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07:45 AM ET 02.14 | For a good percentage of hockey fans in the United States, the Miracle on Ice, along with its Cold War underpinnings, remains most relevant -- and it will again flare up with Team USA having topped Slovakia in its opener. The Americans all agreed that there will be excitement playing the home team on its native ice, but they said to them it would be no different than taking on Canada twice in Vancouver. They know the history, but it's pretty much lost on them. "I wasn't born yet," [Brooks Orpik] said, referring to the Miracle on Ice. "And I'm the second-oldest guy on the team. I don't think there's any pressure. It's mostly because of proximity, but everyone views Canada as our biggest rival. I don't mean to downplay it, it's just the way we've grown up."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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February 14, 2014  08:10 AM ET

Don't know that they will feel pressure tomorrow morning... but I'd bet a buck they will sense "something" once the hit the ice.

Got a feeling the Ruskies in the stands will see to it.

February 14, 2014  09:07 AM ET

"... the Miracle on Ice, along with its Cold War underpinnings, remains most relevant -- and it will again flare up with Team USA..."

Nyet, komarad! The Cold War is dead and, aside for the Lake Placid anomaly, there never was one on ice. The real rivalry shall forever be between Mother Russia and Canada.

February 14, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The real rivalry shall forever be between Mother Russia and Canada.

A phrase from 1972: Nyet nyet Soviet, da da Canada! The chant from the stands in the Luzhniki Ice Palace really annoyed the Moscow police and almost a bunch of Canadians thrown into a Moscow jail.

That being said, I'm not sure Canada's biggest hockey rival these days isn't the USA.

February 14, 2014  09:17 AM ET

these guys are all so mingled that I wonder if all of these "rivalries" haven't lost a bit of steam.
And i agree with Roamer...The US was never a threat to the CCCP teams

February 14, 2014  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A phrase from 1972: Nyet nyet Soviet, da da Canada! The chant from the stands in the Luzhniki Ice Palace really annoyed the Moscow police and almost a bunch of Canadians thrown into a Moscow jail.That being said, I'm not sure Canada's biggest hockey rival these days isn't the USA.

It felt like a world war on ice back then.

February 14, 2014  09:28 AM ET

Losing it's heat --- well check out the three lovey ladies scantily clad on the cover of the swimsuit issue! Holy crap!

February 14, 2014  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It felt like a world war on ice back then.

Bobby Clarke breaking Kharlamov's ankle with a two-hander probably decided the series. That was war on ice! Whatever it takes to win.

February 14, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That being said, I'm not sure Canada's biggest hockey rival these days isn't the USA.

It is in Women's Hockey for sure! But, I think everybody's gunning for Canada. Everybody wants to beat them. The US, the Sweds, the Finns, the Czechs, the Ruskies. Hell, even Norway and Austria want to beat Canada! That's what you get when you're top dog for so long!

February 14, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It felt like a world war on ice back then.

It was! And ... the Canucks won!

February 14, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It is in Women's Hockey for sure! But, I think everybody's gunning for Canada. Everybody wants to beat them. The US, the Sweds, the Finns, the Czechs, the Ruskies. Hell, even Norway and Austria want to beat Canada! That's what you get when you're top dog for so long!

The Norwegians have the Nordic combined, the Netherlands have speed skating, the Germans have sledding, the Russians have skating, the Austrians have skiing, the French have kissing and the Canadians have hockey.

February 14, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It was! And ... the Canucks won!

Gotta go back a looong time to find a war that Canada lost.

Even before 1812 :)

February 14, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It felt like a world war on ice back then.

And it felt real.

February 14, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

... the Germans have sledding ...

Don't forget Jamaica, another sledding powerhouse, they even made a movie about it.

February 14, 2014  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Norwegians have the Nordic combined, the Netherlands have speed skating, the Germans have sledding, the Russians have skating, the Austrians have skiing, the French have kissing and the Canadians have hockey....

And ... the Finns have saunas.

But ... what do the Swedes have? Other than meat balls and IKEA!

February 14, 2014  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know that they will feel pressure tomorrow morning... but I'd bet a buck they will sense "something" once the hit the ice. Got a feeling the Ruskies in the stands will see to it.

Once they hit the ice they better be all business or the game will be over before they know it.

February 14, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And ... the Finns have saunas.But ... what do the Swedes have? Other than meat balls and IKEA!

Better than that, meatballs at IKEA!!

February 14, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Gotta go back a looong time to find a war that Canada lost.Even before 1812 :)

Easy not to lose when you don't fight. (I know, I know! That's nasty!) Sorry Canuck friends. At least you don't surrender like some others. ;-)

February 14, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Better than that, meatballs at IKEA!!

If you like horsemeat.

February 14, 2014  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And ... the Finns have saunas.But ... what do the Swedes have? Other than meat balls and IKEA!

Snow bunnies.

 
February 14, 2014  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Better than that, meatballs at IKEA!!

LOL! Last time I was at IKEA they had fish patties instead ... with spaghetti!

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