Understandably, the talk du jour is Team Canada’s 5-3 loss to Team USA. The loss means that Team Canada doesn’t get the bye to the quarter final round. It means they have to go through, potentially, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the USA (again) to win Gold – not exactly the path of least resistance.
Before I play the blame game, I want to start by giving credit to the Americans. Canada had a lot of chances – like they outshot (and probably outchanced) the American by more than a 2-to-1 margin – but Ryan Miller stood on his head. Despite being younger, the Americans looked more poised. Despite being less-experienced, they executed their game plan to a ‘T’. You can tell the Americans wanted it more, the prime example being Ryan Kesler’s diving empty net goal.
Home ice advantage be damned.
But obviously, Miller was the star of the game as he made 42 saves, many of them of the great variety. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about Marty Brodeur after allowing 4 goals on 22 shots, and the great debate this morning was whether or not Brodeur should get a shot at redemption.
Here’s our answer, according to William Houston:
Luongo starts against Germany. Canada will go with an NHL format from here on, using 12 forwards and shortening its bench early if needed. Management was not happy with Babcock failing to call a timeout late in the game.
Before the Games started, I put up this post about Team Canada’s starting goaltenders. I’ll admit I picked Marty to start because of his track record, but at the same time, I was unsure because of his recent record since being named to the team. To be fair, neither were Luongo’s and Fleury’s records, but Luongo’s was easily the best of all three.
|Stats since Dec. 30||Roberto Luongo||Martin Brodeur||Marc-Andre Fleury|
If Team Canada’s round robin games proved anything, it’s that Brodeur is still struggling. And after a solid shutout against Norway (albeit with little work), Luongo deserves another opportunity to start. Marty made the most of the same opportunity in 2002 when Curtis Joseph faltered early in the tournament. Here’s hoping Louie makes the most of his oppportunity now.