US men’s hockey misses golden opportunity at Olympic medal vs Slovakia

BEIJING – This was it: as close as many of them will get to one of hockey’s big championships, and as close as the United States will get to the kind of Olympic hockey story it always wants to tell. The Americans were one minute away from beating Slovakia, 2–1, to move into the semifinal round, and they can all tell you what happened after that, but the why gets murky.

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