After the Miracle: U.S. men’s hockey rivalry vs. Russia since 1980


“The Miracle on Ice” left an indelible mark on the minds of Americans in general rather than merely impacting hockey or even sports fans. But what happened between the U.S. and Russian men’s hockey teams since then?

Olympic Talk takes a look at the games between the two teams and the medals each country won in men’s hockey following that big win (which, by the way, wasn’t even the gold medal game in 1980).

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(Note: If there isn’t a game listed, that means the two teams didn’t meet in that specific Olympics.)

1980: U.S. went on to win gold; Soviet Union took silver

1984: Soviet Union won gold;U.S. came in seventh.

1988: Soviet Union 7 – U.S. 5 

The game took place on Feb. 17, 1988. Slava Fetisov dominated with two goals and three assists while Aleksey Kasatonov pitched in two more goals. Future NHL goalie Chris Terreri suffered in the loss, allowing seven goals on 28 shots.

The Soviet Union eventually won gold while the U.S. came in seventh.

1992: Unified Team 5, U.S. 2 (semifinals)

The Unified Team defeated the U.S. in a semifinals game on Feb. 21, 1992. Neither team saw a scorer generate more than two points (Slava Bykov and Andrey Khomutov collected a goal and an assist apiece) while Ray Leblanc stopped 50 out of 55 shots in defeat for the United States.

Unified Team won gold; U.S. came in fourth.

1994: Russia came in fourth; U.S. came in eighth

1998: Russia won silver; U.S. tied for fifth (first Olympics with NHL players)

2002: First game: 2-2 tie between Russia and U.S.

Plenty of familiar names came up big here, from Mike Modano (one goal, two assists) for the U.S. to Ilya Kovalchuk (also one goal, two assists) and Pavel Datsyuk (who didn’t score).

U.S. 3, Russia 2 (semifinals)

A rare victory for the U.S. since “The Miracle on Ice” came thanks to goals by Brian Leetch, Phil Housely and Tony Amonte. Mike Richter enjoyed a great run in this Olympic tournament, generating a staggering 97.7 save percentage, according to hockey reference.

U.S. won silver, Russia won bronze

2006: Russia 5, U.S. 4

Some young fella named “Yevgeny Malkin” was too much for the U.S. to handle, as he scored a goal and two assist while generating a +3 rating. It wasn’t the best outing of Robert Esche’s life, as the former NHL goalie gave up five goals on just 21 shots for the U.S.

Russia came in fourth, U.S. came in eighth

2010: U.S. won silver, Russia took sixth

2014: Well, you know what happened so far.