Articles by Howard Schneider



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TORONTO -- There are no burning ruins as there were during the War of 1812, no families divided or lands lost as there were during the Revolution. But Canada was in mourning Sunday nonetheless after watching a piece of its sometimes tenuous national identity get seized, packaged and shipped to the United States at the close of the World Cup of Hockey tournament. ""Team Canada: Team Collapse,"" is how the Toronto Star characterized the nightmarish 5-2 loss in Game 3 of the best-of-three finals in Montreal to a U.S. team that veritably gloated over besting hockey's presumed masters. In a nation whose history and current events often are framed in relationship to the United States, a few truly local constants have emerged. Hockey is one. Or at least it was. At dinner parties and bars, on the sidelines of sporting matches and at the counters of coffee stands, there developed a shared dread as the U.S. team took the victory lap around the rink at Molson Centre on Saturday night.