USA 5, Canada 3

  • John Boyle
  • Sunday, February 21, 2010 8:09pm
  • Sports

The struggles continue for Canada in their home Olympics, and today’s loss to the US in men’s hockey may be the biggest blow yet. Sure Canada is still alive, though they now have to play an extra game to advance, but for all the hype surrounding this game, Canadians have to be pretty disappointed right now.

Both sides tried to downplay the significance of the result, but it was obvious on the faces of the Canadian players as they blew through the mixed zone that this one hurt. A lot.

If nothing else, Sunday’s game showed us that as long as Ryan Miller is healthy, the US is a legit medal contender. Dude was brilliant today, keeping the US on top despite Canada out-shooting the Americans 45-23.

And man, what an atmosphere at Canada Hockey Place. It was hard to believe as the game went on that this wasn’t a medal game given how much electricity was in the air.

I end this post (gotta work on my story from the game) posing this question: Which American Miller had a better day today: Bode, who won his first gold medal in the men’s super combined, or Ryan, who led the US to an upset over Canada? As exciting as this win was for the US, I’ll give the nod to Bode for winning his first gold, fifth medal overall, and third in as many events in 2010. But if US hockey keeps winning, get ready for a while bunch of “It’s Miller Time” headlines.

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