VANCOUVER -- Sidney Crosby was obviously disappointed in losing to Team USA, 5-3, Sunday at Canada Hockey Place, but when he stopped to chat with NHL.com moments after coming off the ice, Canada's top player tried to keep things positive.
Crosby believes the Canadians played their best game of the tournament on Sunday and just couldn't get a break when they needed it. Nevertheless, he believes Canada improved and in the big picture, that's really what matters at this stage.
Here is what Crosby had to say:
NHL.com: What do you learn from this game? Crosby: Well, you know it's a tough loss. We played hard, got some bad breaks early on there and that was maybe the difference. I thought we played pretty desperate and made a lot of things happen, but unfortunately we didn't get the breaks.
NHL.com: Does this result boil down to Ryan Miller being the difference? Crosby: He made some big saves early on. I thought in the first we generated some good chances and they got a few breaks. It didn't seem like they were carrying the play other than getting a few chances and a few goals. Other than that I thought we controlled the puck down low and we probably did a lot better job than we did the last game in holding on to the puck. It's tough, but at this point in the tournament it doesn't get any easier.
NHL.com: Late in the game, coach Babcock went back to Jarome Iginla on your line, and whether or not you were pushing for a goal, it did look like you guys got comfortable with him there. If that's the case, how big is that going forward?
Crosby: I think any combinations are going to be successful, but like you said, we were desperate and looking for a goal there and everyone turned it up so we were able to generate some chances. I thought everyone as a whole played hard and tried to battle and held on to the puck.
NHL.com: For a team that is searching for chemistry, can playing an extra game help?
Crosby: It's not what we wanted coming in, but when you're looking at this part of the tournament, it's tough anyway. The extra game is the extra game. It's not what we wanted, but they're not easy from here on in, anyway. NHL.com: Did the Americans go after you, match or exceed your intensity tonight?
Crosby: I think they matched it, but we didn't expect them not to. You can still match a team's intensity but also carry the play. Their battle level was there, but so was ours. That's a hockey game. That's how the game is played. I felt like we had some really, really good chances throughout the whole game and unfortunately they didn't go in for us. NHL.com: Are you worried? Crosby: No, not at all. I mean, this is a short term event and you look to get better every game, and guys would probably agree that this was one of our better games. We generated a lot, held on to the puck, and those bounces go their way but it's not always going to go that way.