Vancouver Olympics: Canada vs. Germany Hockey (UPDATED)
The Canadian national men’s hockey team returns to action tonight (7:30 ET) in a must-win qualification round game against winless Germany.
This matchup is extremely one-sided, and a victory would put Canada into a quarter-final Wednesday against the mighty Russians.
As we all know, Team USA pulled off a big upset on Sunday as they defeated the Canadians 5-3. The previous Olympic win for the Americans over their northern neighbors came in 1960, thirty-eight years before the National Hockey League allowed its players to compete in the Winter Olympics. The victory provided the team with a bye and a breather heading into the quarterfinal round, which means one less game to reach the final.
The Olympic ice hockey to the Canadians is the same as the rugby World Cup to New Zealand. And as a result of the performance, Canada has decided to make a change at goalie, and pull Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils in favor of Vancouver favorite Roberto Luongo.
Brodeur, who led his country to gold at the XIX Olympic Winter Games and has the most wins and shutouts ever in the NHL, allowed some loose goals and was outplayed in Sunday’s defeat by USA’s Ryan Miller.
UPDATE: The Canadians earned their spot into the men’s hockey quarterfinals as they defeated the Germans 8-2. Team Canada will meet their long-time rival Russia on Wednesday. You can watch the highlights here.