February 23 2014, 06:58AM
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The best defense is to keep the puck on the offensive zone, Canada has relentless forecheck that give Swedes no chance to set up any play. Swedes were just tired after have to play defense for such a long period of time that they have to change the line every time that they finally get the puck out of their own zone.

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#82 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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#83 Mason Storm
February 23 2014, 07:12AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Oprah has started singing.

Ha!

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#84 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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#85 Lofty
February 23 2014, 07:25AM
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How good was Weber?

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#86 Dan
February 23 2014, 08:32AM
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3 goals in 6 games. Pure domination. This is the answer to all the skeptics that believed that offence wad lacking. You only need one goal to win. Canada is the best....

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#87 **
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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#88 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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#89 Anton
February 24 2014, 12:23AM
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@Anton

And hired by EPL soccer team in England. Really good year for him, so why did MacT fired him for? Even non-hockey related teams want his service, he must know a thing or two.

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#90 Spydyr
February 24 2014, 06:22AM
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Anton wrote:

Ralph Kreuger, got fired by Oilers, win gold with Canada. A good year for him.

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

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#91 Ian
February 24 2014, 10:00AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

The format was set up so that we could meet the Russians in the Gold medal game, in the event both teams made it there.

We beat all of our opposition, Russia lost 2 of their 5 games.

It wasn't the format, it was Russia's inability to win.

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