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From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

Posted on: February 21, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2010 10:49 am
 

Our guts over their great ones.

Our energy over anything ending in, "Eh!"

America's shakin'. Canadians, bakin'?

U.S. hockey showed these Winter Olympics are going to be more than sequins, soul patches and Shauns. (Halfpipe? Do you snowboard it or smoke it?) For one shining moment, all those American teeth weren't lost for nothing. In fact, the U.S. showed we can still play some exciting puck even if for the last three decades most of America hasn't cared. Our boys' 5-3 victory over Canada in a preliminary round game Sunday night is already being called the greatest Olympic hockey victory since the Miracle on Ice.

No argument from this side of the border. Like I said, a lot of the viewers Sunday on MSNBC (no network, thanks NBC) night haven't seen a hockey game since February 22, 1980.

Seventeen of the current U.S. players were born after that date so let's call it even.

It still seems like when it comes to the Olympics, Uncle Sam's skating army has a flair for the dramatic. It was almost like a U.S. team full of professionals was feeding off the energy from those plucky college kids in 1980.  Let's not forget that it was the U.S. that pushed Canada to the brink of the rink eight years ago in Salt Lake City (losing the gold medal game). Let's also not forget that those Canadians finished seventh four years ago in Turin.

Upset? Maybe not. U.S./Detroit defenseman Brian Ralfalski is playing his best hockey of the season in the twilight of his career. Chris Drury, a fading talent as a goal scorer in the NHL, scored from a scrum around the Canadian net.

Perhaps most satisfying for the U.S. was that Sidney Crosby was muffled for most of the night. Not only was Crosby on the ice for three U.S. goals, he also deflected in Rafalski's first goal and took a third-period penalty. Sid the Kid was mostly on the skids, despite scoring a late goal to cut the lead to 4-3.

Oh Canada, which way now? A legend with three Stanley Cups (Martin Brodeur) got outplayed by a skinny kid from East Lansing, Mich. (Ryan Miller). OK, Miller might be the NHL's best goalie this season but he was definitely the underdog along with the rest of the American mutts coming into the Sunday.

The outcome assures nothing for either side but it puts our icy northern neighbor in a state of shock for the moment. It's clear Canada has the better hockey country and the better hockey team. Just not on Sunday. There is something to be said for good ol' American pride. We still can't build a decent car but we can somehow build momentum on an Olympic ice rink in British Columbia. Canada was thrown off stride by something we've lost sight of on the assembly line and the board room -- America's hustle. When we set our minds to it we can do some great things. Right now it's about putting a puck in the net but maybe the magic will -- who knows? -- bleed over to the economy.


In the end, the U.S. was badly outplayed at times but worked harder than the haughty Canadians. All you have to do is look at the game's final goal. The U.S.'s Ryan Kesler (of the Vancouver Canucks) outhustled Canada's Corey Perry for the puck to stick it in the empty net for an insurance goal. A Canuck beat a Canuck and every American loved it.

"I hate them," Kesler told Yahoo Sports Canada before the game.

He spoke something wholly Ugly American. Kesler trash talked and then backed it up. Wasn't it great?

For now, all it means is that the U.S. won Group A. Meanwhile, Canada slinked off the ice and its fans into the streets a very depressed group, eh?

Category: Olympic Games
Tags: Anaheim, Canada, U.S.
 
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 4:58 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

He means a Canuck (as in Vancouver Canuck) Kelser, outhustled a Canuck (as in nickname of Canadians) in Perry. 
Now who's the fool?
Still Dodd, because he said Anaheim teammate Corey Perry. You're giving Dodd way too much credit. If that was what he meant originally, he wouldn't have removed "Anaheim teammate" about Perry.

Sorry. I was right, Dodd was wrong, and that's why his post has now been edited. By the way, last time I checked, there was no reason for hatred between the Sens and Canucks.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 11:02 pm
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

That is correct Dear Native of the North Tundra.  The USA team has not won anything but the preliminary round of the Olympic hockey tourney.  But, come on, that is more than the fabled hockey squad of Canada has won so far.  So, let us not be childish by picking on each other's countries.  I love Canada and the Canadian people.  I have been there many, many times.  I even caught a foul ball at Skydome.  After the Penquins, my second favorite team is Les Habitants.  And, always remember three things about US-Canada relations - more people live in the combination of greater Los Angeles and greater New York than in all of Canada; more Canadians make a living in the United States than US Americans do in Canada;  and, as long as there is a USA, life will always be secure in Canada, free from outside attack.  Do not hate the USA, just appreciate what it does for you in a backyard kind of way. 



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 4:43 pm
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

He means a Canuck (as in Vancouver Canuck) Kelser, outhustled a Canuck (as in nickname of Canadians) in Perry. 
Now who's the fool?  Although you are a Sens fans so that is to be expected.... 



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2010 2:42 pm
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

Skyhawk - put the half-pipe down.




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 11:30 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

lets see slick.   usa and canada both are all stars  and pros.   i think your level was,  i think it said  "amateur"  &nbs
p; sounds about right.   great game last night.  was the americans lucky,  no they just had a hot goaltender.

by the way,  before the games began,  i predicted,   and all my friends know this,      i said   RUSSIA  VS  USA.   


have a nice day 



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 8:51 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

But guess what they aren't playing Germany and Canada is. And IF you beat Germany you get to play Russia which sounds like another loss to me and there goes the game. There is always another tourney in 4 years.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 3:32 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

US team hasn't won anything yet, lets wait and see the rest of the tournament play out!!  One word tonight Miller as in Ryan Miller without him US team is playing Germany on tuesday period!  Hey Kesler, I hate your d-- country too!



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 1:09 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

just saw this he wasn't saying they are teammates . the Canuck for perry means canadian.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 12:37 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

You completely missed it.  A Canuck against a native Canadien (also know as a Canuck).  Calm down, realize you are wrong, and then apologize.  The dude is a writer, he went for the easy consonance for style's sake.  Hokey?  Maybe.  Wrong?  Nope.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2010 12:34 am
 

From Miracle on Ice to Victory in Vancouver

That's because he meant a 'Canuck', as in Vancouver Canuck beat a 'Canuck' as in Canadian.


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