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The United States of Hockey

So often a game gets hyped up to a degree where it’s impossible to live up to. Somehow, USA-Russia surpassed the hype. The game included back and forth action, some controversy and perhaps the most compelling shootout you’ll ever see.

Olympics: Ice Hockey-Men's Prelim Round-USA vs RUS USATSI

The U.S. came away with a 3-2 victory, two points in the standings and an entire country pretty excited about hockey right now. The win should propel the U.S. and give them some added confidence heading into the rest of the tournament, but in the end, it is a small step in the tournament.

Team USA will now meet Slovenia Sunday with a chance to clinch first place in Group A and a bye to the quarterfinals. There’s a lot of good hockey left, but that game set a seriously high bar.

I already broke down some thoughts on the incredible performance by T.J. Oshie in the shootout over…

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