Team USA blanks Russian Federation 5-0, Canada advances 4-1 over Finns

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Kendall Coyne scored a powerplay goal as the US women's hockey team came from behind to beat Finland 3-1 in their Olympic tournament opener on Sunday, surviving a scare from a team that has never beaten them in Olympic play.

The NHL opted out of sending its players to the Olympics, and that means the overall quality of the hockey in the Pyeongchang Games is not going to be up to the level of the hockey played in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, or 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

OAR struggled vs the four-time defending champions in its first game but are still searching for team chemistry, which could be problematic due to the condensed schedule.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:10 a.m. on USA Network. Forward Kendall Coyne had a standout game for Team USA against Finland, as she netted the eventual game-winning goal for the Americans and looked deadly all game with her speed. "Kenny Morrow, I had no idea ... and within two days I was doing a lot of research to figure out who all these guys were and within two weeks they were obviously all my heroes".

Gear up like Hilary Knight and your favorite Team USA Olympians! The U.S. team is largely made up of athletes playing in European professional leagues, collegiate players and minor leaguers.

And the USA has rebounded vs. How in the world is it possible that the Americans actually trailed 1-0 at the end of the first period, the first time they had fallen behind a non-Canadian opponent in the Olympics in 12 years?

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The parallels to the US team of 1980 - the Miracle On Ice squad coached by another Big Ten legend, former Minnesota coach Herb Brooks - are probably inevitable.

Team Canada are well favored here, now sitting at -879 on the moneyline. The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have the most accomplished players, but they are not guaranteed to win. The U.S. played Canada five times during the fall. "We could've lost them all and it wouldn't matter". The idea is to never give up the puck, because if the other team doesn't have the puck, they can't score. If you think Canada can win by more than 3 goals, the puckline is more of a bargain.

Both teams have already clinched spots in the semifinal round, which begins Monday, Feb. 19.

"It's a great way to start the tournament", Monique Lamoureux-Morando said after the game, via NBC's broadcast.

"We expected it and weren't surprised by it at all". He turned to coaching in 2002 and worked as an assistant or head coach with three NHL teams until taking over in 2016 as head men´s hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he had a standout collegiate playing career. "It's best-on-best competition. It's exciting hockey, it's always back and forth". They're going to have the team that steps on the ice with the most talented players.

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