Saturday, February 22, 2014
Canada Will Need "Moon & Stars" To Beat Swedes
Via The Local: The defending Olympic champions are expecting a close contest against Sweden in Sunday's final which both teams go into undefeated, with hockey experts also forecasting a tight game. Forget the hockey gods -- Team Canada should check their horoscope before Sunday's Olympic gold medal game against unbeaten Sweden. "You have to line up the moon and the stars to win", said Canada's coach Mike Babcock. Defending champions Canada booked their spot in the gold medal game by throwing a blanket over the USA's potent offence. But they will face a powerful Swedish team in the final of the Sochi tournament that prides itself on winning with great goaltending and solid defense. Both teams have 5-0 records in Sochi, and both are seeking to become the first team to go through an Olympic tournament undefeated since NHL players started participating in the Olympics at the Nagano Games. Sweden advanced by defeating an injury-hit Finnish team 2-1. Sweden's best player so far has been defenceman Erik Karlsson, who is the tournament co-leader in points with four goals and eight points in five games. Swedish forward Daniel Sedin said his team are improving with each game. "Our first game was our worst game and this one was our best game, so that's a good sign", he said after Sweden's win over Finland.