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Sochi Olympics men's hockey: When U.S. faces Canada, emotions rule
Sochi Olympics men's hockey: When U.S. faces Canada, emotions rule

SOCHI, Russia — When these are the rivalries — Canada facing the U.S. in one semifinal of the Olympic hockey tournament after Sweden plays Finland in the other — Xs and O's and detailed analysis have less to do with the outcome than pure, unfettered emotion. Asked whether the U.S. will try to take the middle of the ice away from Canada, which has won all four of its games despite modest production from its forwards, center David Backes laughed and insisted the question was too technical. This is mind over matchups, and may the strongest-willed win. "For me, it's execution and playing the hardest and sticking to the game plan and sacrificing for each...

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