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I'm in this camp for sure. Happy for Crosby and the Gold medal, but it's sad that the entire Olympics are going to be defined in Canada by "his goal".
Exactly, there were so many guys that worked, and played better than him all tournament long. I would have had no problem with any of those guys scoring.
Does it not feel wrong that this moment of Success, was unfairly dropped in his lap?

In Crosby's defense, when they were handing out the medals, Crosby appeared uncomfortable that he was singled out at the end. The medal presenter even paused and appealed for more applause.

Although this might be an unfair feather in his cap, I respect him more for looking like he wanted nothing to do with being put ahead of his teammates.

He knows that 18 other guys are the reason he even had a chance to take that shot.

For that I give him a :bt
 

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Man, that was a tough one to go through. Sure did have it's up and downs. But in the end I really can't complain about a Silver with this team. Great effort by the USA boys. The only thing that makes me mad is WHY THE HELL DID IT HAVE TO BE CROSBY?!?!?!?!?!?! He didn't do anything all game, if we had to lose in ot I wish it would have been Toews he worked hard all tournament and all game.
No i wish it wasn't anyone except an a American!
 

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Does it not feel wrong that this moment of Success, was unfairly dropped in his lap?

In Crosby's defense, when they were handing out the medals, Crosby appeared uncomfortable that he was singled out at the end. The medal presenter even paused and appealed for more applause.

Although this might be an unfair feather in his cap, I respect him more for looking like he wanted nothing to do with being put ahead of his teammates.

He knows that 18 other guys are the reason he even had a chance to take that shot.

For that I give him a :bt

I agree, as a person I have never had a problem with Crosby. He seems like a really nice guy. And yeah, I think he knows what his team did for him. The puck just happened to be on his stick.
 

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HEy man I am kidding, if you are too please put some emoticons in your post or someone who doesn't know you are 11 might take offense.

If I didn't know you, I would have to say that post is pushing the line.

But since I do know you, NYAH NYAH NYAH :cheeky4::cheeky4::cheeky4:
first of all i'm 12 now. second of all ur not even close from knwoing me.
 

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I was sure impressed by Parise and Rafalski. Don't get a chance to watch Red Wings or Devils games but those two guys really stood out for me besides the awesome performances by Miller.

I'm glad Canada won but I wouldn't have been upset by a USA win because they would have earned it. They played really well especially in the 3rd.
 

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The one person who impress me the most in just todays game was Dustin Brown. He was going to the net hard all game. I thought he was gonna put one in sooner or later, but I guess not.
 

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first of all i'm 12 now. second of all ur not even close from knwoing me.
11-12, big jump. Darn near an adult now.

I know you enough, to accept you for who you are.
 

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But of course I have to read the "I wish it wasn't Crosby" stuff. Sure, he was lucky to have the puck land on his stick, and he didn't have the strongest game, but when push comes to shove, who came up when it mattered the most for Canada on the biggest stage? To say he was ineffective throughout the tournament is inaccurate, as he was the second leading scorer on the team. For all the hate this guy gets, he deserved to have that chance.

Miller, Rafalski, and Parise had an amazing tournament for team USA.
 

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But of course I have to read the "I wish it wasn't Crosby" stuff. Sure, he was lucky to have the puck land on his stick, and he didn't have the strongest game, but when push comes to shove, who came up when it mattered the most for Canada on the biggest stage? To say he was ineffective throughout the tournament is inaccurate, as he was the second leading scorer on the team. For all the hate this guy gets, he deserved to have that chance.

Miller, Rafalski, and Parise had an amazing tournament for team USA.
When it mattered most Getzlaf, Toews and Doughty were the MVP's for Canada. PErry and MOrrow deserve recognition. That line was the best by far for Canada imo.
 

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Crosby had five points in the first three games of the tournament, which weren't the elimination games. He was ineffective when the games actually counted. One of his other points came in the Germany game.

Good for him, he can put up points in games that are out of hand for the other team. He was nowhere near good enough when the games actually mattered or were close. When he was needed, he was ineffective. One goal does not excuse being invisible in the other elimination games.
 

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Getzlaf was terrible in the beginning of the tournament.

When the game was 4-2 for the US, Crosby scored a goal to give Canada a chance by making it 4-3. The game mattered then.

No matter how you slice it, your points are that he only scored when it didn't matter. A game-winning overtime goal for the gold medal disproves that.
 

