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Rangers’ Boyle marvels at match-up between U.S. and Russia

Feb 17, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

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Yes, we’re still talking about the U.S. shootout classic against Russia on Saturday. It’s worth all the hype, having just become the most watched hockey game in the NBC Sports Network’s history.

And some players, even though they might not be taking part in the Sochi Olympics, still can’t help but marvel at the competitive juices that were flowing between the two hockey powers in a game decided by T.J. Oshie‘s superb shootout performance, giving the U.S. a victory in the highly anticipated preliminary game.

“What a game,” Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers wrote for The Record.

“You listen to the game and you can hear the noise and the physicality the guys playing had and the hate they had for each other. Obviously, they respect each other but they don’t like each other out there.”

For the U.S., it will move right into the quarter-final round. It will wait to play the winner of the qualification match-up between Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The winner of that quarter-final game will advance to the semifinal to play the winner of the other quarter-final between Canada, the third seed, and Switzerland or Latvia.

Now, if the U.S. and Canada meet in the semifinal – remember, they met back in the gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago with Canada coming away victorious – then you’ll see two hockey nations that respect each other but also really don’t like each other, either.

  1. djshnooks - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    It was as meaningful as an NHL or NFL preseason game…they are right where they were meant to be.

    Obama calling it a “miracle” is hilarious.

    Let’s see them play a team better than them. Or see how they perform when something worthwhile is on the line.

    Don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing game…but they also got lucky with the “goal off its moorings” rule. Any other league in the world and that’s a goal. I just think people are making too big a deal about this…let’s see them medal now.

  2. pastabelly - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    djshnooks – Feb 17, 2014 at 5:15 AM
    It was as meaningful as an NHL or NFL preseason game…they are right where they were meant to be.
    Congratulations, this statement challenges for the gold medal as one of the more stupid statements you’ll see on PHT.

    • paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      Exactly. People caring is what gives games meaning, and people (fans and players) cared about this game. Fans of two teams care about the Stanley Cup finals, fans of all teams and fans of no teams cared about that game.

      If you haven’t see it yet, check out this video of fans across the country:

      • barkar942 - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        And all at around 10 a.m.
        This is where the NHL needs to understand that if the USA is successful at the Olympics, the whole great game of hockey is exposed to millions of others that may not be fans of the NHL here in the US.
        Big picture, I really think it helps them in the long run.

      • jhaegs - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Thanks for the video! Blues fans have known about T.J.’s heroics for a long time, and it’s nice to see he’s finally getting some recognition. I was honestly surprised that so few people knew of him!

        Knowing Oshie, I’m sure he’d like to deflect some of the attention to his team, and focus on the upcoming game. Steen is the same way- he lit up the NHL before his injury, but he never wanted to talk about his goal scoring. It was always “Halak stood on his head tonight” or “Shattenkirk made a great pass to give me the easy goal”. Once again, we knew about his skill, and the rest if the NHL finally took notice.

        Still plenty of time for another hero to emerge, or hopefully a total team effort to secure gold.

        USA! 🇺🇸

      • paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Can you imagine being Oshie and seeing that video? Even being relatively famous, still has to be humbling and cool.

        He’s been my favorite player since his rookie year….I just love the way he plays. He might not be their best player, but he is really easy to root for and to enjoy watching.

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