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Evolution of Team USA

Four years removed from a silver medal, Americans rife with confidence in Sochi

Updated: February 18, 2014, 1:28 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- At this point four years ago, we still didn't know all that much about the U.S. hockey team.

We knew they had won three straight, including an emotional win over host Canada to win its group in the preliminary round.

But we could still hear the echoes of then GM Brian Burke's mantra that this was a team no one gave a chance to win a medal, a lunch-bucket squad whose chances of advancing beyond the do-or-die quarterfinals against Switzerland weren't assured.

And ...

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