Price doubles back on goalie doubters

TERRY KOSHAN AND ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

LEKSAND, Sweden -- Carey Price remembered the feeling of being cut at the selection camp for Canada's junior team last winter.

Then he went out and cut down his critics.

"People have been doubting the goalie for the last three years on this team (and all won gold)," Price said. "You hear it through the grapevine. There is always going to be someone."

Price, meanwhile, was asked to compare the feeling of winning gold to that of being released. He followed Jeff Glass in 2005 and Justin Pogge last winter in providing top-notch goaltending for Canada.

"It's like different sides of the earth," Price, the tourney MVP and the IIHF choice as top goalie, said. "It was tough sitting on that bus last year knowing you were going home."

Price stopped Anton Krysanov's breakaway when Canada had a 5-on-3 power play.

"Oh my goodness," coach Craig Hartsburg said. "As soon as (the play) came out of their end, I thought: 'This is not going to happen.' The guy (Price) who was our most important player the whole tournament came through."

BROADBAND APPEAL

TSN was a patriotic hit for Canadian hockey fans.

The network's broadband coverage of the game had computers humming from coast-to-coast with 250,000 unique viewers on its TSN.ca website, with a peak of 118,000 in the final four minutes.

"To get a quarter million people logging in during the game was huge," TSN president Phil King said. "That matches a lot of prime time ratings we get on television."

FIVES ARE WILD

Five Canadians can return for the 2008 world junior: backup goalie Leland Irving, Karl Alzner, Jonathan Toews, Sam Gagner and Brad Marchand. Five NHL players were eligible but did not play for Canada: Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Guillaume Latendresse, Gilbert Brule and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

PLEASED AS PUNCH

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson was beaming after Canada won its third gold in a row and first in Europe in 10 years.

"I can't say enough about how the team played," Nicholson said. "It would be tough not to have (Hartsburg) back as coach next year.."


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