Is Team Canada the best of the best?

In the handful of days since Team Canada 2014 smothered Sweden 3-0 in the title game on Sunday,...

In the handful of days since Team Canada 2014 smothered Sweden 3-0 in the title game on Sunday, there has been plenty of time to reflect on where this squad ranks among the Canadian teams that have captured three of the past four Olympic gold medal in men's hockey. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

Perfection.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins will be the first to tell you it is the ultimate achievement in sports. To this day, that's why the surviving members of the NFL's only undefeated team (17-0) pop the champagne corks whenever the league's final unbeaten squad suffers its first loss.

Maybe they didn't have the biggest stars or post the most decisive victories. Maybe they didn't light up the scoreboard every time the pigskin was kicked off.

But Bob Griese, Larry Csonka and Co. couldn't care less.

All that matters is that they ran the table, winning every game they played.

How can you improve on that?

Along those same lines, the members of the 2014 gold medal-winning Canadian men's hockey team can make a similar boast when all is said and done.

No, they didn't blow out every opponent in Sochi. There were one-goal nailbiters against Finland, Latvia and the U.S.

But the team defence was perhaps some of the most suffocating ever seen, and the goaltending nearly flawless. The team allowed just three goals in six games - a remarkable accomplishment.

Most importantly, they didn't lose. That's the bottom line.


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