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Babcock stays mum on which goalie starts quarterfinals

Feb 16, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

Mike Babcock Reuters

Canada may have pressing questions about the lack of offense from the forwards, the question about who starts in goal never goes away.

Such is the case following Canada’s 2-1 overtime victory against Finland.

Canada coach Mike Babcock was asked about who would get the call in the quarterfinals against the winner of the Switzerland-Latvia qualifier. If Babcock knows who he wants, he wasn’t giving up that information today as Stephen Whyno shared.

When asked if he knows who he’ll start in goal, he answered, “No and won’t tell ya.”

Carey Price earned two starts in round-robin play while Roberto Luongo had one. All three games saw tremendous play from both goalies, but if you have to go out on a limb and guess who starts against either the Swiss or Latvians it has to be Price.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM


    This is a complete ‘no-brainer’ which even the Luongo lovers will admit to. Price is ‘definitely’ the man from here on in, especially if Canada has any serious aspirations of repeating. As for the issue of Crosby’s lackluster play ? …

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      And we thought you couldn’t be a bigger douche but yet here we are.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        Ooooo let me give being a bigger douche a shot: ‘yet’ after ‘but’ is superfluous.

        I’ll go away now.

      • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        No, don’t go away friend …

        The bottom line 1943 is that one often finds a correlation between ‘electronic’ wickedness and poor grammar … and this anti-social parasite ‘ageofquarrel’ is a typical example. Nonetheless, it’s always preferable to take the high road when dealing with ‘those’ who are wicked and instead offer them scripture …

        “invite the wicked man to the river Jordan and there where the current is strongest, push him in so that he may drown like the rat he is” … Daniel 14:6

    • sportsfan69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Price is the right choice, as Bob Parker would call it. Looks like Sidney dropping to the ice. LMAO

  2. csilojohnson - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Yea Canada might as well forfiet the tourney. If the forwards arent clicking after a few non elim games they have no hope….

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Yeah those three games didn’t answer their goalie question, but Price did nothing in today’s game to not get the next start. Have to believe it’ll be him again versus la Suisse.

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Unfortunately for Luongo, his name has become synonymous with the term ‘choke’ (Boston, Chicago, LA, etc …) and so it’s almost a given that he’s now seen his last action of the tournament. Anyone with even just a ‘cursory’ grasp of hockey knowledge knows that he was ‘just along for the ride’ in 2010 and nothing more.

  4. bsaures - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Price started the game that mattered and played very well its obvious it will be him

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Je ne vous aime pas, pourtant je vous approuve …

  5. badgerhockey77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I’m no fan of Canada, but the way their D is playing, it doesn’t matter who they have in goal. They could put an orange road cone out there in be just fine. Gonna be a tough game for USA playing Canada in the semis.

  6. tomcreanshair - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Pretty sure the US and Canada can’t meet til the gold medal game.

  7. dolphincult - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    flip a coin on the goalies, they have both been very solid so far………..but sit pk and st Louis? talk about over thinkn it after a great game 2.

  8. luuo73 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    It doesnt matter if its Price or Luongo, neither goalie can stop the USA by themsleves. Canada is relying on Doughty and Carter for offense? Where is Crosby, Nash, Toews… This entire tournament has been a cake walk for them. Its too bad Finland didnt win today and put Canada in its place. Oh well, I guess Canada is learning from the canadian juniors and their drive for a 4th place finish.

  9. elrock7 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Geez I cant remember the Americans ever winning a damn thing. It will be no different this time either!

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