Sunday, February 21, 2010

Do You Believe In Miracles? Part 2

Now, don't get me wrong, nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever beat the miracle on ice of 1980 when a bunch of 19 year old kids beat the Russian pros. Let's also remember where we were in this country back then. A deep recession, the Iranian hostage crisis. A general feeling of gloom and one game brought back our national pride. So, I'll start with a reminder of that day 30 years ago.

Tonight the USA beat Canada 5-3 which was also a big favorite. Without the empty net goal the score would have also been the same. Another similarity was the shots on goal. In 1980 Russia had 39 shots to USA 16. Tonight we were out shot 45-23.

To give you an idea the Chicago Blackhawks have 3 American born players on their roster compared to 14 Canadian born players. Unfortunately this was just a round robin game so it means little. Gives us an extra day off and we'll face a less talented team in the next round but a great win and upset nonetheless.


Blogger Jane said...

Remember the 1980 American win over Russia. At that time, had a son in high school who played on an organized team since he was 5 years old. By high school (and before) he was the best left winger on any of the teams around. Still enjoy watching hockey.

February 22, 2010 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Ray said...

Remember this game and how the country was in the dumps at that time. The victory helped all of us.

March 07, 2010 8:04 PM  

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