Local crowd cheers Canadian men’s into gold

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The crowd at Bitters Pub and Restaurant rises for the Canadian National Anthem following the Olympic men's victory over Sweden

Tables, glasses and hearts were full at Bitters Pub and Restaurant in St. John’s Sunday morning as Canada swept Sweden 3-0 for the Olympic gold medal.

“They did the deal. It was a heck of a game,” said Nate Wilke, assistant manager of the pub. “It was packed. We couldn’t seat anyone else.”

The only time there was really any empty seats is when the crew rose to cheer for Team Canada when they scored another goal. Jonathan Toews got the scoreboard going in the first period. And Sidney Crosby - or “Sid the Kid” -  scored his first and only goal of the men's Olympic hockey tournament during the second.

“People have been criticizing him pretty heavily. Saying he’s not doing enough,” Wilke said after Crosby brought Canada a little closer to the gold medal.

Crosby is still obviously a fan favourite. People at Bitters cheered just a little louder for his goal than the others and also after the game when Crosby had a gold medal placed around his neck.

The offense of the Canadian Olympic men’s team has been getting some criticism overall but once the goal medal was in hand and around neck, there was little left to condemn but how easily Canada seemed to take the gold medal game.

“I think I would have liked it to be a bit closer. Just to be more exciting. I mean the women’s game was ridiculous,” said Megan Lafferty.

The Canadian women’s hockey team also won gold but came back from a 2-0 lead with only a few minutes left in the game against the US and won in overtime.

The comment got Lafferty a few friendly verbal jabs about how Canada is so good they shouldn’t just win, but make sure they do it with suspense.

For others, the victory seemed like a foregone conclusion, either with the aid of hindsight or just the luxury of Canadian confidence.

“They brought a team that was prepared to play. They left some of the old guys at home,” said Marc Mackinnon. “They brought the guys who could play the skating game.”

It wasn’t just Bitters that was full of swooning Canadians. Twitter and Facebook were lit up with pictures from bars around St. John’s - and indeed around Canada - where local and provincial laws were adjusted to allow establishments to open for the early morning game. The biggest debate around the bar didn’t seem to be over who was going to win but whether it was better to not stop from the night before or get up early and start in again.

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 with Chris Kunitz scoring the third goal. It was a dominated game that even Wilke - an american - had to admit to.

“Canada, they’re a step ahead. They’re a step ahead of the rest of the world and they played like it today.”

Oh Canada.

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Canada, US

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  • James Browne
    February 24, 2014 - 11:49

    Well that settles it . There were people watching and celebrating Canada's win over the Swedes. And they weren't any bars in NEWFOUNDLAND carrying the game. As a proud Canadian I cheered and admired the players and coaches as they pulled it off. Now I have a beef but if I was misled or slept through the game ignore this. Why did the CBC, the national broadcaster which represents ALL Canadians and I pay taxes to maintain end their flaunting of this country at some bar in Halifax as they said people from one end of this country to the other cheered. Now I'm going to assume some things but,everyone knows what happens when you do that. 1-I haven't been on George St.in years but the ads I hear make me believe there are still bars there. 2-Even though I was born a Newfoundlander I'm sure we joined Canada in 1949 3-It was revenge by Quebec for having the audacity to speak our minds 4-And this has to be the most far fetched of all.We declared independance from Canada and joined the states . I know others noticed this and I will be one of many who voice their opinion but I must say how I disappointed I am with an organisation that I once admired. James Browne

    • Catherine
      February 24, 2014 - 14:28

      My boyfriend and I noticed that as well. Same old same old. They still think Canada begins in BC and ends in Halifax. Will we always be the black sheep of the Canadian family?

  • abby
    February 24, 2014 - 09:45

    I also e-mailed the C B C on the same subject, but i gave up C B C years ago for the same reason,.

  • original townie
    February 24, 2014 - 07:34

    @ Rob & Elizabeth...I understand your comment and is has merit. I also agree. I would think PEI would feel the same as we do....left out of confederation. CBC should be more geography worthy, after all they work for us too.

  • Rob
    February 24, 2014 - 06:16

    Elizabeth I could not agree more. In fact I emailed a letter to the CBC to say it's a joke to say it's coast to coast when they showed bars from Halifax to Vancouver especially the fact St Johns I believe has the most bars per capita in one area in Canada. Canada ends at Halifax and everybody knows it. It's very bittersweet to cheer on your country when your country always forgets about us. Some people may say it's no big deal but it it when the announcers of a Canadian company are saying coast to coast from Halifax to Vancouver is an absolute slap in the face to everyone in this province. We are just an island of the coast of Canada nothing more nothing less. Sour grapes yes the truth.......no question!!!!!!!!

  • Darryl
    February 24, 2014 - 04:50

    How do you spell it Crosby and Crosbie in the same paragraph?

  • Anon
    February 23, 2014 - 20:56

    Team Canada's captain's last name is Crosby not Crosbie.

  • Darrell
    February 23, 2014 - 20:53

    Next time, we would appreciate it if Sweden could at least give us a workout.

  • CrosbyB'y
    February 23, 2014 - 14:13

    Team Canada's Captain's name is Sidney Crosby.

  • elizabeth
    February 23, 2014 - 14:12

    congrats to Canada great gameand aBIG brick to cbc,they still don't know that NFLD&LAB are a part of Canada,you should be ashamed.

    • Bruce Faulkner
      February 23, 2014 - 17:05

      I couldn't agree with you more Elizabeth. Here they (CBC) were continually showing videos from venues "Coast to Coast" and not one mention from NL. Last I heard we joined Confederation in 1949. I guess CBC didn't hear anything about that. It's totally disgusting.

    • Brad
      February 24, 2014 - 09:07

      Don't feel bad, it took them forever to even show something from Nova Scotia