ST. PAUL, Minn. -- As the coach who helped kick off five straight gold medals for Team Canada at the world junior championships with back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, Calgary Flames bench boss Brent Sutter felt the sting along with the rest of the country.
With Tuesday's overtime loss to the U.S. cutting the string of golds coming minutes after the Flames beat the Predators in Nashville, players and coaches were glued to television sets in the arena.
"I just caught the end of it," Sutter said. "I saw the winning goal. It's disappointing. I'm obviously a huge fan now. I feel bad for the players and for the staff and for everyone involved there. But they played a real tough team -- the Americans were a really good team this year. You knew they were gonna come loaded for bear in the tournament."
Not everyone in the Flames dressing room was saddened, however. American Eric Nystrom was glowing yesterday as he passed reporters in the hallway at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul before last night's game with the Minnesota Wild.
"Wealthy," he grinned. "With joy."
Among the bets made was one with housemate Dustin Boyd, who has to clean their place as a result.
Nystrom and fellow Yankee David Moss will also enjoy a dinner on media relations man Sean Kelso, who once worked for Hockey Canada.
You can bet they'll bring their appetites.
SARICH SOLID IN RETURN
Not many expected Brent Sutter to bring in defenceman Cory Sarich, despite the fact he'd been medically cleared.
But inserted into the lineup Tuesday in Nashville for fellow defenceman Aaron Johnson, Sarich played his first game in more than a month after sitting out 19 straight games with a foot/ankle injury.
He played sparingly, earning 10:45 of ice time, all at even strength.
"We made sure we didn't put him in situations he might have a tough time (with) in his first game," said Sutter. "He made the smart, simple plays."