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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - David Backes
Not even some inside information from Olympic teammate Zach Parise could stop T.J. Oshie in a shootout.
Ryan Miller used his head with the game on the line.
In both of Ryan Miller's starts with the St. Louis Blues, they've faced two-goal deficits. Both times, they've rallied to win.
Once the shock and emotions of leaving Buffalo and the Sabres began to wear off, goalie Ryan Miller began looking forward to the challenge he and Steve Ott will face in living up to the St. Louis Blues' expectations.
David Backes went to Sochi hoping to bring home a gold medal with the U.S. hockey team. Instead, the St. Louis Blues' captain brought back a couple of stray puppies.
At least they didn't break any furniture.
T.J. Oshie, the mild-mannered forward who morphed into Superman and single-handedly outscored Russia in a shootout for the ages, won't sneak up on anyone again soon, let alone against the Czech Republic, the Americans' opponent in Wednesday's Olympic quarterfinals.
His cover is blown.
John Carlson saw more ice time in USA's win over Slovenia, a good sign after his showing against Russia.
Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening 4:33, leading the Americans to a 5-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday.
T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken five shots at Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even.
Icy stares, bone-crunching checks, even a skirmish or two in front of the net.
As elite teams go, they aren't particularly big, they don't wear red much anymore, and as far as being a machine, well, the Russian hockey team is proving just as susceptible to nerves as anyone here at the Olympics.
Jonathan Quick will get his second start of the Olympics as U.S. gets set to face the host nation.
The United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.
"I think it was maybe a little too perimeter and not much traffic in front of their net," U.S. forward David Backes said. "Kudos to them for keeping us to the outside, but we've got to find ways to get to the inside and make things happens."
"We had that conversation before we left," Backes said. "We're going to wear our country's colors and play as hard as we can for our countries. We'll figure out those relationships when we get back to our respective teams. Maybe it takes a cold beverage and someone has to buy dinner, but we'll smooth that out after."