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No time for U.S. to slow down

Despite going unbeaten in the preliminaries, Americans must stay focused

Updated: February 17, 2014, 11:24 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- If you talk to folks around the Olympic hockey tournament, there is a consensus that the U.S. squad is the most fully formed of the gold-medal hopefuls as we head into elimination play this week.

The Americans won their pool for the second straight Olympics, and they won all three preliminary-round games for the second straight Games. They will enter Wednesday's quarterfinal as the second seed behind Sweden, which earned an extra point by winning all three of its games ...

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