USA Hockey Upsets Team Canada

The United States hockey team, competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, upset tournament favorite and home side Canada on Sunday night, in a 5-3 thriller of a game.

A young American squad, led by three olympic veterans all scoring goals on the great Canadian goaltender Marty Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) including defenseman Brian Rafalski (Detroit Redwings), Chris Drury (New York Rangers), and Jamie Langdenbrunner (New Jersey Devils), fought off a Canadian side that tied the game twice and stayed close throughout the game.

Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) made 42 saves in a lights-out performance that included a bevy of incredible stops, including the save of the tournament in flurry of the dying minutes while the Americans were hanging on to a 4-3 lead before Phil Kesler (Vancouver Canucks) whacked in the game-clinching goal on the empty net.

The Canadians seemed to be cruising through the first two periods, content with turning on the burners when they had to in order to tie the game through Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) and again through Danny Heatley (San Jose Sharks), who leads the tournament with 4 goals along with USA’s Rafalski, who netted two in this game.

The Americans led at every intermission, 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second, but the viewer always felt that the depth of talent on Canada’s roster suggested they could turn on the pressure whenever they wanted to.  Unfortunately for them, it came too late.

Canada began the third period needing to kill off three consecutive penalties and the U.S. capitalized making it 4-2 with just under 13 minutes left.  The Canadian’s finally kicked into gear and the firing squad escalated on U.S. goalie Miller.  While one goal by Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) did slip by, Miller was up to the task, however, and made several amazing saves to preserve victory for the red, white, and blue.

This border matchup was sure to be a bruiser and it didn’t disappoint as the two squads made up entirely of NHL players left it all on the ice.  There was hard skating, huge hits, and immense passion on display as the teams battled for the top slot in Group A.

The spoils of the game for USA, are a first round bye in the playoffs where they will meet the winner of a game between Switzerland and Belarus.  Canada will face Germany for the right to face another arch-rival; the Russians.

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USA Hockey Takes Silver from Olympics

In the men’s hockey gold medal game on Sunday, the U.S. were beaten by Canada 3-2 in overtime.  Sidney Crosby scored the game winner seven minutes into the extra period.

Canada took an early lead off the stick of Jonathan Toews in the first period and extended it to through Corey Perry in the second.  The U.S., who had beaten Canada in the earlier group stage of the tournament, showed great resiliance as Ryan Kesler took a point back later in the second to bring the game to a score of 2-1 and Zach Parise tied the score at two with 24 seconds left in the third period to send the matchup into extra time.

Unfortunately, the Cinderella story ended as tournament MVP and American goalie Ryan Miller was beaten by “Sid the Kid” to seal the gold medal for the Canadians.  The Americans, however, had a spectacular two week jouney in Vancouver.

They were an afterthought before the games began.  USA general manager Brian Burke fielded the youngest team, averaging 26 years old, and had only 3 players, Chris Drury, Jamie Langdenbrunner, and Brian Rafalski, on the roster with previous Olympic experience.

Team USA and coach Ron Wilson can hold their heads high with pride after winning the silver medal in 2010.  They can also hang their hats on the great performances of Miller (Tournament MVP, Best Goaltender, Tournament All-Star), Rafalski (Best Defenseman, Tournament All-Star), and Parise (Tournament All-Star).

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