Canada had just defeated the U.S. 1-0 to reach the gold-medal game in men’s hockey, and players quickly refocused on their real goal in Sochi -- becoming the first nation in 22 years to retain an Olympic championship.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Goalie Ryan Miller, MVP of the 2010 silver medalists, and high-scoring Patrick Kane were among those selected to the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team Wednesday. Miller, of the Buffalo Sabres, backstopped the U.S. team to the championship game of the Vancouver Winter Olympics before falling to Canada 3-2 in overtime. The Chicago Blackhawks' Kane is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the NHL's most valuable player. The pair were among 13 Olympic veterans chosen for the 25- player squad for next month's Sochi games unveiled by General Manager David Poile after the NHL's 2014 Winter Classic game in Ann Arbor, Mich. "We're fortunate to have probably the deepest talent pool we've ever had in our country and that made for some very difficult decisions," Poile said. Forwards making the team include David Backes, Dustin
Ryan Callahan scored less than three minutes into overtime and the New York Rangers secured a National Hockey League playoff berth for the third straight season with a 4-3 win at the Carolina Hurricanes.