Canada vs Russia Hockey, Canda Beats Russia 7-3, Twitter Coverage
Update: February 24
In the Canada versus Russia Hockey Game on Wednesday, Canada beat Russia with a final score of 7-3.
Now that Canada has disposed of Germany, it faces Russia on Wednesday February 24th. The Canada vs. Russian Olympic Men's quarter final game has a start time is 430 pm PST.
The odds so far for the Russia vs Canada game has Canada at -1 with an over and under at 5.5 goals
Team Canada seems to have taken the kinks out of its games against Germany. But Team Russia, with Alexander Overchkin in prime form (the Ovechkin Hit On Jagr is still being talked about) the game promises to be an epic battle.
To get perspective on what a Canada vs Russia games means one needs only to turn to Paul Henderson. The ex-Maple Leaf scored the winning goal against Russian in 1972 a Team Canada that beat Russia for the Canada Cup - one of those iconic national moments for a generation of Canadians.
National pride, he said, was at stake. “I told my wife, Eleanor, if we lose this series we will go back to Canada as losers for the rest of our lives.”
There was no other option but to win. Henderson said you have to believe today’s Team Canada is feeling the same burden.
With all of the turmoil, second guessing and replacement of goaltending legend Martin Brodeur, Henderson said he knows what they are going through.
“In 1972 it was a recipe for disaster because you had the 35 best players and only 17 could play,” he said.
In terms of Men's Olympic Hockey Canada has not beaten Russia in since 1960 during the Squaw Valley Winter Games.
The big unknown is how Team Canada will respond to the Russians with the weight of a country on their shoulders. The Canadian side certainly did step up their game against Germany
Coach Mike Babcock juggled his lines once again before Tuesday’s game with Germany and this time he seems to have found the right combinations. Jarome Iginla, Sidney Crosby and Eric Stall proved to be an overwhelming first line while the San Jose Sharks line of Thornton, Marleau and Heatley continued to play solid hockey for Canada.
In the end this may well come down to a contest between the goalies. Canada's goalie is Roberto Luongo who plays for the Vancouver Canucks - one of hockey's elite goalies . But his Russian counterpart Evgeni Nabokov who plays for the San Jose Sharks is spectacular as well.
The Canadians simply have too much at state to lose and the entire nation expects Team Canada to carry that burden until it captures the the Olympic Gold Medal for Men's Hockey.