Team Canada Report Card

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  1. outKast*

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    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/shownews.jsp?content=h083123A

    Forwards

    Joe Sakic, A: The hero from Salt Lake City was back at it, flying all over the ice, setting up his linemates with crisp, tape-to-tape passes, and scoring the game-winner.

    Mario Lemieux, A: Dangerous on the power play, but more importantly, sent a strong message when he dropped the gloves and went after Steve Konowalchuk after the U.S. forward ran goalie Martin Brodeur.

    Martin St. Louis, A: One goal, one assist, and by far his most impressive performance since camp opened. This is why he won the Hart Trophy.

    Joe Thornton, A: Big Joe has arrived. After a so-so training camp, Thornton was dominating Tuesday night, using his size and strength around the net to create chances, and setting up St. Louis' goal.

    Ryan Smyth, B-plus: The usual grit and determination, digging the puck in the American zone and creating space for his linemates.

    Shane Doan, B-plus: Another physical night for Doan, who cranked a few American defencemen into the boards while logging minutes on power play and penalty killing.

    Brad Richards, B-plus: Used his speed and vision, a threat in the American zone all game long.

    Vincent Lecavalier, B-plus: Led Canada with six shots on goal through 40 minutes, and played solid defence in his own zone.

    Jarome Iginla, B-plus: Missed on a pair of glorious scoring chances in the first period but threatened throughout. Once again looks good on Sakic's right side.

    Dany Heatley, B: Had his chances but couldn't finish. Finished his checks with authority.

    Brenden Morrow, B: This level looks a little too fast for him but he was solid on the penalty kill.

    Simon Gagne, B: Got back defensively so linemates St. Louis and Richards could press offensively.

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    Defense

    Scott Niedermayer, A: Brilliant with the puck, spear-headed transition game, and uncharacteristically dropped the gloves with Jeff Halpern, showing heart and leadership.

    Adam Foote, A: Hammered every American forward in sight, logged more minutes after Canada went down to five blue-liners.

    Eric Brewer, B-plus: Threw his weight around effectively and passed the puck smartly out of his zone.

    Wade Redden, B-plus: Looked poised in his own zone and effective on the power play.

    Robyn Regehr, B: Good physical play in front of the net but took two needless holding penalties.

    Ed Jovanovski, B: Already had three shots on goals before leaving with an undisclosed injury late in the first period.

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    Goalie

    Martin Brodeur, A: Picked up where he left off from Salt Lake City, making a sensational glove save on Keith Tkachuk in the second period and refusing to let the U.S. tie the game.


    my take: overall a good game. good on eric brewer for having a solid game. he threw his weight around a lot.
     
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    Theres a USA one at Hockeybird.com FYI
     
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    Amazing - how many people where convinced Brewer and Smyth should be sat. They were both among the better half of both teams players tonight.
     
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    although i hate to admit it. I think Esche deserves a A++
    without him it would have been at least 6-1
     
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    Yup, seeing nearly 20 shots in one period is insane.... he kept them in the game for sure.
     
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