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One point in three elimination games? Get real.

I don't care how big that goal is. That is ineffective when Crosby was picked to be an offensive leader for the team.

Sweet, five points in the round robin games. Those don't matter, every team gets pushed to the qualification round regardless of how they do then.
 

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It's a preconception. You don't like Crosby, and therefore, for him to "justify" his status of being the face of the NHL and being an elite player in the Olympics, you expected him to have to score in every big situation possible. Your expectations are unreasonable, because had he scored against the Russians, you would've said, "big deal he padded his stats in another blow-out game" and if he scored against the Germans, you'd have said, "big deal - it's Germany!" There wasn't anything he could've done besides score 5 game-winning goals in the tournament AND score the game-winner in OT to make you say he had a good tournament. What more can you say of a guy that scores the game-winning goal in an OT gold medal game? If this were Yzerman or Sakic in the same situation you'd be talking about how these guys always saved their best for when it mattered most.
 

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It's a preconception. You don't like Crosby, and therefore, for him to "justify" his status of being the face of the NHL and being an elite player in the Olympics, you expected him to have to score in every big situation possible. Your expectations are unreasonable, because had he scored against the Russians, you would've said, "big deal he padded his stats in another blow-out game" and if he scored against the Germans, you'd have said, "big deal - it's Germany!" There wasn't anything he could've done besides score 5 game-winning goals in the tournament AND score the game-winner in OT to make you say he had a good tournament. What more can you say of a guy that scores the game-winning goal in an OT gold medal game? If this were Yzerman or Sakic in the same situation you'd be talking about how these guys always saved their best for when it mattered most.
I have no problem with Crosby as the face of the NHL. He is an amazing player and appears to a very exceptional person.

It just seem unfair to me that a guy like Crosby who already has it all was the guy to score the OT GOLD MEDAL WINNER, when other guys like GEtzlaf, Perry Toews and Doughty are the reason why we had the chance to even win a gold. One of those other guys deserved it. What can you say, Crosby lives the charmed life.
 

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yeah on the internet.
So what, you're not a rabid Sabres fan who wants to see the NHL expand to Iowa in real life?????


I'm sorry I couldn't resist. LOL F'k'n Iowa.

Take no offense Sabres fan, all in good fun. :bt
 

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I was sure impressed by Parise and Rafalski. Don't get a chance to watch Red Wings or Devils games but those two guys really stood out for me besides the awesome performances by Miller.

I'm glad Canada won but I wouldn't have been upset by a USA win because they would have earned it. They played really well especially in the 3rd.
Parise is just ******* amazing. There's really no other way to describe it. The kid works his ass off all the time, comes up big when it matters, and wears his emotions on his sleeve. You could see his excitement when he tied the game, and how completely dejected he was after they lost. The kid just plain wants to win.

As for Rafalski, it's the same story you always get with him. He'll do one or two great things offensively and then turn the puck over or be completely out of position defensively. He was great offensively earlier in the tournament, but was rather unimpressive in the gold medal game. He turned the puck over several times (including one that led directly to Canada's first goal), and was out of position on the overtime goal (although to be fair, so was his partner). This game reminded me of why I wasn't all that sad to see him leave New Jersey.
 

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In Rafalsski's defense, he was on the ice basically the entire game. It seemed like he never came off. Maybe he was a little tired and that's why he ended up out of position in OT.
 

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In Rafalsski's defense, he was on the ice basically the entire game. It seemed like he never came off. Maybe he was a little tired and that's why he ended up out of position in OT.
Wasn't it Suter who slid over when he didn't need to? I thought Rafalski was already there and was in the right spot. The first goal he turned it over, but it was a mistake my E. Johnson to toss that puck out to a defenseman in front of the net. I don't think Rafalski was expecting it...especially since he's probably used to his other defensive partner parting the seas, hovering above the rink, and carrying the puck gracefully into the opposing team's goal in that situation, lol. And a forward could have easily collapsed down low - I mean it was ot in the gold medal game - defense should've been a top priority.
 

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So what, you're not a rabid Sabres fan who wants to see the NHL expand to Iowa in real life?????


I'm sorry I couldn't resist. LOL F'k'n Iowa.

Take no offense Sabres fan, all in good fun. :bt
i going to have to repeat myself one more time. I don't want the nHl to expand to Iowa!
 
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