Spartan Ryan Miller Puts on a World Class Display to Lead Team USA over Canada 5-3

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Ryan Miller is putting on a clinic for the world and they are impressed.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Ryan Miller is putting on a clinic for the world and they are impressed. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

The USA won group A on Sunday night, but the American’s only cared that they beat Canada. Throughout the game the announcers heaped praise the former Spartan and East Lansing native Ryan Miller in what became the Ryan Miller show.

 

 Miller stopped 42 shots and called it, “The biggest game of my life.” He was right and he showed the flexibility of a gymnast as the Cannucks got shots off from seeming every imaginable angle.

 

The Spartans wore replica uniforms of the USA gold medal team in Squaw Valley and today is the 30th anniversary of their biggest win ever against the Russians in 1980.

 

The win stunned the Canadians who not only invented hockey, but also have the games most passionate fans. There was wide speculation that the pressure on the Canadian team to win in their home country could have been too much. With only one, “true” three point win in group A play it showed.

 

One friend of the Spartan Nation at the game, Janice Danforth, described the crowd after the game as, “Shocked. They sat there in total disbelief. One guy said to me that he understood what Americans felt like when Europeans took over the NBA.” I am not sure I would equate the two that way, but either way the fans were stunned.

 

The American’s are set now to make a run at a medal. Something only hoped for before these games, but certainly not expected.