Coach Mike Babcock said there isn't much Toews did in this tournament for Canada that he doesn't do for the Blackhawks, but that doesn't change the fact that Toews proved to be Canada's most versatile and effective forward. He could play up with Sidney Crosby. He could play down on a checking line. When Babcock put together the unit of Rick NashMike Richards and Toews, it became Canada's best line against the Russians and played well throughout the tournament. Star-making performance for Toews, especially in contrast with Patrick Kane's struggles on the U.S. team."
"Of course it’s always fun to speculate, but before you light the hockey world on fire by telling everyone that Marty Turco has been traded to the Blackhawks for Barker, Versteeg, and Skille, do remember that 90% of the rumors you hear are likely never going to materialize, and the big rumors that actually happen (see Phaneuf, Dion) are the ones you might never have seen coming.
So how do you know which is fact and which is fiction? Here’s a simple three-question checklist for you to keep in mind."
"The game drew an average viewership of 27.6 million, making it the most-watched hockey broadcast since the U.S. team beat Finland to win gold at 1980 Olympics. That game drew 32.8 million fans and came on the heels of the historic U.S. win against the U.S.S.R. in the "Miracle on Ice" game."
"It was also the most-watched television broadcast ever in Canadian history, with an average audience of 16.6 million viewers. Nearly half of the Canadian population watched the entire game on average, while 80 percent of Canadians watched some part of the game (26.5 million). The game aired live on nine television networks in eight languages via Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium."
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Toews: "A game for the ages."
Kane: "It stinks, I mean, it really stinks."
Kane: "We had all the momentum. Everything was going for us, everyone was really pumped, sometimes you think you have all it, and then. ..."
Keith: "He told us, 'This is a chance of a lifetime. One period, one shot, who's going to be the hero?"
Seabs: "You can't really put it into words."
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