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Toews: 'There's a lot of animosity'

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07:40 AM ET 02.21 | In Chicago, they are friends -- in Sochi, the relationship is more complicated. Seven of the 10 Blackhawks who came to Sochi have reached the semifinals of the hockey tournament at the Winter Games. ... "It's what it's all about, Canada-USA," said Canada's Jonathan Toews, who assisted on Shea Weber's game-winning goal at Bolshoy Ice Dome. "It has become even a bigger rivalry than Canada-Russia. There's a lot of animosity, a lot of feelings like there's something to prove between both teams. It's for the chance to go and play for a gold medal. It doesn't get any better than that, playing for your country and going against the United States. There are millions of kids that grow up dreaming of this." For Hawks teammate Patrick Sharp, it will be the first Olympics seeing Patrick Kane on the other side.

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February 21, 2014  08:23 AM ET

Should be a good one.

USA USA USA USA USA USA

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February 21, 2014  08:28 AM ET

He's absolutely correct, the current biggest rivalry is Canada - USA.

This is all about pride (for a change). Let's just hope NO ONE gets injured.

And sorry Rex, America Light??? There is a border (in a lot of ways, figuratively and literally) that just might have been crossed.

February 21, 2014  08:29 AM ET
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I'm scared.

I am afraid too. Afraid that Canada will put it all together and start playing up to their capabilities. I don't think USA could stay with them if they did.

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February 21, 2014  08:41 AM ET
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I'm scared.

I look at it as gut wrenching, acid reflux inducing, sleep deprivation causing anticipation.

I suspect (hope) Canada will put it together because we're playing a team that lining 5 guys in front of the net like Norway and Latvia. The styles of both teams are very similar which should make for a great back and forth game.

Please, please, please -- NO shoot out! Too cruel in a game of this magnitude.

February 21, 2014  08:42 AM ET

Sorry: we're not playing a team that lines 5 guys up in front of the net

February 21, 2014  08:45 AM ET

Just don't let the game come down to a shootout.

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February 21, 2014  09:04 AM ET
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Please, please, please -- NO shoot out! Too cruel in a game of this magnitude.

A-men!

February 21, 2014  09:07 AM ET
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He's absolutely correct, the current biggest rivalry is Canada - USA. This is all about pride (for a change). Let's just hope NO ONE gets injured.And sorry Rex, America Light??? There is a border (in a lot of ways, figuratively and literally) that just might have been crossed.

what's "America Light"?
What the heck does that even mean?
Who said that?

February 21, 2014  09:12 AM ET

Loser keeps Beiber!

February 21, 2014  09:13 AM ET
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I look at it as gut wrenching, acid reflux inducing, sleep deprivation causing anticipation.

I couldn't describe it any better.

February 21, 2014  09:17 AM ET
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He's absolutely correct, the current biggest rivalry is Canada - USA. This is all about pride (for a change). Let's just hope NO ONE gets injured.And sorry Rex, America Light??? There is a border (in a lot of ways, figuratively and literally) that just might have been crossed.

With a few exceptions, the Ruskies have turned into a bunch of whining, crying, soft ninnies. The legendary Canada-Russia rivalry is dead thanks, in large part, to the KHL.

February 21, 2014  09:18 AM ET

And - it's Sweeden.

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February 21, 2014  09:19 AM ET
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what's "America Light"?What the heck does that even mean? Who said that?

Posted yesterday by Rex Racer after the ladies gold medal game

February 21, 2014  09:19 AM ET
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Just don't let the game come down to a shootout.

Exactly !!!!! If the game is decided on a TJ it will be a serious let down

 
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