But what went through the minds of those red-clad players, who watched in stunned disbelief as the Americans celebrated the "Miracle on Ice" at the other end of the rink?
The hawkish features of goalie Vladislav Tretiak turned soft and he smiled slightly as he was reminded of the painful anniversary. But he brushed the memory aside as easily as one of the many thousands of shots he turned away in his Hall of Fame career.
As we wait to see what happens during tonight's men's hockey game between Canada and the US at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we remember another Olympic game that was just as anticipation filled as this one.Perhaps even more so.
In fact, not a soul believed there was any chance for a miracle on ice during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. The U.S. Olympic team players, even though on home turf, were the underdogs by far. In other words, the Soviet Union was supposed to win.The US went for it and we won in the final moments. We emerged victorious, against all odds. The 1980 hockey game between the USSR and the US was a great Olympian moment, one of the greatest ever played on the ice during the Olympics.And everyone was over the moon about the US win. All over the country, people were screaming and people were yelling. In front of their TV sets, out on their lawns covered in snow, wherever they happened to be. You could hear the yelling all over the neighborhood and you just wanted to join in. Even the dogs yelped with joy.
Team USA beat gold medal favorite Canada today in Men's Hockey. The US won its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The stunned Canada in their 5-3 vicotyr on Sunday. Team USA will advance to the quarterfinals of the Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament.
Today is just one day shy of the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice in which the Americans beat the Soviet Union in Lake Placid. The underrated Team USA players were faster, more disciplined and more determined than Canada's all star collection.