Miller, not miracle, spurs U.S. upset 

February, 22, 2010
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Three games for Olympic tournament seeding between blood rivals. They lined them up and played them back-to-back-to-back on what started out as a sunny Sunday in Vancouver. The first puck dropped at noon (Pacific time) and the final horn sounded near midnight.

These games weren't life and death for each team's Olympic dreams. They just seemed that way.

On hockey's "Super Sunday," the rock 'n' roll Russians re-established themselves as a dangerous force (4-2 over the Czechs), the underdog Americans blew their cover (5-3 over Canada) and the defending champion Swedes sent a message to the field (3-0 over Finland).

How did happen? I thought you'd never ask.


To read Hradek's evaluation of the U.S. upset -- and which savvy coaching move helped the Americans win but might cost Ron Wilson when he returns to Toronto -- you must be an ESPN Insider.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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