Win over Canada just start for Team USA 

January, 3, 2013
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USAAP Photo/Yuri KuzminTeam USA celebrated 'a great win' against Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.
It was what USA Hockey wanted all along. It wanted to face Canada's best players. There was never any quiet hope among the Americans that the lockout would end and send Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Strome, Mark Scheifele, Morgan Rielly or any of the other talented Team Canada players to the NHL before the World Junior Championships began in Russia.

Not because they wanted to prove anything to their rivals, but because those who run USA Hockey prefer best-on-best competition. Just like they want to see NHL players in the Olympics, they wanted to see the best possible competition in this tournament.