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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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CANADA is the greatest hockey nation in the world. Well done guys. CANADA is proud.
Mark S., 2009-01-06 11:23:35

At least hockey fans in Ottawa had something to cheer about for the past 2 weeks.

Man, the Sens SUCK this year!
Mr.Corvo, 2009-01-06 10:07:32

Kent I don't know what game you watched lastnite but, the one I saw once again showed the world Canada's hockey supremacy.You can whine like the rest of the European's but we won as we should have and your over confident team goes home Silver medalists not GOLD. Those young men on the Canadian team showed the world once again that hockey is Canada's game. I for one am very proud of each and every one of those team Canada players.
Rod, 2009-01-06 09:02:03

What the hell is wrong with you people? Our young guns go out and bust their asses for the Red and White and all you can do is whine. I am so proud to be Canadian when the flag gets raised and we sing our hearts out but... When I read these posts I am ashamed of all of you who bicker and bitch. This is a hockey game not a chess match there is contact and the Swedish goalie should be an actor, great goalie but s--- for attitude. Kent are watching the same game I am? You must be from the East where your heads are up your butts. Go Canada Go make us proud.
Ron, 2009-01-06 08:56:08

i hope the Hens fans enjoyed these games because that was probably the last time they saw decent hockey in Bankrupt Place. :-)
Peter, 2009-01-06 08:28:02

Kent,

that was the most ridiculous thing i've ever heared. your goalie was a joke, the biggest diver. he should've received an Oscar for acting. and the Swedish had run over the Canadian goalie several times. And how about Hedman puncsing Esposito in the head and not getting anything? your team lost it's cool and paid for it. shame on them!
Peter, 2009-01-06 08:26:41

Was a great game and a better outcome.

Not sure what game Kent saw but the Canadians were in the box more than the Swedes.

And the Sweedish goalie being 20ft out of the net so he can crash a player and try to draw a penalty by diving is very unsportsmanlike.
Trev, 2009-01-06 06:27:47

What a tourney!

Thanks boys, you were great!!
Probert, 2009-01-06 06:09:13

The Swedish keeper looked and acted like he belonged on a soccer field, not a hockey rink. Let's not forget that Canada spent the last half of the second period playing short handed. Let's also not forget that the "star Swedish Defenceman" tackled Esposito and punched him in the head a number of times without receiving a penalty.

Sweden was outclassed and outplayed. Whine all you want but Sweden is lucky the score wasn't more lopsided.
Max, 2009-01-06 00:05:45

The goalie was the best actor I have seen in a long time. He should be participating in another sport, maybe diving. He could win a gold there. By the way he is a GOALIE... not a Keeper.
Anne-Marie Savage, 2009-01-05 23:24:51

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