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USA vs. Canada for all the Olympic marbles

Posted by bdowd625 on February 28, 2010

 

Today is a shining example of what real hockey is all about. Not that half-assed garbage in the NHL that’s played at a snail’s pace most of the time. I’m talking about hard-hitting, lay-it-all-on-the-line hockey that we all have the privelege of watching today when Team USA takes on Team Canada in an improbable matchup for the gold medal. What better way to cap off the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver than by having the upstart Americans take on a hockey institution like Canada.

Team USA has come out of nowhere to get to this point – winning five straight games – while the heavily-favored Canadians have taken a longer-than-expected route to the gold medal game. But none of that matters now. What matters is that they’re both here, sharing the biggest and brightest stage hockey has to offer. Hold onto your hats folks.

This is going to be a tough game for the young and hungry American team. Their 5-3 upset over the Canadians in pool play may have given them the confidence they need to go out and be competitive, but it also lit a fire under Canada’s ass. I expect it to be as physical and fast-paced as any game we’ve seen so far and then some. If Ryan Miller can continue his outstanding play in goal, Team USA certainly has a shot to knock off Canada once again. If the Canadians find the back of the net early, though, the Americans might be in trouble.

It’s going to be an intense game for sure. I haven’t been this excited since my Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring showed up in the mail last Christmas. I just hope the Americans can run the table and finish this thing off in style. It’s been thirty years since the Miracle on Ice happened in Lake Placid and it’d be nice to see the next great American hockey moment take shape today. Below is a little something to put you in the mood for today’s showdown. Let’s go USA!

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