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Joe Thornton, Claude Giroux highlight Canada’s Sochi All-Snubbed Team

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Team Canada's Joe Thornton at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

It’s a true measure of the depth of Canada’s talent pool that Joe Thornton was left off the Sochi roster. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Every four years, Canadians wish that hockey was more like bobsledding. Or maybe pairs figure skating.

Those sports, after all, allow a country to enter multiple teams in the Olympic Games, assuming that it has the talent pool to field a second world-class entry. And when it comes to hockey, Canada is plenty deep enough.

Regardless of who Steve Yzerman and his crew picked today, some excellent players were not going to make the cut. Really, really excellent players. Enough, in fact, to field another squad capable of competing for a medal in Sochi.

Start with the NHL’s assist leader Joe Thornton feeding sauce to James Neal and Martin St. Louis. Then imagine the blazing speed and Globetrotter-esque puck movement of a Kid Line featuring Tyler Seguin between Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner.

Back them up with 2013 Norris finalist Kris Letang and gold medalist Brent Seabrook and solid goaltending from Cup-winner Corey Crawford or young sensation Josh Harding and you’ve got a club that would give other teams fits.

Sadly, for Canadians anyway, that second squad is just a fantasy. But it is fun to imagine what a Canada 2 team might have looked like…

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Stanley Cup Final: Game 4 Report Card for Chicago’s Game 4 win over Boston

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    Reuniting Jonathan Toews (right) and Patrick Kane proved to be a spark for Chicago's offense in Game 4. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the first line sparked Chicago’s offense in Game 4. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Here is a completely subjective look at some of the key elements in Chicago’s series-tying 6-5 overtime win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final:


    Corey Crawford, Chicago: Sure, he let in one fewer than the other guy and made a couple of huge stops along the way, including a ten-bell special on a Brad Marchand one-timer just moments before Brent Seabrook scored the game winner. But honestly, does any red-clad Hawks fan feel comfortable with Crawford having to win two of the next three games after he was beaten high glove FIVE TIMES tonight? Let’s write off Johnny Boychuk’s goal that tied the contest up in the third: That was a V-2 from the high slot that no one stops unless it hits him. The other four though? The Bruins recognized and took advantage of a clear weakness. They’re not going to go easy on him the rest of the way.

    His salvation? Crawford got plenty of run support tonight. If he doesn’t, the talk would have been about replacing him with Ray Emery in Game 5. D

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  • Published On Jun 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Seabrook saves Hawks and the NHL; Tortorella fallout; more links

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    Brent Seabrook is mobbed by the Blackhawks after scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against the Red Wings

    Brent Seabrook (center) went from coach’s doghouse to emotional penthouse during the course of the series. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • “When I have that much room, I usually screw up or trip and fall,” said Chicago’s Brent Seabrook of his Game 7 overtime heroics.

    • If not for Seabrook’s goal, the NHL was on the path to ridicule and scorn as a result of Stephen Walkom’s Denkinger-esque blown call.

    • Seabrook was a fitting hero for a Chicago team that had been written off after going down 3-1 in the series.

    • Blackhawks fans had better take this opportunity to catch their breath. It’s not going to get any easier from here.

    • There are no good ways to lose a Game 7. But this one could not have ended more brutally for the Red Wings.

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  • Published On May 30, 2013