Vancouver silver still haunts U.S

Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:58pm EST
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By Frank Pingue

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The U.S. men's ice hockey team finally arrived in Sochi on Monday, determined to make amends for their loss in the gold medal game at the last Olympics in Vancouver.

A relatively young American team defied the odds to reach the final four years ago only to lose to Canada in overtime in a defeat that still stings.

"It was tough. Usually by the time you get the bitter taste of losing out of your mouth you're coming back to start another (National Hockey League) season," U.S. forward Patrick Kane told reporters.

"But that one took a little while to get over with. You know four, five, six months and then you're thinking about it in the summer."

Despite their lingering disappointment, goaltender Ryan Miller said there were still plenty of positives the Americans could take from the experiences they had in Vancouver.

They proved they could match it with any team, reaching the final undefeated, including a win over Canada in the preliminary round.

"That's part of the story that hasn't come out as much, just how quickly we came together and how positive we were and it's going to have to be the same feeling over here," Miller said.

"It's been a long delay, it would've been nice to get another crack earlier but for a lot of us, being on the team that year, it was definitely a disappointment to come that close."   Continued...

Team USA's Patrick Kane participates in the men's ice hockey team's first practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder