One day short of the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the US hockey team came up huge, beating Canada 5-3 in men's hockey. Now, in reality, this isn't really that huge of an upset. While Canada is favored, many other teams, including team USA, are chock full of NHL All-Stars. The fact is that this game was awesome because it was basically two All-Star teams playing balls out for 60 minutes, and that makes for DAMN good TV.
Ryan Miller came up huge for team USA, allowing only three goals on 40+ shots by Canada. Martin Brodeur, meanwhile, didn't fare so well, giving up four goals on just over 20 shots (me thinks he gets benched for the next game). The fifth goal by team USA came from Ryan Kesler with 45 seconds left after Brodeur had been pulled. It was one of the greatest hustle plays I've ever seen in any sport, as Kesler dove for the puck on a near hopeless pass and knocked it into the net even though a Canadian player clearly had position on Kesler. He'll win an ESPY for that play, I guarantee it.
Anyway, team USA now finds itself in the driver's seat in their group, while Canada has a much harder road to travel for the gold.
In other news, anyone else pissed as hell that this game was on MSNBC? And in addition to that, it wasn't in high-def. NBC bet on ice dancing over USA/Canada, and paid for it dearly. Just go on Twitter and Facebook and you'll see nothing but comments about how stupid NBC is. Which they are. NBC is writing a textbook on precisely how not to broadcast the Olympic Games.