SOCHI, Russia — For four years, the U.S. men's hockey team had waited for another crack at the Canadians, another shot at gold, another chance to break through and show it can be the best in the world and, with all due respect, get people to stop talking about Miracles and Lake Placid and all of that.
Four long years and…
"We didn't show up to play," defenseman Ryan Suter said.
The U.S. lost 1-0 to Canada on Friday, but the game wasn't as close as the score. If not for the brilliance of goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was beat only by Jamie Benn on a brilliantly redirected pass in the second period, the scoreboard would've been more representative.
Canada absolutely snuffed out the Americans, forced them to the perimeter, limited their opportunities, silenced their snipers and seemingly stripped them of their personality. It was dispiriting to watch. For the final 50 minutes, it was clear which team was superior, even if the goals didn't come for Canada, which has struggled to scoreRead More »from U.S. continues to be haunted by Canada and ghosts of hockey miracles past