Canada won the gold playing the right way
A team can win with lots of goal-scoring, great goaltending, in the shootout, on a lucky bounce, in overtime, with solid defensive play, etc. Any one of these ways can help a hockey club win games and in the end, that is all that matters.
After Team Canada beat Team Sweden to capture back-to-back Gold Medals, it is easy to see why the Canadians won it all. In essence, they played the game the right way.
For starters, this team stuck to a system. That system included putting lots of pucks on net, having good puck possession, playing strong defense and having their goaltender come up with the big save when they needed one.
Canada worked this system to a "T". They may have had trouble scoring goals in this tournament but their offense was relentless and they spent a lot of time in the opposition's zone controlling the puck and creating scoring opportunities.
Defensively, the Canadian's were dominant. They allowed three goals in the entire tournament and for the most part, made it easy for their goaltender to see pucks, control rebounds and stop shots that he should stop.
Speaking of goaltending, Canadian's netminder Carey Price more than got the job done for his country between the pipes. He kept his game simple, did not allow any soft goals, made the big saves when he was called upon to and more importantly, won hockey games in being named the the tournament's best goaltender.
Secondly, the team was able to get timely goal scoring. Again, the Canadians did not score a lot of goals in this tournament but when they did, they came at the right time and ended up helping them win hockey games.
This was exactly the case in their victory yesterday over Sweden. Jonathan Toews got Canada going with a goal in the first period and in the second period, team captain Sidney Crosby helped give his hockey club some breathing room by making it a 2-0 hockey game when he beat Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on a breakaway.
Lastly, the team was made up of the right guys. This team had good shooters, solid leadership, great defensemen, and the right goaltender at the right time.
Going into the selection camp, Executive Director Steve Yzerman definitely had a tough task ahead of him as he had a pool of all-world talent to choose from. In the end, however, Yzerman went with the right group of guys who could play the game in a variety ways, which proved to be valuable in this particular tournament.
Simply put, Team Canada did things the right way throughout the whole tournament and more than deserved to win their second straight Gold Medal.