How about Dan Bylsma as '14 U.S. coach?
What a wild night in Buffalo. A resilient Russian team rallied for five (count 'em, five!) third-period goals, overcoming a 3-0 deficit en route to a gold-medal-winning 5-3 victory over Canada in the World Junior Championship finale at a packed (mostly with stunned Canadian fans) HSBC Arena.
Team Russia was never willing to surrender throughout their medal-round march to the title. They scored two late goals in their quarterfinal matchup against Finland to force overtime before winning in the extra session. In the semis, after blowing a 2-0 lead against Sweden, they scored in the final two minutes to push that game into overtime, too. They won in a shootout.
Then, there was Wednesday night.
Instead of trying to dissect how the young Canadians failed to nail things down in the final 20 minutes, I prefer to tip my cap to the Russians, who found a way -- in a very hostile environment -- to make something special happen. That was a victory for a lifetime. Enjoy!
Now, let's get to this week's mailbag.
After watching the World Junior tournament, I started thinking about the 2014 Olympics. If the NHL decides to go, who would be the best candidate to coach Team USA? -- Debbie, Plano, TX
For me, there's only one choice: Penguins head coach/Michigan native Dan Bylsma.
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