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Monday, February 22, 2010

Oh! Can-a-beans!


The Americans pull off an upset on Canada’s home ice.

The United States pulled off its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice, stunning Canada 5-3 on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of an already mixed-up tournament.

Brian Rafalski scored two goals and set up another, and Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots to lead the Americans.

One day short of the 30th anniversary of the country's greatest hockey victory -- the unfathomable win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid -- these underrated Americans were faster, more disciplined and more determined than Canada 's collection of all-stars.

Better, too.

Canada outshot the U.S. 45-22 yet couldn't badly dent Miller, the goalie the Americans felt could best stand up to all of Canada 's might. He did just that, making 42 saves in the victory of a lifetime.

These Americans didn't believe in miracles. They just believed.

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