Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Bravo Team USA
Bravo Team USA on dethroning Canada in an electrifying WJC gold medal game with Cap D prospect John Carlson winning it in overtime 6-5. Congratulations to our best team since 2004 when they also captured the world championship by stunning their North American rivals in Saskatoon.
It's a great victory for USA Hockey that should be celebrated by everyone. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it as I had to attend a close friend's wake for their grandmother. Condolences. On such an emotional night for our boys to shine through was great. I knew they had it in them but to actually do it in enemy territory after blowing a two-goal lead speaks to the character of this championship team. That Ranger prospect Derek Stepan led them to such a huge triumph is extremely gratifying for a fanbase that hasn't had much to get excited for. The USA captain paced everyone in the tournament with 15 points (5-10-15), tallying a goal and helper in the third en route to getting named with Carlson to the All-Tournament Team. Canada's Jordan Eberle, whose eight goals tied for the tourney lead, took MVP honors. Very deserving since he scored both of Canada's goals to force sudden death. He was dominant.
A lot more can be said about how special a tournament it was for Team USA, reestablishing themselves. We'll review it in better detail later.