For the U.S., they will try and score early and take what figures to be a frenzied crowd — some paying over $2,000CDN per ticket — out of the game, and get the hosts thinking.
The only times the Canadians have trailed in the entire tournament was in the game against the U.S., and certainly playing from behind seemed to weigh on the hosts.
The difference this time around for the Canadians is they will have Roberto Luongo in net, as Martin Brodeur’s mediocre performance against the United States earned him a spot on the bench. The Canucks netminder has been solid playing in his home rink, but this will be by far the biggest game of his career.
“There’s a gold medal on the line and that’s what we’re all focused on,” Luongo told Canwest News Service before Friday’s semifinal. “There are no easy games in this tournament.”
Both teams have their places in history on the line, as while the United States look to add their names to the legendary teams of 1960 and 1980, the Canadians hope to cap off the Olympics on their home soil with a nationwide celebration.