USA Wins, 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team: Miracle On Ice, Again?
USA beats Canada 5-3 in Olympic Men's Hockey
Miracle On Ice 1980 Olympics for Team USA? The ghost of Herb Brooks.
Will it be a repeat of the Miracle on Ice during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid for Team USA, coached by the legendary Herb Brooks, as they took on and beat Team Canada. Thirty years ago Monday an undergo USA men's olympic hockey team beat the all powerful Russians to win Olympic Hockey Gold.
Though Sunday's game did not decide a medal, the USA vs Canada rivalry looks to be one for the ages. The neighboring countries have no love lost when it comes to hockey as the legend in making Brian Burke compiled a fast smart, Team USA. Start time for Canada vs. USA is 4:40 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on MSNBC.
The two teams know what's at stake, and the fact that most of the opposing players are teammates in the NHL doesn't make any difference.
Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, part of the visiting U.S. squad Sunday, said quite simply on Saturday afternoon, "I hate them."
"It's a big rivalry. I wouldn't say I hate them, you have respect for the other team," he added, perhaps understanding how harsh he sounded. "Canadians expect to win the gold and anything less is not good enough. It's going to be fun to try and knock them off."
The Canadian team holds an obvious advantage in talent and height, but that doesn't mean the US doesn't have a chance in this hockey game. Team Canada struggled against Switzerland, barely escaping with a 3-2 shootout win against the Swiss; the same team the USA beat handedly 3-1.
While both teams will assuredly be on top of their games Sunday, here are the keys to the USA vs Canada Olympic Hockey game.