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07:39 AM ET 02.21 | Dan Bylsma didn't have to be with Team USA in 2010 to understand what meeting Canada again in 2014 means. [Said Bylsma:] "This is the team and the game we wanted." Another question came from a guy with a microphone. ["Why,] did the players want this game?" Bylsma's jaw clenched and he shook his head, yes. "I want you to say it," said the man with the microphone. Bylsma stared back, jaw clenched, head shaking up and down. He did everything but say it. They hated losing to the Canadians and it's stuck with them. They need to win to play for gold, but it's all the sweeter that the win would also be payback. ... Byslma was asked, "What is the matter with Sid and what would you do to fix it?" "I haven't seen Sidney Crosby in 12 days," he said. "You'll see him tomorrow," he was told. Bylsma: "I'm not fixing anything."

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T.J. Oshie, Icon Sports T.J. Oshie, Icon Sports
February 21, 2014  08:24 AM ET

I haven't been to kind to Disco Dan in the past, but he has team USA playing pretty good hockey right now.

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February 21, 2014  08:29 AM ET
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Having the best player in the world lighting it up is helping a lot...

It hasn't worked that way for Babs.

February 21, 2014  08:31 AM ET
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Having the best player in the world lighting it up is helping a lot...

The best??? Maybe the hottest right now but the best??

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February 21, 2014  08:56 AM ET
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Yes, perennial Hart candidate, playoff performer and cheeseburger connoisseur Philip Kessel of Wisconsin. Problem with that?

OK, I buy the cheeseburger angle but James Reimer got more Hart Trophy votes last year than Phil Kessel (i.e. 1 fifth place vote - from the Toronto Sun I suspect)

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February 21, 2014  09:09 AM ET

what the heck is all of this...
"ANIMOSITY"...."REVENGE"....
It's a hockey game...yes, a big one, yes, national pride, etc involved...
but really....

February 21, 2014  09:23 AM ET
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what the heck is all of this..."ANIMOSITY"...."REVENGE"....It's a hockey game...yes, a big one, yes, national pride, etc involved...but really....

an EPIC DUEL OF GINORMOUS RAMIFICATIONS..........(read in monster truck rally commercial voice)

February 21, 2014  09:26 AM ET
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I haven't been to kind to Disco Dan in the past, but he has team USA playing pretty good hockey right now.

Team USA has shown a lot of passion and desire. Something I haven't seen in any of the games played by Canada so far ... except the women. Crosby is the missing link.

February 21, 2014  09:29 AM ET
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Team USA has shown a lot of passion and desire. Something I haven't seen in any of the games played by Canada so far ... except the women. Crosby is the missing link.

+1

I have said all along, skill will only get you so far, heart will take you the rest of the way.

Of course, Crosby will score winning goal again...son-of-a-**** Crybaby! ;)

February 21, 2014  09:30 AM ET
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what the heck is all of this..."ANIMOSITY"...."REVENGE"....It's a hockey game...yes, a big one, yes, national pride, etc involved...but really....

No, no, no, no! This is not JUST a hockey game! This is war! The North vs. South going at it! There will be nastiness! There will be blood! There will be casualties! There will be a winner! And ... there will be a loser! Let the nastiness begin!

February 21, 2014  09:31 AM ET
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I haven't been to kind to Disco Dan in the past, but he has team USA playing pretty good hockey right now.

it's not him. It's Lavi :)

February 21, 2014  09:34 AM ET
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it's not him. It's Lavi :)

Got that right. Can we have Lavi whispering in Disco's ear when we face Boston again? He knows a thing or two about line match-ups/changes. Dang!

(and I am not kidding)

February 21, 2014  09:35 AM ET
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Of course, Crosby will score winning goal again...son-of-a-**** Crybaby! ;)

You meant: Son-of-a-canis-lupus-familiaris, didn't you? ;-)

February 21, 2014  09:36 AM ET

its for hockey bragging rights....plain and simple.

The ability to **** talk back in the NHL locker rooms. The HM knows the credibility and me first mentality of the Russians so its no question this is the biggest game.

It's Canuckistans game. Always has been, always will be. It's about the 'Muricans showing face and making a statement that we have some pucksters who belonged to be mentioned when it comes to hockey.

February 21, 2014  09:38 AM ET
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The North vs. South going at it!

Have you been in the deep South, Roamer?

To your point, I would consider myself Canadian then.

February 21, 2014  09:41 AM ET
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Have you been in the deep South, Roamer?To your point, I would consider myself Canadian then.

Ha Ha , Nice !

 
February 21, 2014  09:56 AM ET
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Have you been in the deep South, Roamer? To your point, I would consider myself Canadian then.

I've left the deep South for Shiprock and Otis to enjoy. I actually live north of the North and have to travel South to get there.

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