Menu With a 5 victory over arch-rival Canada enemy territory, the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team now enters the quarterfinal round as one of the top seeds and a legitimate medal threat — as as it can keep the momentum going. USA Hockey has come a way,said Kane. Coming , we were probably considered underdogs, but we’re a good team over Shaun Alexander Jersey there and we’ve got some decent players who fit right into their roles. The running joke here Vancouver was that no matter how poorly the Canadian athletes fare, no matter how glitches there were with the cauldron, the buses or the venues, these Olympics would be a success as as Canada’s men’s hockey team won gold on home soil.

But at this point, the Vancouver are peril – at least the eyes of Canadians. It isn’t just that Canada lost to their American counterparts, failing to protect their home rink front of their home fans, but by , Team Canada is now forced to play a qualification game on Tuesday afternoon. Sure, they’ll probably win that one with ease, but the daunting task of winning four six days against three of the top six clubs this tournament is one they would rather not face. They have no choice now. It is probably not where we wanted to come , but that is where we are now,Sidney Crosby said.

When you get to this point the Sidney Rice Jersey tournament, it is not going to be easy and the fact we have to play extra game isn’t a terrible thing and we be ready for it. They brought out the big guns out at Canada Hockey Place – Gretzky, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan and 1 Olympic athletes vying for a coveted seat the building. Those lucky enough to score a prized spot were treated to three periods of back and forth hockey that define what the sport and this tournament are about — aggressive, fast and physical hockey. And as the Canadians mounted one final charge, starting with a Crosby goal with 3 remaining, you could feel entire nation and their emotional and pyschological well being resting on the sticks of the players.

But it all ended when local hero, Vancouver Canuck and U.S. team member Kesler, put home empty net goal with 45 seconds remaining. It was a goal that may land him on a cereal box the U.S. but won’t get him a cab the Olympic city anytime . The fireworks started early this thriller when Brian Rafalski scored the game’s first goal just 41 seconds , as his shot deflected off of Crosby’s stick and behind Brodeur, silencing a crowd at near-bedlam noise levels. He then made it 2 when a usually reliable Martin Brodeur took a golf-like swing at airborne puck that came right out onto the defenseman’s stick, with Jamie Langenbrunner’s screen paving the way for eventual goal.