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Price: Canadians were ‘hardest-working team I’ve ever seen’

Feb 23, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Canada goaltender Carey Price is congratulated by teammates after shutting out Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

It can’t be easy to take the goaltender that won a gold medal for your country just four years prior and tell him to watch the majority of the Olympics from the bench, but that’s what Canada head coach Mike Babcock did to Roberto Luongo. He made Carey Price the nation’s starter instead and Price never gave him a reason to question that call.

Price allowed just three goals in five Olympic games to be named the tournament’s best goaltender. He certainly played a big role in Canada repeating as gold medalists, but he knows that he didn’t do it alone.

“That was the hardest-working team I’ve ever seen,” Price said, per the Associated Press. “I really can’t say enough about that group of defensemen and that overall team in front of me. Our work ethic was what won us this championship.”

As Sidney Crosby noted, the 2014 Winter Games didn’t have the same dramatic finish as the last one and that was largely in keeping with Canada’s theme throughout this tournament. For the most part the Canadians weren’t dramatic, just solid. They would make their fans nervous at times, but they never lost a game or even trailed in a contest.

Babcock took a collection of superstars and turned them into a defensive minded squad willing to grind it out to get a win.

“It is amazing to see the guys that have the raw talent and ability commit themselves to doing all the little things right,” said two-time gold medalist and two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Toews.

“We knew that’s what it was going to take in this tournament to win the championship, and guys were willing to do that.”

It’s telling that with a roster like Canada, none of the Canadian forwards made the Olympic All-Star team and none of them finished in the top-10 in Olympic scoring. What they all are though, is gold medal winners.


In praise of Mike Babcock, who doesn’t want you to be confused

  1. c9castine - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    This team completely took on its captains identity. Hard work, 3 zone responsibility, media imperviousness, timely plays.

    • joey4id - Feb 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      c9, just want to make sure you see this….. May not be exactly what you’re looking for, but this research clearly indicates the benefits of using pseudoephedrine.

      The finding was that 2.5 bw pseudoephedrine ingested 90 min preexercise improves 1500-m running performance.

      Pseudoephedrine enhances performance in 1500-m runners.

      Pseudoephedrine is an over-the-counter drug to relieve nasal and sinus congestion. Although it has been suggested that pseudoephedrine could be a stimulant and ergogenic aid, pseudoephedrine was recently removed from the banned substance list by the International Olympic Committee and placed on the monitoring program (from January 2004). It was felt that evidence was lacking for an ergogenic effect, although few studies have investigated the effects of pseudoephedrine on exercise performance. This study, therefore, aimed to investigate the effects of pseudoephedrine on 1500-m running performance.

      In a double-blind, randomized crossover design, seven male athletes completed two 1500-m running trials on an outdoor track after having completed a familiarization trial. All trials were 7 d apart. After a 12-h overnight fast, subjects reported to the laboratory and received a standardized breakfast (energy asymptotically equal to 500 kcal 50% CHO). Subjects were given either 2.5 bw pseudoephedrine or 2.5 bw maltodextrins (placebo) in gelatin capsules 70 min before the start of the warm-up, which started 20 min before they ran 1500 m all-out. Pre- and postexercise blood samples were collected and analyzed for lactate and glucose concentrations, partial pressure of oxygen (PO2) and carbon dioxide (PCO2), and percent oxygen saturation.

      Pseudoephedrine significantly decreased time to completion of 1500-m time trials in the present study by 2.1% (from 279.65 +/- 4.36 s with placebo to 273.86 +/- 4.36 s with pseudoephedrine) with no reported side effects. No changes in the measured blood parameters were found, suggesting a central effect of pseudoephedrine rather than a metabolic effect.

  2. joey4id - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Yep! Joey knows hockey. Directly from my mom’s basement. Writing about Price’s performance vs TBL. He faced 45 shots in a 2-1 loss.

    joey4id – Nov 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Yeah! Big between the pipes, Was at the game last night sitting close to the net in the zone closest to the Habs bench. Not sure how it looked on TV, but from up close and behind the net he looked very very sharp. Best I’ve seen. Plus he has experience at the international level.

    • laxnhockey - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Joey needs a life. Can anyone help Joey?

      • joey4id - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Hey! Thanks! But I’m just fine. Doing very well in my mom’s basement. All expenses paid, I study, work on the internet, and I write about what one of my passions. Hockey! The only time I leave the basement is to go to an NHL game. So, you know what. FU! Buddy! :-)

        Joey knows hockey.

  3. badgerhockey77 - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Watching Canada reminded me of a basketball team implying a ‘full court press’. They were swarming like angry hornets every time the opponent got the puck. Sweden didn’t have time to think.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      “Sweden didn’t have time to think.”

      Or, to blink, for that matter.

    • vm113 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Didn’t watch the game because well I hate Canada but from what you describ they sound very impressive and quite frankly unbeatable so gotta give credit where credit is due. Screw you Canada I hope you get demolished by 3rd world countries from here on out, but well done.

      • joey4id - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Canada. Home of the friendliest people in the New World. Sorry! Eh!

      • bsaures - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Your mother must be so proud

      • habsfaninnb - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Your an angry little dude, your angry canada sent the u.s. to the bronze medal game. So all I have to say to you is, “SUCK IT UP” sunshine.

  4. canada2014gold - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The above comment is the reason everyone outside of the US thinks Americans are arrogant. It’s too bad arrogance doesn’t win you gold medals though.

    • laxnhockey - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Typical comment from a girl who comes from a country whose only accomplishment is an Olympic gold medal in a meaningless hockey game.

      • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        That and creating insulin so all the morbidly obese americans dont die

  5. canada2014gold - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The above comment is the reason everyone outside of the US thinks Americans are arrogant. It’s too bad arrogance doesn’t win you gold medals though.

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      now youve insulted yourself

  6. tlndma - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Price should watch a tape of the Canada Latvia game Now that was effort. By the Latvians I mean.

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