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SOCHI, Russia – You could feel electricity in the air between Ryan Callahan and Yevgeni Medvedev as they stood nose to nose exchanging verbal jabs just outside the crease of Sergei Bobrovsky. You could feel it when the capacity crowd at Bolshoy Ice Dome roared as Pavel Datsyuk exploded past the American defence and beat the glove of Jonathan Quick for the first Russian goal. You could feel it when T.J. Oshie jumped off the bench not once, twice, three, four or even five times in the shootout, but six glorious times, the St. Louis Blues excitable winger finally ending it an exhilarating eighth round. Thirty-four years after the Americans and Russians made history in Lake Placid with the Miracle on Ice did another classic emerge at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Albeit of less weight, both in the tournament (it was a preliminary round game) and on a global stage (the Cold War has long since ended), the proceedings on a sunny Saturday afternoon were about as entertaining and exhilarating as hockey can get and a delightful reminder of what the NHL has to offer the Olympics. "It was awesome," said Joe Pavelski, still beaming afterward. "Whatever type of game you want to explain it as, it was that." "Obviously we know the history between the Americans and the Russians," added Patrick Kane, "and you know this one kind of had a different story of its own, obviously. But being in Russia here, playing here, seeing how the crowd was into the game and being able to come up with the win is nice." The buzz in the rink, the fierce competitiveness, the relentless tempo, the tension and hostilities, the exuberant chants of the mostly Russian crowd any time Datsyuk, Malkin, Ovechkin rushed up the ice, there was something different about the air in this one. "It was amazing," said Kane. "I dont think anyone could have asked for a better game." "Great hockey game," added Ovechkin. And it went to the Americans. Oshie, with a seemingly unending toolbox of moves, scored on four of six shootout dangles, beating Bobrovsky (and the scary duo of Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk) one last time to capture the 3-2 victory for Team USA, all but sealing Group A and a trip to the quarterfinals. The gripping, edge-of-chair shootout, which saw Datsyuk, Oshie and Kovalchuk bounce up and off the bench time and time again, was just the icing on a spectacular cake though. In fact, there was so much more. Start with Kanes heart-stopping overtime breakaway, the one Bobrovosky stopped by closing the pads on a five-hole attempt. Circle back to Datsyuk tucking one under the glove of Quick for the games first goal, a shockwave of emotion and energy pulsating through the crowd. Continue on with the pockets of red, white and blue that stood tall when Cam Fowler – Canadian-born, American-raised – tied the score on a power-play. Recall the balloon of home turf enthusiasm burst when Pavelski popped the air out, blasting Kanes remarkable cross-ice feed for an American lead. "I tried not to look around," said Fowler afterward, "but you could feel the buzz in the air. It was such high intensity out there." There was Malkin angrily dumping Callahan with an emphatic cross-check in front of the Russian bench. There was the scrum that ensued after nearly every whistle. There was NHL defector Alex Radulov taking not one but two penalties, with the Americans scoring on both power-plays. There were the extra jabs, spears, slashes, punishing collisions, nose-to-nose confrontations, everything one would imagine in a smoldering rivalry suddenly renewed. There was David Backes charging like a train through Fedor Tyutin in the neutral zone. There was Ryan Kesler standing in the way of a dangerous point shot on the penalty kill, his stunned left hand requiring attention on the bench and in the dressing room, but not enough to keep him from returning. There was Ryan McDonagh sacrificing with another blocked shot shortly thereafter, the St. Paul, Minnesota native limping off in discomfort only to get back moments later. There were the undercurrents of history, two powerhouses pining for gold that has long since eluded both. There was that fiery U.S. penalty kill stonewalling an incredible array of power-play talent – Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk – only to have Datsyuk tie it on the final man advantage with Dustin Brown in the box for a second time. There was Radulov, who screened Quick on the goal, smack-talking Brown as he exited the box. 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However, Arsene Wenger has repeatedly told anyone willing to listen that finishing in that spot is more important than winning a cup competition.TORONTO -- The first practice of Toronto Maple Leafs training camp was brought to you by the letter "D." "Probably the whole year," forward Matt Frattin said. "Defence wins championships." Forget about a championship for a second. The Leafs are just trying to win more games and make the playoffs. After giving up almost 36 shots a game last year, the most in the NHL, coach Randy Carlyle and his staff spent Saturday installing a new defensive-zone system. Its not a drastic difference, but there are tweaks that players hope will make them more effective and less vulnerable this season. "Were going to try something a little different," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "I think its going to take a little bit of the second-guessing out of it. .. Its nothing that no ones never seen before. "I think maybe last year was something weve never seen before. This is more back to kind of how you grew up playing." Most kids dont grow up playing a style that sees them get outshot by eight per game, and one of the goals this season is to have the puck more and, as a result, put goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer under less pressure. Step one is changing some responsibilities. Bernier described it as players swarming the puck less and needing to be more patient. Much of the change has to do with wingers cheating more to the point than collapsing toward the net. "Sometimes last year it worked, sometimes it felt like that puck was always getting up top and they were getting a lot of shots because of it," Lupul said. "Its systematically a little different, but at the end of the day it comes down to those one-on-one battles." Along with new assistants Steve Spott and Peter Horachek, Carlyle said the staff went over different scenarios this summer and didnt make too many major changes to systems. Like everything else, defence is about the little things. "The difference is, where do you move your winger? Do you move him down the wall to squeeze or do you hold him tight to the pointt coverage? Do you hold a guy in the middle of the ice?" Carlyle said.dddddddddddd "Those are things: your rotation when the puck changes sides, who goes. "Theyre all basically based on the same thing, other than the fact that we have to do a better job of being stiffer and harder to play against." Carlyle said veteran Roman Polak, acquired during the draft from the St. Louis Blues for Carl Gunnarsson, can help in that area. But Polak is just one defenceman, and the Leafs know as a group they have to be better defensively than last season. One area is communication. "Any time you can have a group of guys that communicate, it makes the game a lot easier and it makes it a lot easier to make plays," defenceman Cody Franson said. "I think thats one area we can definitely improve in, and itll help us break out of zones a lot quicker." One simple goal for the Leafs is to have the puck more than they did last season, but thats easier said than done. When they dont have it, they know they have to be better at cutting down on quality chances. Centre Nazem Kadri said "its going to take some time to wrap our heads around" the new defensive system. But Carlyle isnt worried about players picking it up. "Theyll get it," Carlyle said. "That what this is about, thats what the exhibition games are about. "As a coaching staff, you pick your poison on the things that youre going to shove at the players, and I guarantee you every coach is shoving defensive-zone coverage." Notes -- Centre Tyler Bozak and right-winger David Clarkson are out with what Carlyle called lower-body injuries. The players got hurt during pre-training camp workouts, and theres no time frame for their training-camp debuts. 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