SOCHI -- Sidney Crosby played on what may have been the greatest team Canada ever has sent to an international hockey tournament, the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship team that was stacked with future NHL stars and steamrolled its way to the gold medal.
Crosby was joined by five of his teammates from that 2005 team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and he thinks the team that won gold for Canada on Sunday might be even better.
"As far as defensively, we didn't give up much, especially the last three games here," Crosby said. "The Latvia game, I don't know if a lot of people gave us credit for shutting that team down with 15 shots or whatever [actually 16]. Our [defensemen] were so good, our goaltending was so strong, our forwards … were playing in the offensive end and they were so good at getting us out [of our end].
"Yeah, I think defensively we were pretty dominant all the way through."
Canada allowed three goals on 129 shots in six Olympic games, a team save percentage of .977, and allowed none in its final 164:19 of play.
It was a defensive Picasso.