Buffalo's Ryan Miller could be latest Olympic difference-maker in net
TORONTO -- In 1998, the Czech Republic entered the first of the NHL's foray into the Olympics as not quite the gold-medal favorite.
Sure, the Czechs had won the 1996 world championship and would go on to win three straight world titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001, but they weren't the heavy favorites going into Nagano, Japan.
The United States had just captured the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, featuring best-on-best competition, while Canada and Russia were loaded as usual with ...
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