Team USA Frosts Canada, 5-3

Americans stun hosts, clinch quarterfinal berth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2010 5:22 AM CST
Team USA Frosts Canada, 5-3
Canada goalie Martin Brodeur (30) reacts after giving up a goal in the third period of Team USA's victory at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The United States pulled off its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice tonight, stunning Canada, 5-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of an already mixed-up tournament. Brian Rafalski scored two goals and set up another, and Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots to lead the Americans. Canada outshot the US, 45-22, yet couldn't dent Miller, who made 42 saves in the victory of a lifetime.

Chris Drury, a former Little League World Series star, and Jamie Langenbrunner scored to put the US up 4-2. The visitors then held off a relentless late surge by Canada that included Sidney Crosby's power play goal with 3:09 remaining. One day short of the 30th anniversary of the country's greatest hockey victory—the win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid —the underrated Americans were faster, more disciplined, and more determined than Canada's collection of all-stars. Better, too. (More 2010 Vancouver Olympics stories.)

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