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12-29-2012, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Nash View Post
Familiarity and proximity make this more of a rivalry than what it should be. The fact that so many people think it is as big or equal to Canada vs Russia tells you it is not results based. A 9-2 winning record over the past 10 years is all you have to know. It has grown largely due to the nature of those 2 losses. Most Canadians look at those 2 as gold medal losses that Canada let get away and it hurts their fragile hockey superiority ego far more than losing to Russia, a more worthy traditional rival, does. USA has done well to earn its spot among the top 7 nations, but it isn't close to usurping Russia as our primary rival.

Right now it is primarily a border rivalry, much like Sweden vs Finland. Every once in a while Finland wins and Sweden gets really pissed off.
I'm hoping for a good game, but this post makes me want to see Canada get embarrassed 10-0 before the end of the first period.

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