USA Hockey beats Czechs 5-2 to make Final Four, faces Canada Friday
But that "one win" will be a heck of a lot more difficult than it sounds. The Americans will have to beat Team Canada, who are the favorites to win the gold. This is a rematch of the 2010 gold medal hockey game thriller that Canada won 3-2 in overtime, a game that had the highest TV ratings for any hockey game since the "Miracle on Ice" USA-Russia match in 1980.
In Team USA's 5-2 win over the Czech Republic hockey team, it only took 1:39 of regulation play for the Americans to take a lead. The Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk drew first blood very early, but the Czechs' Ales Hemsky tied the game 1-1 just three minutes later.
It was all Team USA from there. Dustin Brown of the LA Kings scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, then David Backes (St. Lois Blues) added another early in the period's closing seconds to make it 3-1. Phil Kessel and Zach Parise would also score goals, while Hemsky added another in garbage time for the Czechs.
Seems like I've committed a spoiler by sharing these results with you -- but I have not. This game will not be rebroadcast on NBC tonight. The only rebroadcast is on the NBC Sports Network, and it is taking place right now (5-7 p.m. ET). There are no additional rebroadcasts of this game. I cannot spoil that which you cannot watch.
The USA-Canada semi-final will be shown live Friday at 12 Noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific) on the NBC Sports Network, and rebroadcast on that network throughout the day on Friday.