U.S. Hockey Team Nabs First Olympic Win Over Canada in 50 Years


It wasn't quite a miracle, but it was a pretty big upset.


On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the United States men's hockey teamed stunned Canada 5-3 Sunday to earn a bye to the quarterfinals at the Winter Olympics. The win is also the Americans' first over their northern neighbors at the Olympics since the 1960 Squaw Valley Games, when the U.S. eventually won the gold.


Playing aggressively from the start, the U.S. grabbed an early lead and held onto it, punctuating the win with a swipe by Ryan Kesler into Canada's empty net with 45 seconds left - a shot that silenced the usually raucous hometown fans.


But no one was more essential than U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller, who made a whopping 42 saves during the game. In contrast, Canada's Martin Brodeur allowed five of the Americans' 23 shots.


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