With 24 American and Canadian players returning from the Vancouver Olympics’ decisive game, which famously ended with Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal, there’s no shortage of motivation.
The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and coming to rest in front of the crease. It was, for a few more seconds at least, still a one-goal game.
Ryan Callahan is soaking up the Olympic experience, one that could possibly end golden for the Americans.
It’s the rematch the entire hockey world has been waiting for. The U.S. will have a chance to bury some nasty demons on Friday when it faces border-rival Canada in the Olympic semifinals.
Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time.
The Canadians are ripe for the taking. The Americans know it, and the Canadians are about to find it out.
His cover is blown. T.J. Oshie, the mild-mannered forward who morphed into Superman against Russia, won’t sneak up on anyone again soon, let alone against the Americans’ next opponent on Wednesday.
The United States wanted to set a tone in the preliminary round of the Olympic ice hockey tournament for a reason. The Americans knew a bye into the quarters was a must.
Steven Holcomb is not one to be trifled with — as Jimmy Fallon found out on Tuesday. The U.S. Olympian took issue with the new Tonight Show host’s attack during his debut on Monday night.
The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Games. They’ll play either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.
Shootouts tend to be an uneventful solution to settle non-elimination games that remain deadlocked following one overtime period. Not Saturday. T.J. Oshie and others saw to that.
Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold won the season’s first race on a technicality. The season’s last race, there was no argument. There’s also no arguing that America’s Noelle Pikus-Pace will retire happy.
If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.
The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.
It will be crucial for the U.S. to get off to a flying start in their opening game against Slovakia, as the top four teams at the end of the preliminary round will automatically advance to the quarterfinals.