US stuns mighty Canada in Olympic men’s hockey
February 22, 2010
(ChattahBox) – How about the US men’s hockey team beating the Canadians? Happy 30th anniversary to the “Miracle on Ice,” today. The Americans were outplayed for the majority of the game, with Canada outshooting their oldest Olympic opponents 45-23 but losing 5 – 3. Canada’s team this year is amazingly talented, and expectations are so high playing in their home country. But while the US team isn’t by far the most talented club in the Olympics, just like the Stanley Cup, hockey games are often won by grit and hot goaltending. USA general manager Brian Burke put together a team with lots of big forwards with a grinding mentality, good defensive pairings and one sensational goaltender in Ryan Miller, who controlled the game, with some amazing stops in the frantic final minutes.
Team Canada still might be the favorite to win gold, but must now play a qualifying round game Tuesday against Germany to reach the quarterfinals. After if they win, Canada likely will meet Russia, a matchup that wasn’t expected until the gold-medal game. Meanwhile the U.S. sails directly into the quarter-finals, playing the winner of Switzerland-Belarus on Wednesday.