Jordan Eberle has been asked to re-live the goal many times.
Canada required the shootout heroics of goaltender Carey Price and forward Jonathan Toews to get by the U.S. 2-1 in the semifinal of the 2007 world junior championship in Leksand, Sweden.
Matt Halischuk scored the overtime winner in the final the following year in Pardubice, Czech Republic, where a 3-2 victory gave Canada a fourth straight gold.
But Eberle's goal in Ottawa kept the dream of five alive when it appeared to be over.
"We battle and battle until we get what we want," Eberle said. "It goes to show in the last three world juniors, it's almost been going the other way, but the Canadians just battle back and get that win.
"We go into tournaments with only gold on our minds. Second isn't good enough. That's what makes us special and why we have five in a row."
Desjardins wants those kinds of players on his team in Saskatoon starting Dec. 26, when Canada begins defence of its titles against Latvia. But it's impossible to simulate those white-knuckle situations at summer camp, or even in December's selection camp.
"You want guys who have proven they can do it under pressure situations, but you can't duplicate that pressure," he said Saturday. "You can't say how guys are going to react.
"We know what we want from players and we expect our guys to be like that. We have to make good things happen. We can't hope it will happen."
Eberle, who scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal in that semifinal, is among 10 players from the 2009 team eligible to return and play for Canada again in Saskatoon. The NHL will keep some of them, however, and they won't be back.
The Edmonton Oilers own Eberle's rights and Quinn is now head coach of the NHL club. Eberle has proven he's a gifted goalscorer at the junior level.
"I'd like to move forward and try and get maybe some of those at a different level," Eberle admitted.
To have even a handful of players from the previous squad that pulled out a win when it counted can give Canada a small edge if the situation arises again, said Desjardins.
"Some way, somehow, other years we've found way to win," he said. "Every country knows that and they're wondering 'how many times can they do that?' It does build confidence in us.
"We just have to make sure we're ready when that chance comes again. You know somewhere along the line, it's going to be real tight."
As a footnote to the story, Eberle didn't get the puck as a souvenir and continued to play with the same stick upon his return to the Pats after the world junior championship.
"I went back to my junior team in Regina and broke it," he said. "I didn't think it was that big of a souvenir.
"The trainer saw it and put a little bit of wood in between it to keep it together. It's pretty nice.
"I'm not a big memorabilia guy. My mom has it. I'm sure it will be a nice keepsake some day."
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