SUN Hockey Pool

Why try harder?

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

If we learned anything from Sweden's Olympic hockey triumph, it's that giving 100% every night isn't necessarily what's best for your team.

Remember, it was coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson who publicly instructed his Tre Kroner to become the Don't Try Kroner in their final round-robin game, setting up an easy quarter-final matchup with the Swiss.

What a wonderful message for kids today.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how a handful of playoff teams handle themselves over the final two nights.

Will some teams rest starters with hopes of losing and dropping in the standings to play an opponent that matches up better for them?

Will the league come down on teams that violate rules regarding resting players?

Will playoff teams with nothing at stake be fined for resting players, too?

While no coach would be as silly as Gustafsson was to admit it, don't think for a second coaches aren't trying to figure out what ranking is best for their club.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world crushed to see Todd Bertuzzi watching from the sidelines again:

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AROUND THE HORN: Even if the city's deputy police chief hadn't mishandled the Red Mile File, 17 Ave. S.W. was destined all along to be like New Year's Eve: Over-hyped, over-anticipated and disappointing. You simply can't re-create what happened on and off the ice here two years ago ... Andrew Ference when asked if the forever-scowling Dion Phaneuf had a personality: "We're working on him" ... For what it's worth, last Sunday marked the second straight year a Canadian Tour alumnus finished second at the Masters: Tim Clark this year and Chris DiMarco in 2005 ... Truth be told, the Stamps are quietly happy with the Renegades' departure, as it opened the door for an additional divisional game that is sure to put thousands of additional bums in the seats than an Ottawa visit would have ... As strange as it might sound to some, the Stamps missed the boat by not selling pieces of McMahon Stadium's old turf to diehard fans who might like a square green memento from the venue ... The Canadian ski racing community will converge on Banff April 28-30 to celebrate the life of former national team ski racer and coach Rob Bosinger, who died last May at age 38 when his heart stopped in the middle of the night. The Bozo Cup fundraiser for sudden arrhythmia death syndrome will include a series of corporate, family and competitive head-to-head races at Sunshine Village and a Saturday banquet at Banff's HooDoo Lounge. For more, go to bozocup.com.

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PARTING SHOTS: How rich is the irony from the fact Ottawa's inability to keep most pro sports teams alive stems almost entirely from poor leadership? ... Condolences to the long list of letter-writing Leafs fans who vehemently disagreed when it said here the team's 23-15-3 record in January was bloated and they would miss the playoffs. Sadly, thanks to their April surge, we'll now have six months of hearing how much heart the Buds have ... Flames fans don't want to hear it but Joe Thornton's four goals, 15 assists and plus-10 rating the last nine outings likely pushed him past Miikka Kiprusoff and Jaromir Jagr in Hart Trophy voting ... Before anyone in Edmonton starts planning another futile attempt to keep up with Calgary by starting the 'Whyte Mile,' remember: The party doesn't start until you win.


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