Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Rally Nets U.S. Another Tie 0-0-3 in Hockey after Comeback against Canada

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Rally Nets U.S. Another Tie 0-0-3 in Hockey after Comeback against Canada

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Have you heard the latest?

The U.S. hockey players believe that they still will be around when the tournament winds down and medals are at stake, and who's to argue? If there is one subject these fellows know, it is endings.

They are the latest rage in the Olympics, proving it yet again Thursday night when Todd Marchant "just put it on the net" and tied Canada 3-3 with 28 seconds left.

Winless and unbeaten, they showed again that they know how to make an exit - and insisted they won't be doing so from medal contention any time soon.

"We're just hanging in there," Marchant said. "Maybe we're not flashy like the Russians or we're not killing teams like the Slovakians did to the Italians, 10-4. We're just a bunch of young guys going out, trying to prove we can play hockey."

It doesn't even matter what weird things the beginning and the middle of a game might bring - there were two penalty shots Thursday night, which is like seeing a Halley's comet doubleheader. The finish always is the same. The United States comes back, the United States "just puts it on the net," the United States (0-0-3) ties.

If not for the shootouts that begin in the quarterfinals, the Americans might be the first entry in Olympic history to earn a medal before earning a victory.

"We've had a lot of heart-stoppers here in our first three games, and it's a testimony to our team's willpower and grit that we were able to come from behind in all three matches," U.S. coach Tim Taylor said, referring to a 4-4 opener against France and a 3-3 tie with Slovakia.

Although Garth Snow made 29 saves in a second standout effort, including stopping Greg Johnson on a penalty shot at 12:11 of the third and Jean Yves Roy's two-on-one shot with 2:03 left, Taylor announced Mike Dunham will start against Sweden Saturday. Taylor said it was a "prearranged" rotation.

Say this much for Team USA: It has made unpredictability a fashion. Plus, it has made a fashion statement: The ties keep getting better. …

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