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What are your thoughts on the world junior team?
Mon, December 15, 2008

Jordan Eberle woke up in his hotel room yesterday, flicked on the TV and watched what more than million other Canadians saw the night before: His heroic game-saving goal with 5.4 seconds left and his shootout goal that helped Canada defeat the Russians in the semi-final of the world junior hockey championship.

Then he checked his cellphone. Full of congratulatory text messages from friends and family back home in Regina.

Then he tried to forget about it.

"That's over," he said after practice yesterday, "and I don't think anything matters now because we've got the gold medal to play for."

Really? Let's just bask a little longer.

"My roommate (Zach Boychuk) and I watched it a couple times," Eberle said of the TV highlights. "Just an amazing play by Ryan Ellis to keep the puck in the zone and just the way it unfolded was pretty neat."

Angelo Esposito, who scored a nifty short-handed goal against Russia, also admitted he gets a little rush when he sees himself score on TV.

"It's always cool to see your goal on TSN," he said.

Eberle, an 18-year-old Oilers prospect, showed poise that belied his age with his clutch performance in front of the TV cameras and the 19,327 fans at Scotiabank Place.

He was first up for Canada in the shootout, and he had a plan -- deke the goalie high to the blocker side.

"I knew what I was going to do. We went over some stuff with the goalie coach, but for the most part, throughout the game you see what the tendencies of the goalie are. You kind of have your move picked out beforehand, then as you're coming in at the last second, if the goalie changes where he is or is too far back, you can change it."

HAD A PLAN

John Tavares, who was up next and also scored, has a similar philosophy.

"It's kind of just reading the goalie and see how he reacts," said Tavares, who leads the tournament with eight goals. "You always try to have an idea of what you want to do, but I don't think you want to make a permanent move where it limits your chances."

Coach Pat Quinn, who ends most his practices with a shootout competition -- making the losing side do pushups -- said he likes his team's chances in a shootout.

There was a case -- think Lillehammer, 1994 Olympics -- when Canadians dreaded shootouts.

"When it (international hockey) went to the shootout, 15-20 years ago people would certainly have picked the Russians to win," he said. "The Russians really pride themselves on that individual skill and that one-on-one stuff and all that sort of thing, but they didn't know we'd have some of those kids come through here, too. They should have remembered from two years ago with (Jonathan) Toews being so magnificent (in the semi-final vs. Team USA)."

Tonight, Eberle and the rest of Team Canada don't care how they win -- shootout or not -- as long as they have the gold medal around their necks at the end of the game.

And they'll have a little more time to savour those highlights.



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Keep on the subject man. Hockey.

Loser. Everyone in the world knows the Canadian woman rock just the same as our hockey team. Back to diving for you Sweeeeties
Ron, 2009-01-08 11:32:44

Ron, you make me laugh!

Anyway, we are the winners anyway, because we have good-looking women in our country!
Joran, 2009-01-07 23:40:51

See you in 2010 Sweeeeeeeeeeeden powder boys hope you perfect the diving better than your goalie did on Monday. Flop like a fish out of water or is that vater
Ron, 2009-01-07 13:04:36

Hello Kanada!

Congrats to the well-deserved win. You earned it!

By the way, have you seen the olympic trophy lately?

Oh no...wait, it is still over here.

Byeeee!
Joran, 2009-01-07 01:01:05

Congrats to the team and coaching staff...Well done. The cup may be small in size.. but it took the entire team and coaching staff to lift it. again Congratulation.
Stephen, 2009-01-06 17:15:20

Wow, I came on here to congratulate the boys on their success and hard work, but I am disappointed in a number of "Canadians" right now. Some of you are whining like the Swedes and would probably flop all over the ground if a referee was nearby. And why was the top penalty getter in the OHL on this team? Another Pat Quinn genius move? Could've cost the team dearly. Good thing the PK was great! With that said, I was proud to hear the anthem and see the smiles of those players. This may not last forever so just enjoy it! And, in closing, is there no one else out there to colour commentate than Pierre "the loudmouth know-it-all" Macguire? TSN, please hire Bob Cole and Harry Neale.
Tcass, 2009-01-06 15:58:40

Arne are you for real? What a bone head comment. What doe Wayne have to do with this junior team. Get a life man, what the Eagle did has nothing to do with what happened last night in Ottawa. We are talking about the junior team's win and their complete dominance of the final game. Wow get out from under your rock. I sure hope when you make a mistake that people treat you like crap in the same way as what you are doing to people. Holy shit man words cannot express the supreme disappointment I have in some Canadians. If hockey ain't your thing don't make any comments on these posts.

We rule the hockey world again
Ron, 2009-01-06 14:15:50

Congrrats to the "boys"!!

Although their last game was not the best performance, they did what we expected of them and made us proud!

The game against Russia was much better! What a nail biter. I even switched the channel with less than 5 minutes left to play, thinking we were done. Then I heard a scream of joy from the guys in the other room!

The game against the Swedes was full of antics and missed calls by the refs for BOTH sides, although the Swedes got away with alot. Oh ya, a Russian was reffing!

What is with the Swede goalie!!!! Stuntman in the making for the next Bond movie!!!! Give it a rest man! I sure didn't feel good about having him named Goalie of the tourney! I'll give you a 9 for your diving performance! You won't make it in the NHL with that kind of play!

I am not much of a follower of the NHL games, but never miss a junior tourney!

When the camera panned over our boys on the centre line, I had to recall one face, last years gold medal games, and that wink from Luc Bourdon.
Marie, 2009-01-06 13:38:26

The Canada Russia game was the most evenly matched game of this series. My opinion is, the Russians outplayed the Canadians in that game , and were clearly the better team on that night. Unfortunately, deciding the game by shootout did not represent the truth of who was superior.
NOT A BELEIVER, 2009-01-06 13:37:03

Congratulations! I'm so glad you won so we didnt have to see Whine Gretzky cry at the podium like he normally does when you loose. Canadians are the most pathetic people there is when it comes to hockey, remember Alan Eagleson anyone? There you have the true face of Canadian Hockey. Piss ants.
arne, 2009-01-06 13:14:18

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