A "Golden" Oppurtunity

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 26:  Phil Kessel #81 of the United States smiles after Team USA's 6-1 victory during the ice hockey men's semifinal game between the United States and Finland on day 15 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Matt AmlingContributor IFebruary 27, 2010

VANCOUVER- With Finland out of the way the United States Men's Hockey Team finds it self playing for the gold medal against Team Canada.

The United States punched their ticket to the final by routing Finland 6-1 in a game that was over before it started. Patrick Kane scored two goals in the victory in what was his most dominant game of the Olympics.

Canada though, is also coming into this final matchup on fire after beating Slovakia Friday night in the Semifinals. Canada has seemed to really catch fire after their surprising loss to Team USA in the preliminary round.

As strong as Canada is, they have had their fair share of scares and losses throughout the tournament, and thats what the US has to hope for on Sunday. They already showed that they have the strength to beat Canada and the team feels that they could repeat what they already did.

For USA to win they are going to need Goalie, Ryan Miller, to continue playing like he has throughout the Olympics. During the course of the Olympics, USA has dominated defensively, stemming from Ryan Miller and the shot blocking ability that the team posseses.

Canada is considered the favorite right now, but the fact that Team USA is in the Gold Medal Game is a surprise in it self. When looking at the team rosters before the tournament, Russia, Canada, and Sweeden looked like they could not even be touched. On Sunday though, America could have the last laugh.

Sunday's game should be one for the ages and can be seen on NBC at 3:15.  

 

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