The Battle of the Unbeatens, USA and Canada Clash Once Again

Tom Chieppo

Two of the hockeys finest took the ice Sunday night on MSNBC at 7:40 p.m. EDT to determine the top seed in pool A and also a playoff spot to reach a possible gold medal.

Team USA lead by Coach Ron Wilson needed to address to his squad that they couldn’t give up odd man rushes to Canada and force Ryan Miller to face more and shots during this game. Both games last week had this problem minimally, but the odd man rushes increased in these contests. Turning the puck over, would need to be limited if team USA wanted to advance.

As for team Canada, they have a bunch of all-star lines with Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau, and Ryan Getzlaf. Team Canada could have a gold medal hockey team with all their players on Coach Mike Babcock’s squad. The biggest controversy will be who is going to start in goal for team Canada. Canada has the home crowd in their favor, and they feel that this is their time to shine.

The match up was intense Sunday night, with an overwhelming and astonishing under dog victory from the United States. Ryan Miller in goal held off plenty of Canadian shots while Brian Rafalski scored two goals. Kesler was able to make an open net swipe goal in the last 45 seconds of the game to secure the US victory. With the final score being 5-3, the United States crushed the competition and opened up a simplistic window for the semi finals tournaments. The United States will have a 2-day relaxation grace before facing their next team.

Although not as amazing as the “miracle” series against the Russians, the win against Canada will be remembered for a long time throughout these winter games.