Monday, February 22, 2010

Winter Olympics: Another 'Miracle on Ice' brewing?

“Do you believe in miracles? YES!”

We all remember those words from the legendary Al Michaels 30 years ago today.

If you were alive then, you most likely recall where you were that day when the United States stunned the world and the Soviet Union, 4-3, in the Winter Olympics men’s hockey competition at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Heck, the Soviets – a team of professionals – had not lost in the Olympics since 1968 and were surely considered the best team in the world. And the Americans, coached by Herb Brooks, were a team full of amateurs and college kids that had lost to the Soviets, 10-3, in an exhibition prior to the games.

American Mark Johnson scored a goal in the third period to tie the Olympics game, 3-3; and, with 10 minutes left, captain Mike Eruzione put the United States up, 4-3. Goalie Jim Craig held the lead as time wound down … and we heard Michaels’ famous call:

So, now, could there be another Winter Olympics miracle brewing after the U.S. defeated a heavily favored Canadian team, 5-3, Sunday night in Vancouver?

Brian Rafalski has four goals in the entire NHL season … but he has two straight multi-goal games for the U.S. Goalie Ryan Miller stopped 42 shots by the Canadians after making 24 saves combined in the first two games.

Do you believe in another “Miracle on Ice” some 30 years later?

Why not?

1 comment:

sam said...

That was a great game. I was really impressed by the US team. Maybe we can get another gold medal like we did at the 1980 Games.