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Jesper Fasth: You don’t beat a team like Canada without solid efforts throughout your lineup. Fasth was no exception. He had a tremendous game for the victorious Swedes. As usual playing his high energy puck pursuit game to perfection. Fasth didn’t pick up any points and was held off the scoreboard, but he was noticeable on nearly every shift, for positive reasons. Gotta be very happy with his performance.

Ryan Bourque: Bourque was named the player of the game for Team USA, but I don’t agree with the selection one bit. More on that in a minute. Bourque did have an outstanding game though. He was all over the ice, playing his usual up tempo annoying game and getting involved in all facets of the game. He generated scoring chances, and was superb in all 3 zones.

Chris Kreider: The reason Bourque didn’t deserve the player of the game was quite simple. Chris Kreider was the best skater for either team by a HUGE margin. I’m positive Kreider was being double shifted for the majority of this game, playing regular shifts with both Coyle/Palmieri as well as Shore/Callahan. During one stretch of the 3rd period he was also being triple shifted being thrown out there with Bourqe and Bjugstad as well. Kreider scored a goal, hit a post, had a breakaway that he SHOULD have received a penalty shot on for because he was slashed, set up at least 2 glorious scoring chances, and was outstanding defensively as well. He was an absolute monster. Everything he should be given his ridiculous skill set. Kreider may have been reading the message boards or the blogosphere out there which criticized his game against the Germans (and rightfully so!) because he played like a man possessed. Keep it up Chris, this is what I expect of a kid as talented as you!

OK, 4am, hope you all had a great New Year. Night all!

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