by Patrick Hoffman on 02/23/10 at 04:28 PM ET
I know this has been talked about a lot in the last day or so but I wanted to point you folks to a great article by good friend of the blog James Murphy at NESN.com. The article talks about how Team USA’s win over Team Canada should be looked at as an upset rather than a miracle:
The USA’s 5-3 men’s hockey win over Canada on Sunday night was surely a giant upset. But it was no “miracle,” and it was not even close to what took place in Lake Placid, N.Y., 30 years ago today.
Yes, the Canadians—like the old Red Army team—were heavy favorites heading into this tournament. And yes, goalie Ryan Miller stood on his head with 42 saves just like Jim Craig did 30 years ago. Oh, and as Boston University alum Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal in Lake Placid 30 years ago, there was another clutch forward from BU, Chris Drury, who scored the go-ahead goal in the second period on Sunday. But really, the similarities end there.
Sunday’s victory over Canada was thrilling and, yes, it was very unexpected given the pre-Olympic hype and predictions. But this U.S. win was a statement game, not a miracle.
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