Babcock didn't like what he saw.
Finding chemistry will be the focus of Tuesday's first full practice.
In the first key development in Sochi, Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter got the chance to line up on the right side with Canadian captain Sidney Crosby on the de facto first line.
"It was good to get out together," said centre Jonathan Toews. "There's been a lot of talk, a lot of story lines, finally the team being made. I think the season has gone by pretty fast, but this feels like it's been a long time coming to finally get here. I think we're excited to be together as a team. We'll try and enjoy every moment and I think today was a great start. We've got to get off on the right foot, I guess."
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Defenceman Brent Seabrook was to be Duncan Keith's partner on the blue line and he wound up as the seventh defenceman in the final game.
Monday's workout was an excuse to keep the players from going to bed (most have their own room in a three man suite) and help with the adjustment to the time change. There were some line rushes and work on special teams.
Team Canada coach Mike Babcock brought his book from the 2010 Vancouver Games he was showing it to associate coach Claude Julien on the way here which detailed his line combinations and observations about how they did or didn't work.
Now, the most important one has begun.
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"(Crosby's) really good. I knew that," said Carter. "You always have to be ready with him. He won't even be looking at you and the puck's coming to you. We didn't do a lot of line stuff, only a few things. I think for whoever plays with him, you've just got to kind of listen to him. He'll tell you where to go to be in the right spots. He's going to find you and when you get the chance you've got to get it to the net.
Carter, like pretty much everyone, is impressed with Crosby.
"It's a tournament. It's a competitive environment. We expect guys to compete for the right (to play)."
"He's one of 14 forwards and he has to grab his piece," Babcock said. "It's the same for everybody. That's what we told everyone. They have got to find a way to grab their piece. We're going to watch what happens."
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So, as always, the next leg of the journey begins toward what is the only acceptable outcome for Canadians when it comes to hockey.
"We're going to evaluate each and every day and we'll see how some people start in a better situation than others," Babcock said. "I brought my book from the last Olympics. Some guys started on the first line on right wing and other guys started on the bench and wound up being very important.
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When asked why he had Carter in that spot, Babcock replied: "After watching him pass it back today, I didn't know for sure," said Babcock. "I said to all our guys, what happens as soon as you do 3 on 2s today, they're always passing to someone else and they pass it right into the corner. You can't pass it into the net, you've got to shoot it into the net. We expect him to shoot the puck when he gets it here. If he's giving it back to Sid, he can't play with him."
"I didn't think about it too much. It'll all kind of work itself out. I don't think you can go wrong with any lineup."
Veteran San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle, who didn't make this team, wound up playing the second most minutes in the final game of 2010.
One long journey ended Monday for Canada's men's hockey team.
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