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Just like that, Canada back on track

Updated: February 25, 2010, 2:23 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- When this debacle was over and a nation's pulse went from "cardiac" to "elation," it was Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov who put it best.

"They came like gorillas out of a cage."

It's an image that vividly captures Canada's 7-3 thrashing of a Russian team that was supposed to ride its marvelous talent to the nation's first gold medal since 1992.

Canada has never lacked skill, necessarily, but its national hockey identity ...

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