It’s nothing new to see a Pat Quinn coached team struggle to make the playoffs, only to lose in an early elimination round. Nor is it uncommon for Todd Bertuzzi to take a selfish penalty in hopes to maintain his rough and tough image. So, is anyone really surprised that Team Canada lost in the Olympic quarterfinals, with the game winner coming while Sudbury’s finest was in the box? Torontoist certainly wasn’t.
Just to remind everyone…
Todd Bertuzzi, Rob Blake, Jay Bouwmeester, Martin Brodeur, Shane Doan, Kris Draper, Adam Foote, Simon Gagne, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Roberto Luongo, Bryan McCabe, Rick Nash, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Robyn Regehr, Brad Richards, Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth, Martin St.Louis and Joe Thornton
… failed to score in 11 of their previous 12 periods leading to the final buzzer on their third scoreless performance of the competition, Wednesday afternoon..
Alexander Ovechkin’s goal at 1:30 of the third period was all Evgeni Nabokov needed, making 27 saves in the Russians 2-0 win.
Thankfully, the rest of the Canadian Olympic team went to Turin to compete. Canada earned four more medals today, three of them in women’s speedskating. Cindy Klassen received her fourth medal and first gold of the 2006 games, finishing ahead of teammate Kristina Groves for a Canada 1-2 in the 1500m long-track event. Canada also took the silver in the 3000m short-track relay, and finally a Gold from Chandra Crawford in the 1.1 kilometre cross-country sprint.
I guess you can look for Women’s Speedskating DVD’s in stores this year, as the hockey team probably won’t be re-issuing a collector’s disc like they did after the 2002 games.