Let the argument begin.

With apologies to the great Soviet national teams of yesteryear that were simply outstanding but didn't get to regularly test themselves against NHL players, Team Canada circa 2014-16 might go down as the most dominating squad to ever hit the ice in the modern era.

A perfect 12-0-0 between the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the World Cup of Hockey -- with Thursday night's thrilling 2-1 victory over Europe at Air Canada Centre as the finishing touch -- is a stretch of hockey we won't soon forget.

And with three straight wins in best-on-best hockey when including Canada's gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, it's first time that's happened since Canada took home three straight Canada Cups in 1984, 1987 and 1991.

And again, the Soviet national teams from the 1950 to 1990 won a million world championships and Olympic gold medals but didn't have to play the very best of the NHL in those tournaments.

What stands out in this 12-0-0 run by Team Canada, in which it outscored the opposition 41-11, is that it has come against the very best players in the world, and at no time in either tournament did anyone feel like the result was in doubt.