Hate To Sound Like Leo Cahill, But. . .
VANCOUVER--Yep, only an act of God can stop Team Canada now.
The older folks among us will surely remember when Leo Cahill uttered those infamous words as head coach of the Argonauts, and then saw it blow up in his face.
But doesn't it apply to this Olympic men's hockey tournament now?
It's not like Slovakia is a bad hockey team or a weak hockey country. But it seems unfathomable that Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and Co. will have enough to blunt Canada's charge to the gold medal game.
One second, we were all contemplating an intriguing semi-final in which the Sedin twins would be taking dead aim at Roberto Luongo in the same area in which they all play during the regular season, and the next moment the Swedes were out and Slovakia is a surprise semifinalist.
One moment we were suggesting the U.S. had the easiest road to the gold medal game. Now it looks like Team Canada might.
By putting four pucks past Henrik Lundqvist after no other country had managed even one, the Slovaks earned their stunning 4-3 victory.
That gives them wins over Russia and Sweden in these Olympics, and certainly will add a new dimension to the goaltending controversy in Montreal when Jaroslav Halak returns to the Habs.
So presumably, if they can beat those countries, they can beat Canada, right? Well, it's not the same thing. For starters, Canada plays a very physical, in-your-face style that's produces a very different type of game when they play a country like Slovakia.
Second, Canada is on home ice, and that is proving to be a significant factor.