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On paper, we (Canada) should win hands down. Unfortunately, the game is not played on paper.
As we all know, any format that involves one-game showdowns means that a dark horse could walk away with the gold. Goaltending will be key, and there are several teams that will have a pretty good NHL goalie backing them up. Whichever of those goalies has a hot Olympics may make the difference. I remember when Hasek stoned Canada back in '98 even though we outplayed them considerably. So, as they say, goaltending is 70% of the game....unless you don't have it, then it's 100%. Given that hockey is so huge in this country, I'm not sure if playing at home in Vancouver will help or hinder Team Canada. Obviously the pressure will be on the Canadian players ('cause it's gold or nothing up here), but I like to think that these "fairly well paid" players can handle the pressure. Anyway, for those of us who are hockey fans, it's gonna be one heck of a ride next month.
P.S. [b]PABowhunter[/b]....I don't think Fleury will be anywhere near the net unless Brodeur and Luongo have a complete meltdown.
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