Olympics 2014: US Men’s Hockey Team

USA Hockey Patrick Kane

Team USA’s Patrick Kane participates in the men’s ice hockey team’s first practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 10, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix279775

Update, US Men’s Hockey Olympic Results:

Quarterfinals – USA 5, Czech Rebublic 2

In their first knock out game the United States didn’t skip a beat. The US goals again came from a wide variety of players with five different players accounting for the goals. Ryan Suter lead the team in points notching three assists. Now the US will take on rivals Canada in the semi finals. Since the NHL started sending players to the Olympics Canada has beaten the US three of the four times they played including the 2002 and 2010 gold medal games. 

Group A game 3 – USA 5, Slovenia 1

Team USA finished group play on Sunday with a win over Slovenia. Phil Kessel scored three goals for the first USA Olympic hat trick since 2002. With the win USA secured the top spot in group A and an automatic spot in the quarterfinals. 

Group A game 2 – USA 3, Russia 2 (SO)

USA’s most anticipated game of group play surpassed all the expectations to became the most exciting hockey game of the Sochi Olympics so far. USA and Russia battled to a 2-2 tie through regulation and overtime leading to a shootout. In the eighth round of the shootout Jonathan Quick made his fifth save of the shootout before T.J. Oshie, who took 6 of the 8 shots for team USA, scored his fourth shootout goal to give USA the victory.   

Group A game 1 – USA 7, Slovakia 1

The American men got a big win to start their Olympic campaign. The team scored six unanswered goals in the second period tying a team record for one period. A total of six players accounted for the seven goals with Paul Stastny netting two. 

In 2010 the United States men’s hockey team came up just short of spoiling Canada’s party but instead went home with the team’s 8th Olympic silver medal. As the players prepare for the start of the men’s hockey tournament in Sochi, the United States is again looking to play the role of spoiler to the host country. 

The 2014 team USA will have a total of 13 players returning from the 2010 silver medal team. Joining them will be 12 new faces most of them on defense where six of the eight defensemen will see their first Olympic action.

Ryan Miller – goalie

Jonathan Quick – goalie

Jimmy Howard – goalie

Brooks Orpik – defense

Ryan Suter – defense

John Carlson – defense

Justin Faulk – defense

Cam Fowler – defense

Paul Martin – defense

Ryan McDonagh – defense

Kevin Shattenkirk – defense

David Backes – forward

Dustin Brown – forward

Ryan Callahan – forward

Patrick Kane – forward

Ryan Kesler – forward

Phil Kessel – forward

Zach Parise – forward

Joe Pavelski – forward

Paul Stastny – forward

T.J. Oshie – forward

Max Pacioretty – forward

Derek Stepan – forward

James van Riemsdyk – forward

Blake Wheeler – forward

With the lack of Olympic experience at defense, outside of Ryan Suter and Brooks Orpik, much of the pressure will fall on the shoulders of the goaltenders. Both probable starters Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick are used to the pressure and have performed on the big stage. Miller backstopped team USA in all the games during the 2010 games and was named the MVP of the games. Quick was lights out for the Kings in the 2012 playoffs only losing 4 games on the way to winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

USA Goalie Ryan Miller

USA’s Ryan Miller in action during third period action against Switzerland in the men’s hockey quarterfinals at Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver, BC during the 2010 Winter Olympics, February 24, 2010. Jean Levac/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix675084

USA Goalie Jonathan Quick

Team USA’s men’s ice hockey goaltender Jonathan Quick participates in the team’s first practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 10, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix279694

Upfront the Americans are loaded with talent and experience led by Captain Zach Parise who scored the last minute goal to force overtime in the 2010 final. Also returning from the 2010 team is Patrick Kane who has only improved since his last Olympic appearance winning two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks. Kane also won a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013. Winning gold would be extra sweet for Kane who is playing with the memory of his grandfather who died Feb. 3, just days before Kane left for Sochi.

Captain America Zach Parise

Men’s Ice Hockey player Zach Parise poses for a portrait at the 2010 United States Olympic Team Media Summit in Chicago on September 10, 2009. BRIAN KERSEY/UPI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: upiphotos960381

Team USA will face an uphill battle from the start as they are in a group with two other medal contenders including the host country of Russia. However you can’t ever count out team USA no matter how bad the odds look. Just ask Vladislav Tretiak, who helped light the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremonies.

To see more photos of the US men’s hockey team throughout the tournament be sure to check out Newscom.

Ryan Suter USA Olympics

USA’s Ryan Suter practices with his team during the Winter Olympics at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Nhat V. Meyer/MCT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtphotoslive662514

TJ Oshie Sochi Olympics

U.S. men’s ice hockey team’s T.J. Oshie shoots during practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 11, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix281423

Brooks Orpik vs Sydney Crosby

Sydney Crosby of Canada is held back by Brooks Orpik of the U.S. during their hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 21, 2010. HANS DERYK/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlthree833013

David Backes USA Hockey

David Backes, 29 from Spring Lake Park, Minnesota – Ice Hockey. USOC Olympic Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Erich Schlegel/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasnine677960

USA Hockey Coach Dan Bylsma

Team USA’s men’s ice hockey head coach Dan Bylsma looks on during their first practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 10, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix279701

Defenseman Justin Faulk

The U.S. men’s hockey team’s Justin Faulk (L) and James van Riemsdyk reach for the puck during practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 11, 2014. BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlsix281389

Blake Wheeler and John Carlson

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a Team USA Jersey with Winnipeg Jets player Blake Wheeler and Washington Capitals player John Carlson — both members of Team USA — after honoring Olympics-bound hockey players before the Washington Capitals-Winnipeg Jets game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on February 6, 2014. State Department/Sipa USA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: sipaphotosfour574550

Dustin Brown team USA

Men’s Ice Hockey player Dustin Brown poses for a portrait during the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Chicago, September 10, 2009. John Gress/Icon SMI 936/John Gress/Icon SMI/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: iconphotostwo369444

NHL Olympians Graphic

Centerpiece graphic looks at the number of NHL players, by team, competing in the Winter Olympics and which country they represent; graphic includes a look at the differences between professional hockey and Olympic hockey. Chicago Tribune 2014. Staff/MCT/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: krtgfxlive045148

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