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Stastny on Team Canada: ‘We don’t like them, and they don’t like us’

Feb 20, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

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Paul Stastny figures there’s no sense in dancing around the U.S.-Canada rivalry.

“I think it will be the true meaning of intense,” Stastny told the Denver Post of Friday’s looming semifinal matchup. “You know the guys on Canada, but we don’t like them. And they don’t like us.”

Stastny’s comments are a reflection of what’s become international hockey’s fiercest rivalry. The Canadians and Americans are set to meet in the playoff round for the third time in the last four Olympics — the only difference now is that, unlike 2002 and 2010, the two teams are playing to get into the gold medal game, as opposed to playing in it.

With that in mind, it’ll be interesting to watch NHL teammates try to best each other on Friday.

Stastny, part of the U.S. team that lost to Canada four years ago, will be up against Avs teammate Matt Duchene, who draws into the Canadian lineup for the injured John Tavares. There are numerous other examples of teammates facing off, including Kings defenseman Drew Doughty taking on Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick.

For Doughty, the opportunity is priceless.

We want those bragging rights for the rest of the season. For the rest of your life, really,” Doughty told the L.A. Times. “I’m really close with both those guys, Quickie and Brownie. It’s going to be fun [Friday].

“I want to beat them so badly. We’re big rivals, us and the U.S., especially after the last Olympics. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Such is the life of athletes hard-wired for competition. Stastny perhaps explained it best.

“When you’re playing for your country, there’s always been a rivalry between the United States and Canada,” he said. “You don’t look at the names on the back of the uniform.

“You only look at the logo on the front.”

  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    “We want those bragging rights for the rest of the season. For the rest of your life, really,” Doughty told the L.A. Times. “I’m really close with both those guys, Quickie and Brownie. It’s going to be fun [Friday].

    “I want to beat them so badly. We’re big rivals, us and the U.S., especially after the last Olympics. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

    It would be great if everyone were as mature as Doughty. He seems to have this game in perspective: a burning desire to win, and a burning desire to have fun.

  2. westsidewilly - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Cue Pierre McGuire: “Have a blast out there.”

    • ironyisadeadscene - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      UGH, so annoying when he says that…even the players are like yeah, whatever a$$hole as they skate away

    • westinpat - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Followed by a long gaze at Sidney Crosby.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      I thought I hated Pierre McGuire… until CBC brought in Glen Healy.

      McGuire ain’t that bad.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        “Pavel Datsyuk may not be naturally gifted, but he works hard” – Glen Healy

        Top that McGuire!

  3. jhaegs - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I’ll sum it up for you…

    USA: “I’m not your buddy, guy!”
    CAN: “I’m not your guy, friend!”
    USA: “I’m not your friend, buddy!”

  4. laxman1944 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    12 noon for the working folk basically sucks……….

    • gtthom86 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      if there where ever a day to take a sick day, this is it

    • pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      take a long lunch

    • blackhawksdynasty - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Yet another reason why it’s good to be the boss….watching the game in the office

  5. davebabychreturns - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    When Stastny was asked to spell “intense,” Brian Burke barged in and declared the interview over.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      I pictured Brian Burke and his big red face busting in and…

  6. hines86for6 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    well when you have the biggest douche bag in the NHL, Corey Perry, on your team, you’re pretty easy to hate. conversely, the US has the 2nd biggest in Patrick Kane.

    • jhaegs - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      You spelled “Dustin Brown” wrong, silly.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        :)

    • gtthom86 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      really? there are plenty of hate-able guys in the nhl but i fail to see how perry or kane are your top two

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Like Crosby for instance

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Must be a Kings or Sharks fan. No one other than a rival fan would hate a random player for no reason.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Go back to pro football talk douche

  7. penvik - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Epic matchup. Bylsma will get out coached happens all the time. Regular season guru, playoff mystery??!!!

  8. penvik - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Basically the Americans are the Penguins and the Canadians are Detroit.

    • macgrubie - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      This comment reeks of a Penguins fan who’s been watching hockey since 2008.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      If the Americans pull a no show and get shut out, you may be onto something.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      But… Crosby, Kunitz? Jimmy Howard? Whaat!

    • elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Huh? No Red Wings are on Canada. Wow

  9. joey4id - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Paul was born in Quebec City, so he’s no more American than Brett Hull. It’s a joke. He’s more Slovakian than he is either Canadian or American. I wouldn’t be surprised if USA beats TC.

    • pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      He actually has dual citizenship in US and Canada. Since he hasn’t given up his Canadian citizenship, we can assume he’s full of it. I’m assuming that if he could make team canada and couldn’t make team USA, he’d be playing for Canada.I doubt he cares too much about Slovakia. Give him the benefit of doubt on that one.

      • soro17 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        You are aware who the Stasny brothers are, correct?

      • pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        I’m aware of them. You can’t spell their name. Paul knows US and Canada as his homes and not Slovakia. As others say, if he says he American, that’s good enough for me.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        I don’t think the “We hate each other” thing is about nationality in this case. These two teams (a big of the players anyways) were on the last Olympic teams. It’s more of a team vs team rivalry than a I hate all Canadians thing.

    • moarjam - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      No you are a joke. How the hell is he more Slovakian than he is American/Canadian? Bc his dad is Slovakian? He’s never lived there.

      Born in Canada and raised in the US hence the dual citizenship.

      • joey4id - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        His mom is also Slovakian. Sure! By law he is Canadian, and he obtained his US citizenship. His heritage is totally Slovakian. You think he was raised on Turkey, baseball and apple pie. You’re a joke. Non! Move on!

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Maybe he has triple citizenship then… He’s Canadian and American for sure. He’s born in Canada, so for sure has Canadian citizenship. He’s playing for Team USA, so he for sure has American Citizenship… As for Slovakia… You might need some references

      • grocerystick101 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        So with that logic (that his heritage is not American), only full pure blooded Americans should be allowed on team USA, right Joey? Your ancestors must have come over on the Mayflower and never left or procreated with anyone from any other heritage since.

        Better yet, maybe only those with Native American heritage should be allowed on Team USA?

      • scottybcboy - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        This is why the US, unfortunately, will win the next few Gold Medals…….all the best hockey players in the world have their children in the US….take pride in Parise, Stastny….JP and Paul weren’t American, just sayin’, and the list goes on and will get longer as time goes on.

    • grocerystick101 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      He grew up in the US

    • jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      i thought the same thing at first, he’s the least american american on the team but thats what makes america great right? the ability to come here from other cultural backgrounds, earn citizenship, and pay taxes….key being the pay taxes part.

      • moarjam - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        His heritage is Slovakian. ALL American citizens (minus native americans) have different heritages.

        It has literally nothing to do with his citizenship.

        He spent his infant/todler years in Canada and then his entire conscious life in America. None of it in Slovakia.

  10. djshnooks - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Canada almost lost to Latvia…and they got worked bad…out hit by a 2:1 margin.

    USA might blow them out 6-1.

    • soro17 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      It is hard to hit when you have the puck the entire game. The Latvians were hitting shadows.

      • imleftcoast - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        The Latvians swarmed them and ignored the puck. The US has a great chance, but if they tried to win 6-1, they would be playing into Canada’s strength. Canada has the better defense.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      You hit when you don’t have the puck. See the Toronto Maple Leafs for an example.

      Canada was all over Latvia. Canada outshot them 57 to 16. That’s not exactly Latvia ‘working’ Canada over. The biggest reason the game was remotely close was the stellar job their goalie did. The game could have easily been 8-0.

      USA score a bunch of goals on Czech Slovak and Slovenia. Canada’s defense is significantly better. We’re more likely to get a close game.

    • elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      You really are dumb dishnooks. When one team has the puck for 95 per cent of the game, the other team has lots of chances to hit you. DUH!

  11. wildfan247 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Love it, USA USA USA!!!
    Can’t wait til game time, gonna sit back with my American brewed beer and enjoy my pineapple and Canadian bacon…. I mean ham pizza! Let’s play hockey!

  12. jaythehelmetguy - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    The fact that Stastny was born in Quebec and that fact that his dad was a Canadian national puts so much irony in this that you could build a world wide monorail system with it

  13. inbredcheesehead - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:57 AM

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