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Why didn't Canadians see this team coming?

Updated: May 19, 2006, 1:12 AM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Oh yeah, we're all real hockey experts up here.

People talk about Canadians and hockey the same way they do about the Swiss and chocolate and Russians and vodka.

We're supposed to know good hockey from bad, supposed to understand the intricacies of our national game (lacrosse, if you must know, is officially the national sport, although Duke is forcing us to rethink this) in a way that eludes those who don't carry a Canadian passport.

How else could we have sold ...

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