Bruins guarenteed a gold medal winner in Sochi.

As an American, I am honestly a little disappointed that Team USA will end up competing for the bronze medal in men’s’ hockey in Sochi. I’m also a little disheartened that the women’s team had to settle for silver. That both losses came at the expense of Team Canada is a little hard to take but not surprising. Canada played a better game and were dominant in every aspect of the game for the men. (As for the women, it was a bad call and a barely missed goal that made the difference there.) The 1-0 loss didn’t reflect how reserved the Americans played, and now the men will just hope to medal now. (But hey, they did better than the Russian team.)

So, now it’s Canada vs Sweden for the Gold. Either way, this is a big win for the Boston Bruins. Four years ago, Patrice Bergeron brought back a gold medal for Team Canada and didn’t mind showing it off when in Boston. He will have a chance to do it again on Sunday. (Frankly, I like the Vancouver medal better than the Sochi medal, but that’s a rant for another day.) Even if Bergy and Team Canada don’t win gold (although they are the favorite), the gold medal will go to Loui Eriksson and the Swedes.

Loui Eriksson has had the toughest season of his professional career to date. In his seven seasons for the Dallas Stars the longest period he was out for was three games (for a concussion). He’s missed twenty games so far due to concussions, and hasn’t had a strong of a season as he hoped. A gold medal here would be a solid reward for all the serious effort he has put into his rehabilitation and the extra game time would certainly find him ready for some serious competition once the season starts again.

So, someone is really going to be wearing Black and GOLD on Sunday. If Finland and Tuukka Rask pull off the win against the USA tomorrow, then the Bruins will have a sweep of the medals. Not many NHL teams will be able to make that claim.

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  • LaurieLacey

    “(As for the women, it was a bad call and a barely missed goal that made the difference there.)”
    I beg to differ – it was a good call. Further, if the “barely missed goal” you’re referring to, is the puck that hit the goal post of the empty net, that should never have happened. Had it gone in, it would have been a travesty! If you watch the replay, you’ll note that one of the “officials” backed into the Canadian forward who was about to stop the puck at the blueline. This body check by the official, allowed the American player to get the puck and shoot at the empty net. had it not been for the official, that shoot would not have happened.

  • LaurieLacey

    “Frankly, I like the Vancouver medal better than the Sochi medal….”
    I don’t. On the contrary, Canada totally dominated the United States and played a perfect game. The 1-0 score does not tell the story of that game. The U.S., was beaten in every facet of the game. Canada has only allowed 3 goals in the tournament. Frankly, I think Canada has a better team than in 2010, especially on defense. As a Canadian, I can tell you that to win Gold in Russia, would be sooo sweet! That’s the Gold medal I want!