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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Zach Parise
Surging into and out of the Olympic break, the Minnesota Wild have created a significant cushion between them and their competitors for the two Western Conference wild-card playoff spots.
The Minnesota Wild were concerned how the Olympic break might affect their momentum.
At least they didn't break any furniture.
Everybody wants to talk about revenge except one of the guys to whom it's supposed to matter most.
Fast five, Friday edition: five things to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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.
As horror movies go, Dmitry Chernyshenko makes no claims to be a connoisseur or critic. Yet he had no problem editing the list of films that haunted his childhood down to three.
The 1980 game was played against the backdrop of a still-simmering Cold War, portrayed as a surrogate battle of good vs. evil. Which side was which depended largely on where you viewed it from. The young men on both sides who play one another Saturday tend to see it only through the prism of hockey.
Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and 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.
Joe Pavelski is skating under the radar for the U.S. hockey team.
With the difference in rink size between the NHL and the Olympics, who has the advantage? Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley takes a look.
When the American basketball team went to the London Olympics, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of them didn't stay with the rest of Team USA in the Spartan accommodations of the athletes' village. They were put up in a posh hotel with heightened security, large, soft beds and gourmet breakfast.
Rene Fasel is on a mission to keep hockey in the Olympics as compelling and competitive as possible, and it's going to be a tougher task for the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation in the next four years.
The Minnesota Wild were reeling as last year ended. Star Zach Parise was on injured reserve. Coach Mike Yeo's job was in jeopardy.
David Backes realizes every U.S. Olympic hockey team inevitably ends up in the vast shadow of the 1980 Miracle on Ice squad, which stunned the Soviet Union and eventually won gold in Lake Placid.
Team USA captain Zach Parise says they aren't looking for revenge, just a victory that would give them another crack at the gold.
"It's guys that are used to playing 18, 19, 20 minutes back home and play on power plays and penalty kills and come over here and you play in a lesser role," he said. "But I think the guys who are doing that, they're really embracing what they're doing and taking a lot of pride in what they're doing, even if it is different than what they're doing at home."