Seventh time’s the charm – Team Canada was eliminated Thursday morning (3 A.M., Pacific) when they lost to Team Slovakia, a team who hasn’t beaten them since 2002. Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic will all join Slovakia in the semis.
This table (link leads to larger version) represents each member of Team Canada (except for Ryan Murray, since he plays for the Everett Silvertips and therefore is the odd one out… sorry, dude) and their teammates on all of the other teams who are representing their countries at this year’s WHC’s. Notice the blanks, and how many there are, and you’ll see why I felt the need to fill a few in with clip art. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Another early goal let in by Cam Ward was the downfall for Team Canada during the first period; that and not being able to capitalize on their power play opportunities. While unfortunate, the first period was motivation to Canada get their behinds in gear and get the rest of the game done.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the one who opened the scoring early in the game, setting the tone for the rest of the game – one that ended up being 7-2 in favour of Canada. » Continue reading “Beating the French… And the Finnish?”