It has long ceased being surprising to hear Don Cherry praise Canadians at the expense of other nationalities. Pointing out that Cherry is jingoist is like saying that Patrick Kane likes to party or Josh Beckett like pizza.
Just prior to game one, Cherry made his prediction for the series on CBC. Cherry rationale:
If you’re smart, you’re going to pick New Jersey for this thing – best goalie, higher in the standings, home-ice advantage – but I’m going to go with LA. I picked them at the start of the playoffs. They’re big, they’re mean, they might have a little rust, 7 days off, but y’know why I’m picking them? 23 North Americans, 14 Canadians, 8 guys from Ontario – heart and character, that’s why they’re going to win.This guy continues to embarrass all of Canada.
By the way what a great goal by the Slovenia Anze Kopitar on Canadian Martin Brodeur to win game 1.