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US men see parallels to 1980 ‘Miracle On Ice’

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Tony Granato isn’t planning to show “Miracle” to his players as a source of inspiration.

“To win, we don’t need a miracle,” Granato said. “We need to be our best and to play our best for two weeks to win this tournament.”

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Even so, members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team see parallels to the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” group that beat the Soviet Union and won the gold medal. Only 39-year-old captain Brian Gionta was alive then and was too young to remember it, but the movie and USA Hockey history have allowed these players to make a connection.

“That opportunity that they got is a lot of parallels to the opportunity we’re getting today in this Olympics,” forward Brian O’Neill said. “I think if you’re a normal U.S.A. hockey player, you look at the 1980 team regardless, but us being in very similar situations, it definitely gives us a lot of motivation and inspiration.”

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Lamoureux-Davidson sets Olympic record as USA defeats OAR, 5-0

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Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson’s record breaking performance helped Team USA defeat the Olympic Athletes from Russia, 5-0.

The three-time Olympian scored twice within six seconds in the second period to set a new Olympic record for the shortest time between goals. Sweden’s Carl Goran Oberg held the previous record, scoring twice in eight seconds during the 1960 Winter Games.

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Nicole Hensley made 13 saves in her Olympic debut as OAR was shut out for the second time in as many appearances.

Kacey Bellamy and Gigi Marvin also scored for Team USA, who will face Canada in its next match, a potential gold medal preview.

Olympic Hockey Day 4 Preview

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Throughout the entire 2018 Winter Games, NBC Olympics staff  will preview the upcoming slate of hockey games and recap the prior day’s action.

After a subpar performance against Team Finland, Team USA will look to improve against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. The U.S. will need to utilize its speed in order to create enough offense to compete against the favorite, Canada.

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OAR struggled vs the four-time defending champions in its first game but are still searching for team chemistry, which could be problematic due to the condensed schedule.

Puck drop is set for 7:10 a.m. on NBCSN.

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