After the American men's hockey team defeated Canada 5-3 on Sunday for the first time in the Olympics since 1960, several members of Team USA talked about their victory:



Patrick Kane USA forward

 

On the USA’s defensive effort in the final three minutes:

"Even when they had the puck in the zone for 1:30 there, a lot of shots got blocked."

 

On playing against NHL teammates:

"A game like this is pretty much all bragging rights."

 

 

Brian Rafalski USA defensemen (scored first 2 goals)

 

On the game:

"You’ve got to come out flying.  If you’re not, they’re going to be going around you."

 

"Obviously having the lead most of the game kept the crowd out of it."

 

On scoring his third and fourth goals of the tournament:

"It took me 60 games to get four in the NHL. I don’t know what’s going on."

 

"I think it’s just going in for me.  I’m a streaky goal scorer."

 

On what this win means for his team’s confidence:

"Obviously, we know we can beat anybody now.  It’s a huge step for that and the conference of the players."

 

On getting the bye to the quarter finals:

"It could be good or bad.  You get a chance to skate with the guys and get to know each other in a game situation [when playing an extra game]."

 

On whether this was his best personal performance in a game of this magnitude:

"I would have to say pretty damn close."

 

Jack Johnson USA defensemen

On keeping their composure at the end of the game:

"We still had a one-goal lead.  You’ve got Tyan Miller (USA) in net.  It’ll take a one-goal lead with this group and Ryan Miller in net any day."


Zach Parise USA forward

On the game:

"We played hard and we competed.  I don’t know if we caught them off guard with our speed but we did a good job winning the battles."

 

On how good does it feel to beat Canada in their building:

"It always feels great. Regardless of where it is."

 

"This is just another step in the right direction." 

 

On goalie Ryan Miller’s performance:

"Unbelievable.  He made great saves and bailed us out.  He was our backbone."

 

Ryan Callahan USA forward

On how good does it feel to beat Canada:

"Feels good.  We won our pool and that was important."

 

"No one goes home after today."

 

On goalie Ryan Miller’s performance:

"Outstanding.  He made a statement for us."

 

Ryan Kesler USA forward

On his empty net goal that made it 5-3:

"[I was] just trying to chase it down the ice and get a stick on it." 

 

On the crowd:

"It was definitely a playoff atmosphere."

 

On the win:

"That’s a good hockey club over there.  To come out with the win is pretty special."

 

"To beat Canada on their own soil is special."

 

On goalie Ryan Miller:

"He gave us a chance to win.  They had some pressure in the second and third at the end of there."

 

Ryan Miller USA goaltender

On the final three minutes of the game:

"Some of the most intense I’ve played.  I was glad the boys had some big blocks."

 

On his team’s play:

"We got the goal support, we got five goals against Canada."

 

"We played them really tight.  They didn’t have a lot off the rush."

On the game:

"It was probably one of the biggest games I’ve ever played in."

 

"Hopefully it provides the confidence we need moving forward."


Ron Wilson USA Coach

On USA goalie Ryan Miller:

"Ryan Miller had an outstanding game."

 

"He makes four, five huge saves a game and he did that today."

 

On some of his young players playing in front of a sell-out crowd:

"The hardest environment for some of them to play in."

 

On the next round:

"These guys have what it takes to win and seal the deal.  Our next game is a survival game too."

 

On whether USA forward Chris Drury’s inclusion in the line-up is justified:

"[He’s] doing a lot of the dirty grunt work that often times gets overlooked, but not by coaches."

 

On choosing not to skate during the USA’s schedules 8:30 training session Monday, February 22:

"Burkey (General Manager Brian Burke) said, ‘Wilson, you’ve got to skate these guys, you’ve got to skate these guys.’ I said; ‘At 8:30 in the morning?’ He said: ‘Oh, well, I guess not.’ Not that Burkey tells me what to do, you’ve just got to calm him down a little bit."