Allow me to bea homer briefly P.K. Subban will be in the Team Canada lineup for their sudden death World Championship quarterfinal meeting with Sweden Thursday in Stockholm. Subban talked to reporters following his second opportunity to skate on the Olympic size Globe Arena ice surface Wednesday afternoon. His interview appeared in the Stockholm daily Expressen tabloid.
Subban on the last minute invitation from Hockey Canada –
“The invitation is always nice but I don’t think it’s really a debate of whether you go or not. When your country asks you to show up and represent not only yourself and your family but also Canada, it’s a no brainer it’s a no-brainer. And it was a no-brainber for me. I’m just happy to be here. I’m here to help the team win a gold medal any way I can.”
On the Olympic Size Ice Surface –
“It’s definitely going to be a challenge. You know, as far as the big ice goes, in Belleville I played on Olympic size ice my whole junior career. I’m quite familiar with how to take the rush and how to use the size of the ice to your advantage. By the same token, I haven’t played on that rink for four or five years. It’s going to be a transition but I got to skate on it yesterday; I skated on it today and I’ll skate on it tomorrow morning again and hopefully I’ll be ready for the game.”
On Playing Sweden –
“I don’t know much about any of the teams here. I know Sweden has added the Sedins which is a huge boost for them. As for goaltender Jhonas Enroth, I played against him in Buffalo. He is a good goaltender. It’s not easy to beat him. We have to do everything to ensure he doesn’t have an easy night.”
Canada has won the last three World Championship meetings with Sweden all in the tournament semi-finals. In 2007 it was 4-1 in Moscow; 5-4 at Quebec City 2008 and 3-0 in Bern Switzerland 2009. Over the last ten years they’ve met six times with Canada winning five times; the lone defeat 5-4 at Riga Latvia in the tournament semi-final.