Skip to content

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

Feb 20, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

PaulStastny Getty Images

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.”

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Jarome Iginla records his 1,200th NHL point

    Jan 30, 2015, 11:35 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators v Colorado Avalanche Ottawa Senators v Colorado Avalanche

    He’s now tied with Dino Ciccarelli on the all-time points list.

  2. Video: Despres’ OT winner lifts the Pens over the Devils

    Jan 30, 2015, 11:00 PM EST

    Simon Despres Getty Images

    Kris Letang has assisted on Pittsburgh’s last seven goals.

  3. Blackhawks plan on keeping Darling in the mix

    Jan 30, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    He’s a restricted free agent after this season.

  4. Leafs won’t turn to prospect William Nylander for help

    Jan 30, 2015, 8:45 PM EST

    William Nylander William Nylander

    The 18-year-old is playing in his 3rd career AHL game tonight.

  5. Canes’ Khudobin yanked after allowing 2 goals on 3 shots

    Jan 30, 2015, 8:00 PM EST

    Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) takes a break during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) AP

    Was 6-0-0 in his previous seven appearances entering tonight.

  6. New state of hockey? Talks underway for ASU games at Coyotes’ arena

    Jan 30, 2015, 5:16 PM EST

    PNI coyotes main 0102 Getty Images

    “We would be thrilled to have them play at our venue.”

  7. Norfolk, Glens Falls, and Manchester get ECHL teams

    Jan 30, 2015, 3:37 PM EST

    Norfolk Admirals AP

    Oklahoma City and Worcester do not.

  8. Goalie nods: Miller faces Sabres for first time

    Jan 30, 2015, 2:17 PM EST

    Ryan Miller Getty Images

    News and notes from around the crease…

  9. Wings place Lashoff on waivers (Updated)

    Jan 30, 2015, 1:01 PM EST

    Brian Lashoff AP

    Xavier Ouellet sticking around?

  10. Ehrhoff undergoes concussion testing after Ovechkin collision

    Jan 30, 2015, 12:52 PM EST

    PA: Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Pittsburgh d-man won’t play tonight against New Jersey.

  11. More good news for Columbus: Murray off IR following 36-game absence

    Jan 30, 2015, 11:37 AM EST

    Ryan Murray Ryan Murray

    Just one day after Artem Anisimov drew back into the lineup.

Featured video

Kings come back in third to top Blackhawks
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (3289)
  2. S. Crosby (2921)
  3. T. Hall (2639)
  4. M. Brodeur (2430)
  5. K. Letang (2381)
  1. P. Rinne (2380)
  2. T. Johnson (2378)
  3. C. Price (2242)
  4. P. Hornqvist (2182)
  5. M. Richards (2158)