Going back over the last couple of weeks of posting about the Olympics, one thing really struck me. How in the world do we, as Bruins fans, not recognize our own team when we're watching it on hockey's biggest world stage? Compare:
* Bruins need a sniper. I'd feel a lot better if they had a guy like Bobby Ryan who's a natural goal scorer.
* Bruins sure could use Kessel/Seguin/Wheeler/ex-girlfriend of your choice right now; look at how many goals they've scored!
* It's embarrassing that the Bruins barely get by the also-rans. Not elite at all.
* Pittsburgh/Detroit/Chicago/SJ/Anaheim are way more talented than the Bruins; the Bruins can't win against them unless they get X,Y,Z.
* What a bunch of prima donnas! Can't score more than two goals against Latvia? Barely get enough to beat Norway? Their best player has the same number of goals as NAS!
* USA is the class of the tournament. Kessel sure has a lot of goals against Slovenia. Bet Canada wishes he would move to Toronto and become a naturalized citizen.
* Should have brought different players like Seguin and Johansen and played St Louis more and Subban more to get more offense.
* It's embarrassing that Canada isn't scoring a ton of goals. Finland is totally going to win the gold.
See what I mean? Now, Kel has his thread on Price, and yes, Price was good. But this was a total team effort - absolutely complete. All of Canada's goals in the gold medal game resulted from defensive work by the forwards. Bergeron set the tone in the first 10 mintues with half a dozen great defensive plays in the offensive zone leading to chances. Canada didn't score a million goals because they had faith in their ability to score more than the opposition. They controlled play in every game. They didn't take chances, or, when they did, they were calculated risks. They played for W's. And, though NAS was just talking trash, calling a bunch of guys who are superstars in the league (Kunitz excepted) prima donnas when they basically all subjugated their egos to the good of the team? Well, that's exactly the opposite of a diva. So Kessel is named forward of the tournament (how does a guy whose team is shut out in the games that matter and who has one assist against contenders in total end up forward of the tournament? Is marco voting?) and leads the tourney in goals, and Karlsson is D of the tournament despite the Bruins Canadians exposing him almost as often as the Bruins did in the last game before the break, and Lundqvist is somehow goalie of the tournament because Price having the a half goal/game GAA and .970+ s% to lead the tourney in both categories is chalked up to the team in front of him.
Can I make a suggestion? Can we just point at the undefeated Canadian gold-medal team and the 4-0 combined score of their medal games the next time someone wants to go on and on about how the Bruins do things wrong and should have kept players putting up flashy stats on other teams? Can we point out that playing the way they did to own the world meant the consensus best player in the world didn't score for 5 games and finished with 1 goal, so maybe individual goal total isn't all that relevant? Case, or Kess in point: Phil led the tournament in goals with more than Toews, Crosby, Tavares, Nash, Bergeron, Perry, and Getzlaf combined. That's about $60M per year of top flight NHL talent. I hope he got copies of the game sheets against the lesser lights, because those and his passport stamp are all he's taking home.