Yeah, I really don't see how anyone can think that Canada got outworked. I think they simple got out lucked on that one.
I'm not saying Canada didn't work hard, they absolutely did. But the US seemed to be at the next level as far as hustle was concerned. That's not a knock on Canada, the US just worked a little harder. They had to, their roster isn't as good on paper.
But you have to wonder about Canada...going to a shootout against the Swiss and losing to the US? They are falling short of expectations already.
Both teams played extremely well...Canada played great...the US played about as well as they could I think...and Miller was the better goalie.
The US earned their goals. Shit happens and Brodeur found that out last night. You can't cover 100% of the net, and deflections are going to find their way in sometimes, no matter what a goalie does..and it doesn't mean he sucks. Two US goals were scored via a deflection. Saying Brodeur sucked because a couple deflected pucks went in, is a bit harsh.
Should he have hit that puck baseball style to try and clear the zone? I dunno...maybe not. But that's how he plays...that's how he has always played. That's what you get with Brodeur...he's aggressive with the puck.
One goal that wasn't deflected was shot through a bunch of legs, Brodeur got over and stacked the pads, but the puck found a tiny hole the size of a puck between the end of his pads near his skates and went in.
Bad luck or shitty goaltending?
It's just bad luck for Canada....good luck for the US.
People always say you make your own luck...and the US worked extremely hard and got some bounces. I don't like to say a team got lucky when they worked their asses off and got a fortunate bounce. They worked hard and were rewarded for it.
Kessler's goal kind of sums up the game. He skates hard after a dumped puck with Brodeur pulled. The Canadian defenseman is inbetween Kessler and the puck and he blocks out Kessler as he approaches the puck. He didn't expect Kessler to dive, reach around him and poke the puck towards the net and in from a bad angle. It was a herculean effort that went above and beyond typical hard work in a hockey game. Was it a bad play by the defenseman? No, but it was an outstanding play by Kessler who worked hard and was rewarded for it. He could do that 100 more times and not get that puck in the net. That's just how it goes.