'Sid the Kid' takes on ghosts of Canada's Olympic past
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If he really is Sid the Kid, then he is also Destiny's Child.
There is no telling if that pressure will turn Team Canada into a diamond by the time this tournament is done or whether it will be broken into bite-sized pieces and chewed up by a nation that expects nothing less than a gold medal. After a 3-2 (
This moment lasted, oh, 45 or so minutes, plus another few for a shootout during which a nation held its breath before Crosby's shot from the slot - low stick side - on magnificent Swiss goalie
Team Canada didn't necessarily exorcise any demons, but it sure gave them an aerobic workout.
Some history should be interjected at this point of the discussion. There are two bogeymen in recent Canadian men's Olympic hockey history. They are, in order: the shootout and the Swiss. The shootout in a gnaw-to-the-nub Canada Hockey Place was the first for Canada since the 1998 semifinals in Nagano when a Gumby named
Then there are the Swiss, makers of chocolate and cheese and Olympic mischief. Four years ago to the day in Turin -- roll the Twilight Zone theme here --
Despite outshooting Switzerland 18-3 in the third period, Canada was going to have to settle for a two-point win -- these are three-point games in the round robin - or a one point thanks-for-coming loss. "I thought we were a much better team tonight (than four years ago)," Swiss coach
So enter Crosby, who was watching the Nagano shootout at home in Nova Scotia, then truly a kid. Babcock later said he wasn't terribly scientific about choosing the three shooters. He took the three best on his roster in the NHL stats: Crosby,