Team Canada made a convincing statement this morning as they trounced HC Davos 7-2 this morning to claim the 2013 Spengler Cup.
While he was part of the championship-winning squad, Los Angeles Kings' goaltender Jonathan Bernier was forced to play backup to Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk since his loss on Boxing Day. Nevertheless, the win is significant for Bernier and all the Canadians as, despite winning their 13rd title, have not won the Spengler Cup since 2007 before this morning's final.
En route to the victory, Boston's Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and added three assists while John Tavares and former King Ryan Smyth each added a pair of goals.
If Jonathan Bernier's presence wasn't enough to satisfy Kings' fans, then perhaps two of their division rivals coming out on the losing side of this morning's final will. Among others, HC Davos' roster included Dallas' Loui Eriksson and San Jose's Joe Thornton, the latter of which had the nerve to slide across the Staples Center ice when his overtime goal eliminated the Kings from the 2011 playoffs (I know, I know - we got the last laugh).
With all the negativity that has been spewing from the current lockout, there has been plenty of other hockey that has offered a silver lining and while it's not as heralded as the World Juniors, the Spengler Cup offered a very entertaining display over the past week.
Congratulations to Jonathan Bernier and the rest of Team Canada on their Spengler Cup victory. It's good to know these guys were able to make the most of a not-so-pleasant situation.
Photo: Courtesy of AP/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi