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Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Redemption Or Heartbreak? Drama Dialed Up For US-Canada Rematch

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.

02/20/2014

T.J. Oshie of the United States shoots against the Czech Republic’s Radko Gudas , right, during the quarterfinals of the Olympic hockey tournament at Shayba Arena on Feb. 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

U.S. Rips Czech Republic To Set Up Dream Rematch With Canada In 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.

02/19/2014

James van Riemsdyk #21 of the United States skates against the Czech Republic during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Silverman: Americans No Longer Have To Play Role Of Underdogs On Hockey Stage

The Canadians are ripe for the taking. The Americans know it, and the Canadians are about to find it out.

02/19/2014

T.J. Oshie celebrates after scoring on a shootout against Sergei Bobrovski of Russia on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Oshie Fever Alive And Well Heading Into US-Czech Republic Quarterfinal

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.

02/19/2014

Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Young Legs Will Carry USA Past Czech Republic In Quarterfinals

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.

02/18/2014

Steven Holcomb of the United States team 1 celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the two-man bobsled at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

U.S. Olympian Holcomb Fires Back At Fallon Over ‘Old Hot Wing’ Joke

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.

02/18/2014

US goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save on a shot from Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. (Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Quick Gets Start In Goal For US Quarterfinal; Canada Tabs Price

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.

02/18/2014

T.J. Oshie scores a shootout goal at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. (Photo credit: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With An Effort For The Ages, Oshie Now The Talk Of Sochi

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.

02/15/2014

American Noelle Pikus-Pace celebrates after securing the silver medal in women's skeleton at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 14, 2014. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

American Pikus-Pace Goes Into Retirement With Silver In Women’s Skeleton

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.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

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.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

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.

02/14/2014

Phil Kessel moves in on Justin Faulk, right, during a Team USA practice at Bolshoy Arena on Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Team USA Should Handle Injury-Ravaged Slovakia In Olympic Opener

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.

02/12/2014

Ryan Callahan #24 of Team USA practices on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Arena on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Preview — How Far Can Team USA Go?

Major injuries and the larger European ice surface have added a further element of unpredictability to the already difficult task of forecasting the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament.

02/11/2014

The Olympic flag is pictured inside Bolshoy Ice Hockey Arena ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Feb.  7, 2014. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: Fight For Olympic Hockey Gold Wide Open, 6 Teams Have A Shot

The hockey competition was stellar in Vancouver in 2010, and it should be the same this time around. It’s the depth of talent that makes this tournament so watchable.

02/07/2014

Russia's Maxim Trankov and Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar perform during the Figure Skating Pairs Team Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 6, 2014. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Tied For 5th Place After First Night Of Team Figure Skating In Sochi

Meryl Davis and Charlie White comforted and cheered their fellow Americans on a tough first night of competition for the U.S. in the new Olympic event of team figure skating.

02/06/2014

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