He did that and more, allowing just three goals in five games and shutting out the previously undefeated Americans and Swedes in the Olympic medal round. He's looked good in videos from his goalie camp and he's reported no discomfort in his surgically repaired knee.

But the long and short of it is he hasn't played in an actual game since end of November and off-season workouts are far removed from elite international competition.

The last time Canada put its best team on ice, Price had to prove himself up to the task of carrying the favorites to a title.

On ice, the result might be something else entirely.

The grand experiment of the tournament's organizers features six Slovaks along with five Germans, four Danes, three Swiss and one each from Slovenia, Norway, Italy, France and Austria.

He also has to deal with a blue line that averages 33 years of age.

A lack of depth and foot speed among that crew could put the Europeans in a deep hole.


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