'Miracle' far from U.S.' minds

This American squad desperately seeks to write its own chapter against Russia

Updated: February 14, 2014, 12:53 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- Saturday's clash of early Olympic tournament titans, the United States and Russia, is a rivalry steeped in history and myriad personal connections.

Whether it's Ryan Suter's father, who played on the 1980 Miracle on Ice U.S. team or Zach Parise's father, J.P., who was part of Canada's seminal 1972 Summit Series against the Russians -- "The '72 series was the highlight of his career, playing against the Russians," Parise said earlier this week -- or assistant GM Ray Shero's ...

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