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(VIDEO) Hey, Canada. Zach Parise Wants To Beat You. Really Bad.
Zach Parise – the Minnesota Wild centre and the captain of the United States Olympic men's ice hockey team – is looking really forward to playing Canada tomorrow.
"Guys that were there in 2010, there's a little sense of... You know, we get another crack at these guys," Parise said on Wednesday. Canada, of course, beat the United States for hockey gold in 2010. Parise had that game's late tying goal.
"That gold medal game never really leaves your mind."
This is probably a bad thing. Unlike Latvia, who was undoubtedly looking forward to playing Canada because they had a chance to shock the world, but also they knew it was pretty darn unlikely, the United States wants to beat Canada because for revenge. That ever-dangerous revenge, the kind of "fool me once" deal.
And Parise isn't the only American who wants to win this game and win it badly. Phil Kessel leads the tournament in scoring, lives in Canada, and lost in 2010, too. (Also, his sister just had her heartbroken in her own loss to Canada's women's ice hockey team.)
Ryan Kesler and James van Riemsdyk. Patrick Kane. You'd have to imagine Jonathan Quick. They all spend their childhood – hey, their life – hearing about how superior Canada is, how hockey is their game.
I can't imagine any of them fading quietly into that good night.
*Canada and the United States face-off tomorrow morning – February 21, 2014 – at 9 a.m. PST on CBC in the 2014 Olympic ice hockey semi-final.